IOM Development of a Policy Brief on Skills Mobility Partnerships b/n Africa & Europe in the Context of Existing Legal & Policy Frameworks Jobs in Ethiopia

IOM Development of a Policy Brief on Skills Mobility Partnerships b/n Africa & Europe in the Context of Existing Legal & Policy Frameworks Jobs in Ethiopia

Organizational Context and Scope

  • Considering the demographic changes globally, Africa remains an important contributor to the labour market in Europe. Europe granted first residence permits to 3 million people in 2019 which represent four percent of the population.
  • Employment (41 %), family reunification (27 %), and education (14 %) accounted for the top three reasons for the first residence permits in 2019 (Eurostat: 2020.

  • Migrant workers fill critical gaps in several sectors of the economy, including healthcare, hospitality, agriculture, and information technology.

  • Africa accounts for the highest number of young people in the world, with up to 200 million people between the ages of 15 and 24. Among the plethora of issues confronting this population is that African economies are growing at a rapid rate but there are no sufficient jobs created for Africa’s young people.

  • The African Union Commission (AUC) and the European Union (EU) have had a long-standing collaboration on migration management, which is mostly focused on dialogues and joint action plans on combatting irregular migration.

  • However, there is increasing recognition of the need to incorporate labour migration and mobility as part of the agenda. The 2020 Continent-to-Continent Meeting made several recommendations focusing on labour migration and mobility, notably, the need to strengthen youth employability by expanding Vocational Education and Training mobility, apprenticeship, and other work-based career guidance.

  • Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) in IOM SLO Ethiopia and direct supervision of the IOM JLMP Programme Coordinator and, in collaboration with JLMP Implementing Partners at the AU the successful candidate will develop the policy brief which will encompass the following the points:

  • In general, what are the trends in labour migration and mobility from Africa to Europe during the last decade, including in the covid19 context?

  • What legal and policy frameworks are in place at the continental, regional and national level, which support SMPs?

  • Overview of existing programs on facilitating regular labour migration from Africa to Europe.

  • What legal migration pathways exist for different skill levels between Africa and Europe?

  • What data sources and information are currently used to inform labour migration policies in Africa?

  • What skill mobility schemes or cooperation are existing within Africa and how effective have they been?

  • What are the challenges, lessons learned and good practices of implementing in Africa?

    i) To what extent are stakeholders involved in negotiating skill mobility schemes for Africans? What type(s) of stakeholders typically lead the process?

  • What are policy frameworks/plans at the EU level relating to skills partnership with Africa?

    l) What are the existing mechanisms for AU-EU Dialogue and how have they been utilized to foster regular migration between Africa and Europe? **

    Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • Under the overall supervision of the IOM Programme Coordinator - JLMP and with technical collaboration of the AUC, ILO, and LMAC members, the consultant will:

  • Examine existing skill mobility schemes, policy frameworks, policies, and processes which deal with promoting regular migration between Africa and Europe (including the ongoing schemes between Morocco and Germany, Spain and Belgium, the EU funded PALIM project which aims at developing cooperation between Morocco and Belgium through promoting professional skills for ICT graduates as well as the MATCH project, which aims at connecting ICT workers from Senegal and Nigeria with businesses in BENELUX countries and Italy).

  • Give an overview of different cooperation frameworks between the AU and EU which have a bearing on labour migration.

  • Consult stakeholders in AU and EU, and migrant workers
    on their perspectives on SMPs between Africa and the EU, while highlighting the effectiveness, lived experiences, and relevance of current skills mobility schemes.

  • Collect data using mixed methods highlighting the numbers, classification, skills of African migrants who are engaged in SMPs in the different regions of the European Union.

  • Prepare case studies (countries of interest to be selected) highlighting successes and challenges of SMPs and propose recommendations especially considering COVID-19.

  • Recommend ways to maximize the engagement of the EU by the AU using appropriate channels.

  • Outline policy recommendations on expanding opportunities for SMPs between Africa and the European Union, in order to mitigate the adverse socio-economic effects and aftershocks of COVID-19. To present findings to stakeholders and facilitate an interactive discussion with relevant stakeholders in a virtual workshop.

    Deliverables and Detailed Timelines:

  • The consultant will deliver the following outputs:

  • 1st draft of the policy brief targeted at AU-EU policymaking organs which captures the effectiveness of existing legal pathways, including on expanding opportunities for skills mobility partnerships (40 days)

  • Facilitate a virtual presentation of the policy brief to relevant stakeholders. (5 days)

  • Final policy brief incorporating comments from policymakers and practitioners (15 days).

  • stakeholders to be consulted will include: Relevant AUC departments, EU, International development partners, Global Skills Partnership team, workers organizations, employers’ organizations, migrant worker associations, current & former beneficiaries of skills mobility schemes.


  • he consultancy will run for60 working days for drafting, review, presentation, incorporation of comments, and submission of the final policy brief.

    Payment Mode:

    • The consultant shall be paid a lump sum all-inclusive consultancy fee upon completion and approval of the whole task; no advance payments shall be made.

    • The consultancy fee will be paid as Lump Sum Amounts inclusive of expenses related to the consultancy (such as travel). The contract price will be fixed regardless of changes in the cost components.

    Required Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s degree in Law, Public Policy and Management, Public Administration, Development Studies, International Development, or any other relevant university degree.


  • Extensive expertise, knowledge, and experience in the field of labour migration Governance, inclusive participation, access to justice, human rights promotion, gender, conflict prevention, and peacebuilding and support to democratic governance initiatives with a focus on citizen participation and empowerment, media development and elections.

  • At least 7 years of experience in working with the AU, RECs, international organizations such as IOM and ILO, or other agencies of the UN System and donors in the fields of Programme design, implementation, and reporting of similar or related projects (covering Africa will be an asset).

  • Strong research and analytical skills
    Experience of at least 7 years in policy analysis.
    Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. Fluency in spoken French will be an added advantage. **


  • In-depth knowledge of the broad range of labour migration-related subject areas dealt with by the Organization, including migration and development, skills development, skills recognition, and skills transfer.


  • Fluency in English (oral and written) is required.

    How to apply

  • RECADDIS@IOM.INT, by 07 July 2021 at the latest, referring to the position title and Vacancy number in the subject line of your email;

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