Call for Application for Consultancy Services
- Position Title : Research Consultant
- Duty Station : Pristina, Kosovo
- Classification : Consultancy
- Type of Appointment : 3 months
- Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible
- Closing Date : May 29, 2022
Nature of the consultancy:
Develop and conduct a research study using the Migration Governance Indicators (MGI) elements toolkit to identify good practices and gaps to improve the programming, operations and policy advice on the migration, environment and climate change nexus.
Project Context and Scope:
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC )6th Assessment report, warming in Europe will continue to rise faster than the global mean, increasing climate impacts across Europe as European cities are projected to be hotspots for increasing temperatures and extreme heat, floods and droughts. Largely negative impacts are projected for southern European regions (e.g., increased cooling needs and water demand, losses in agricultural production, and water scarcity). There are four key risks related to climate change likely to affect Europe - mortality and morbidity of people and ecosystems disruptions due to heat; loss in agricultural production due to combined heat and droughts; water scarcity across sectors; and impacts of floods on people, economies and infrastructure. Furthermore, there is emerging evidence that climate risks in Europe may also impact financial markets, food production and marine resources beyond Europe.
Climate change impacts act as an accelerator of migration drivers (e.g. demographic, economic, environmental, political and social) often by exacerbating existing processes of environmental degradation. In other countries, migration has been shown to have considerable positive impacts on household and community-level adaptation to climate risks. However, there is lack of information on environment and climate change in the context of migration specific to Kosovo1, and little understanding of this topic within authorities. Hence, it is increasingly pertinent to (1) improve understanding of the nexus between migration, environment and climate change among relevant stakeholders in Kosovo1, and (2) provide guidance to authorities on improving Kosovo’s migration governance structures. This will help to create the enabling conditions necessary to unlock the adaptation potential of migration, reduce the risks related to migration as well as formulate actionable recommendations to support well-managed migration in the context of climate action. This includes ensuring there is evidence to guide policy development, and assessing whether certain policies relevant to migration governance in the context of climate change are in place.
The project “Effective evidence-based responses through strengthened migration data collection and capacities in the South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia Region” will aim to contribute to supporting the authorities’ strategic vision of combatting climate change in Kosovo1 and mainstreaming the migration, environment and climate change nexus into relevant policy processes. The assessment will help to ascertain whether the policies relevant to migration governance in the context of climate change are in place.
The assessment will create a more in-depth look at specific policy structures and initiatives that the authorities wish to strengthen to address migration, climate change and environment nexus which will inform and allow relevant stakeholders to improve understanding of the nexus between migration, environment and climate change among relevant stakeholders in Kosovo1, and provide guidance to authorities on improving Kosovo’s migration governance structures. The study will be carried out by a consultant targeting relevant entities using the MGI elements. This will allow us to get a more in-depth look at specific policy structures and initiatives that the authorities wish to strengthen to address migration, climate change and environment nexus. Officials from different ministries (Ministries mentioned under partnerships) will be selected and depending on the questions, one or two persons will be interviewed. IOM will use the guidance and advice from the MGI Elements User’s Guide. The study will employ quantitative research and will lead to findings report and a policy brief. The findings will raise awareness about the topic and inform policymaking, and foster policy coherence.
Organizational Department / Unit to which the Consultant is contributing: Regional Office Data and Research, Effective evidence-based responses through strengthened migration data collection and capacities in the South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia Region, DX.0077.
Category B Consultants: Tangible and measurable outputs of the work assignment
- The assignment will start on 30 May 2022 and will have to be completed (and approved by IOM) by 15 September 2022.
- Provide the first draft the research design (including methodology based on MGI elements, sampling strategy, research questions, data collection methods, locations, data analysis plan, timeline, data analysis and data protection considerations and risk assessment plan) and research tools (in English) to IOM by 15 June 2022.
- Final research design approved by IOM by 30 June 2022. Research must comply with data protection standards in place in the context of research and should be aligned with IOM Data Protection Principles4.
- Present the preliminary findings based on literature review as well as interview list to IOM by 15 July 2022.
- Present coded interview transcripts based on the coding list and general themes and sub themes extracted by 20 July 2022.
- Submit the first draft of the research results to IOM by 30 July 2022. And provide conclusions and recommendations for the development of policies and programmes in the context of migration and climate change adaptation.
- Present the preliminary findings, conclusions, and recommendations of this scoping study to the IOM project team by 15 August 2022.
- Finalise a complete draft (including footnotes, text boxes, figures, references and annex) of the research report (approx. 30 pages) including but not limited to an Executive Summary, Abbreviation, Introduction, Literature Review, Research Methodology, Findings and Analysis, Conclusion, Recommendations, References, and relevant Annexes. And a research/policy brief (4 pages) in English summarizing key findings, conclusions, and recommendations following IOM guidelines for submission to the IOM by 30 August 2022. The final draft should be in accordance with the IOM Style Manual5, IOM Spelling List6, IOM Guidelines on Research Report Writing7, IOM Publications Layout Manual8, Essential elements of house style for research submissions9, IOM Glossary10, as well as in line with IOM Data Protection Priniciple which will be provided on the signing of the contract.11
- Presentation of the findings to stakeholders by 10 September 2022.
Performance indicators for the evaluation of results
- Research design submitted to and approved by IOM
- Preliminary findings submitted to and approved by IOM
- Final Draft submitted to and approved by IOM
Education, Experience and/or skills required
- Graduate degree in Migration Studies, Sociology, Human Geography, Environment and Society studies, or other relevant social sciences.
- Demonstrated expertise and experience in conducting mixed methods research in the fields of migration, environment, climate change, and sustainable development.
- Demonstrated experience in policy analysis and/or research on relevant topics.
- Demonstrated experience engaging with relevant government authorities.
- Demonstrated experience working in the field of migration.
- Demonstrated experience in publishing in peer-reviewed journals or being commissioned by government entities, UN agencies, or development partners to develop reports on relevant topics will be an advantage.
- Demonstrated experience of research in Kosovo1 will be an advantage.
- Demonstrated skills in data collection, research and report writing
- Experience in statistical analysis tools
- Ability to conduct interviews in the official languages in Kosovo1, be it in person or via interpreter.
- Experience writing technical requirements documents, translating/planning specifications to technical briefs for data capture/analysis, and compiling diverse datasets;
- Proficient in Microsoft Office applications e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, E-mail, Outlook;
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills including ability to work under time, pressure and meet deadlines.
- Ability to manage multiple responsibilities at once, effectively perform multiple tasks and prioritize the tasks.
- Attention to detail, ability to organize paperwork in a methodical way;
- Fluency in English (oral and written), fluency in Albanian is an advantage. The ability to conduct interviews in Albanian and Serbian, be it in person or via interpreter is required.
This task requires traveling within Kosovo.
- Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
- Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
- Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.
Core Competencies – behavioural indicators
- Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.
- Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action-oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
- Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
- Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.
- Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.
How to apply:
Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications – CV or Personal History Form (download here) and Cover Letter to IOMPristina@iom.int by May 29, 2021 midnight at the latest, referring to CFA 2022/XK052222 in the subject line.
In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM only accepts applications duly completed.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
From 12.05.2022 – 29.05.2022