Abt Associates

MRC Counsellor

Abt Associates

Job Description

Organisational Overview The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) is an international organisation tasked with promoting innovative, comprehensive and Sustainable migration policies. With 17 Member States and over 60 projects active throughout Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America, ICMPD is a growing and ever-more relevant presence in its field. The organisation’s greatest assets are its 200+ staff members, who personify its values of commitment, integrity, partnership, respect, and innovation in actions and decisions

Project Overview ICMPD is inviting all interested candidates to apply for the MRC Counsellor for the project Improving Migration Management in the Silk Routes Countries. One component of this project aims at establishing and operating provincial and district level Migrant Resource Centres (MRCs) in Pakistan. This position is at the Islamabad MRC. Pakistan is among the top 10 emigration countries in the world. Notwithstanding the fact that migrant’ remittances have been a major source of financial contribution to Pakistan’s economy, the public is still missing general awareness on how migration works and the necessary information to be able to make informed decisions about their individual migration plans. However, it is of vital importance for Pakistan, due to the fact that the country’s economy is still faced with the challenging task of creating 1.25 million jobs annually for its fast growing population and, implicitly, its labour force. Supporting safe and legal labour migration as well as other forms of legal migration from Pakistan is a priority for the Government of Pakistan. The Government has developed an institutional framework aimed to encourage legal emigration and labour promotion, under the overall supervision of the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (MOPHRD). Where the majority of the potential migrants from KPK and FATA are willing to go to the GCC countries, similarly, the majority of potential migrants from Punjab, especially Gujrat, Gujranwala, Mandi Bahauddin etc. are more interested in Europe as a destination. This is usually due to the already existing large pockets of Pakistani diaspora from these regions in countries like the United Kingdom. However, the decrease in demand for low-skilled labour in Europe has led thousands of Pakistanis to seek alternative ways of entering Europe. Irregular channels of migration are increasingly being used more and more frequently in Pakistan. The number of underqualified potential migrants is very high in the country, with lack of information regarding the legal possibilities for going abroad. In addition to this, well organised smuggler networks provide false information to the vulnerable migrants in order to mislead them and gain more profit. In response to these challenges, the EU funded project “Improving Migration Management in the Silk Routes Countries” seeks to support the national institutions of Pakistan, namely the MOPHRD as the federal responsible government entity and the Department of Labour and Human Resource Development, as the responsible government entity in Punjab, with the establishment of a network of Migrant Resource Centre (MRC). Through collective collaboration of other key stakeholders at federal, provincial and district level, the centre aims to increase accessibility to general and specific information on migration, providing potential migrants with information and counselling, as well as raising awareness on irregular migration and its related risks. In this regard, ICMPD is seeking applications from qualified and results oriented Pakistani citizens for the position of the Counsellor, Migrant Resource Centre. The position is Islamabad based with travel with in the Punjab and KPK.

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