Call for Applications
Position Title : Consultant (UN Common Framework Design Specialist)
Reference Number : CFA/IOMSO/004/2023
Duty Station : IOM Somalia, Nairobi, Kenya
Type of Appointment : Consultancy
Duration of Contract : Four (4) Months
Organizational Unit : Durable Solutions Unit
Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible
Closing Date : 5th December 2023
Established in 1951, IOM is a Related Organization of the United Nations, and as the leading
UN agency in the field of migration, 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.
The UN Secretary General’s Action Agenda on Internal Displacement aims to help internally
displaced persons find a durable solution to their displacement, better prevent new
displacement crises from emerging and ensure those facing displacement receive effective
protection and assistance.
Somalia remains at the epicenter of one of the world’s largest displacement crises with an
estimated 3.8 million internally displaced people (IDPs). The combination of internal
displacement and refugee return is exacerbating Somalia’s demographic shift from a rural to
a predominantly urbanized country. IDPs and vulnerable returnees tend to join existing,
congested settlements or establish temporary sites in urban and peri-urban areas seeking
safety and assistance. The large population movements put additional pressure on already
scarce resources and limited services in urban areas. Rapidly growing cities such as
Mogadishu, Baidoa and Kismayo face enormous challenges in creating urban livelihood
opportunities, providing safety, access to basic services, justice and securing housing, land
and property rights. Forced evictions are one of the most severe and prevalent protection
threats for IDPs, returnees and poor households. IDPs – particularly women and girls –
continue to be among the most vulnerable in Somalia living in precarious conditions, often
facing exclusion and marginalization and having limited social support networks, livelihood
opportunities and coping mechanisms available. As the majority of IDPs are unlikely to return
to areas from where they were displaced, displacement in Somalia has become an inherently
urban challenge with major implications for Somali society and the development of the
country. Preventing protracted displacement and identifying practical and lasting solutions
requires concerted and collective efforts by the government, Somali stakeholders and their
partners. In recognition of the complex challenges of protracted and urban displacement in
IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. Internal and external
candidates are eligible to apply to this vacancy. For the purpose of the vacancy, female
candidates are considered as first-tier candidates.
Somalia and to promote a shift in how displacement is addressed in the country, the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator (DSRSG/RC/HC) launched the Durable Solutions Initiative (DSI) in early 2016. The DSI is based on the premise that durable solutions to displacement can only be attained through strong government leadership and collective efforts from humanitarian, development and state-/ peace-building partners and with the inclusion of displacement-affected communities themselves. The DSI supports a principled collective approach to durable solutions by all relevant actors and guides the implementation of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) in Somalia and respective commitments made under the Nairobi Declaration and Action Plan in regard to the reintegration of refugee returnees in Somalia.
Acknowledging the primary responsibility of the government to address displacement, in 2020 the Government of Somalia developed a National Durable Solutions Strategy. The strategic objectives of this Strategy aim to achieve durable solutions for displacement affected communities in Somalia through evidence-based analyses, a bottom-up and inclusive consensus building approach and the employment of integrated and systematic programming. Specifically, the National Durable Solutions Strategy (NDSS) will act as an operational roadmap setting out a collective vision to guide the implementation of durable solutions programing over a five- year period in Somalia.
The goal of this consultancy is to support the UN Integrated Office in Somalia to develop a collective UN framework which maps our contributions to realizing the NDSS strategy. This framework will also align with the UNSG Action Agenda on Internal Displacement.
Guided by the National Durable Solutions Strategy and the Action Agenda on Internal Displacement, working in close collaboration with the Resident Coordinator and his team, and via consultations with the UNCT/HCT, government, ReDSS and other relevant stakeholders the consultant (s) will perform the following:
Nature of the consultancy:
To support the UN Integrated Office in Somalia to develop a collective UN framework which maps our contributions to realizing the National Durable Solutions Strategy
Core Functions / Responsibilities:
The core duties shall include the following:
1.In collaboration with the UNCT/ HCT, RGs, Nexus taskforce support analysis and conduct multi-stakeholder consultations, coordinate engagement of various groups such that joint analysis at critical steps of the processes are reached.
2.Consult with government at FGS, FMS and with key Municipalities most affected by displacement to gain feedback on the current & previous UN contributions to address displacement.
3.Desk review on inputs from the UNCT/HCT, Nexus Taskforce and Results Groups on outcome areas, outputs, indicators, results, and resources.
4.Highlight key gaps, bottleneck, and opportunities in the UN support to the NDSS and Action Agenda in Somalia focused on UN capacities towards interventions that are catalytic, strategic and have the greatest impact.
5.Organize validation workshops and build in feedback loops such that a consensus on the UN common framework and priorities, based on the NDSS and supported by an overarching alignment to the Action Agenda on Internal Displacement.
6.Produce a high-quality draft and final UN Common Framework that highlights how the UN programming, collectively and at agency level, is aligned to the NDSS and Action Agenda. Roll out of the GBV action plan, including coordination of GBV assessment, mapping and indicator tracking.
Tangible and measurable outputs of the work assignment
1.Inception report by 31st December 2023 detailing the key issues to be covered under the work, methodology and work plan.
2.Draft and final analytical reports not longer than 30 pages on the current support from the UNCT/HCT on Solutions in Somalia.
3.Proposed prioritization criteria to guide collective UN investments.
4.Options for collaborative interventions and how these can be scaled up.
5.Database of all the data collected during the study.
6.PowerPoint deck summarizing the study findings.
7.Two – three validation workshops to build consensus using virtual and face to face modalities.
Performance indicators for the evaluation of results
Workplan or Deliverables
Design a methodology and workplan to be included in the Inception Report
Design a workplan to be included in the Inception Report
Inception report by 31st December 2023 detailing the key issues to be covered under the work
Draft and final analytical reports not longer than 30 pages on the current support from the UNCT/HCT on Solutions in Somalia.
Proposed prioritization criteria to guide collective UN investments.
Options for collaborative interventions and how these can be scaled up.
Database of all the data collected during the study.
Final UN Common Framework Report
Two – three validation workshops to build consensus using virtual and face to face modalities.
Required Education Qualifications
•A minimum of an advanced university degree in a social science with a specialization on displacement, migration studies, focus on the African continent, research methods, or another related field; with 7 years of professional experience.
•Demonstrated experience in policy development and framework design, preferably within the context of international organizations.
•Track record of research on migration, community stabilization and durable solutions.
•Track record of effective coordination with multiple stakeholders for research on migration, community stabilization, durable solutions or preferably all three areas combined
•In-depth knowledge of UN and bilateral donor programming or INGO programming in durable solutions and resilience context
•Knowledge of Somali context
•Fluency in English is required (oral and written); Working proficiency of Somali will be an added advantage.
•Travel to Somalia required.
•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.
•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.
Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this call for applications is subject to funding confirmation.
Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment and verification of residency, visa and authorizations by the concerned Government, where applicable.
Interested candidates should submit CV and a cover letter indicating the Call for application number (CFA) Position Title and the Duty Station with three professional referees and their contacts (both email and telephone) to: [email protected]
From: 29.11.2023 to 05.12.2023