Closing DateJul 25 2021
Open to Internal and External Candidates
Position Title : Consultant - Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO) Programme
Duty Station : New Delhi, India
Classification : Consultancy (not exceeding 7,000 Euro)
Type of Appointment : Consultancy Contract
Desired Start Date: As soon as possible
Closing Date : 25 July 2021
Reference Code: HR/CREST/0004/JUL21
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.
1. ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT AND SCOPE:
India is a country of origin, transit, and destination for international and inter-state labour migrants. According to a study conducted by the International Labour Organization (ILO), in 2018, there were approximately 30 million Indians working overseas. Over 90 percent of these workers were working in the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) countries and Southeast Asia, employed in low and semi-skilled jobs. In recent decades, the number of women migrating abroad to seek employment has significantly increased: they comprised 23.9 percent of outbound workers in 2015. Numerous Indians migrate to Jordan for employment: 3.65 per cent of Jordan’s migrant workforce, consisting of 315,000 registered migrant workers, is from India. Most Indian workers employed in Jordan work in the textile, construction and manufacturing sectors. In 2018, the garment and textile sector in Jordan employed 45,000 migrant workers, of which 18 per cent or 8,100 originated from India.
While labour migration provides employment opportunities and has the potential to enhance livelihoods of workers and their families, often times, migrant workers are subjected to human rights violations during all stages of the migration cycle – recruitment and deployment, employment, and return or onwards migration. Risks facing migrants include that they are being charged high recruitment fees, are subjected to exploitation and discrimination, forced to work excessive hours in unsafe conditions, paid less than the minimum wage, work overtime to meet the production targets, and lack access to basic amenities such as housing and healthcare. Women migrants face multiple layers of marginalization, due to both their nationality and ethnicity, and their gender. For instance, women are more vulnerable to sexual harassment compared to their male counterparts.
To mitigate the possible risks and vulnerabilities faced by migrant workers during the migration cycle, it is extremely important that migrant workers are adequately informed about the terms and conditions of their jobs; laws, regulations, and culture in their country of destination, rights they are entitled to, and remedy mechanisms available to them in case they face challenges, among others. Migrants should receive this information in their country of origin, well ahead of their journey, so that they can prepare themselves and make well informed decisions regarding their migration. Such information should be provided to migrant workers during Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO) programmes, which have emerged as an important tool for the protection of migrant workers.
The recruitment process of Indian workers to Jordan is facilitated by private recruitment agencies, while the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) of India verifies workers’ applications, processes them, and allows them to work abroad if all supporting documents are in order. Among recruitment-related services, MEA also provides specific PDO programmes for migrant workers, covering many issues and aspects that help migrant workers to prepare better for their overseas employment. In 2016-2017, IOM, in collaboration with the MEA developed a PDO manual for Indian outbound workers to Jordan, which is used by the government to provide Training of Trainers (ToTs) who then organise and provide PDO to migrant workers. However, in order to address the particular risks facing Indian migrant workers employed in the garment industry in Jordan, gaps in the current PDO manual need to be identified. Consequently, the manual needs to be adjusted.
Acknowledging the critical need of comprehensive PDO manual to ensure positive outcomes of migration, to ensure better rights protection, and to ensure that Indian migrant workers are well enabled to make informed decisions regarding their migration, IOM is envisaging to develop a PDO specific to Indian migrant workers employed in Jordan’s garment sector. This PDO will provide relevant and accurate recruitment and employment related information on the garment industry in Jordan.
2. RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES:
The overall objective of PDO development is to enhance the protection of Indian workers migration to Jordan to seek employment in the garment sector. The aims of this PDO development are as well to (1) ensure the availability of a comprehensive country and sector specific PDO, addressing the specific risks and needs of Indian migrant workers seeking employment in Jordan’s garment sector, and (2) strengthen the technical capacity of MEA to deliver ToTs on the PDO. The PDO will cover the terms and conditions of migrant workers’ jobs as in their contracts, laws and regulations they are subject to in Jordan, rights migrants are entitled to (such as social protections and collective bargaining, among others), culture in Jordan, and remedy mechanisms available to migrant workers in case they face challenges. The PDO should be in line with “Overview of Comprehensive Information and Orientation Programme (CIOP) guidelines.
The key objectives are as follows:
1. Develop garment sector PDO manual for Jordan bound Indian migrant workers, including:
Tasks and Responsibilities of the Consultant
Expected outputs and deliverables
The consultant will be responsible for planning, implementing and delivering the following activities, in consultation with IOM at every step.
Following endorsement and validation - the PDO will be launched in coordination with all respective government agencies, Employers and CSOs which will be arranged by IOM and presented by the selected consultant.
The consultant should propose a timeline that ensures effective delivery of the assignment not exceeding a period of three months, from the date of contract signing. The following work plan can be considered for submission.
3. DESIRABLE COMPETENCIES:
The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following values and competencies:
Teamwork: Fosters a sense of team spirit by developing a shared understanding, accountability and enthusiasm for the team’s work;
Delivering results: Anticipates constraints, identifies solutions and takes responsibility for addressing critical situations;
Managing and sharing knowledge: Encourages knowledge-sharing across units/departments and ensures that knowledge is captured, recorded and disseminated appropriately;
Accountability: Plans and organizes work with a clear and deliberate focus, ensuring commitments are easily identified and progress is widely communicated;
Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively.
4. EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Required: Fluency in English.
Desirable: Fluency in Indian languages and Arabic language.
Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice 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.
How to apply:
Interested candidates are invited to submit required documents to the IOM India Human Resources Unit at e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by July 25, 2021 at the latest. Please submit following three separate pdf files (attachment size should be less than 10 MB) and kindly indicate the reference code HR/CREST/0004/JUL21 followed by your full name in the subject line.
Financial proposal listing all costs (including VAT) associated with the assignment. Consultant will be responsible for any tax or VAT issues and need to submit the original bank challan copy at the time of final payment/settlement.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
From 13.07.2021 to 28.07.2021