Sunday, 10 January 2016

Consultant - Training of African Institute for Remittances Staff, Nairobi

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 Position title: Consultant – Training of African Institute for Remittances Staff

Position type: Consultancy

Duty station: Nairobi, Kenya

Duration of contract: 20 days

Estimated start date: 1 st February 2016

Seniority band: n/a

Job family: Migration

Organizational unit: Program Support Unit

Position number: n/a

Position rated: n/a

Subject to rotation: No

Reporting directly to: Programme Coordinator

Overall supervision by: Programme Coordinator

Managerial responsibility: n/a

Directly reporting staff: n/a


The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society. As the leading international organization for migration, IOM acts with its partners in the international community to: assist in meeting the growing operational challenges of migration management; advance understanding of migration issues; encourage social and economic development through migration, and; uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants.

In Kenya, IOM has since significantly diversified its programming since 2005. IOM currently implements interventions within the areas of emergency and post-conflict response, preparedness and response, disaster risk reduction, livelihoods, healthcare and psychosocial assistance, assisted voluntary return of migrants, immigration and border management, migration and development, resettlement and repatriation, family reunification, counter human trafficking, assistance to vulnerable migrants, and labour migration.

IOM is implementing a project that seeks to support the operationalization of the African Institute for Remittances (AIR). AIR is a technical unit of the African Union and is hosted by the Government of the Republic of Kenya in Nairobi. It has the overall aim to contribute to harnessing migrant remittances for social and economic development within Africa, with the specific mandate of ensuring African remittances can be used as a development tool for poverty reduction, by making remittance transfers to and within African cheaper, safer, faster, and easier.


The objective of the consultancy is to support the knowledge and skills' development of AIR staff. The consultancy will focus on AIR's key priority of engaging Southern African stakeholders (i.e.

Governments, Central Banks, Money Transfer Operators, private sector institutions etc.) to address the high cost of remitting money in the sub-region. Southern Africa is ranked among the most expensive sub-regions for remitting money, where the cost of receiving remittances in some corridors has been recorded to be as high as 19 percent of the value sent.


Under the overall and direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator and other key colleagues, and in coordination with AIR, the Consultant will be responsible for

    Developing a strategy that
        Identifies the structural, political, economic, legal and social factors that contribute to the high cost of remitting money to and within Southern Africa.
        Maps out initiatives/interventions/technological solutions that stakeholders (Governments, Central Banks, Money Transfer Operators, private sector etc.) in southern African countries have or are implementing to lower remittance transfer costs.
        Makes recommendations of how AIR staff can practically and effectively engage with Southern African stakeholders to address the high costs of sending remittances.
    Conducting a three day workshop to sensitize AIR staff of the above strategy to ensure its effective implementation.
    Assessing AIR staff's understanding and implementation of the strategy.


    An engagement strategy targeting Southern African stakeholders.
    A work-plan and agenda for the three day workshop
    A three day workshop (inclusive of pre and post evaluation questionnaires)
    A post-workshop assessment to assess AIR staff understanding and implementation of the strategy.
    An end of consultancy report with recommendations on future training and skills' development priorities based on the feedback from the evaluations and assessment.


    Completed an advanced university degree from an accredited academic institution in Economics, Finance, Development Studies or a related discipline.
    Minimum of seven years' work experience working in the fields of remittances, migration and development, or financial inclusion.
    Proven work experience in or familiarity with the Southern African context
    Experience drafting strategies and conducting research
    Experience working with and/or engaging a broad cross-section of stakeholders (governments, private sector, migrant/diaspora associations etc.)
    Experience conducting training assessments and training workshops.

Specific Technical knowledge/skills required

    Expert knowledge of principles and characteristics of remittances.
    Expert knowledge of remittance markets in Southern African
    Knowledge of migration and development.
    Excellent communication skills (writing and presenting).
    Proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and online survey and questionnaire software


Fluency in both written and spoken English.

Mode of Application

Interested applicants should respond to this Call for Applications with a cover letter, a detailed CV showing respondents' ability to carry out the assignment, and a writing sample. Please submit applications with the job reference code in the subject line of the email to

CLOSING DATE: 17 th January 2016

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted



The International Organization for Migration (IOM) does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, process or training). IOM does not concern itself with information on applicants' bank details.