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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia International Labour Organization (ILO) - Ethiopia

International Labour Organization

Consultancy Service

Closing date: 26 Jan 2018

Awareness Raising Campaign and Social Marketing on Return and Reintegration of Returnees in Ethiopia

Background of the Project

Large numbers of Ethiopian men and women have been migrating to the Middle East since the late 1980s, particularly to Saudi Arabia. One of the largest international migration flows from Ethiopia are women migrating to the Middle East for domestic work. In 2012, according to Ethiopia’s Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, around 200,000 women left the country in search of jobs. Due to lack of access to information on legal channels of migration and work, most women migrant workers are vulnerable to unscrupulous recruiters and traffickers. In October 2013, due to reports of widespread abuse, the Ethiopian government announced its temporarily ban on domestic workers going to the Middle East.

While some are treated well, a significant number of Ethiopian domestic workers in the Middle East face undue hardships and abuse in the form of low or withheld wages, poor working and living conditions, virtual absence of social protection, denial of freedom of association and workers’ rights, discrimination and xenophobia, as well as social exclusion. Working conditions committed in contracts – if contracts exist at all - are often not kept, and working time as agreed is not respected. Moreover, cases of physical, sexual and psychological abuse have been reported in increasing numbers, and in some instances this has led to death. The 2013 government crackdown on irregular immigrants in Saudi Arabia has only worsened the situation. Initially, the Government of Saudi Arabia gave irregular migrants seven months to gain status or leave the country, and one of the most severely affected migrant groups were the Ethiopians. Since November 2013, up to one million migrant workers in total have been deported from Saudi Arabia, including around 163,000 Ethiopian migrants.

The mass-deportation has left thousands of migrant workers in an extremely precarious situation, having lost most of their belongings, access to their regular income and employment abroad. Once back home, these citizens need to be able to provide for themselves and their families, and to become a productive part of society. There is a great need to re-integrate these returnees so that, they become a benefit rather than a burden for their country. The Ethiopian government is trying to put in place a mechanism that will improve labour migration, and to deal with the reintegration of the returnees, and the ILO is working closely with the government to provide the necessary technical and financial support.

The ILO is implementing a three-year technical cooperation project funded by the European Union: “Support to the reintegration of returnees in Ethiopia” The overall objective of the project is to provide improved reintegration assistance to Ethiopian migrants through a holistic and coherent economic and social empowerment approach, with a particular focus on vulnerable groups. As part of this project, the ILO is looking for a strong partner who will collaborate to develop various promotional materials and communication products for raising awareness about vulnerable population of Returnees that require reintegration services. ILO intends to conduct awareness raising programmes to create a welcoming environment within the local communities for the returnees and to avoid stigmatization and discrimination of returned migrants.

Objective of the Program

The main purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness to the public on migration and reintegration and help them understand the dynamics of migration and return migration, with particular focus on those at risk of exploitation and trafficking. More specifically:

  1. To conduct awareness raising programmes to create a welcoming environment within the local communities for the returnees and to avoid stigmatization and discrimination of returned migrants;

  2. Promote safe and fair migration and the instruments available for it;

  3. Create awareness around the dangers of irregular migration;

  4. Create awareness on the current available services to returnees;

  5. To enhance the visibility of the reintegration project by highlighting major achievements.

Eligibility Criteria

· The applicants lead researcher or leader of the team will need to have a post graduate Degree in communication or another relevant field, with 5 years’ experience in the field.

· The applicant should have previous experience in branding and campaigning;

· The applicant should own a relatively large and variety of media outlets

· The applicant should have good drafting skills, ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, ability to clarify information, good computer application skills, good organizational skills

· The applicant should have excellent working relationship with the government;

· The applicant should have an understanding of the subject matters and reach of target market

Duration of the Program

Duration of the program will be for 9 months starting from the signing of the agreement.


Request for details about Proposal (RFP) can be sent by email to until January 15, 2018.

Interested applicants have to submit their financial and technical proposal before January 26, 2018 to the following address:

International Labour Office (ILO)

The Administrative Assistant (Migration)

Country Office for Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan

PO Box 2788

ECA - Addis Ababa

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