HIAS is a global Jewish nonprofit organization working across five continents to ensure that refugees and displaced persons are protected. Guided by our values and history, we help refugees rebuild their lives in safety and security and advocate ensuring that all displaced people are treated with dignity.
Organizationally, HIAS is guided by its Refugee Rights Framework. This rights-based approach, based on international human rights, humanitarian and refugee law and practice, provides a programming framework for HIAS’ focus on refugee protection. This framework prioritizes programming impact that ensures forcibly displaced people realize their potential and become contributors to society, with this impact being achieved through the realization of legal and civil rights and social and economic rights, including through: 1) the right to protection from harm, violence and discrimination; 2) the right to recovery from the shock of displacement; and 3) the right to economic self-sufficiency and inclusion.
Around seventy-nine million refugees have been forced to leave their homes; of which 85% are hosted in developing countries. Refugees and host communities find themselves facing extreme poverty and scarce economic opportunities. This added to the fact that most of refugees around the world live in protracted situation for five years or more the need of finding long-term solutions is a priority.
While refugees’ specific needs vary, the most common gaps observed throughout HIAS’ operations in the world include the inability to cover basic needs, education and health services, and the inability to earn a sustainable income. Therefore, the overall goal of HIAS’ Economic Inclusion programming is for forcibly displaced people and vulnerable migrants to improve their access to dignified and sustainable livelihoods that promote self-reliance. This goal is supported by the following outcomes: (1) Individuals and communities increase livelihoods assets to improve their inclusion in the local economies; (2) Individuals and communities participate in gainful employment and livelihoods opportunities; and (3) Individuals and families have access to sufficient income to sustain basic needs and overcome shocks.
To this effect, HIAS will conduct a Labor Market and Capacity Assessment with the aim of identifying sustainable economic pathways for the integration of refugees and migrants in the local labor market in a way of contribution for Greece´s economic growth, particularly in Athens and Lesvos. The assessment will include a mapping of the skills of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants and potential opportunities in the labor market, specifically engaging them with the private sector and boosting their self-employment opportunities, with a special focus on COVID-19 context adaptations, and to what extent discrimination in the labour market prevents integration. The assessment will also help HIAS improve and prioritize their interventions when promoting self-reliance and livelihoods for refugees and will recommend concrete actions in the short, medium and long term. It is important to mention that this research will have the age, diversity and gender focus.
Finally, the assessment will be used as a source to advocate with different stakeholders, including national government and private sector actors, to start thinking on plans and programs that respond to the market needs settled in this evidence-based research.
The overall goal is to conduct a labor market assessment in Greece, particularly in Athens and Lesvos, to provide evidence-based information for quality program design and advocacy.
- To identify the labor market characteristics within the refugees’/asylum seekers/migrants profile in order to acknowledge the restrictions and opportunities for potential employment.
- To analyze and identify the needs and areas of technical and vocational training needed to enhance labor inclusion opportunities including certifications and formal training for refugees and migrants, with the identification of training institutions and/ or potential partners to carry out recommended vocational training and certification.
- To explore the main national economic growth guidelines based on the sectors and subsectors that contribute to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and their match with the labor opportunities for refugees and asylum seekers.
- To explore the availability of financial services and credit financing for refugees and its accessibility for the refugees’ /asylum seeker population.
- To identify main market niches where refugees might have an opportunity to be employed by the private sector.
- To identify at least five economic sectors where refugees can successfully start up a business that will be profitable, scalable and sustainable. These sectors can promote individual or community entrepreneurship ideas.
- To determine the main barriers and challenges that all the stakeholders identify in order to improve the economic inclusion of the refugee and migrant population, including discrimination in the labour market
- To recommend interventions that are market based, adapted to the COVID19 context and highly requested by the stakeholders that are involved in the economic inclusion of the refugee population.
- To assess forcibly displaced population level of knowledge of other languages English and French in light of International Recruitment Processes.
- To determine an advocacy strategy to facilitate access to formal employment opportunities for refugees with different stakeholders, government, civil society, academia and the private sector overall.
- Researchers will coordinate with HIAS and ensure the data collection of refugees and vulnerable migrants can extract information about their personal and professional profiles and that it will contribute to set up common profiles of beneficiaries who arrive in the country.
- Using existing publications and interviewing key stakeholders, researchers will be able to identify gaps and needs in Greece´s labor market. Special focus will be given to strategic sectors identified by the national government for sustainable growth.
- Phase 1: Plan of Action
Based on the TOR, the consultant will draw up a Plan of Action to be sent to the Economic Inclusion Director. The Plan of Action will include the proposed research team and its qualifications, research methodology, a broad timeframe for the research consecution, and a budget use description. It will also explain how the involvement of HIAS’ experts and relevant stakeholders will be achieved. The Plan of Action will include a clear description of the different stakeholders to be analyzed. Once the consultant and HIAS have mutually agreed to the Plan of Action, the following next steps will take place:
- Phase 2: Research Development
The research will be carried out based on the Plan of Action, and the consultant will have weekly check-in meetings with the Economic Inclusion Director/Regional Technical Advisor. The consultant will also deliver a report presenting the results, information gaps and the proposed approach to fill these information gaps. The Regional Office will support the consultant in terms of identifying key stakeholders to be interviewed and scheduling these meetings in coordination with the country operation.
- Phase 3: Draft Final Study Report
The consultant/ research institution will deliver and present the draft report covering the key findings and results to HIAS staff, and other relevant stakeholders. Feedback on the draft report will be incorporated into a final version of the report.
- Phase 4: Dissemination and presentation of the Study.
The final labor market study and capacity assessment will be delivered internally to HIAS designated Staff and then it will be circulated to key stakeholders as identified by HIAS.
A report detailing:
- Labor profile of refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants in Greece.
- Current labor market needs and opportunities identified in the country, with special emphasis in the sectors that can absorb, due to the lack of local supply, migrants labor force.
- Analysis of refugee’s skills and potential matching to labor needs in the country.
- Analysis of refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrant’s language skills and potential to be included in international labor mobility programs.
- List of potential pathways for legal and economic integration of refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants into the Greek labor market.
- List of potential partners providing technical capacity building and certification facilitating economic integration
- Analysis of the economic impact of formal inclusion of refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable into the Greek labor market.
- Key considerations for economic inclusion programming in the Covid-19 context
- The impact of discrimination in the labour inclusion of refugees, and possible measures to prevent further discrimination
- A capacity assessment that matches the findings of the study with the capacity of the organization to put in place programs that support the economic inclusion of refugees and migrants.
It is important to mention that consultants will need to deliver two main documents, a whole report with the main insights and findings of the research and an executive summary of maximum twenty pages in which the overall findings are presented.
The researchers will be supervised by Galo Quizanga Zambrano, HIAS Economic Inclusion Director and Vassilis Kerasiotis, Country Director, from HIAS Greece.
HIAS requires that consultants work in their proposals using a time frame that does not exceed four calendar months. HIAS aims to start this assessment in June 2022
HIAS is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. As an equal opportunity employer, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, colour, national origin, ethnic background, citizenship status, religious creed, sex, gender, sexual orientation, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, familial status, pregnancy, childbirth, age, protected veteran status, political orientation or other legally protected status.
How to apply:
All interested applicants should apply through HIAS Clear Company platform. Additionally, applicants should submit:
- A technical proposal attached with a consistent budget. The budget should include all expenses related to travel and any other cost related to the research. HIAS will not be able to adjust the budget once it is approved.
- A cover letter that will let the organization know the capacity of the applicant and the team that will be developing the research.
- Desired: examples of similar work delivered by the consultant in the past.