Vacancies: Consultancy, Mixed Migration Hub Coordinator (Cairo, Egypt). Deadline: 28/05/2016

Mixed Migration Hub Coordinator

Organizational Context and Scope

North Africa Mixed Migration Task Force and Mixed Migration Hub (“MHub”)

1. Background:

Human mobility in North Africa is characterized by complex movements originating within the region, as well as in other parts of Africa and the Middle East. They involve regular and irregular migrants, including those escaping poverty, discrimination and other human rights violations, those in search of a more dignified life and better opportunities, refugees and asylum seekers, those looking to reunite with family abroad, smuggled migrants, victims of trafficking and unaccompanied minors. People travelling along these routes often experience severe human rights violations. Refugees and migrants are smuggled, trafficked and held hostage for ransom, thereby being subjected to extortion, forced labour, sexual exploitation, slavery-like practices, servitude and torture, sometimes resulting in death. Migrants and refugees are stranded in transit or get caught up in conflicts and remain in situations of increasing vulnerability. State practice and actions of state authorities can include mandatory detention, inadequate conditions of detention, violence and discrimination by border authorities and unlawful and disproportionate use of force. To address the rights, needs and vulnerabilities of the people moving in these mixed and complex flows, further insight is needed into the circumstances of their movements.

The North Africa Mixed Migration Task Force, consisting of the Danish Refugee Council (DRC), IOM, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat (RMMS), Save the Children, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) promotes a human rights-based approach to ensuring the protection of people moving in mixed and complex flows to, through and from North Africa.

MHub works on behalf of the Task Force as the public facing platform and coordinating secretariat. Mhub produces knowledge on the human rights protection issues faced by people on the move in North Africa for use by policymakers, agencies, donors, the public and academia, with a view to informing advocacy, policy and programme development. It fosters collaborative approaches among key stakeholders.

MHub is funded by the United States State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) under the project “Addressing Irregular Migration Flows And Upholding Human Rights Of Migrants Along The North-Eastern African Migration Route And North Africa” (‘NOAH Phase III’) which is managed by the IOM Country Office Egypt.

2. Goal of the North Africa Mixed Migration Task Force

Through innovative research and knowledge management activities, and by facilitating inter-agency collaboration, the North Africa Mixed Migration Task Force aims to promote a human rights-based approach to ensuring the protection of people moving in mixed and complex flows along the North African migratory routes

3. Organizational structure

The North Africa Mixed Migration Task Force is a group of agencies that gather regularly on senior management level to discuss issues around mixed migration in the region and coordinate their work.

MHub works on behalf of the Task Force as its public facing platform and coordinating secretariat.

o It has a twofold purpose: (i) to act as a regional hub for knowledge management, information collection, analysis and dissemination, and research; and (ii) to act as the Task Force secretariat.

o It is an autonomous entity hosted by IOM Regional Office MENA in Cairo and reports to the Steering Committee (see below).

o MHub produces 6-month work plans, which are coordinated with the Task Force.

o Mhub commissions/produces research papers and relevant information materials, including, but not limited to fact sheets, data bulletins and newsletters.

o Future activities of MHub will be dependent upon joint inter-agency fund-raising.

The founding members of the Task Force (DRC, IOM, OHCHR, RMMS, UNHCR) form the Steering Committee of the initiative. The Steering Committee mainly takes decisions on admitting new members to the Task Force and is generally responsible for steering MHub’s work .

Responsibilities and Accountabilities

The successful candidate will work for the autonomous entity “MHub”, hosted by IOM.

For the purpose of the responsibilities of MHub vis-à-vis the North Africa Mixed Migration Task Force, s/he will report to the Task Force (DRC, IOM, OHCHR, RMMS, Save the Children, UNHCR, UNODC).

For the purpose of day-to-day management, administration and financial and narrative reporting to the donor, the MHub Coordinator will report to the IOM Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa and, as required, coordinate with the Project Manager of NOAH Phase III and the Government of Norway-funded project and/or other IOM Country Office Egypt staff.

S/he will lead a team currently comprised of the MHub Research and Data Analysis Consultant and one intern.

The consultant will be responsible for[1]:

1.      Developing and implementing the overall strategic vision for MHub, including producing detailed and updated work plans, sustainability plans and funding strategies for MHub;

2.      Leading the strategic development and implementation of a research agenda that responds to the needs and interests of the North Africa Mixed Migration Task Force and the wider community of policy makers, practitioners and academia working on mixed migration issues in the region. Acting as focal point for external relations for MHub, including outreach activities, communication with field offices of participating agencies and other actors, and donor relations;

3.      Ensuring regular coordination and communication with the Task Force on MHub’s work plan, outputs and strategic questions;

4.      Overseeing the production of public information materials including website, information sheets and bulletins, and coordination and finalisation of regional research;

5.      Acting as the Secretariat for the North Africa Mixed Migration Task Force, including organizing and moderating regular videoconferences and meetings;

6.      Providing technical supervisory support to the work of the MHub Research and Data Analysis Consultant in coordination with IOM’s Regional Office in MENA;

7.      Managing all administrative, financial and contractual matters with regards to MHub, including activities, outputs, hiring and supervision of consultants and interns;

8.      Implementing the components related to MHub in the NOAH Phase III and Phase IV project and the Norway-funded Data Collection and Visualization project, in close coordination with the project manager in the IOM Country Office Egypt, including for the purpose of donor reporting.


Technical competencies incumbent is expected to demonstrate:

· Strong coordination, organizational and management skills, including project and financial management;

· Strong networking and liaison skills, preferably in an inter-agency context as well as with government officials, donors and other stakeholders;

· Experience in research and data collection on migration issues;

· Knowledge of international migration, with a focus on mixed migration, migrants rights, international human rights law, human trafficking and migrant smuggling;

· Analytical and writing skills, critical thinking and strategic planning skills.

Education and Experience


Advanced University degree in Social Sciences, International Relations, Law, Economics, International Development or other relevant degree and/or equivalent of 5 years experience working on migration, policy and liaison, ideally in international or non-governmental organizations.


Previous work experience in coordination and liaison, preferably in an inter-agency context. Previous experience in project management. Previous work and research experience in the area of migration, particularly mixed migration. Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly orally and in writing. Familiarity with international migration matters in the Middle East and North Africa is an advantage. Experience in managing small teams is an advantage.


Fluency in English is required
Working knowledge of French and Arabic advantageous

[1] Responsibilities will be adjusted as per prospect for renewal of the position, subject to approval of funding for NOAH Phase IV (beginning October 2016) by the donor.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate has the appropriate visa to have a consultancy assignment in Egypt.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their up-to-date curriculum vitae with a motivation letter by 28th of May 2016 at the latest to , referring to the reference code of the CFCVs and the title.