Call for Experts Short-Term Expert for Research, Comparative Calculation of Costs of Returns and Budget

Strengthening Utilization of Additional Policies and Measures for Reinforcing Migration Management in Turkey (SUPREME Project)

Posting Date: 02/10/2020

Deadline for Applications: 12/10/2020 

Duty Station: Home based 

Contract Duration: 19/10/2020 – 15/12/2020

Organisational overview

The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) is an international organisation tasked with promoting innovative, comprehensive and sustainable migration policies. With 18 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 250+ staff members, who personify its values of commitment, integrity, partnership, respect, and innovation in actions and decisions.

Project background

The SUPREME project “Strengthening Utilization of Additional Policies and Measures for Reinforcing Migration Management in Turkey” aims to strengthen further migration management in Turkey in a complementary manner in order to cover all indispensable elements of the fully-fledged work in this area, and particularly in the area of irregular migration. The project is focusing on strengthening the development of policies and operational strategies, enhancing cooperation with countries of origin, support the well-functioning of the national assisted voluntary return operations and exploring possibilities for introducing reintegration policies and programmes.

Specifically, the main objectives and components of the SUPREME project are: 

  • Strengthening Policies and Procedures (Component I), 
  • Enhancing International Cooperation with Countries of Origin (Component II),
  • Supporting the functioning of the National Assisted Voluntary Return Mechanism (Component III),
  • Supporting the development of a Reintegration Programme (Component IV).


The task is situated within the scope of Component 3 of the SUPREME project, which focuses on providing support to the DGMM in view of establishing a functioning National Assisted Voluntary Return (N-AVR) system in Turkey. As such, the SUPREME project’s activities aim at having an operational system in view of its subsequent implementation through the conduct of voluntary return operations. 

The promotion of increased voluntary return operations, instead of forced return operations, remains a need in Turkey. An AVR system, led by national authorities is crucial for having a sustainable return policy and capacity, which can be conducted without being in need of an external operational support mechanism.

Recently, an important step towards the establishment of the N-AVR system has been the agreement reached between the DGMM and the national stakeholders. Furthermore, a Cooperation Protocol is signed among the stakeholders, which sets out the general framework of the action needed from each of the concerned institutions in the process of operationalising the N-AVR. Furthermore, the N-AVR regulation is in the drafting process and is close to the stage of finalisation. 

The next step in row is the need for a calculation of all visible, non-visible, physical and non-physical costs that the stay of an irregular migrant in Turkey brings forth -- both from the point of view of leading to his/her voluntary return as well as their forced return – for the Turkish government and its implications for local communities, service delivery and non-visible costs to the government and public. It shall also include the calculation and determination of the assistance given to voluntary returnees in the phases of pre-departure, in departure and post departure.

It should be noted that Afghanistan has been decided as pilot implementation country for the N-AVR. Therefore, Afghans in irregular situation in Turkey may need a particular focus in the research. Eventually, it is required that the Expert undertakes a comparison between the costs of irregular migration and forced return operations with the costs of assisted voluntary returns; as it is assumed and should be underlined that assisted voluntary returns are usually cost-effective and beneficial in the long-term and bring forth more sustainability. 

At least the following visible costs should be taken into consideration: 

  • the cost of in-kind AVR assistance prior to departure such as information, counselling, assistance to obtain travel documents, accommodation and transport,
  • in-cash assistance at the point of departure/after arrival, and
  • in-kind assistance in the country of return.

Following consultations with DGMM, in coordination with ICMPD, the Expert shall research, calculate and estimate the cost of different types of voluntary return packages. The calculation needs to be in-line with the 6458 Law on Foreigners and international protection, the Strategy Paper on Development of National Assisted Voluntary Return Mechanism and guidelines of the DGMM. The calculation should cover all the financial aspects of the packages and expenses according to the N-AVR.

The budget calculation should also consider taking into account the expenses of the N-AVR stakeholders based on contributions and responsibilities; calculating and differentiating the budgetary contribution/distribution of/to each stakeholder.


Activity: Drafting of a cost analysis report including calculations and comparison

The Expert shall draft the above-referred cost analysis and calculation of all the costs of irregular migrants, occurring by the government and public, and calculate the different assistance packages and expenses based on the information provided by the DGMM. 

The Expert shall prepare a comparison of both forced return and assisted voluntary return costs. 


The Short-Term Expert for Research, Comparative Calculation of Costs of Returns and Budget is expected to provide the following deliverables:

Research, Calculation and Comparison of Costs of Returns (forced return and assisted voluntary returns), Budget and Expenses (20 pages, document in editable MS Word format/MS Excel, Turkish, professionally edited)

The draft deliverable must be submitted no later than 15 November 2020. The final deliverables must be submitted no later than 15 December 2020.

Reporting lines

On a regular basis, the Expert will report to Ms. Semra Özgür who will be in charge of the overall supervision both in terms of administrative and content issues and who will provide input and comments on deliverables as needed.


  • At least Masters Degree in Accounting, Finance or relevant field.

Qualifications and Experience

  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in Budgeting and Finance 
  • Knowledge and/or experience with Turkish public administration and its rules
  • Migration-related experience with International Organizations
  • Knowledge of Migration and return is an asset
  • Understanding of return and reintegration programs is an advantage

Background information/documentation to be provided by ICMPD

  • SUPREME project description
  • Background documents on National AVR
  • Templates (timesheet, payment claim) 

Administrative Information 

  • Payment 

Fees for the assignment are paid upon satisfactory delivery of services, in line with the payment schedule stated in the contract and upon submission of required documentation. 

Application Process

Interested experts should send their CV with a reference to this announcement in the subject line of the email to, and address it to Ms. Semra Özgür, Project Manager. 


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