Research Consultant

IOM - International Organization for Migration

Home Based, Belgium 


Under the overall supervision of the ERN+ Project Coordinator in Brussels and in close collaboration with the IOM local mission:

  • Review the Scoping Paper drafted by the ERN + Project Coordinator as an input for the Feasibility Study in view of future publication;
  • Conduct a desk review on the legal framework on resettlement and humanitarian admission further identifying specific examples of good practices implemented in Europe. This desk review can be supported by a non-exhaustive bibliography upon selection of the research consultant. It should include priorities, timing, types of information necessary for a successful humanitarian admission programme, lessons learnt, geographical focus, etc. The desk review should include an analysis of the legal framework and implementation of HAP and visa schemes, and more concretely: the nature of the humanitarian programme (permanent or temporary protection), its main objectives, its development and main characteristics (timeline, geographical priorities, status of applicant, identification and referral, eligibility criteria, permanent or temporary residency, type of pre-departure orientation and integration support provided, potential quota, number of resettled/admitted persons and funding sources);
  • Conduct a brief survey of the national context and debate on resettlement and humanitarian admission in a selected Member State to be explored for a pilot, indicating key points of discussion and players involved;
  • Identify existing challenges and obstacles faced by Member States in the design and implementation of humanitarian admission programmes;
  • Attend the preparatory Round Table (to be held early July 2017) on HAP to collect in-depth info on key issues, referral mechanisms, legal aspects, cost-sharing arrangements, labour market opportunities and social rights to be taken into consideration for the feasibility study;
  • Carry out at least one field visit to an interested Member State to research and conduct interviews in coordination with: the local IOM mission, national government stakeholders (Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of National Security etc.), international organizations, and all civil society relevant actors involved in the implementation of resettlement/humanitarian admission schemes/as well as extended family reunification/humanitarian visa schemes;
  • Provide a concise and accessible feasibility study on the potential implementation of a Humanitarian Admission Programme. This blue-print practical model will possibly be piloted in a European Member State and should include: recommendations and possible risks/challenges/pitfalls to be taken into account and to be avoided based on the analysis of the legal, administrative and operational frameworks with context specific options and recommendations for policy makers.



  • Minimum a Master’s or above university degree, in International Humanitarian Law, European Law or another field related to the services with a specialization in migration law, refugee law, and human rights law;
  • Thorough knowledge of relevant policies on migration, refugee protection and admission, protected entry procedures with specific expertise on humanitarian admission;
  • Language knowledge: Fluency in English and in German is a requirement. Solid knowledge of another European language is a distinct advantage. All the deliverables must be written in English.


  • Between 6-10 years of relevant working or research experience on migration and legal immigration related areas (or between 4 and 8 years with a postgraduate university degree);
  • Experience in analysing legal regulations and/or formulating related recommendations for National Policies or developing a National Policy;
  • Experience in the field of refugee protection in the EEA region is considered an asset;
  • Field experience in resettlement and admission programmes, preferably with international organizations or in national technical cooperation capacity is an asset;
  • Project management experience in rule of law and migration is an asset;
  • Experience in working with governments, civil society, EU policy institutions;
  • Proven experience in collecting and elaborating qualitative and quantitative data.


  • Excellent communication, drafting and editing skills;
  • Excellent analytical, organizational skills and reporting skills;
  • Good computer literacy and applications proficiency;
  • Ability to function effectively and harmoniously in a fast-paced, cross-cultural work environment;
  • Demonstrated gender and social inclusion awareness and gender sensitivity;
  • Ability to deliver quality work with minimal supervision and to meet deadlines under tight timeframes.

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