International Organization For Migration (IOM)

Research Consultant (Re-migration Analysis, EU-IOM Joint Initiative Programme)

International Organization For Migration (IOM)

Job Description

Launched in December 2016 with funding from the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF), the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration is the first comprehensive programme to save lives, protect and assist migrants along key migration routes in Africa. In Horn of Africa, the programme was launched in March 2017 targeting Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan but also covering other Khartoum Process countries.

Within the EU-IOM Joint Initiative returning migrants are reintegrated in their counties of origin in line with IOM’s Integrated Approach to Reintegration. The reintegration support aims to address returnees’ economic, social and Psychosocial needs and to foster inclusion of communities of return in reintegration planning and support whenever possible. Support can be provided directly by IOM or by partners.

IOM’s definition of sustainable reintegration specifies that sustainable reintegration is achieved when re-migration is a matter of ‘choice’ rather than ‘necessity’. While among the reintegration caseload in the HoA region there are confirmed cases of re-migration, there is no clear understanding of the factors that influence intentions and decision-making around re-migration.

To build a robust and evidence-based Analysis on this topical issue, individual preferences and intentions with respect to re-migration can be better understood by using Discrete Choice Experiments (DCEs), a method that involves asking individuals to state their preference over hypothetical alternative scenarios (e.g. staying, re-migrate), where each alternative is described by defined attributes (e.g. different forms or modalities of reintegration support, macro-level conditions, income level and/or stability, etc.) and the responses are used to estimate the extent to which specific attributes can influence preferences.

DCEs are planned be conducted on a representative sample of the reintegration caseload in the HoA region and possibly also in three different communities with high prevalence of returnees (one in Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan, respectively). Complementary qualitative research can also be conducted on returnees intending to re-migrate or not, host community members and returnees who have already re-migrated.

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Research Consultant – Re-migration Analysis (EU-IOM Joint Initiative Programme) and in Coordination with the M&E Officer of the EU-IOM Joint Initiative Programme, the incumbent will assist the Regional Office in:
  • Designing and implementing a mixed-methods study on re-migration intentions and decision-making among returning migrants.
  • Producing Knowledge Products to disseminate the results.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES

The key tasks the consultant will undertake:
  1. Review of programme documentation and literature relevant to the assignment;
  2. Provide inputs for the development of an experimental Design (discrete choice experiment/conjoint analysis) suitable for the re-migration decisions analysis to be conducted;
  3. Contribute to the definition of qualitative and quantitative Data Collection tools and sampling strategy;
  4. Conduct Data Analysis and robustness checks;
  5. Draft sections or provide inputs to knowledge products for result dissemination.
The deliverables: A. Inception report with programme documentation and literature review, Experimental Design and inputs to data collection tools.

B. Analytical input inclusive of clean datasets, data analysis files and narrative inputs for the re-migration analysis knowledge product.

Deliverable A. is to be submitted for revision no later than two (2) months after the signature of the contract. Deliverable B. is to be submitted for review no later than the 15th of September 2021.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Master’s degree in a field relevant to the subject area of the assignment (e.g. Economics, Statistics, Sociology, Political Science or a related field using quantitative analysis of primary survey data) from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience.
  • Excellent report writing skills with proven track-record of producing knowledge products linked to the subject area of the project.
  • Experience in designing and conducting discrete choice experiments.
  • Experience in conducting quantitative or mixed-methods research on migration.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills and proven ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships.

LANGUAGES

Required: Fluency in both written and spoken English is required
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