IOM Baseline Survey Consultant Jobs in Uganda

IOM Baseline Survey Consultant Jobs in Uganda

Background and Context

  • The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is committed to ensuring orderly and humane governance of migration, promoting international cooperation on migration issues, and assisting in the search for practical solutions to migration issues.

  • According to research from the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) and International Labour Organization (ILO), young Ugandan women (aged between 15-29 years) face a number of hurdles in the labor market, from higher unemployment rates to lower wages. As a result, many young women trying to escape unemployment and poverty at home often end up as domestic workers in the Middle East where over the years, there has been systematic documentation of cases of exploitation, physical and/or sexual abuse, and even fatalities.

  • The Performance Report on Countering Trafficking in Persons in Uganda for 2018 reported 650 cases of transnational trafficking victims including 287 female adults and 33 female children. According to the report, irregular and unguided labor migration was the most contributing factor for trafficking of Ugandans to foreign countries and some foreign nationals to or through Uganda.

  • Majority of the victims were recruited in the trafficking trap through deceptive and fraudulent-forged travel documents.

  • Indeed, most of these cases were related to illegal labor recruitment and attempt to trafficking, but some vulnerable and desperate migrant workers often refer to traffickers as they deploy faster than the formal channels. Unfortunately, informal channels often lead to labor exploitation and violation of migrant workers’ rights in countries of destination.

  • The GoU has nevertheless made significant efforts towards strengthening labor migration in the country with the establishment of the Labour Externalization Program. In 2014, IOM supported the MGLSD to develop the External Employment Management Information System (EEMIS).

  • The EEMIS is a GoU system designed to enhance critical administrative processes for various government ministries, private recruitment companies and migrant workers.

  • On the recruitment side, the business has recently registered an exponential growth in Uganda. For example, UAERA has seen its members increase from 86 in 2018 to 186 in February 2020.

  • IOM in collaboration with MGLSD and UAERA, has recently launched a project entitled “ Bolstering ethical recruitment policies and practice to enhance safe and orderly labor migration pathways, prevent exploitation and better protect migrant workers from Uganda”

  • It is expected, that through the project actions, the migrant workers will benefit from the expansion of ethical recruitment channels, and in doing so contribute to curb the spread of numerous forms of TiP related to labour migration

    Purpose and Objectives

  • The purpose of the baseline research is to conduct a participatory survey on current knowledge, attitudes and practices of ethical recruitment among the PRA, Government Sector and line Ministry department and the target District Local Government counterparts to reduced prevalence of modern slavery among Ugandan labor migrants.

  • The baseline measurement will help to provide a synopsis of the intervention area and benchmark values/statistics for the project indicators to aid implementation and evaluation for learning and future programming.

    Baseline study objectives

  • The baseline survey will be guided by the following key objectives which will also inform the key assessment questions during the survey.

  • To establish opportunities that support ethical recruitment processes especially for women and youth through enhanced skills, linkages and enabling environment

  • To benchmark outcome and output level indicators against which progress on set targets and milestones will be assessed

  • To find out the opportunities for strengthening and sustaining enabling environment for PRA and the Uganda Government on
    Ethical recruitments to be conducted within the Uganda policy framework and international labour law.


  • Participatory methods are suggested whenever possible, as is the inclusion of stakeholders, especially PRAs, Ministry and local Government leaders, Religious and Cultural leaders and sampled labour migrant’s, returnees in the Kampala district.

    The baseline assessment methodology will employ both quantitative and qualitative methods that include but not limited to the following:

  • Secondary data and literature review

  • Participatory methods

  • Survey of PRA, Ministry and local Government leaders, Religious and Cultural leaders and sampled labour migrants, returnees.


  • Master of Arts or higher in relevant field; (Gender Studies, Social Sciences, Development Studies and any other relevant field).

  • 5-10+ years’ experience in participatory research, especially in areas of labour migration rights and protection, Human trafficking, sexual and gender-based violence.


  • Demonstrated understanding of Uganda labor migration, ethical recruitment practices and Uganda ethical recruitment policy framework knowledge

  • Familiarity with core concepts related to Protection, Sexual and Gender Based Violence, Labor migration, human trafficking, work of private recruitment labor migrants in Uganda, Uganda Government policy framework on Ethical recruitment and experience working in fragile and post conflict contexts.

  • Familiarity with the Uganda Labor Migration and recruitment practices, Ethical recruitment policy framework context and labor Migration market actors

  • Excellent analytical, research, writing and concise and compelling communication skills;
  • Strong visual presentation skills preferred.

  • Understanding of Central, Northern, Western and Eastern Region of Uganda social and political context.

  • Experience in study design (both quantitative and qualitative methodologies) and in assembling and managing field teams.

  • Ability to manage the available time and resources and to work to tight deadlines
    Fluency in English and Knowledge of some Ugandan local languages is an added advantage

    Values – The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following three values:

  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.

  • Integrity and transparency: maintain high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.

  • Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.

    Core Competencies – behavioural indicators

  • Accountability- Takes ownership for achieving the organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delighted work.

  • Communication – Encourages and contributes to clear and open communication. Explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.

  • Teamwork – Develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.

  • Delivering results – produces and delivers quality services in a service-oriented and timely manner. Is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.

  • Managing and sharing knowledge– Continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.

    How to Apply

  • Interested applicants may send their applications to no later than 1stJanuary 2021. Reference Number and Position Title (CFA/UG/012/2020 – Baseline Survey consultant) should be specified in the SUBJECT field.

  • Applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged.

  • Only short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview.

  • Appointment is subject to funding confirmation

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