International Organization For Migration (IOM)

Consultant (Development of A Multi-stakeholder Response Plan to Better Prepare and Respond to Covid’19 Impacts)

International Organization For Migration (IOM)

Job Description

Consultancy Title: Development of a Multi-stakeholder response plan to better prepare and respond to COVID’19 impacts Duty Station: IOM Regional Office in Pretoria, South Africa Estimated Starting Date: 17 August 2020 Context and nature of the consultancy On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) had become a pandemic. Since that time, the prevailing socio-economic circumstances and lockdowns in the Southern Africa region have plunged migrants into a dire situation. Many of them have become stranded in transit and destination countries and unable to return as a result of mobility restrictions related to COVID-19 or lack of means, destitute who have lost their means of support and are unable to meet their Basic Needs or evicted migrants who have lost access to safe shelter. Some of them also in vulnerable situations victims of trafficking, exploitation or abuse, separated or unaccompanied children or with existing chronic conditions including HIV and TB. The dire situation of migrants in the region is exacerbated by the fact that migrants are excluded from national government response plans and don’t benefit from national social protection systems. The closure of businesses and normal commerce doesn’t impact only the economic survival of migrants but also many vulnerable families in home countries who used to rely on remittances as a key source of financial support for basic consumption needs like food, payment of medical expenses and many returnees migrants also at risk to become IDPs upon return to their countries unless benefit from postarrival and re-integration assistance. A regional whole of society, multi-disciplinary and multi- stakeholder approach required in host, transit as well as home countries, for resolving complex humanitarian circumstances faced by migrants (lack of documentation, lack of access to food and medical services, evictions/no shelter, lack of return opportunities) but also for countering pandemic related hate and xenophobia and looking into relevant socio-economic impacts and responses. IOM has already established a platform comprising of Ambassadors from SADC member states and regional UN agencies and continues to actively engage in overall Coordination mechanisms also at the community and national including through migration response task forces established within UNCTs. Subsequently, the IOM Regional Office for Southern Africa based in Pretoria (RO Pretoria) has developed Strategic Partnerships with key actors and serves as an organizational focal point for liaison functions with regional bodies such as COMESA, SADC, IOC, Pan-Africa Parliament, NEPAD, APRM etc. RO Pretoria covers 15 SADC Member States (with the exception of Tanzania which falls under RO Nairobi) and has country offices in 14 of them with the exception of Seychelles. IOM’s work in Southern Africa is aimed at supporting governments in the region improve Migration Management and governance systems through the provision of policy and Operational Support including technical and logistical assistance. Its work also includes close collaboration with RECs, NGOs, CSOs, UN Agencies, private sector, academia, migrants, migration affected communities and society at large. The on-going COVID-19 pandemic has an unprecedented impact on migration and mobility and as countries are embarking on the response and recovery path, it will be critical to integrate the different dimensions of migration, including the health, socio-economic and protection angles, in national and regional plans. In line with Strategic Priority 1 of IOM Southern Africa Regional Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan_COVID-19, strengthening partnership and coordination structures are required for ensuring a wellcoordinated, informed and timely response to migrants in need.
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