Call for Application: Assessment of training needs, Development of training materials & Implementation of CB programme on Diaspora engagement

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Organization: International Organization for Migration
Closing date: 7 Jan 2021

Call for Applications


Position Title: Consultant – Assessment of training needs, Development of training materials and Implementation of a capacity building programme on diaspora engagement

Duty Station: Homebased with possible travel to site

Type of Appointment: Consultancy

Estimated Start Date: As soon as Possible

Application closing Date: 7 January 2021

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.

IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment. Internal and external candidates are eligible to apply to this vacancy. For the purpose of the vacancy, internal candidates and NMS candidates, as well as external female candidates are considered as first-tier.


Mauritius is a high migration State, largely on account of the size of its diaspora. The Government of Mauritius (GoM) fully acknowledges the importance of harnessing the valuable potential of its diaspora and recognises that building the confidence and trust of the diaspora community and developing long-term, well -informed diaspora mobilization strategies requires an ongoing dialogue and engagement with the diaspora. Engaging with the diaspora, across generations and areas of expertise for sustainable cooperation and coordination, requires a particular set of skills, knowledge and competences on the part of government officials. It is against this background that, IOM proposes to develop training materials that would thereafter be used to build the capacity of members of the Diaspora Technical Working Group as well as government officials based in Mauritius and in Diplomatic missions abroad.

IOM is therefore seeking applications from individual consultants and/or consortia of individual consultants to develop the training materials and conduct capacity-building programmes**

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

Purpose of the Assignment

This consultancy forms part of a project entitled: “Building the capacity of the Mauritian Government to strengthen linkages with the Mauritian diaspora”, funded by the IOM Development Fund and implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The project aims to support the Mauritian Government to strengthen ties with its diaspora through the setting up and capacity building of a diaspora cell, under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade.

As part of the project and in line with the National Policy on Migration and Development Action Plan, building the capacity of government officials is critical to strengthen the confidence and trust with the diaspora for successful diaspora engagement and strategies.

Scope of the Assignment

IOM is seeking the services of a Consultant to develop training materials and to conduct training sessions of selected government officials with the aim of increasing their knowledge, skills and competences on coordination and engagement of diaspora.

The assignment will be undertaken under the overall supervision of the IOM Mauritius Programme Assistant, in close coordination with the Head of Office and IOM Experts. As work progress, the Consultant will share expected delivery results with the IOM for review. IOM will ensure to provide timely comments to the Consultant’s work and address any Consultant’s request (i.e. additional information, government contacts, etc.).

Overall, the assignment includes the following:

· a needs assessment to devise the training manual/kit,

· the development of training manuals and kits,

· the delivery of initial capacity building sessions.

IOM, in coordination with the Consultant(s), will agree on the scope and methodology.


The consultant is expected to perform the following tasks / activities:

· Desk review:

o Review of available reports and literature with particular reference to effective coordination and engagement of diasporas; Review of project documents and reports;

· Needs assessment:

o Map and identify key stakeholders to targeted for effective coordination and engagement of diasporas;

o Survey current practices pertaining to coordination and engagement of the diaspora by members of the diaspora TWG and government officials and identify related gaps and good practices;**

o Assess the training needs of the members of the diaspora TWG and government officials in relation to coordination and engagement of the diaspora;

· Development of training curriculum and training material:

o Devise training materials and tools based on the needs assessed; the tools shall include pre and post training assessment tools;**

· Deliver capacity building sessions

o Deliver 3 capacity-building sessions for members of the Diaspora Technical Working Group (TWG) as well as selected staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) based in Mauritius and in Diplomatic missions abroad using physical delivery method, virtual delivery method or both.

o Conduct post training assessments.

Close consultation with IOM at every step is required.


This assignment is expected to start tentatively in end of January 2020, but the actual timeline is subject to change based on the date the agreement is signed between IOM and the Consultant.

The assignment shall be completed no later than end of mid-March 2021.


  1. Inception report, including a methodology as to how they will approach the assignment. This will include the breakdown of work, timelines and overview of stakeholders to be engaged during the assignment

  2. Assessment report, including the desk review and needs assessment. The assessment report should

  3. Training materials and tools

  4. Report on the implementation and evaluation of the capacity building sessions

All documents are to be produced and delivered in English language.

Required Qualifications and Experience

IOM is seeking applications from individual consultants and/or consortiums of individual consultants. The successful (lead) consultant should have a minimum of the following qualifications and experience:


· Advanced university degree in international relations, political science, international economics, demography, statistics, human resource development, development studies, social or behavioural science, migration studies, or other relevant social sciences


· Minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience in academia, research institutes, think tanks, governmental, inter-governmental, or non-governmental organizations working on diaspora engagement;

· Proven experience in developing training materials and tools as well as in delivering trainings, particularly to subject related to diaspora engagement.

· Extensive experience in developing training modules curriculums, manuals and tools;

· Proven experience of moderating trainings and/or workshops, using interactive teaching methods;


Fluency in English required.

Required Competencies


  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: encourages the inclusion of all team members and stakeholders while demonstrating the ability to work constructively with people with different backgrounds and orientations.
  • Integrity and transparency: maintains impartiality and takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour.
  • Professionalism: demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter and willingness to improve knowledge and skills.

Core Competencies

  • Teamwork: establishes strong relationships with colleagues and partners; relates well to people at all levels.
  • Delivering results: produces quality results and provides quality services to clients.
  • Managing and sharing knowledge: shares knowledge and learning willingly, and proactively seeks to learn from the experiences of others.
  • Accountability: operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules.
  • Communication: encourages others to share their views, using active listening to demonstrate openness and to build understanding of different perspectives.


Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications to the Human Resources Unit by email to with clear reference of the advert (MU10CFA2020-08) in the subject line by 07 January 2021. The application package should include:

  • A detailed CV and P11 Form of the lead consultant that will be involved in the assignment, including contact details of three (3) references (The Personal History (P11) form can be downloaded here:;
  • Letter of expression of interest including a brief summary of the consultant’s expert, including records on past experience in similar assignments and name of the references.
  • Technical Proposal with detailed process, proposed training manual outlines, sample and useful techniques used in training sessions, workplan covering phases and processes of task development.
  • Financial Proposal listing all costs associated with the assignment; in particular, the financial proposal should itemize the consultancy fees in USD per day.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Posting period:

From 22.12.2020 to 07.01.2021


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