Study on Strengthening Collaboration and Coordination Framework between the African Union Commission & RECs on Migration Governance in Africa

Country: Ethiopia
Organization: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Closing date: 1 Jan 2021

Re-Invitation to Bid

Reference No: 83366701

Migration and mobility in Africa is characterized by regular and irregular movements of people across the continent. While the regular movement has more or less been well managed, either through national and regional policy frameworks, among other measures; irregular migration on the other hand, has been a major migration governance challenge in many African Union Member States. The evaluation of the AU Migration Policy Framework for Africa and a study conducted by the AU Commission in 2017 and 2018 respectively revealed that while many Member States have shown a growing interest and readiness to handle challenges related to migration as well as to better take advantage of the inherent development potential of migration, the majority of Member States have weak migration governance regimes and capacity to manage migration. Further, the evaluation and the assessment recommended that the AU Commission should embark on building the capacities of Member States in managing migration, in particular in the area of migration governance.

The AU Regional Economic Communities (RECs) are the pillars of the AU, facilitate regional economic integration between members of the individual regions, and are ultimately the building blocks for the integration of the African Continent. Therefore, in building the capacity of Member States in managing migration, there is need for the AU Commission to collaborate and coordinate the response. However, there is need for AU Member States and RECs to strengthen their collaboration on migration governance, address gaps in the legal and policy frameworks, among other measures; to ensure that migration in Africa is safe, orderly and regular.

While the responsibility of managing migration and mobility in Africa rests with respective AU Member States, the role of the African Union and the Regional Economic Commissions are crucial for a coordinated approach. The two regional and continental institutions are important in providing technical support, resource mobilization and coordination efforts to African Union Member States to enable them enhance their capacity to effectively manage migration and mobility.

There are several continental efforts to promote good migration governance on the continent initiated by the Commission. They include the popularization and implementation of the 2018 Migration Policy Framework for Africa (MPFA) and its Plan of Action, technical assistance to Member States and RECs under the AU Technical Assistance Facility on Migration Governance, the adoption of the Protocol on Free Movement in Africa, and the adoption of the Common African Position of the Global Compact and its eventual Final Text and the ongoing rescue and relocation of stranded migrants in Sahel Region. The revamping of the Pan African Forum for Migration (PAFOM); a continental Inter-state dialogue framework that promotes dialogue on migration governance among AU Member States is yet another example of the continental efforts undertaken by the Commission to improve migration governance in Africa.

The RECs have also been instrumental in supporting their Member States to cascade the continental migration agenda, and also to ensure that their regional perspectives and specificities are reflected on the continental efforts. They have provided technical assistance to their Member States on migration governance, including policy and legal development, coordination and responding to migrant emergency situations, including drought, epidemics, among others. RECs have also been critical in supporting their Member States in resource mobilization and capacity building of relevant national institutions dealing with migration and mobility issues in their respective regions.

While the AU Commission and RECs Secretariats have been doing a commendable work in supporting its Member States on migration governance, there is limited structured coordination framework between the AU Commission and RECs to promote synergies, complementarity and division of labor between them. As such, this has led to duplication of efforts between the two institutions. More often or not, there has been lack of coordination among them, with no clear communication channel and or contacts of focal persons between them on migration governance.

It is within this context that the AU Commission, with support of the GIZ, seeks to commission a study to identify areas in which the Commission can strengthen its collaboration and coordination with RECs on migration governance on the continent. This will go a long way in enhancing joint planning, follow up of continental migration agenda, predictable communication and feedback mechanism, and an elaborate capacity building and resource mobilization plans for Member States. It will further promote complementarity of efforts; while further ensure optimal use of financial and technical resources in supporting Member States to improve migration governance. The overall outcome of the study will be an agreed structured collaboration and coordination framework between the two institutions in promoting the African agenda on migration, especially in the area of migration governance.

2. Tasks to be performed by the contractor

The scope of work for the Consultant will be to conduct a study in selected RECs and AUC Departments with migration responsibilities on how the two institutions can work together in strengthening coordination and collaboration mechanisms in building the capacity of AU Member States on migration governance in Africa.

The scope of work for the study include the following:

  • Analyse AUC and RECs policy frameworks on migration governance and identify points of convergence and divergence and potential gaps.
  • Identify the various initiatives that are being implemented by the AUC and RECs in building the capacity of Member States on migration governance.
  • Identify coordination gaps between AUC and RECs in supporting Member States on migration governance in Africa
  • Identify areas for collaboration between the AUC and RECs to effectively support Member States and minimize duplication of efforts.
  • Analyse the current coordination mechanisms between AUC and RECs and identify potential needs for improvement.
  • Identify capacity gaps in the AUC and RECs that may hinder effective coordination and collaboration between them in realizing their mandates on migration governance and recommend specific measures to address them.

3. Number of work days and period of assignment

  • Number of work days: 35
  • Flexible work days (each of them only to be used upon approval by GIZ): 5
  • Overall maximum number of work days: 40.
  • Period of assignment: From 15 January 2021 until 15 May 2021.

4. Personnel concept and qualifications

Short-term expert pool with minimum 2, maximum 4 members

Qualifications of the short-term expert pool

  • Education/training (2.6.1): (minimum) 1 expert with university qualification (German ‘Diplom’/Master) in international law, international relations, economics, migration or any related field, (minimum) 1 expert with university qualification in migration studies, international law or related field (German ‘Diplom’/Master)
  • Language (2.6.2): experts with very good language skills in English, good language skills in French is required. Ability to speak other AU official languages will be an added advantage;
  • General professional experience (2.6.3): at least ten years’ experience in the areas of research, project development, strategic planning and policy drafting on migration.
  • Specific professional experience (2.6.4): (minimum) 1 expert with at least 10 years of experience in consultations with various stakeholders, ideally including the AUC, AU Member States and RECs; Knowledge of migration and capacity building on the African continent; Ability to interact with senior officials (Government officials and representatives of multilateral and bilateral agencies);
  • Regional experience (2.6.5): 2 experts with at least 5 years of experience in Africa (region), (minimum) 1 expert with 5 years of experience in East Africa region
  • Other (2.6.7): Previous working experiences with the AUC, RECs, Experience in similar assignments would be an added advantage; good oral and written skills.

Before submitting any bid, interested bidders should collect further bidding documents listed down by contacting the e-mail address:

· Terms of reference

· Technical evaluation criteria’s

· Bid sheet

· GIZ General terms and conditions local/international

How to apply:

· The consultant will be required to submit a technical and financial offer. The financial offer should list the daily fees charged for this contract. Please note that this should not be specific to the task required, as a variety of tasks (as listed above) will have to be performed throughout the contract duration. The technical offer should include the approach taken by the consultant and showcase its previous work in the areas listed above.

· All bids must be delivered/submitted via email address before 4:30pm Ethiopian time on Friday, 1th of January 2021. All bids must include a full technical and financial offer. Technical and financial offers have to be submitted separately.

· GIZ – AU migration and Displacement Project reserves the right to cancel the bid fully or partially


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