UNECA – Economic Commission for Africa

Background of the Organization

International migration has recently received much attention because of the demographic, economic, social, political, and cultural implications in countries of origin, transit and destination. Human mobility across borders has been on an exponential increase since the Second World War. Globalization has opened further avenues for migration. First, distances are no longer barriers. Second, information is widely available, and people can easily know where opportunities are available. Thus, globalization has increased the interconnectedness of nation states and therefore has increased migration flows. According to Laing (2015), the world is experiencing an era of unprecedented human mobility, a period in which people are on the move than ever before. More than 1 billion in a world of 7 billion are on the move. Of these, 250 million are international migrants and 750 million are domestic migrants.
With these growing numbers in migration, the responses have been varied. Some countries of origin actively promote emigration as a source of remittances and have even established official programs of diaspora involvement in development. However, in other countries of origin, especially where governance issues have led to collapse of economies and resulted in the exodus of citizens as economic refugees, they perceive migrants as opponents or indifferently. The responses of recipient countries have varied mainly on the level of restriction to entry and rights of migrants once in the country. In host countries, local citizens have taken sides on either being pro-migration on or anti-migration. Thus, the emotive nature of migration has resulted in the issue being politicized and influenced public policy in most countries. According to Collier (2015) Migration policy has been fought over through using competing values rather than competing evidence.

Job Description

Reporting directly to the AUC, Head of Division for Labour, Employment & Migration at AUC, the Consultant, Migration Governance is responsible for providing support to AU Member States and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in establishing robust migration governance systems, specifically policy formulation, implementation, and evaluation, and the establishment/strengthening of robust institutional mechanisms for managing migration and working in other thematic areas of migration. During this period the Consultant will be expected to produce the following outputs in line with the overall objectives of the project.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Develop strategic and annual activity work-plans, technical proposals, and budgets in line with the assigned portfolios.
  • Participate in resource mobilization initiatives in line with the strategic plans of the Migration Unit.
  • Participate in the identifying and providing technical assistance to Member States and RECs on migration and mobility.
  • Identify and supervise consultants commissioned to undertake assignments for the Centre.
  • Participate in the research activities of the Migration Unit.
  • Contribute to the compilation of briefing notes and strategy documents on migration.
  • Organize regional and continental workshops, seminars and conferences on migration.
  • Participate in relevant regional/continental working groups to ensure coordination of work-plans, implementation strategies and evaluation plans for applicable activities.
  • Monitor performance and prepare progress reports against annual work-plans and recommend changes to activities, projects, and individual/team performance as appropriate to achieve and programme objectives.
  • Participate in designing monitoring and evaluation systems and the monitoring and evaluation of activities under his/her purview.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Head, Division of Labour, Employment & Migration. The consultant is expected to work concurrently on these outputs.
Qualifications/special skills
  • A Master’s degree in migration, political/social science, international relations or other related disciplines
  • Project management in migration.
  • Providing training/technical assistance to governments in the area of migration.
  • A deep understanding of the African migration landscape.
  • Demonstrable experience in lecturing at university level or training/technical assistance to governments in migration. migration.
  • Proven experience interacting with international and regional public partner agencies.
  • Proven track-record of working and liaising with high-level government and donor officials.
  • Demonstrable experience in supervising and leading teams of consultants, and delegating tasks and authority.
  • Demonstrable experience in drafting technical documents for executive level consumption and/or peer review.
  • English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this consultancy, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN working language is an asset.

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