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Migration Gap Assessment based on the National Context Towards the 2030 Agenda and SDGs in Iraq
Project Title: Supporting the United Nations Network on Migration in Iraq
Duty Station: Home-based
Duration: 3 months
Estimated Starting Date: July 1st, 2021
Migration in Iraq is a complex phenomenon with heavy outward migration and severe internal displacement. Iraq also hosts refugees from neighboring countries, foreign workers, tourists, and receives returning Iraqis. Since 2012, Iraq has entered into several international migration agreements and consultative processes to strengthen migration management, joined UN Conventions, and passed relevant migration-related national laws. Migration-related gaps such as limited strategic coherence of migration policy and migrant labor regulations have been identified using the first National Migration Management Strategy (NMS) in 2020 using findings from the Migration Governance Indicators (MGI) assessment.
Iraq adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, which recognized for the first time the contribution of migration to sustainable development. Iraq Vision 2030 encapsulates an ambitious governance agenda to achieve sustainable human development and sustain peace. This includes upholding the rule of law and access to justice, fostering integrity, transparency, and fighting corruption, but also improving administrative decentralization, promoting effective public participation in decision-making, enhancing the values of citizenship and reducing inequality, promoting a culture of tolerance and community peace, as well as values of achievement, initiative, and volunteerism.
In such context, and as part of the UNDP and IOM supporting the government of Iraq through the project “Supporting the United Nations Network on Migration in Iraq”, this assignment aims to identify the synergies between the migration-related issues in Iraq and the country vision 2030, migration governance plans, and other strategic documents - for the next decade of action of sustainability.
The Migration Gap Assessment in Iraq from the Lens of the National Context Towards the 2030 Agenda and SDGs will contribute to ensuring better actions for the implementation and monitoring of the SDGs based on the pledge of leaving no one behind. S/he must demonstrate or has lengthy experience and knowledge in migration context (preferably in the Arab States) and SDGs tools/instrument used in identified and strengthen the synergies between the migration-related gaps and SDGs targets and indicators including and not limited to the Rapid Integrated Assessment (RIA) tool. This will require scoping, reviewing, analyzing the current national context, to conduct a practical and clear migration gap assessment aligned with the national SDGs context which will help in tracking the migration-related challenges/ and opportunities in Iraq.
The main objective of the consultancy services is to provide a robust Migration Gap Analysis synergies with the Agenda 2030 within the context of Iraq – aligned with Iraq National Migration Management Strategy, the Migration Governance Indicators assessment, Vision 2030, SDGs data gap assessment report, and other strategic plans and documents. The International Consultant will take the lead, in conjunction with the SDGs Project Team at UNDP-IRAQ, Senior Management from the Ministry of Planning and Ministry of Migration and Displaced, and other line ministries, in undertaking migration gap assessment exercise from the lens of the National Vision 2030 and the SDGs implementation and monitoring in the country to produce "Migration Gap Assessment Report Based on the National SDGs context" – in which assess current migration gaps at the migration governance, provide synergies with the national Vision 2030 on SDGs, and formulating migration-related challenges/and opportunities framework.
3.Scope of Works and deliverables
In carrying out the assignment, the International Consultant is required to employ a collaborative approach in ensuring that inputs are obtained from the Senior Management at the Ministry of Planning, Ministry of Finance, and integrated throughout the drafting process in consultation with UNDP Iraq.
In completing the scope of work, the consultant is expected to closely coordinate with UNDP-Iraq, the Ministry of Planning, the Ministry of Migration and Displaced, and other relevant governmental entities. The consultant will participate in meetings and discussions with relevant stakeholders, and if needed facilitate a national level workshop for inputs and feedback into the draft of the migration gap assessment report from the lens of the national SDGs context.
The Consultant will develop, in consultation with key stakeholders including the Ministry of Planning, Ministry of Migration and Displaced in Baghdad and UNDP-Iraq, migration gap assessment report Based on the National SDGs context.
The key milestones/deliverables and the timelines of the planned activities to be accomplished by the consultant from July 1st to September 30th, 2021, are tabulated below.
Tentative Complition Date
Development of methodological approach including workplan for the preparation process of the migration gap assessment report based on the national SDGs context
July 10, 2021
Formulate and describe the outlines for the migration gap assessment report based on the national SDGs context
July 20, 2021
Conduct consultation sessions with multi-stakeholders on the outlines of the report and the preparation process of the assessment
July 25, 2021
Development of migration gap assessment report based on the national SDGs context
September 15, 2021
Facilitate sub-national wide validation sessions on the migration gap assessment report based on the national SDGs context
September 20, 2021
Facilitate capacity strengthening workshop for a governmental and non-governmental organization on migration challenges/ and opportunities and solution pathways to be adopted by the country for better implementation and monitoring of the SDGs in Iraq from the pledge of leaving no-one behind
September 25, 2021
PowerPoint presentation to the National level endorsement
September 30, 2021
The Consultant will report directly to the SDGs Project Manager at the UNDP country office throughout the assignment period, in delivering the above-mentioned deliverables as per an agreed workplan
The expected duration of the assignment is from July 1st to September 30, 2021.
- Advanced university degree in international studies and developments, social science, development studies, conflict and criminology, and other related fields.
- At least 5 years of experience working on the migration-related challenges, development of strategic plans and sustainable development reports
- Has experience of working with UN or governments on developing strategies and case studies related to SDGs and migration
- Previous working experience in developing migration and SDGs reports, national and strategic planning
- Experience in managing multi-stakeholder engagement, coordination with ministries, UN and International agencies, economic sector, private and public sectors, and stakeholders
- Excellent written and spoken in English, Arabic is a plus.
- Knowledge of and extensive experience of working in the focus areas indicated in the TOR.
- Proven competency in the production of analytical reports in quantitative and qualitative research methods is required.
- Excellent knowledge of the UN system and its work in the area of sustainable development, migration-related topics, and the intergovernmental processes related to the 2030 Agenda.
- Excellent analytical and writing skills,
- Excellent communication skills.
- Results-driven, ability to work under pressure and to meet required deadlines.
- Good understanding and practice of capacity development.
- Cultural sensitivity.
- Diplomatic skills.
- Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards.
- Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP.
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality, and age sensitivity and adaptability.
- Treats all people fairly without favoritism
- Ability to work with a multi-cultural and diverse team
- Evaluation/Selection criteria
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
- Cumulative analysis
- When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
- Responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
- Having received the highest score out of a predetermined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation:
- Technical Criteria weight; 
- Methodical Approaches; 
- Financial Criteria weight; 
Max. Point 100
Relevance and responsiveness of candidate’s experience and qualification based on submitted documents:
- Educational Background as requested: 20 Points
- At least 5 years of extensive expertise, knowledge, and experience in the field of strategic documents writing at the institutional levels including SDGs and migration report: 25 Points
- Extensive conceptual and practical knowledge of local government development and strategic principles: 15 Points
- Demonstrated experience and practical knowledge in working and collaborating with stakeholders including governments; civil society and local communities in the selected governorates for the SDG related report, Needs Assessment Report 20 Points
- Fluency in English and working knowledge in Arabic: 20 Points
Lowest Offer / Offer*100
Total Score = (Technical Score * 0.5 + Methodological approaches Score * 0.2 + Financial Score * 0.3)
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Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70 points of the 100 points in the Technical Evaluation will be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
The consultant must send a financial proposal for a total contract duration of three months. The proposed fee shall quote an all-inclusive budget for the contract period. The term “all-inclusive” implies that all costs (professional fees, communications, consumables, etc.) that could be incurred by the International Consultant in successfully completing the assignment/consultancy. Payment will be made as lumpsum on deliverable upon completion of the service.
11.Presence required on duty station/UNDP Country Office
Ö NONE * PARTIAL * INTERMITTENT 0 FULL-TIME
The application should contain:
- Updated CV to include qualifications/competencies and relevant past experience in similar projects and contact details of 2 professional referees who can certify the candidate’s competencies, professionalism, quality of presentation and overall suitability for this assignment.
Please group them into one (1) single PDF document as the application system only allows to upload maximum one document.
**Failure to submit the above-mentioned documents or Incomplete proposals shall result in disqualification
The short listed candidates may be contacted and the successful candidate will be notified.