Impact Appraisal of IOM interventions in the Sahel At International Organization for Migration

Call for Applications

Reference : ROWCA-HR-22-004-CFA

Duty Station : Homebased

Contract Type : Consultancy (lump sum – 6000 USD)

Length of Contract : 2 months

Estimated Start Date : 15 April 2022

Closing Date : 24 March 2022

A. Context

Established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is part of the United Nations System as the leading inter-governmental organization promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all, with 174 member states and a presence in over 100 countries.

The IOM Regional Office for West and Central Africa, covering 23 countries, has defined three regional strategic objectives for the 2020–2024 period based on the three pillars of the IOM Strategic Vision (2019–2023). These objectives are mutually reinforcing and indicative of the Organization’s ambition to be the driving force in the global conversation on migration. They respond to current and emerging challenges, positioning the Organization to better serve Member States and migrant populations throughout all stages of their journey across the West and Central Africa region and beyond. Furthermore, they are in line with the commitment of IOM to assist Member States in implementing intergovernmental commitments, such as the Global Compact for Migration, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Union’s Agenda 2063. The IOM Regional strategy 2020-2024 is based on three pillars of resilience, mobility and governance.

IOM works closely with various UN agencies under the frameworks of the Regional UN Sustainable Development Group (R-UNSDG), the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel (UNISS) and UN Country teams (UNCT).

B. Geographical scope of the consultancy

The Sahel, Arabic Sāḥil, is a semiarid region of western and north-central Africa extending from Senegal eastward to Sudan. The Sahel stretches from the Atlantic Ocean eastward through northern Senegal, southern Mauritania, the great bend of the Niger River in Mali, Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta), southern Niger, northeastern Nigeria, south-central Chad, and into Sudan.

The consultancy will be covering only the ten (10) Sahelian Member States covered at the same time by UNISS: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, The Gambia, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Chad.

IOM has a diversified portfolio when it comes to programmatic interventions in the region. With several regional projects being implemented on areas such as cross border cooperation, migration policy, labour mobility and free movement of persons, voluntary return and reintegration, youth empowerment and livelihood creation, migration and environment, community stabilization it is often difficult to demonstrate and provide documented evidence on the extent and scope of this contribution.

A regional assessment will be conducted to identify some of the key national and regional programs that would highlight how IOMs interventions have aligned with IOM and UNISS strategic priorities and how they impacted the beneficiaries.

C. Objectives of the consultancy

The main objectives of the impact appraisal of IOM interventions in the Sahel Region will be to:**

  • Take stock of the IOM strategic interventions in the Sahel, highlighting the achievements of IOM’ interventions (programmes and projects) in the Sahel at national and regional level based on the three strategic pillars (resilience, governance and mobility) outlined in IOM Regional Strategy for West and Central Africa.
  • Identify challenges, gaps and provide recommendation that could be used to improve IOM’s intervention in the Sahel.
  • Identify best practices and propose recommendations that could be used to improve a better alignment of future programs linked to the IOM interventions in the Sahel.
  • Underline the positive collaboration between IOM and other UN agencies under the UN framework of ongoing joint programming covered by the report (as and when relevant).

D. Proposed methodology

The consultancy will be home based and will rely mostly on a desk review and interviews with IOM Chief of Missions (CoM) and project/program managers in the region. The consultancy will be conducted following the below steps:

§ An inception remote meeting will be organized between the selected consultant and IOM Regional Office to refine the study questions, to discuss its data collection and analysis approach and to agree on its sampling method.

§ The consultant will conduct a series of in-depth interviews (around ten (10) interviews) with identified IOM CoMs and/or project managers in the region. The objective of the interviews is to assess the extent to which IOM interventions in the region are relevant, internally and externally coherent, as well as to identify the most relevant and impactful projects IOM has been implementing in the region.

§ The consultant will analyze the overall quantitative and qualitative information provided by IOM RO on all its interventions in the Sahel, as well as conduct a more in-depth qualitative analysis of the impacts of the projects identified during the interview stage. The desk review will be based on IOM management, monitoring and evaluation information collected to date (project proposals, progress reports, final reports, evaluation reports, special reports, etc.)

§ The consultant will synthetize the findings and conclusions of the interview and desk review analysis in a final report, including a recommendation section on how IOM can better target its interventions in the Sahel and enhance their impacts.

E. Roles and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Sr. Regional Policy and Liaison Officer and the direct supervision of the Special Coordinator on Migration and of the Regional M&E Officer, the consultant will undertake be responsible for the following tasks:

  1. In consultation with IOM senior management in the region, identify the most relevant programs, including the regional programs, implemented in the Sahel since 2017 until December 2021. The list of projects to be subjected to more in-depth analysis should not exceed three (03) program/project per strategic pillar.
  2. Conduct desk review of existing IOM programes and projects in the region, including a more thorough analysis of the impacts of the selected projects. The desk review should be conducted analyzing quantitative and qualitative data with a view to assess the impact on the beneficiaries at the outcome level.
  3. Write a report in English (max 50 pages) on the impact appraisal on IOM interventions in the Sahel and the contribution of IOM programming to the Agenda 2030 in the Sahel.

In order to accomplish these tasks, IOM Regional Office in Dakar will be responsible for:

§ Providing the consultant with the list of IOM senior staff in the region to be interviewed;

§ Providing the consultant with key documents on migration, UNISS and IOM strategic documents,as well as IOM data and information on its interventions in the region at the strategic and programmatic levels.

F. Timelines and Deliverables

Deliverables and Due Dates

Start of the consultancy : 15 April 2022

Inception Report : 30 April 2022

Interviews with IOM Senior staff in the region : 30 April-15 May 2022

Desk Review and analysis of impact data : 15-31 May 2022

First version of the report including infographics on IOM footprint, overall analysis on programming, staffing, etc. : 1 June 2022

Final report, integrating IOM’s feedback : 15 June 2022

G. Realistic delivery dates and details as to how the work must be delivered:

The consultant will submit reports of achievements following the above calendar of deliverables. The reports will be submitted by email to

H. Performance indicators for evaluation of results (value of services rendered in relation to their cost):

The consultant’s performance will be evaluated based on the specified the quality and timely submission of the specified deliverables mentioned above.**

I. Required Qualifications and Experience:


• University degree in a relevant field is required.


· At least 7 years’ experience in the development sector.

· Demonstrated knowledge on IOM’s mandate, and good understanding of migration issues

· Capable of linking the IOM interventions to the 2030 Development Agenda.

· Practical experience in designing and drafting reports of publishable quality.

· Strong writing and analytical skills and exceptional ability in research methods.

· Strong interpersonal and communications skills.

· ­ In depth knowledge and experience of cross cutting issues and thematic areas


Fluency in English and French required.

How to apply

How to Apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via email to indicating “ROWCA-HR-22-004-CFA” on the subject line, by 24th March 2022.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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