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IOM hiring Migration and Remittances Research Coordinator


Kyiv, Ukraine, 12 September 2013

Background

The objective of the project Research and Policy Dialogue Initiative on Migration and Remittances in Ukraine is to assist the Government of Ukraine (GoU) in developing policies to effectively harness the link between migration and development. To achieve this, it is necessary to increase awareness among key stakeholders on the nature, use and impact of remittances entering Ukraine, to describe migrants and their households’ overall financial behaviour, including savings and consumption, as well as to assess the overall impact of migration on the country’s socio-economic development.

Subsequently, research will be conducted, with data generated primarily through a household survey in Ukraine and corresponding surveys of targeted samples of Ukrainian migrants in Russia, Italy and Canada. Focus groups, key informant interviews and review of secondary literature/data will triangulate the primary data. Particular attention will be paid to adhering to all recent international recommendations and developments in the area of migration research, while ensuring the targeted nature of the approach to the Ukrainian reality.

The survey results will be consolidated in a publication which will be disseminated broadly among the international community and the national stakeholders at a conference. In addition, a consultative process on the preliminary and final survey results will be launched in a form of an informal inter-ministerial working group (Project Steering Committee), with the purpose of developing policy recommendations and feeding into the current plans of the Government to develop an action plan on mainstreaming migration into development planning.

Scope of study

The proposed research will attempt to capture various migration and migration-related data, including the scale of Ukrainian labour migration and remittance flows to Ukraine, the sociodemographic and economic profile of a Ukrainian migrant and the household, including, inter alia, the frequency, transfer channels, cost, use and the impact (economic/social) of remittances on migrant sending households, as well as may other related aspects.

The exact survey methodology will be developed by the Migration and Remittances Research Coordinator, the local surveying team, and an IOM expert with support from the members of the Project Steering Committee, which would include, inter alia, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, State Migration Service of Ukraine, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Ministry of Income and Tax of Ukraine, National Bank of Ukraine, State Statistics Service of Ukraine, Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights, National Minorities and Interethnic Relations, World Bank, UNDP, International Labour Organization.

General Functions

Under the overall guidance of the Chief of Mission, with the direct supervision of the Project Manager, the incumbent will provide comprehensive expert support in organizing the survey, will develop a final report with particular focus on policy recommendations on harnessing the link between migration and development, and will present the results of a study on migration and remittances at the final conference in Ukraine, adhering to all recent international recommendations and developments in the field of migration research, while ensuring the targeted nature of the approach to the Ukrainian context.

Specific Functions

  • In close collaboration with the commissioned local research team and the IOM, develop the methodology for and structure of the study, questionnaires and focus group interviews for a survey in Ukraine and corresponding surveys in Russia, Italy and Canada

  • Ensure software support for data processing

  • Develop training materials and methodological instructions for the surveying team in Ukraine and surveying teams in selected destination countries (Russia, Italy and Canada)

  • Support the pilot surveying phase and testing of the methodology in selected pilot regions in Ukraine

  • Draft the report for the pilot stage and revise methodology and questionnaires accordingly

  • Provide comprehensive support for the conduct of the household survey in Ukraine and in selected countries

  • Advise the local research teams on surveying techniques and closely monitor the progress of field research

  • Conduct analysis of the obtained data, review of literature and respective legislation, and assessment of existing data on Ukrainian migration and remittance inflows from abroad, determine characteristics of savings/remittance behaviors among Ukrainian migrants, establish key findings and develop policy recommendations for the respective Government institutions on harnessing the link between migration and economic development

  • Draft the final report, conclusions and policy recommendations for how Ukraine can  harness the link between migration and economic development

  • Participate in meetings of the Project Steering Committee and other project events in Ukraine

  • Perform any other tasks as may be deemed necessary.

Contract duration: October 2013 - January 2015.

Deadline: 27 September 2013

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