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VA19P150V01 - MRC Counsellor

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Project title:
Improving Migration Management

Job Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Duration: 12 months – 40 h/week
Closing Date: 20 Dec 2019


Organisational Overview
The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) is an international organisation tasked with promoting innovative, comprehensive and sustainable migration policies. With 17 Member States and over 60 projects active throughout Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America, ICMPD is a growing and ever-more relevant presence in its field. The organisation’s greatest assets are its 200+ staff members, who personify its values of commitment, integrity, partnership, respect, and innovation in actions and decisions.

Project Overview
ICMPD is inviting all interested candidates to apply for the MRC Counsellor for the project Improving Migration Management. One component of this project is aimed at establishing Migrant Resource Centres (MRCs) in Dhaka and Cumilla, Bangladesh.

In 2017, based on UN report, Bangladesh is the fifth largest origin country of international migrants. Since the 1970s, Bangladesh has been a source country of migrant workers. An estimated 8 million stock of Bangladeshi migrants are in more than 90 countries with Saudi Arabia, UAE, Malaysia and Kuwait as the top destinations. Every year, an average of 500,000 Bangladeshis leave for work overseas, where majority are classified as low-skilled and with a median age of 31. Forty seven percent of these workers are females. In 2015, Bangladesh received USD 15 billion remittances, which comprised around 8% of its Gross Domestic Product.

Given the increasing number of migrant workers, Bangladesh is enhancing its laws, policies and government structure to respond to the needs and challenges brought about by migration. Under the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment (MEWOE), the Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET) has set-up 42 District Employment and Manpower Offices (DEMOs) and 64 Technical Training Centres (TTCs) all over the country to facilitate access by prospective migrants of pre-departure requirements such as processing of documents for overseas employment, training and issuance of SMART card.

Despite these efforts, there remain some issues and challenges as regards skills development, costs of recruitment and migration, frequent violation of employment contracts, harsh working conditions and exploitation in destination countries.

In response to these challenges, the EU funded project “Improving Migration Management” and the State Secretariat for Migration of the Government of Switzerland will support the national governments of Bangladesh, particularly the MEWOE and BMET as the primary responsible government entities, in the establishment of MRCs in Bangladesh. Through collective collaboration with other key stakeholders at the national and provincial level, the MRCs aim to increase the public’s accessibility to general and specific information on migration, provide potential migrants with information and counselling, link up with relevant government agencies for services, raise awareness on irregular migration and its related risks, and collaborate with other migration-related stakeholders such as the academia and civil society to provide holistic and coherent information and guidance to the public and outgoing migrants on migration.

In this regard, ICMPD is seeking applications from qualified and results-oriented Bangladeshi citizens for the position of the Migrant Resource Centre Counsellor. The position is based in Dhaka and/or Cumilla with frequent travel within the country.


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