Position Title: Consultant - Mapping of National Referral Stakeholders against Trafficking in Persons in Mauritius
Duty Station: Homebased
Type of Appointment: Consultancy
Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible
Closing Date:02 November 2020 (Republication)
Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.
IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment. Internal and external candidates are eligible to apply to this vacancy. For the purpose of the vacancy, internal candidates and NMS candidates, as well as external female candidates are considered as first-tier.
Trafficking in Persons (TIP) remains a contemporary challenge affecting every regions and societies around the world. Every country is concerned, whether as countries of origin, transit or destination of victims of transnational trafficking, or as countries in which forms of national trafficking (involving nationals within national borders) occur. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the leading international organization working on TIP issues and assistance to Victims of Trafficking (VoTs) in the Western Indian Ocean Region (Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and Comoros) and has been implementing Counter Trafficking (CT) programming in the region since 2014.
According to the 2019 US State Department, Trafficking in Persons TIP Report, Mauritius has demonstrated considerable efforts compared to the previous period. However, the report identified that no charges were brought against traffickers during the reporting period and that adult protection services are still lacking, with no specialized shelters or systematic provisions for care. In addition, the report recommended that coordination between law enforcement and prosecutors needed to be further improved as the court process continued to be slow, discouraging some victims from seeking damages.
The Government of Mauritius has shown high level commitment in fighting TIP, through many actions during the last decades; for example, by setting up a National Steering Committee on Anti-Human trafficking. The Committee plans to work on a national action plan and to finalize it in 2020, in order to ensure swift implementation.
Core Functions / Responsibilities:
Purpose of the Assignment
This assignment is part of a 24-month project entitled ‘Improving TIP Referral Outcome in Comoros and Mauritius’, funded by the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons of the US Department of State (J/TIP). It aims to contribute to the Government of Mauritius’ efforts and the Mauritian civil society’s to combating TIP, by improving the referral outcome. The project is formulated around an objective and is articulated around the paradigm of the three Ps (prosecution of perpetrators, protection of victims, and partnerships).
A component of this project aims at a sustainable transfer of knowledge and expertise, through repeated training, and by supporting the trained officials, in order to establish a pool of expertise; also through the development of standardized tools adapted to the legal environment and the context of Mauritius; and by supporting multisectoral coordination between relevant stakeholders.
Achieving these objectives requires the collaboration of all stakeholders engaged in fighting TIP, including governmental partners, technical and financial partners, and civil society organizations (CSOs) to be mobilized on this issue and / or related issues. In this respect, a Technical Working Group (TWG), comprising actual members of the National Steering Committee on Anti-Human trafficking and other relevant stakeholders, for monitoring the implementation of the project (TWG) will be set up in order to have a platform to facilitate: joint management and monitoring of the project by the stakeholders; establish a mechanism for the necessary coordination, discussion, and collaboration of stakeholders in the implementation of project activities and the development of project tools and deliverables; and serving as a forum for sharing and exchanging expertise and knowledge among all stakeholders.
In order to guarantee an inclusive participation in the TWG, and to serve as a baseline on past, current, or anticipated actions of national stakeholders on the trafficking in persons issue or related issue, a mapping of national referral stakeholders in the fight against trafficking in persons in Mauritius will be conducted.
Scope of the Assignment
IOM is seeking the services of a Consultant with expertise in mapping exercises and trafficking in persons to undertake a mapping of national referral stakeholders in Mauritius to help identify the composition and enable an inclusive participation in the TWG. This mapping shall also inform and refine the conceptualization and implementation of project activities and the development of project tools and deliverables by providing the TWG with a reference line (baseline) on past, current or future actions for national stakeholders on the issue of trafficking in persons or relevant related topics.
The assignment will be undertaken under the overall supervision of the Head of Office, IOM Mauritius & Seychelles, in close coordination the Prime Minister’s Office (Home Affairs) and IOM Experts. It will comprise both desk review and data collection in the field. IOM in coordination with the Consultant will agree on the scope and methodology.
The specific expected results are:
The mapping exercise report provides specific indications and information on past, current, or planned actions by national stakeholders on the issue of trafficking in persons or relevant related issues;
The report of the mapping exercise provides information on the classification and network of stakeholders in the Mauritian context by the subject of trafficking in persons or relevant related subjects, and thus informs the composition and inclusive participation in the TWG.
The consultant is expected to perform the following tasks / activities:
1) Inception phase, including:
a) Literature review and critical analysis
b) Prepare a provisional list of partners for interview, and a draft interview guide for the identification of past, current, or planned actions by national stakeholders on the issue of trafficking in persons or relevant related topics;
c) Proposed report outline (table of content);
d) Submit to IOM the inception report.
2) Mapping report:
a) Based on the list of partners and the validated interview guide, conduct interviews with the partners concerned remotely or in person;
b) Based on the inputs received from IOM on the content of the inception report, write the mapping exercise report (maximum 20 pages - excluding any annexes) including:
c) Submit the draft mapping report to IOM for comments;
d) Integrate the inputs and finalize the mapping exercise report;
e) Present the mapping exercise report to stakeholders.
This assignment is expected to start tentatively in mid- November 2020, but the actual timeline is subject to change based on the date the agreement is signed between IOM and the Consultant. The Assignment shall be completed no later than end of December 2020.
i. Inception report
ii. Final, print ready report
All documents are to be produced and delivered in English
Required Qualifications and Experience
IOM is seeking applications from individual consultants. The successful consultant should have a minimum of the following qualifications and experience:
· Advanced university degree in international relations, political science, international economics, demography, statistics, development studies, social or behavioural science, migration studies, or other relevant social sciences
· Minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience of working in academia, research institutes, think tanks, governmental, inter-governmental, or non-governmental organizations.
· Extensive knowledge and experience of stakeholders’ mapping.
· Proven experience and expertise of migration issues, including counter trafficking issues.
· Proven previous working experience consisting of substantial involvement in mapping, assessments, evaluations, and/or reviews in related areas.
· Working experience with senior officials within government, inter-governmental, and nongovernmental organizations.
· Full computer literacy, including familiarity with research tools.
· Proven capacity to coordinate all administrative and technical aspects of the consultancy.
· Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment and establish harmonious and effective relationships
Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of French and Mauritian Creole is an advantage.
- Inclusion and respect for diversity: encourages the inclusion of all team members and stakeholders while demonstrating the ability to work constructively with people with different backgrounds and orientations.
- Integrity and transparency: maintains impartiality and takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour.
- Professionalism: demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter and willingness to improve knowledge and skills.
- Teamwork: establishes strong relationships with colleagues and partners; relates well to people at all levels.
- Delivering results: produces quality results and provides quality services to clients.
- Managing and sharing knowledge: shares knowledge and learning willingly, and proactively seeks to learn from the experiences of others.
- Accountability: operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules.
- Communication: encourages others to share their views, using active listening to demonstrate openness and to build understanding of different perspectives.
Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.