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Baseline Survey Consultant – IOM Uganda

Position Title  Baseline Survey Consultant
Classification, Position Grade Consultancy
Duty Station   Kampala-Uganda
Type of Appointment Consultancy (1 Month with possibility of extension for 3 Months)
Date of Issue 18th December 2020
Closure Date        1st January 2021
CFA No.      CFA/UG/012/2020
Organizational Unit LHD/PM Unit

 

Established in 1951, IOM is a Related Organization of the United Nations, and as the leading UN agency in the field of migration, works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants. IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment. Internal candidates are eligible to apply to this vacancy and are considered as first-tier candidates

Background and Context:

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is committed to ensuring orderly and humane governance of migration, promoting international cooperation on migration issues, and assisting in the search for practical solutions to migration issues.

According to research from the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) and International Labour Organization (ILO), young Ugandan women (aged between 15-29 years) face a number of hurdles in the labor market, from higher unemployment rates to lower wages. As a result, many young women trying to escape unemployment and poverty at home often end up as domestic workers in the Middle East where over the years, there has been systematic documentation of cases of exploitation, physical and/or sexual abuse, and even fatalities.

The Performance Report on Countering Trafficking in Persons in Uganda for 2018 reported 650 cases of transnational trafficking victims including 287 female adults and 33 female children. According to the report, irregular and unguided labor migration was the most contributing factor for trafficking of Ugandans to foreign countries and some foreign nationals to or through Uganda. Majority of the victims were recruited in the trafficking trap through deceptive and fraudulent-forged travel documents. Indeed, most of these cases were related to illegal labor recruitment and attempt to trafficking, but some vulnerable and desperate migrant workers often refer to traffickers as they deploy faster than the formal channels. Unfortunately, informal channels often lead to labor exploitation and violation of migrant workers’ rights in countries of destination.

The GoU has nevertheless made significant efforts towards strengthening labor migration in the country with the establishment of the Labour Externalization Program. In 2014, IOM supported the MGLSD to develop the External Employment Management Information System (EEMIS). The EEMIS is a GoU system designed to enhance critical administrative processes for various government ministries, private recruitment companies and migrant workers.

On the recruitment side, the business has recently registered an exponential growth in Uganda. For example, UAERA has seen its members increase from 86 in 2018 to 186 in February 2020.

IOM in collaboration with MGLSD and UAERA, has recently launched a project entitled “ Bolstering ethical recruitment policies and practice to enhance safe and orderly labor migration pathways, prevent exploitation and better protect migrant workers from Uganda”

It is expected, that through the project actions, the migrant workers will benefit from the expansion of ethical recruitment channels, and in doing so contribute to curb the spread of numerous forms of TiP related to labour migration.

Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission and the direct supervision of the LHD Programme Manager and in close coordination with the National M&E – Reporting Officer, the selected candidate will be responsible of the following activities:

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES

CONDUCT A BASELINE SURVEY

Purpose and Objectives

The purpose of the baseline research is to conduct a participatory survey on current knowledge, attitudes and practices of ethical recruitment among the PRA, Government Sector and line Ministry department and the target District Local Government counterparts to reduced prevalence of modern slavery among Ugandan labor migrants. The baseline measurement will help to provide a synopsis of the intervention area and benchmark values/statistics for the project indicators to aid implementation and evaluation for learning and future programming.

Baseline study objectives:

The baseline survey will be guided by the following key objectives which will also inform the key assessment questions during the survey.

  1.  To establish opportunities that support ethical recruitment processes especially for women and youth through enhanced skills, linkages and enabling environment
  2. To benchmark outcome and output level indicators against which progress on set targets and milestones will be assessed

 To find out the opportunities for strengthening and sustaining enabling environment for PRA and the Uganda Government on Ethical recruitments to be conducted within the Uganda policy framework and international labour law.

Methodology

Participatory methods are suggested whenever possible, as is the inclusion of stakeholders, especially PRAs, Ministry and local Government leaders, Religious and Cultural leaders and sampled labour migrant’s, returnees in the Kampala district.

The baseline assessment methodology will employ both quantitative and qualitative methods that include but not limited to the following:

  • Secondary data and literature review
  • Participatory methods
  • Survey of PRA, Ministry and local Government leaders, Religious and Cultural leaders and sampled labour migrants, returnees.

Scope of work

Overall coverage

This baseline assessment is intended to target Sample from the PRA, The National and District Local Government counterpart. The consultant is required to explain how both quantitative and qualitative data will be collected, stored, analysed, interpreted, and reported in an inception report. In undertaking this baseline, it is imperative that the consultant ensures the adequate involvement of PRA, key stakeholders, Government Institutions, returning migrant workers and IOM staff throughout the baseline assessment process.

Phased approach to the scope of work

To ably and effectively undertake this baseline survey, it is proposed that, the consultant applies a phased approach to undertaking the baseline survey activity i.e. areas like document reviews can start immediately and analyses done quickly as preparations for field work are going on. Equally, Quantitative data survey can be conducted and followed up with qualitative survey where appropriate.

Guiding results-based framework

The consultant is expected to identify the respective respondent category/type and expound on the suggested questions above to enable a clear demonstration of the baseline information for the project indicators which will be provided at the commencement of the assignment.

Education

  • Master of Arts or higher in relevant field; (Gender Studies, Social Sciences, Development Studies and any other relevant field).
  • 5-10+ years’ experience in participatory research, especially in areas of labour migration rights and protection, Human trafficking, sexual and gender-based violence.

Experience

  • Demonstrated understanding of Uganda labor migration, ethical recruitment practices and Uganda ethical recruitment policy framework knowledge
  • Familiarity with core concepts related to Protection, Sexual and Gender Based Violence, Labor migration, human trafficking, work of private recruitment labor migrants in Uganda, Uganda Government policy framework on Ethical recruitment and experience working in fragile and post conflict contexts.
  • Familiarity with the Uganda Labor Migration and recruitment practices, Ethical recruitment policy framework context and labor Migration market actors
  • Excellent analytical, research, writing and concise and compelling communication skills; Strong visual presentation skills preferred.
  • Understanding of Central, Northern, Western and Eastern Region of Uganda social and political context.
  • Experience in study design (both quantitative and qualitative methodologies) and in assembling and managing field teams.
  • Ability to manage the available time and resources and to work to tight deadlines

Fluency in English and Knowledge of some Ugandan local languages is an added advantage

Values – The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following three values:

  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
  • Integrity and transparency: maintain high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
  • Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.

Core Competencies – behavioural indicators

  1. Accountability- Takes ownership for achieving the organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delighted work.
  2. Communication – Encourages and contributes to clear and open communication. Explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.
  3. Teamwork – Develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.
  4. Delivering results – produces and delivers quality services in a service-oriented and timely manner. Is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
  5. Managing and sharing knowledge– Continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.

How to apply:

Interested applicants may send their applications to hruganda@iom.int no later than 1stJanuary 2021. Reference Number and Position Title (CFA/UG/012/2020  Baseline Survey consultant) should be specified in the SUBJECT field.

Applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged.

Only short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview.

Appointment is subject to funding confirmation

Posting period: From 18th December 2020 to 1st January 2021.

Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
Grade:  consultancy
Closing Date:  Friday, January 1, 2021

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