International Organization For Migration (IOM)

Consultant (Rapid Assessment of The Socio-economic Impacts of The Covid-19 on Migration Management)

International Organization For Migration (IOM)

Job Description

Position Title: Consultant – Rapid assessment of the socio-economic impacts of the Covid-19 on Migration Management in Mauritius Duty Station: Homebased (with possible travels to sites) Type of Appointment: Consultancy Estimated Start Date: August 2020 Closing Date: 30 August 2020 Providing socio-economic support to countries and societies in the face of COVID-19, is one of three critical components of the UN’s efforts to save lives, protect people, and rebuild better, alongside the health response, led by the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Humanitarian Response, as detailed in the UN-led COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan. The COVID-19 pandemic is more than a health crisis; it is affecting societies and economies at their core and eroding the basis for ending poverty and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Failure to provide urgent socio-economic responses would have long-term consequences and jeopardize lives and livelihoods for years to come. In the short and medium terms, more people are at risk of impoverishment and being negatively affected by the interruption of Social Services and economic break-down than from the virus itself. As part of the recovery phase to the Covid-19 pandemic and building back better, we need to connect health needs to social, economic and environmental well-being; linking the present to the future. The business slowdown that results from the Covid-19 pandemic’s IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment. Internal and external candidates are eligible to apply to this vacancy. For the purpose of this call for applications, internal candidates and Non-Member States candidates, as well as external female candidates are considered as first-tier effects will also negatively impact human mobility and, consequently, its positive effects in terms of contribution of economies through labour migrants and investors, remittances sent home to family members and communities, causing a knock-on effect of lower spending and lower consumption, creating further economic challenges. The COVID-19 also significantly impacts the world’s mobility dynamics and strategies towards achieving the Global Compact for safe, regular and orderly migration (GCM) and harnessing the potential of migration as a driver for development. Mauritius has not been spared by the global pandemic; in March 2020, following the first confirmed cases in the country, the Government of Mauritius has been introducing new measures aimed at flattening the curve and protecting its population. Mauritius recognizes the serious health threat faced by the country, but also acknowledges the crucial economic and social challenges associated with the pandemic, that needs to be addressed. While efforts are currently being targeted towards preparedness and response, the Government of Mauritius and its united nations partners also understand the need to lay the groundwork for a sustainable recovery plan. Approximately 45,000 migrant workers currently provide critical contribution to Mauritius’ economy. The economic downfall due to Covid-19 may lead to companies having to reduce their workforce, including among migrant workers, leaving skills gaps in the country which are important to address to plan recovery and resiliencebuilding strategies. Additionally, around 1,3 million tourists in 20191 contribute significantly to the country’s GDP; an increasing number of international students are attracted by Mauritius’ educational offer; and a vast diaspora community of Mauritians abroad exists. Vis-à-vis this context, the Government of Mauritius is eager to capitalise on migration as a tool for development. In effect, a coherent migration strategy helps the government to overcome internal strains caused by an ageing population, a declining fertility rate and the skills and manpower shortages in the textile and construction sectors, as well as in new sectors of economic activity that are driving growth, including financial and ICT services, tertiary education and the maritime industry. Mauritius is also greatly integrated into global goods and labour supply chains, and the global disruption of movements as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic severely impacted the economy and society. In that regard, the sanitary crisis may lead to an increasing vulnerability of workers to exploitation and abuse. Moreover, another vulnerable category comprises international students who may have faced or still facing psychological issues, available equipment and conditions to study correctly and a disruption in family’s financial support during the confinement and the crisis. It is interesting to also analyse the impact of the pandemic on the desire of the Mauritian diaspora to return home. These situations as described would require a thorough Analysis and flexible uunderstanding of such changes to ensure appropriate and evidence-informed responses. Now more than ever, the world is recognizing that leaving no one behind is a social necessity. It is critical that in our global response, we do not forget to respond to the specific needs and vulnerabilities of migrants and the multifaceted challenges of migration management. This includes using people on the move as part of the solution during and in the aftermath of the Covid-19, as put forward by the UN Secretary General2 . An analysis of the impact of the Covid-19 on migration in Mauritius will therefore lay the ground for developing informed policies and interventions. Please click "Apply Now" button to view job description and further application details.
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