International Organization For Migration (IOM)

Consultant (Sit-rep on Migration Management Alternatives)

International Organization For Migration (IOM)

Job Description


Established in 1951, IOM is the leading intergovernmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting human and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does this by providing services and advice to governments and migrants. Since Belize became a member state of the United Nations Agency for Migration (IOM) in 2000, IOM has established itself as an expert institution in migration and Migration Management in the country.

In 2015 the International Organization for Migration (IOM), with support from the International Development Fund (IDF), began implementation on the Project entitled “Strengthening the Technical Capacities of the Government of Belize towards Developing a National Migration and Development Policy”. This project responds to a technical assistance request from the Government of Belize, through the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development and Immigration.

In an effort to complement existing migration-related policies and strengthen local base-line knowledge, two main studies were conducted as a pre-cursor to the National Migration and Development Policy. The first study was the development of a migrant survey in Belize (2018) and the second was a desk assessment of existing legislation, polices, and regulations on migration management in Belize (2019). Both studies were validated by the National Steering Committes, which is chaired by the Chief Executive Officer in the Department of Immigration and Nationality Services. As a result of parallel observations and recommendations coming out of the two main studies in 2018 and 2019, there was a recognized need to develop a Sit-Rep on Migration Management Alternatives in Belize by collecting pertinent data that would provide a snapshot of the current situation as well as strengthen the base-knowledge of the National Migration and Development Policy.

Under the overall supervision of the National Coordinator for the Western Hemisphere program and the direct supervision of the National Steering Committee, the candidate will be responsible for the following functions:

Nature of Consultancy

Conduct a Sit-Rep on Migration Management Alternatives in Belize as a supplementary study for the project entitled: “Strengthening the Technical Capacities of the Government of Belize towards Developing a National Migration and Development Policy”.


International Context:

The general objectives of this study align with objectives 7 and 13 of the Global Compact for Migration: Objective 7: Address and reduce vulnerabilities in migration. Objective 13: Use migration detention only as a measure of last resort and work towards alternatives. As well as the Sustainable Development Goals, Target 10.7: Facilitate orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people, including through the implementation of planned and well-managed migration policies.

National Context:

Belize’s developmental agenda is being driven by the Growth and Sustainable Development Strategy, which operationalizes the Horizon 2030 pillars and gives effect to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to which Belize has committed its developmental agenda as set out below.


  1. Collect data and statistics that are collated and published by the Department of Immigration and Nationality Services.

  2. Define legal concepts and categories by the Department of Immigration and Nationality Services in relation to irregular migration.

  3. Develop a profile of irregular migrants at the Kolbe Foundation, Belize Central Prison.

  4. Define immigration categories, policies, and procedures, including:
    1. Immigrant categories/statuses

    2. Residency

    3. Periods of stay

    4. Deportations

    5. Repatriations

    6. Visas

    7. Work permits

  5. Assess associated legislations.

  6. Develop a historical Analysis of irregular migration in Belize.

  7. Develop a cost benefit analysis of detention in the Belizean context.


Education and experience

  • Advanced university degree from an accredited academic institution preferably in Public Policy, International Affairs, Law, International Development, or another related technical field.

  • At least 2-3 years’ international experience, preferably in conducting fieldwork and assessments.

  • Experience collecting and managing statistical data and analysis.

  • Capacity to collate and synthesize qualitative and quantitative data in a succinct and comprehensible manner.

  • Knowledge of migration related issues and relationship to development.

  • Experience working with governments, civil society, rural communities.


  • Excellent analytical, oral, and written communication skills in English.

  • Experience in report writing.

  • Experience in leading national or international research project.

  • Experience in working in complex institutional environments.

  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

  • Knowledge of the Caribbean Region and in global migration or migration management.

  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and to meet deadlines.

Language(s): Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of Spanish is an asset.

How to apply:

Please only respond to the following email address:, attaching your CV and interest letter (one page maximum, attachments should not go over 2MB), by 18th May 2020 the (Applications received after the deadline will not be considered).

 Duty Station:Belize CityGrade:ConsultantClosing Date::Monday, May 18, 2020Document:Términos de Referencia
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