Consultancy – Conduct a Situational Analysis for the implementation of a Youth Diaspora Volunteering Project in Mauritius At International Organization for Migration

Call for Applications


Open to Internal and External Candidates

Position Title:

Consultancy – Conduct a Situational Analysis for the implementation of a Youth Diaspora Volunteering Project in Mauritius

Duty Station:

Homebased **



Type of Appointment:


Estimated Start Date:

August 2021**

Closing Date:

11 July 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 strongly believes that its dispersed community overseas is a precious asset to its national development. The immense knowledge and experience which members of the diaspora have acquired in their host countries represent invaluable potential resources for Mauritius.

As a response to this and as part of the implementation of the National Migration and Development Policy and its related Action Plan, the IOM in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade and concerned stakeholders, are implementing the “Mauritius Pilot Youth Diaspora Volunteering” project, to better support the Government of Mauritius to engage with its diaspora and harness its valuable potential.

As part of the project and in line with the National Policy on Migration and Development Action Plan adopted in June 2018, and the pilot mapping and profiling of the Mauritian diaspora recommendations (October – December 2020), the project aims to facilitate the diaspora contributions to the socio-economic development of the country and aims to mobilize, leverage and harness the diaspora’s intellectual, cultural and social potential, capital and skills. It also aims to inform and guide the design of a sustainable national diaspora engagement programme with the youth.

Through this project the youth diaspora will also have the opportunity to connect and contribute to their country of origin, in their relevant field of study/interest. The pilot Youth Diaspora Volunteering Project would be a tangible engagement opportunity which will contribute to building trust and dialogue between the GoM and diaspora communities. The project aims to strengthen cultural and emotional ties of youth Mauritian volunteers with their country of origin and contribute to local/national development.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

Purpose of the Assignment

This consultancy forms part of the “Mauritius Pilot Youth Diaspora Volunteering” project, funded by the IOM Development Fund and implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade. The aim of this assignment is to provide a situation analysis for the implementation of a pilot volunteering programme in Mauritius targeting youth from the diaspora. The situational analysis will inform the development of the programmes’ guidelines and parameters.

Scope of the Assignment

IOM is seeking the services of a consultant to undertake a situational analysis for the implementation of a pilot youth diaspora programme in Mauritius, including how this pilot project could fit within existing frameworks in Mauritius and recommendations for the development of the programme’s guidelines and parameters.

Overall, the analysis will include the following:

  1. An overview or diaspora volunteering projects and similar programmes and practices, with a specific focus on youths, implemented in other countries;
  2. An overview of potentially relevant fields/sectors/industries in Mauritius through which the diaspora would be interested to contribute through volunteering activities;
  3. Recommendations on the skills or interest of the Mauritian youth diaspora, to support in the identification of volunteering opportunities.
  4. Recommendations for the conceptualization of the pilot youth diaspora volunteering programme

The assignment will be undertaken under the overall supervision of the IOM Head of Office, in close coordination with the IOM Team in Mauritius and IOM Experts. It will comprise both desk review and data collection. IOM in coordination with the consultant(s) will agree on the exact scope and methodology.


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

a) Inception report: the consultant will be expected to prepare an inception report including a desk review and methodology as to how they will approach the assignment, which shall be reviewed and cleared by IOM prior to moving forward with the assignment. This will include the breakdown of work, timelines and overview of stakeholders to be engaged during the assignment.

b) Draft a Situational Analysis report: the report shall include:

· A review and detailed analysis of similar programmes implemented in other countries, including best practices and challenges; conceptualization (organizing principles, mode of operation and implementation); mechanism in place to facilitate the process; stakeholders involved in the process; funding models and sustainability.

· An overview of local development needs at the local and community level in Mauritius, where volunteers could support and contribute.

· The identification of avenues of reflection and good practices that can be used to conceptualize a pilot youth diaspora volunteering programme in Mauritius.

c) Report presentation: The Consultant will be expected to present the draft report (approved by IOM) and its main findings to partners and stakeholders for review and inputs. Moreover, the Consultant will be expected to participate and present outcomes of the analysis.

d) Final Situational Analysis report: The Consultant will produce a final written report, incorporating IOM and stakeholders’ feedback, as well as a short PowerPoint presentation.


This assignment is expected to start tentatively in August 2021, 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 September 2021.


i. Inception report

ii. Draft Situational Analysis Report

iii. Final, print ready Situational Analysis report

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, 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.

· Proven previous working experience consisting of substantial involvement in assessments, analysis, and/or reviews in related areas.

· Working experience with senior officials within government, inter-governmental, and nongovernmental organizations.

· Full computer literacy, including familiarity with research tools.

· Proven capacity to coordinate all administrative and technical aspects of the consultancy.

· Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment and establish harmonious and effective relationships.


Fluency in English is required. French and Mauritian Creole is an advantage.

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 (CFA2021-08) in the subject line by 11 July 2021. The application package should include:

• a cover letter;

• 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:;

• a 2-4 pager technical proposal on your capacity and approach to the assignment, including a proposed timeframe;

• A 1-page financial proposal indicating the consultant’s daily professional fees in USD and a breakdown of all costs.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Posting period:

From 16.06.2021 to 11.07.2021

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