Core Functions / Responsibilities:
Purpose of the Assignment
This consultancy forms part of a project entitled “Supporting the Western Indian Ocean Mechanism for Maritime Security: Promoting Maritime Governance on Migration Issues in the Indian Ocean Commission Region”. Implemented in collaboration with the IOC General Secretariat, the Regional Maritime Information Fusion Center (RMIFC) and the Regional Coordination Operations Center (RCOC), the project’s main objective is to contribute to strengthening IOC Governments’ capacities to better understand and address the risks and threats as well as associated challenges posed by migration-related transnational organized maritime crimes in the region, including by migrant smugglers and human traffickers.
This consultancy will be realized under the project’s Outcome 2, which aims to effectively address transnational crimes and threats through better information and intelligence platforms and information sharing networks in the Western Indian Ocean region. This research will complement, and yet provide a distinct approach, to other research undertaken by IOM in Southern Africa, in particular the regional Stocktaking Assessment carried out under the Southern Africa Migration Management (SAMM) Project, funded by the European Commission, which will provide evidence on the regional dynamics of migration flows, as well as to assess existing migration data frameworks and migration management policies.
The International Organization for Migration is seeking the services of a Consultant with expertise in research and migration to conduct an analysis of the cross-border migration and mobility flows, routes and characterized trends in the Western Indian Ocean regional maritime context, with a specific focus on the Indian Ocean Commission countries.
Scope and objectives of the assessment:
The objective of the consultancy is to identify and analyze trends and characteristics of cross- border migration flows, especially on irregular migration which include smuggling and trafficking as well as linkages to other maritime incidents and crimes in the regional maritime context of the IOC. The study will analyze human mobility trends, characterize key migratory routes and dynamics (including in terms of means of transportation, points of entry, migrants’ profiles and socio-economic situations). Moreover, the study will ascertain relevant migration data sources that are available, existing data sets as well as gaps in currently available data. In addition, an analysis will be undertaken to inform existing coordinating mechanisms for data exchange at national and regional levels.
This analysis will serve as a basis to obtain information at national and regional levels, for policy development and operational responses to maritime security, identification of information gaps, and undertake further analysis of how this intelligence could be best used for operational and policy responses, with a focus on migrants’ protection and assistance as well appropriate law enforcement responses. The study shall provide information on the quality, quantity and reliability of data available on human mobility within the IOC region, as well as the use of those data to inform evidence-based policies and strategies.
The assignment will be undertaken under the overall supervision of the IOM Head of Office for Mauritius and Seychelles (based in Mauritius), in close coordination with IOM Madagascar, IBM Regional Thematic Specialist from IOM Regional Office for Southern Africa and the Regional Research Officer as well with the IOC General Secretariat.