Duration of Assignment: Approximately 90 days
The Central Mediterranean is considered to be the deadliest migration route in the world, with more than 13,800 deaths recorded in this area since 2014. There is also evidence that the rise in the number of migrant deaths on this route is a result of several factors, in particularly increasingly dangerous smuggling practices, leading to high numbers of migrant fatalities not only after their departure from Libya on unseaworthy boats, but even before, on their way across the Saharan desert. It is also a known fact that the routes are changing and becoming more dangerous, exposing these migrants to higher risks for their life, whenever smugglers attempt to avoid checkpoints or border patrols, hence increasing the likeliness of suffering from technical problems because of the harsher driving conditions on the desert tracks used. If smugglers face troubles en route, they often kick the migrants out of their vehicles and leave them to fend for themselves, without water, food or shelter in the middle of nowhere, without having the possibility to contact anybody to get help.
In this context, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), with the financial support from the Government of Sweden, launched a project entitled “Central Mediterranean Migration Route (CMR): Enhance Capacities of Governments to Counter the Dangers and Hazards as well as Health Security Issues in Mixed Migratory Flows” to enhance the capacities of governments to counter the dangers and hazards as well as health security issues in mixed migration flows.
The project aims at taking a comprehensive, but tailored, approach in tackling this situation more effectively: on one side through enhancing the access for vulnerable people and those ending up in distress along the CMR, providing immediate humanitarian assistance by non-governmental organizations or concerned governmental institutions, on the other side through improving the mechanisms for international cooperation and collaboration of concerned stakeholders.
The scope of project activities may include, but not limited to, the following two main components:
Convene the Operational Heads of Border Services including Border Guards and Border Police at a Regional Roundtable Meeting to discuss possible ways forward to improve (operational) capacities, coordination and information sharing mechanisms among all stakeholders along the CMR, inter alia through targeted capacity building support, and
Establish an evidence-based cross-border coordination mechanism on disease surveillance and early warning system among all key stakeholders in the health sector, including immigration officials, along the CMR in particular the borders of Libya-Tunisia, Libya-Niger and Algeria-Niger, as well as providing health related basic equipment and training to targeted border crossing points/border posts in order to enhance the preparedness and response capacity for health security in particular prevention of cross-border infectious diseases.
2. Main tasks and responsibilities
Under the overall supervision of Migration Health Officer in IOM Libya, and in close coordination and collaboration with the designated health focal points in IOM Algeria, Niger, and Tunisia, the Senior Regional Immigration and Border Management Specialist and the Regional Migration Health Specialist based in Cairo, Egypt as well as the Regional Migration Health Specialist in Dakar, Senegal, national consultants recruited for this project as well as the other relevant colleagues in IOM, the incumbent will successfully implement the health component including coordination among the implementing countries as well as with the stakeholders, conducting needs assessments.
The incumbent will undertake the following tasks:
3. Deliverables and estimated schedule
4. Payment schedule
§ Language Skills
§ Computer Skills
§ Skills and Competencies
The incumbent will report to the Migration Health Officer in IOM Libya regularly and to Regional Migration Health Specialist in Cairo, Egypt on at least a monthly basis, to assess the progress of the project.
All-inclusive daily fee of up to USD 450 depending on the qualification and expertise assessed.
When travelling on duty outside the designated duty station, Daily Subsistence Assistance (DSA) based on the IOM’s regulations will be provided separately besides the consultancy fee.
The proposal along with the applicant’s CV should be submitted to
on or before 16 October 2018. Applications received after this date will not be considered. Successful applicants will be invited for interviews before final selection.