CALL FOR RESEARCH CONSULTANT

  

 

BACKGROUND

The International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) serves and protects uprooted people, refugees, internally displaced persons and migrants, regardless of faith, race, ethnicity or nationality. ICMC operates the ICMC-UNHCR deployment scheme, via a roster of experts that interview refugees and assess their needs and capacities to identify the best third-country solution; preparing the resettlement registration forms for third countries and assist refugees to access other pathways for admission to third countries, such as humanitarian visas and family reunification.

Established in March 2012 and led by the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) Europe based in Brussels, the Share Network provides a Europe-wide platform for mutual exchange and learning amongst regional and local actors to foster welcome.

ICMC Europe/SHARE Network is a partner of the project EU-PASSWORLD: Widening Complementary Pathways linked to Community Sponsorship in Europe, led by Caritas Italiana, implemented from January 2022 until December 2024 and funded by the European Union’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF).

The project promotes Complementary Pathways (CPs) for people in need of protection and their further integration by bringing together a unique multi-stakeholder consortium of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Governments, Universities and UNHCR offices leading the work on Community Sponsorship (CS) and CPs to design, pilot and implement innovative policies, practices and tools that foster the linkage between the two. The project will develop activities in Italy, Belgium, and Ireland, that have committed to design policies for Labour and Education CP for people in need of international protection and implement programs that, whilst different forms, will be centred on linking legal pathways to community engagement (community sponsorships). Through the involvement of relevant Networks (UNHCR, Refugee Hub and SHARE) the project will analyse, exchange, and compare national programs with other EU and non-EU countries (Canada, Australia, and the UK) developing similar pathways. Exchanges will allow the project to leverage results and will help foster EU's role globally as a key source of innovation in the complementary pathways space

 

SCOPE OF THE WORK

Within the EU-PASSWORLD Project, ICMC Europe will lead the consortium in establishing a working group on research and best practice exchange on Identification, Referral and Matching in the context of complementary pathways.

This Working Group will involve research and best practice mapping and exchange between relevant stakeholders, including UNHCR, NGOS and other international and operational organizations, universities and employers.

Research will analyse different systems and partnerships being used: Refugee Self Applications (open systems), Referral via field technical staff (Talent Beyond Boundaries) or deployment, referral via operational (NGO) partners. Identification will follow UNHCR principles, standards and procedural safeguards to assess protection needs and vulnerabilities, based on long standing experience in first countries of asylum.

To discuss and analyze ongoing practices, one technical working sessions of the working group will be organized in Kenya (or another refugee-hosting country) where several member states and organizations operate a range of programs on complementary pathways and higher education and labor mobility, utilizing varied methods and tools for identification and referral.

As an outcome of the research and Working Group, the action will define a comparative framework and identify best practices and outcomes and publish a report on Identification, Referral and Matching Best Practices.

ICMC Europe is recruiting a Consultant to carry out this research and mapping, lead and coordinate an Identification, Referral and Matching Working Group, and write the comparative report based on research and working groups findings.

The post will be carried out remotely, preferably Europe based and, as COVID restrictions allow, will involve a limited amount of travel to Brussels and Kenya (or another refugee-hosting country). The successful applicant will have an in-depth understanding of and field experience in resettlement and complementary pathways, refugee protection and in identification and referral processes, have excellent networking and organizational skills, and established experience in (comparative) research and report writing.

 

For more information on Responsibilities, Deliverables and Key competencies for the role, download the call here.

 

CONDITIONS

  • ▪  Subcontract Agreement taking place between mid-March 2022 June 2024 with a maximum budget of 25,000€ (VAT inclusive)

  • ▪  Work will require limited travel, comprised of 1 trip to Brussels, Belgium and 1 trip to Kenya (or another refugee-hosting country), to be included in overall budget of the consultant

  • ▪  The researcher should be available for preparations for the first Working Group Meeting, April 2022

  • ▪  Flexibility in timing of work will be required, busier periods are foreseen during the time of Working Group Meetings

  • ▪  Joint applications between two researchers are eligible, keeping in mind the overall budget and deliverables

 

TO APPLY

Consultants meeting the above criteria are invited to submit their application by e-mail to Ms. Petra Hueck, Head of Office: secretariat.be@icmc.net. Please write “Research Consultant EU- PASSWORLD” in the subject line.

Applications should include the following:

  • ✓  CV of the consultant, outlining relevant professional experiences and samples of research and projects.

  • ✓  Methodology and approach to the research, as well as overall timeline and planning of the work to be undertaken (maximum 2 pages)

  • ✓  Proposed daily rate and expected number of working days, bearing in mind the overall budget (maximum 1 page or an excel document)

  • ✓  Names and contact email addresses of 2 professional references

The closing date for receipt of applications is 13 February 2022. Applications will be evaluated upon receipt and candidates will be selected based on their proposal, their skills and expertise and an interview with ICMC Europe and members of the project consortium.