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Call for Applications to further develop IOM Migrant Centres Toolkit

Among the migrants hosted in IOM transit centres are many vulnerable people, children, pregnant women and those injured in their journey. Photo: Monica Chiriac/IOM © International Organization for Migration
Among the migrants hosted in IOM transit centres are many vulnerable people, children, pregnant women and those injured in their journey. Photo: Monica Chiriac/IOM © International Organization for Migration

With support from the EU-IOM Joint Initiative in the Sahel and Lake Chad region launched in 2016 with funding from the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF), IOM launched in September 2021 an online open-source toolkit for migrant centre administration and management. The toolkit offers governments and non-government stakeholders key knowledge and resources on how best to set up and manage migrant centres.

This web-based toolkit contains guidance material, tools and design information, with a particular focus on centres established as part of Migrant Resource and Response Mechanisms (MRRMs) in countries transited by migrants. Located along main migratory corridors, often in remote areas where no other protection services are available, these centres aim to ensure migrants’ human rights are respected and provide basic assistance: from food distribution, to accommodation, medical assistance, psychosocial support and liaison with consular authorities to obtain travel documents. This integrated and holistic approach includes key logistical support for search and rescue, humanitarian and return operations. The toolkit covers topics under four categories: administration, management of migrant centres, protection and assistance services, and information management and migration data.

Call for applications

IOM is seeking experienced consultant(s) to:

  • build on the migrant centres toolkit to design, develop and implement a training curriculum on migrant centres design and management with relevant sections for IOM staff, for implementing partners and for relevant authorities and potential partners. Implementation requires to deliver the pilot training curriculum in three priority countries : Chad, Guinea and Mali, and
  • further develop the migrant centres toolkit taking into account the recommendations from the first pilot phase and from the senior management, and to develop and implement a training of trainers curriculum.

This consultancy is contributing to the Special Measure for the European Union-IOM Joint initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration in Africa under the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument – Global Europe (NDICI- Global Europe) and the Cooperation on Migration and Partnerships to Achieve Sustainable Solutions (COMPASS). More information, expected deliverables and timelines can be found here.

Suggested duration

The consultancy is expected to start in May 2022 for a duration of eight months. While there are different deliverables, applicants that could deliver only partially are still encouraged to apply. Detailed terms of reference are available here.

Qualifications and experience  
  •  Postgraduate degree in social work, international studies, law, political or social sciences, development studies, education, or a related field from an accredited academic institution; 
  • A minimum of six years of experience on migrant assistance, social work, coordination, preferably with a UN/International Organization;
  • Experiences related to migrant centres or other type of collective centres for vulnerable persons management a clear advantage; 
  • Experience of developing and delivering capacity building training for practitioners and government officials;
  • Knowledge of learning principles including adult learning, learning styles, participatory methods and related topics;
  • Experience developing e-learning materials preferred;
  • Good understanding of migration issues, in particular migrants’ rights and migrants’ protection;
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal;
  • Fluency in English or French, working knowledge of Spanish is an advantage
  • Excellent computer skills.
Application process 

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications (CV, financial offer, proposed workplan and detailed methodology) via email to indicating “IOM Consultant for centres toolkit” on the subject line, by 15 April 2022. Candidates that could deliver only partially are invited to clarify which deliverables they could complete in their proposed workplan.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Deadline: 15 April midnight GMT (Dakar time).

If you have any questions about this call for applications, please contact Ms. Claire LAROCHE and Mr. Abrham TAMRAT