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Consultancy Migration Proposal

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The French Red Cross is recruiting a Consultancy Migration Proposal.


With a fast-growing, young and increasingly urban population, West Africa is undergoing rapid changes in population dynamics impacting its migration patterns. Mobility – which remains predominantly intra-regional – and its associated benefits, such as access to employment and remittances, represent a vital livelihood strategy for many West Africans and their families, contributing significantly to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) 1979 Protocol on the Free Movement of Persons, the Right of Residence and Establishment and subsequent supplementary Protocols set the legal framework. The 2006 joint ECOWAS/WAEMU regional strategic document, the ECOWAS Strategic Plan 2011-2015 and the 2008 ECOWAS Common Approach on Migration all acknowledge the potential of free movement and migration, in terms of development in a regional integration context. A the global level the Global Compact for Migration was validated by the international community in December 2018 in Morocco promoting a safe, organized and regular migration.

In parallel, migration has become particularly important on the European political and humanitarian scene since the emergence of the Syrian and Iraqi crises, which have led to a sharp increase in the arrival of migrants on the continent.

In November 2015, at the Valletta Summit in Malta, bringing together heads of state from European and African countries, the Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTFA) was launched by the European Union to finance and enhance cooperation between Europe and Africa. The EUTFA endeavours to address a very diverse set of challenges in a region characterized by weak social and economic development and mixed migration patterns both of which are linked to a complex mix of root causes: weak governance, political instability, armed conflicts and persecution of population groups; climate change, environmental degradation, and demographic pressure; food insecurity, inadequate access to basic services like healthcare, water and sanitation; and lack of job opportunities and weak economic development and diversification.

The RC/RC Movement has a long-standing commitment to work with national and local governments, resident communities, including host communities, and mobile population groups to meet humanitarian and long-term long term needs that enhance resilience of communities. Many actions are tailored to emergencies, including large-scale population movements, but there are also many programs that address the longer-term needs of both resident communities and mobile population groups. The RC/RC Movement is a global player and is in a unique position to work simultaneously at local, national and transnational/regional level.

In the past ten years, the commitment of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to work with governments, host populations and migrant communities to meet the humanitarian needs of both migrants and host communities has significantly increased. With the IFRC Policy on Migration in 2009, this commitment has been formally elaborated and in November 2017 the IFRC General Assembly endorsed the ‘IFRC Global Strategy on Migration, 2018-2022. Reducing vulnerability, Enhancing Resilience’. The Global Strategy defines where the IFRC and its member National Societies stand on migration and articulates their core strengths and common purpose on migration, setting out aims and objectives to achieve over a five-year timeframe from 2018 to 2022.

Among its priorities, the Global Strategy identifies the need to improve cross-Movement coordination, cooperation and collaboration on migration and to strengthen partnerships both within and outside the Movement. The IFRC Africa Office has tried to put this strategy into action. Several meetings and workshops have been held to provide an operational regional framework. A first result was reached with the Tunis Action Plan that was designed by the African National Societies and Partners at the end of 2017 and that provides operational recommendations. Complementarily, the Red Cross Movement tried to organize itself around this topic and developed a so-called “Migration Shared Leadership” roadmap for Africa in 2018.

Since the establishment of the EUTFA, the RC/RC Movement set a Red Cross framework for engagement in the EUTFA and has been engaged at various levels with EU Delegations, Brussels and national governments about the potential for programming under the EUTFA. However, the RC/RC Movement has not been successful in accessing more scale-up funding in West Africa from the EUTFA even if some Red Cross innovative collaborative models have been successful recently, these are isolated initiatives.


Based on an analysis of the context and building on the capacities, competencies, and experiences of the RC/RC Movement, the ambition is to devise a West Africa regional program that can work across the nexus addressing both immediate humanitarian needs and longer-term development needs (root-causes). Such a two-pronged approach is the best response to the complex situation in the area characterized by both underlying, critical development challenges and recurrent crises (natural and man-made). The program will be framed by the IFRC Migration strategy: Humanitarian Assistance, Protection and Humanitarian Diplomacy and will target both mobile groups (migrants, displaced, and returnees) and local communities, including host communities. Particular attention will be paid to women and youth. An element to be further explored is how to bring diaspora skills, knowledge, and finances to better and more active use in line with the objectives set out in the Global Compact on Migration and the objective of the RC/ RC Movement to support the most vulnerables.

The regional program will build on existing RC/RC projects and programs, extend them, and scale-up; this in order to promote synergies, exploit economies of scale and ensure more impact to more people. By building on existing structures and program, activities on the ground can be put up to speed quickly.

More concretely, the purpose of this consultancy is to provide an analysis of the context, including needs, vulnerabilities, risks and opportunities, and to develop a regional program framework that can meet the ambitions outlined above. The program will have to put forward ways for the RCRC movement to respond to the needs while respecting the RC/RC principles and policies on migration.

The consultant will coordinate and take in consideration all the other initiatives of research and consultancies of the Movement regarding Migration in West Africa.


The consultancy has four interlinked objectives:

  1. To conduct and compile a consolidated needs and vulnerability assessment based on primary (RC) and secondary sources; the assessment will include both a regional and country level perspective and analyses;
  2. To map current RC engagement and capacities and that of other key stakeholders in the targeted countries and sectors;
  3. To develop a regional program framework in the form of a full proposal based point 1) and 2) above to be presented to the EUTFA and other donors;
  4. To support the Steering Group (see below) in processing the proposal and outline the process for the regional proposal to be translated into country-level projects


The consultancy will cover the following countries in West Africa:


  • Senegal
  • Gambia
  • Guinea
  • Mauritania
  • Mali
  • Burkina Faso
  • Niger
  • Ivory Coast

The consultancy will cover the following thematic areas/sectors:

  • Emergency support e.g. basic needs (food, non-food ), healthcare, etc.
  • Shelter, e.g. emergency or transitional shelter, repair of existing housing, reconstruction
  • Protection e.g protection services and information, psychosocial support, and restoring family links, information and awareness campaigns
  • Health and nutrition, e.g. provision of basic healthcare services, information and awareness-raising (Integrated Management of Childhood Illness package, sexual and reproductive health and rights)
  • WASH, e.g. provision of potable water, maintenance of infrastructure, information and awareness
  • Food security/livelihood, e.g. natural resource management (land and water) and prevention of environmental degradation, food production and income-generation/marketization (value-chain management); ‘life-skills’ and vocational training
  • Humanitarian diplomacy

The consultancy will include both a country-level and a cross-border/regional dimension.

In addition to this, cross-cutting issue like conflict prevention/resolution and promotion of social cohesion (e.g. concerning access to land and water resources between pastoralists and agriculturalists; potential conflicts between migrants and local communities or IDPs and host communities) are expected to be covered.

The potential target groups will include both mobile populations (migrants, internally displaced, refugees, and returnees) and local communities (host communities, ‘departure’ communities and ‘return’ communities) with a focus on women, youth, disable, victims of trafficking.


At the start of the consultancy, the consultant will propose a detailed methodology for each of the different work phases. The methodology and timeline with milestones will be included in the inception report that will be submitted 2 weeks after the start of the consultancy.

The consultant will work under the supervision of a Red Cross national societies representative steering committee that will monitor and support the work and validate the deliverables.

Inception phase


  • Inception report (approx. 40 of pages)

1) Needs and capacities analysis

Based on desktop documentary review, interviews and in-country visits, the consultant will:

a) Map and analyze vulnerabilities and needs – both immediate humanitarian and long-term developmental – related to population movements in the targeted countries mentioned above, and include a cross-border/regional perspective where relevant.

b) Map key actors, their approaches, actions and initiatives

c) Map RC/RC past, ongoing and planned projects and activities on migration, population movement and root-causes in the targeted countries with a clear positioning on how the program will complement it –

d) Analyze RC/RC capacities, interest and priorities to address the needs and vulnerabilities in relation to population movement. Assess what is the vision from the HNS on this, what are they already doing on this, what is their track record. This will include an analysis of the potential for cross-border/regional action.


  • Regional and country needs/vulnerability assessment(s) related to population movement in the targeted countries and host communities (desk review)
  • Mapping of RC/RC, ongoing and planned projects.
  • Analysis of RC/RC capacities and opportunities to address the needs and vulnerabilities related to population movement

2) program development

The consultant will:

a) Facilitate a program design workshop with key RC stakeholders (HNS, PNS, FICR, ICRC) and possibly relevant external stakeholders and contributors in Dakar. The purpose of the program design workshop is to present the findings and conclusions of the tasks under point 1 above and to outline a general logical framework for the regional program. The consultant will finalize the logical framework matrix after the design workshop.

b) Propose country level log frames

c) Develop a proposal to be presented to the EUTFA Operational Committee (foreign cooperation’s and EU) and other donors.


  • A program design workshop which will produce a draft logical framework matrix for the regional program.
  • A final logical framework matrix for the regional program, including country-level log frames.
  • A proposal with all annexes
  • Outlines of country level logical frameworks and budgets

3) Support the Steering Group in processing the new funding modalities

The consultant will:

a) Develop a program with the steering group to propose to donors (EU donors and national government cooperation of European Red Cross societies)

b) Advise the Steering Committee on how to process the proposal


  • Action Plan for processing the proposal with the EU donor including EUTFA
  • End of consultancy report

Roles & Responsibilities of the Consultancy

The consultant will be required to lead the tasks listed above. The Steering Committee will support the consultant in this, including facilitating contact with Red Cross Society technical experts (health, migration, livelihood, finance etc.) and with the eight Host Red Cross National Societies.

Deliverables & Schedule

  • Methodology (inception report)
  • After 2 weeks
  • Needs/vulnerability analysis + mapping of projects + capacity analysis
  • After 8 weeks
  • Proposal + log frame
  • After 12 weeks ( include workshop in Dakar between weeks 8 and 10)
  • Action plan for processing the proposal with the EUTFA
  • After 14 weeks

French Red Cross reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/outputs is incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines. Performance indicators against which the satisfactory conclusion of this contract will be assessed include timeliness/quality of submission and responsiveness to French Red Cross and Partners feedback.

Skills & Qualifications

The expert must have:

  • In-depth theoretical and practical understanding of migration in West Africa taking into account the humanitarian–development nexus.
  • At least 10 years of experience in working with European institutional donor proposals (EU and member states level); experience with EU Trust Fund for Africa will be an asset;
  • In-depth theoretical and practical understanding of the institutional donor system;
  • Experience in proposal writing;
  • Experience within the ECOWAS region;
  • Strong knowledge of the latest trends in donor funding on Migration.
  • Knowledge of the Red Cross Movement
  • Fluent in English and professional French

Field visits to all eight countries list under point 4 are foreseen as well as two meetings with the Steering Committee in Europe.

Available Data & Documentation

There will be a clause of confidentiality included in the contract.

The deliverables should always be framed within the IFRC Migration policy and strategy.

Documentation available on ongoing and planned projects such as the African Climate Smart Livelihoods Initiative, DIFID project, other EUTFA projects implemented will be provided to the selected consultant.


Interested consultant or team of consultant must send:

  • A technical note including
    • Understanding of ToR
    • Knowledge of the RCRC Mouvement
    • Knowledge of Migration, Humanitarian trend and the targeted countries
    • A proposed methodology including detailed method of data collection ( preparation and collection of primary and secondary data)
    • A detailed work plan (including organization of field mission)
    • CV of each proposed consultant
    • Sample of writing in English and French for each consultant
  • A financial offer including
    • Detailed budget
    • Fees for each consultants and numbers of days
    • Detailed cost for missions
    • VAT if applicable

The consultancy should start the first week of May 2019.

Thanks to send your technical and financial offer before April 19th2019 Midnight CET to:


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