Large mixed migration movements continue to top the global political agenda, as reflected in the 2016 UN New York Declaration, and remain at the forefront of concerns, discussions and collaboration across the multilateral system and beyond. These movements create considerable challenges for countries of first asylum, transit and destination, as well as countries of origin, including through impact on socio-economic environments, such as labour markets of host countries, particularly where these may have already been under pressure and there is high unemployment.
The majority of refugee populations are hosted by low- and middle-income countries. As displacement has become increasingly protracted, responses are becoming more focused on durable solutions to support more dignified, inclusive and comprehensive programmes for refugees and the communities that host them to facilitate self-reliance and empowerment and strengthen social cohesion. It is paralleled by regional and country-level efforts in several areas, including in the Middle East and North Africa region and in the Horn of Africa.
In this context, the Government of the Netherlands has launched a new partnership initiative built on the combined strengths, experience and values of specific development and humanitarian organizations to develop a new paradigm in responding to forced displacement crises. The partners include: the Government of the Netherlands, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the ILO, the UNHCR, UNICEF and the World Bank. The Partnership aims to help transform the way governments and other stakeholders, including the private sector, respond to forced displacement crises – and in particular: (1) to enhance the enabling environment for the socio-economic inclusion of forcibly displaced persons (to mitigate their plight during years of exile and to best prepare them for their return); (2) to enhance access to education and child protection for vulnerable children on the move; and (3) to strengthen the resilience of host communities through inclusive socio-economic development that also benefits forcibly displaced persons.
The Partnership will be grounded on results-based and country-led approaches (“bottom up”) in two identified regions: MENA and the Horn of Africa. The programme aims to accelerate efforts to find sustainable solutions for countries confronted with large influxes of refugees. It will also aim to develop and implement evidence-based solutions, tailored to each context – as well as to test, and learn from, innovative operational solutions, including improving the availability, collection and use of data and evidence.
Within the policy and procedural requirements established by the ILO and the Partnership Programme, the Programme Manager (PM) will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the programme implementation in Sudan and provide technical advisory services towards the development and execution of future programmes to be developed in the programme fields of activity. S/he will ensure that the objectives stated in the programme documents (exploratory phase and future country programmes) are attained within the stated timeframe and budget and ensure compliance with the ILO and the programme's financial and operating procedures. The incumbent will promote ILO policies in the programme-related technical areas and other components of the ILO Decent Work Agenda and in line with the Decent Work Country Programme.
The PM will report directly to the Director of the ILO Office in Addis Ababa for operational and administrative issues and will be under the technical guidance of the CTA of the Partnership Programme (DDG-P) in HQ for all technical-related outputs and overall project implementation. Additional technical support and collaboration will be coordinated with key technical units in the Decent Work Team for North Africa, the ILO Regional Office for Africa (ROAF) in Abidjan and the relevant HQ departments.
S/he will also oversee the work of administrative and other support staff of the programme, national officers and other international and local consultants hired during the course of the programme.