TOR – MRC National Project Officer (2 posts) under the MRC Bangladesh

Posting Date: 23/07/2020
Duty station: home based, with travel to different districts in Bangladesh

Maximum number of working days: 15 days per month from August-December

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 300+ staff members, who personify its values of commitment, integrity, partnership, respect, and innovation in actions and decisions.

Background

ICMPD is inviting all interested candidates to apply for the MRC Bangladesh National Project Officer (short-term from August to December) for the Migration Awareness Raising in Bangladesh (MARIP Bangladesh) supported by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany. MARIP Bangladesh is linked with the EU-funded project “Improving Migration Management in Bangladesh” with the additional support from the State Secretariat for Migration of the Government of Switzerland.

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 support the national governments of Bangladesh, particularly the MEWOE and BMET as the primary responsible government entities, in the establishment of MRCs in Bangladesh. Established in Dhaka and Cumilla in February 2020 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 view of the additional support from the Government of Germany, the MRCs will conduct expanded awareness raising, community education and capacity building activities in other select districts in Bangladesh from August to December 2020. 

In this regard, ICMPD is seeking applications from qualified and results-oriented Bangladeshi citizens for two (2) positions of the MRC Bangladesh National Project Officer on a short-term period for August-December 2020. The position is based in Dhaka on a work-from-home arrangement with frequent travels within the country, especially in 13 priority districts.

Tasks

Under the supervision of the MRC Coordinator based in Dhaka and the Project Manager based in Vienna, the MRC Bangladesh National Project Officer will be responsible for the following tasks:
  • Maintain and populate MRC website, Facebook and other social media accounts with new, creative and timely information on migration, initiate online discussions relevant to migration, respond regularly and timely to issues raised and information requested, etc.;
  • Conduct regular outreach on migration and the MRC to the public in general using various means such as radio or TV guestings, social media and online discussions, forum or symposium, conferences and other related events, and develop/edit/publish IEC materials for such purpose;
  • Provide capacity building and trainings targeting government agencies (particularly 13 districts in Bangladesh), media practitioners and journalists;
  • In partnership with MEWOE and BMET, coordinate with relevant agencies both in the public and private sector, establish networks and contacts, and help organise community events and outreach such as roving/miking, briefings in academic and training institutions, symposium with civil society, training of education or emigration consultancies, and setting-up booths, kiosks or similar structures in public places to help disseminate information and materials on safe, orderly and regular migration;
  • Conduct regular pre-departure orientation sessions, briefings and trainings to prospective migrants through and with the DEMOs and TTCs as part of the regular requirements for migrants prior to their overseas employment;
  • Support the Project Manager and MRC Coordinator in ensuring the timely, efficient and effective implementation of MRC activities, and prepare and update work plan when and where necessary to ensure that the outputs and outcomes are aligned and integrated with the national priorities and strategies of MEWOE and BMET and of the MARIP Bangladesh;
  • Support the Project Manager, MRC Coordinator and ICMPD Bangladesh Country Assistant in preparing weekly, quarterly and annual progress reports (technical and financial), work plans and budget, meeting agendas and minutes, activity and mission reports, expenditure plans and advance budget requests on agreed formats, and other documentary requirements, particularly in relation to MARIP Bangladesh; and
  • Perform other duties as may be instructed or required to ensure the full capacity and operation of the MRCs.

Deliverables 

  • A results-based implementation work plan for the MRCs, and effective, timely and qualitative delivery of MRC programmes and services to target clients and beneficiaries, focusing on the implementation of activities under the MARIP Bangladesh
  • Communication and outreach workplan that include, among others, key messages, visibility materials and knowledge products
  • Full and efficient implementation of the capacity building activities targeting government agencies (particularly 13 districts in Bangladesh), media practitioners and journalists
  • Monthly technical and financial reports as required by the donor and ICMPD
  • Proper and reasonable use of financial resources as required by the donor and ICMPD

Reporting lines

On a regular basis, the National Project officers will report to the Project Manager in Vienna and MRC Coordinator in Dhaka 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.

Qualifications and Experience

Education: 

  • University degree (Bachelor’s degree or higher) in mass communication, multi-media arts and communication, journalism, marketing and human relations, international relations, development studies, social or political science, migration studies or related field. 

Experience:

  • Minimum of three (3) years of related professional experience in the field of media and communication. Experience in both media/communication and migration is an asset.
  • At least two (2) years of experience in developing and editing knowledge products and information, education and communication materials, multi-media and audio-visual productions, or managing web-based platforms for communication and outreach.
  • Prior experience on and comprehensive understanding of effective service delivery, community engagement, outreach, social work, counselling, and migration issues.
  • Prior experience in organising and conducting capacity building, training and mentoring, especially in relation to migration. 

Knowledge, skills, abilities:

  • Fluency in English and Bengali (oral and written proficiency)
  • Good background or knowledge on recent economic, social and political developments in Bangladesh
  • Ability to plan, manage priorities to meet deadlines, and work under pressure on occasion in a highly stressful environment
  • Ability to establish good working relations with the Government of Bangladesh and with a multinational, multi-disciplinary team
  • Excellent inter-personal and communication skills
  • An attitude of openness and commitment to human rights and gender equality principles
  • Previous experience of working with governmental and international organisations is an asset

Material to be provided by ICMPD

  • MRC Bangladesh strategic plan
  • MARIP Bangladesh documents
  • Current IEC materials developed by MRC Bangladesh
  • Other available relevant documents

Application Procedure

Interested candidates are requested to submit their application in English (application letter, CV, list of references) to: golda.roma@icmpd.org on or before 7 August 2020.

All applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated above. Applications received after the published deadline will not be considered. 

Due to the high volume of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted and applicants are expected to be available for a personal/telephone interview. ICMPD shall also reserve the right not to appoint the National Project Officer if the applicants did not meet the qualifications and requirements. 

Administrative Information 

Payment Information 

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. 

The National Project Officer shall send the following documentation by email not later than by the end of the first week of each month:

  • dated and signed timesheet(s) for the previous month based on the templates provided by ICMPD;
  • statement of mission expenses with all relevant documents, boarding passes, tickets stubs, hotel bills and receipts attached (in case of travels);
  • travel log based on the templates provided by ICMPD (if aplicable); and
  • a completed, dated and signed travel report. 
The payment to the bank account indicated by the National Project Officer will only be processed after certification by ICMPD that the required services have been satisfactorily performed. The Payment Claim and Travel Claim will be processed together in a single payment. The National Project Officer is therefore requested to submit all documentation together to Mr. Subrata Das Apu at the MRC office in Dhaka.

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