Consultant Elaboration of an outlook on the migration-water nexus in the context of rural development

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Country: Senegal
Organization: International Organization for Migration
Closing date: 12 Oct 2020

Job position: Elaboration of an outlook on the migration-water nexus in the context of rural development

Duty station: Dakar, Senegal (Country Office)

Contract type: Consultation

Duration: 1.5 month – Home based

Start date: As soon as possible

Closing date to apply: October 12th, 2020

I. CONTEXT

Founded in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the United Nations agency responsible for migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting human and orderly migration for the benefit of all by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

Human mobility and water nexus is key when it comes to rural development, especially in water stressed communities, territories, and economies. Water is considered as one of the most important natural resources when it comes to rural communities’ resilience and mobility. Water is one of the critical reasons why we stay in a territory, the reason why we leave it, but also the reason why we move to it. Reversely, a safe, ordered and human mobility management can contribute to preserve water resources and ensure a fair access to it.

In March 2021, Dakar will host the largest event on water management, the 9th World Water Forum under the title “*Water security for peace and development”*, which will gather the water community, including decision-makers and practitioners, and representing local and national governments, international institutions and the civil society and other stakeholder groups. IOM is the coordinator of the World Water Forum’s 2F-Action Group, dedicated to migration in the context of rural development, which counts as members UN Habitat, Turkish Water Institute (SUEN), Assane Seck Ziguinchor University, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and Caritas Senegal, and Global Water Partnership (GWP) as observer. Furthermore, IOM is a member of the working group on migration of the Global Framework on Water Scarcity in Agriculture (WASAG)[1], which has for objectives to build partnerships, share knowledge on linkages between water insecurity(ies) and migration in rural areas, and promote identification of approaches and interventions on the water-migration nexus.

To strengthen these dynamics, IOM and its partners decided to elaborate an outlook on the migration water nexus in the context of rural development through the project Enhancing the capacity of IOM staff to mainstream environment and climate change within the wider framework of Migration Management in West and Central Africa – Senegal as a concrete example, funded by a Netherlands' voluntary contribution to IOM. This outlook will not only contribute to the preparatory process of the World Water Forum, but will also encourage coordinated and tailored action addressing migrant and water challenges in the context of rural development.

This consultation will be held in synergy with the other activities of the project mentioned above (MIRAC), and specifically two (2) webinars planned in November 2020 on the same issues, of which the consultant will have to report the main outcomes and recommendations.

The consultant will work under the direct supervision of the IOM Migration, Environment and Climate Change (MECC) Focal Point (based at IOM Senegal), in coordination with the IOM MECC Regional Thematic Specialist for West and Central Africa, in her quality of coordinator of the 9th World Water Forum’s 2F-Action Group. The Members of this Action Group will be consulted during the process. Global Water Partnership (GWP), in its quality of observer of the 9th World Water Forum’s 2F-Action Group, and co-coordinator of the WASAG migration working group, will also play a key-role in this consultation.

II. TASK DESCRIPTION

With the objective of developing and setting a common understanding of the migration-water nexus in the context of rural development, mainstreaming the nexus in local, national and regional strategies, policies, and programmes, and including migration into water governance frameworks and reciprocally, water management issues in migration governance frameworks, the consultant will produce a human story-centered outlook with a special focus on the African continent and a solution-oriented approach. The provisional title for the outlook is “Migration and water in the context of rural development - Outlook on realities and solutions”.

The expected tasks towards preparing the outlook are the following :

  1. Formulating a clear and comprehensive narrative on the key linkages between migration and water nexus in the context of rural development. This tailored narrative will target a better ownership of the migration-water nexus from decision-makers and practitioners**;**

  2. Interviewing at least five people, who represent the different dimensions of the migration-water nexus in the context of rural development in Africa (e.g. diaspora, transhumance, labour migration);

  3. Collecting examples from around the world on nature-based solutions applicable to the migration-water nexus and that would be relevant to the African continent, in order to identify the migrants’ positive role on sustainable water management in the context of rural development;

  4. On the basis of policy work implemented by IOM in West and Central Africa and other information provided by key partners, highlighting key policy processes to better address the migration-water nexus. This will also imply identifying champion countries in the region/continent;

  5. Reporting the main outcomes and recommendations of the two (2) webinars planned in November 2020 on the migration and water nexus;

  6. Collecting and synthetizing key recommendations for decision-makers and practitioners, both from the water, migration and rural development spheres – showing that with timely and well-designed actions, migration can have positive effects by removing pressures from local environment and resource coping capacities and promoting adaptation strategies, as well as through channelling migration remittances into sustainable investment. These recommendations will not only be formulated from the above-mentioned tasks (1 to 4), but also from the two (2) webinars organized by IOM and its partners on November 2020.

III. PROPOSED METHODOLOGY

Under the supervision and in close consultation with the project team, the consultant will carry out :

  1. A desk review of a clear and comprehensive narrative on the key linkages between migration and water in the context of rural development. This tailored narrative will target a better ownership of the migration-water nexus from decision-makers and practitioners;

  2. At least five interviews based on fit-for-purpose open questionnaires designed for the identified profiles in Africa (e.g. diaspora, transhumance, labour migration);

  3. A desk review of examples from around the world on nature-based s**o**lutions applicable to the migration-water nexus and that would be relevant to the African continent, in order to identify the migrants’ positive role on sustainable water management in the context of rural development;

  4. A desk review of key policy processes to better address the migration-water nexus on the basis of policy work implemented by IOM in West and Central Africa. This will also imply identifying champion countries in the region/continent;

  5. A report on the main outcomes and recommendations of the two (2) webinars planned in November 2020 on the migration and water nexus;

  6. A report of recommendations for decision-makers and practitioners, both from the water, migration and rural development spheres – showing that with timely and well-designed actions, migration can have positive effects by removing pressures from local environment and resource coping capacities and promoting adaptation strategies, as well as through channelling migration remittances into sustainable investment. These recommendations will not only be formulated from the above-mentioned tasks (1 to 4), but also from the two (2) webinars organized by IOM and its partners on November 2020.

VI. DELIVERABLES

  1. First week

Elaboration of at least five fit-for-purpose open questionnaires designed for the identified profiles in Africa (e.g. diaspora, transhumance, labour migration);

Elaboration of 2-page overview outlining a clear and comprehensive narrative on the key linkages between migration and water nexus in the context of rural development. This tailored narrative will target a better ownership of the migration-water nexus from decision-makers and practitioners.

  1. Second week

Conduct of at least five interviews which are related to the migration-water nexus in the context of rural development (e.g. one from the diaspora, one related to transhumance, one related to labour migration);

Qualitative analysis of the interviews.

  1. Third week

Elaboration of a report on examples from around the world on nature-based solutions applicable to the migration-water nexus and that would be relevant to the African continent, in order to identify the migrants’ positive role on sustainable water management in the context of rural development;

Elaboration of a report on the main outcomes and recommendations of the two (2) webinars planned in November 2020 on the water and migration nexus.

  1. Fourth week

Based on the qualitative analysis of the interviews, desk reviews and perspectives collected from the two webinars :

Elaboration of a report of key policy processes to better address the migration-water nexus on the basis of policy work implemented by IOM in West and Central Africa. This will also imply identifying champion countries in the region/continent;

Elaboration of a report on recommendations for decision-makers and practitioners, both from the water, migration and rural development spheres – showing that with timely and well-designed actions, migration can have positive effects by removing pressures from local environment and resource coping capacities and promoting adaptation strategies, as well as through channelling migration remittances into sustainable investment.

  1. Fifth week

After validation by the project team :

Elaboration of a final well-articulated outlook which includes the 2-page overview on the key linkages between migration and water in the context of rural development, the analysis and results of the interviews, the examples of nature-based solutions, the key policy processes to better address the migration-water nexus, and the recommendations.

V. THE PROFILE WE ARE LOOKING FOR

1. Education

• Master’s degree in water engineering, agricultural engineering, rural project management, sustainable development, rural development or other relevant academic training related to water management.

2. Experiences and knowledge

• Strong knowledge of water management, especially on the African continent, with a relevant professional experience of minimum 5 years;

• Strong knowledge of rural development, especially on the African continent, with a relevant professional experience of minimum 5 years;

• Knowledge of migration-water nexus, with a relevant professional experience of minimum 2 years;

• Understanding of international organizations’ procedures and guidelines, such as IOM, would be an asset;

• Excellent communication and writing skills;

• Excellent proficiency of both spoken and written French and English.

How to apply:

Interested individuals are invited to submit their applications by e-mail to reciomsenegalco@iom.int with the subject: CFA-CO-025-2020 " Elaboration of an outlook on the migration-water nexus in the context of rural development”. Applications must include a detailed resume and cover letter in a single file indicating the availability date.

The deadline for applications is October 12th, 2020.

Applications will be received exclusively by e-mail. Only pre-selected candidates will be contacted.



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