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Vacancy Notice Number: SVN#TR/2020/130
Position Title: Consultant
Duty Station: Ankara-Turkey
Classification: Consultancy contract
Deadline of Applications: 6 August 2020
Number of People to be hired 1
Eligibility: Internal and External Candidates


General Functions:  

In line with the Foreigners and International Protection Law Article 58, foreigners subject to administrative detention shall be held in removal centers, which are operated by DGMM.


Over the past few years and through number of projects, IOM supported DGMM in ensuring improvement in the capacity and conditions of removal centers. The requested consultancy will be contributing to “Supporting Directorate General for Migration Management Efforts in Enhancing the Capacity of Removal Centers within the Framework of International Human Rights Standards Phase II Project”, funded by the UK Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO). The overall vision of the project is to reinforce RCs capacities in managing of a well-functioning and human rights-based system and contribute to well-being of migrants. In this respect, the project aims to support DGMM in its efforts to mainstream a human rights-based approach, including age and gender aspects, while responding to irregular migration flows and managing RCs in Turkey.


The Women have gender specific needs (such as special healthcare needs), which are rarely met in closed facilities and places of detention Moreover, considering that  dependent children who are detained with their families are under the risk of harm due to the conditions of detention.  


While RCs typically segregate women and men as well as the adult and the children, further support is needed for facilitating an enhanced understanding of vulnerabilities relating to age and gender; to interact and communicate with irregular and vulnerable migrants in a gender-sensitive manner as well as to ensure that  the needs of vulnerable migrants and minors are identified and appropriately cared for.


The main beneficiary of the project is Ministry of Interior, Directorate General of Migration Management.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of IOM, the consultant will directly be responsible for drafting of the guideline. IOM shall be available in case of further explanation and clarification is needed through the process. IOM will assist the consultant in liaising  the key stakeholders in case of need. The consultant is expected to undertake this assignment by developing rigorous methodology that includes research, , desk review of the best practices, international norms and standards, visiting removal centers and if necessary, consulting with the relevant actors such as DGMM HQ and Provincial Directorates of Migration. The consultant can identify and propose other methodological tools, if deemed necessary. The consultant is expected to prepare user friendly and comprehensive guideline. The working language of the communication and development of outputs foreseen by this consultancy is English and Turkish.


Duties of the  consultant shall include;

  1. Develop a research methodology as well as a research plan to draft the guideline for IOM’s review and comments and incorporate these comments into the final methodology.
  2. Review the relevant national, regional and international legislation, research the literature, reports and other relevant documents related to gender mainstreaming in detention.
  3. In the line with the approved research plan and in close cooperation with IOM and DGMM, conduct desk review of international norms and standards and research to collect data on agreed aspects.
  4. To provide outline of the guideline to IOM for their review and approval to proceed for drafting.
  5. To coordinate the visits and meetings/interviews/focus group discussions etc. which will be conducted with the key relevant stakeholders, if requested.
  6. To report back monthly on progress to IOM.
  7. To provide the first draft of the guideline on for review and comments of IOM and DGMM.
  8. To submit the final version of the guideline on the standards for treatment and service provision to women and children at removal centers with aforementioned components in Turkish and English no later than 15 January 2021.


Tangible Outputs 

Output  By date 
Research methodology and work plan By  4 September 2020
Desk review report By  30 September 2020
Outline of the guideline By 15 October 2020
Meetings/Focus group discussions reports By 15 November 2020
Draft of the guideline By 15 December 2020
Final version of the guideline By 15 January 20201


Required Qualifications:


  • Master’s degree level in social sciences, law, , gender studies, sociology, social work or any other related field; with minimum 5 years of overall working experience.
  • Possession of a PhD in any of these fields is highly desired


  • At least 5 years of experience in field research, migration and/or gender studies is essential;
  • Familiarity with detention and issues related to detained women and children


  • Fluency in Turkish and English is required.


Required Competencies


  • Inclusion and respect for diversity:

Shows respect and sensitivity towards gender, culture, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, political conviction and other differences.

• Encourages the inclusion of all team members and stakeholders while demonstrating the ability to work constructively with people with different backgrounds and orientations.

• Promotes the benefits of diversity; values diverse points of view and demonstrate this in daily work and decision making.

• Challenges prejudice, biases and intolerance in the workplace.

  • Integrity and transparency:

• Upholds and promotes the Standards of Conduct and Unified Staff Regulations and Rules.

• Delivers on commitments; manages the organization’s resources reliably and sustainably.

• Embraces and encourages transparency, balancing this with the need for discretion and confidentiality as appropriate.

• Maintains impartiality and takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behavior.

• Does not abuse one’s position and acts without consideration of personal gain. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns.

  • Professionalism:

• Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter and willingness to improve knowledge and skills.

• Seeks to raise professional standards in self and others through daily work and activities.

• Adapts quickly to change and is decisive and versatile in face of uncertainty.

• Shows self-control and persistence when faced with difficult problems and remains calm in stressful situations.

• Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.

Core Competencies – behavioral indicators level 1

  • Teamwork:

• Establishes strong relationships with colleagues and partners; relates well to people at all levels.

• Is fully aware of the team purpose, respects and understands individual and collective responsibilities.

• Willingly puts in extra effort without being asked and adopts a “hands-on” approach whenever necessary to achieve team objectives.

• Coordinates own work with that of the team to meet agreed priorities and deadlines.

  • Delivering Results:

•Produces quality results and provides quality services to clients.

• Meets goals and timelines for delivery of products or services.

• Manages time and resources efficiently, monitoring progress and making adjustments as necessary.

• Shows understanding of own role and responsibilities in relation to expected results.

  • Managing and sharing knowledge:

•Keeps abreast of new developments in own field of competence and creates opportunities for knowledge management initiatives.

• Shares knowledge and learning willingly, and proactively seeks to learn from the experiences of others.

• Puts new learning into practice and draws on diverse sources of ideas and inspiration.

• Contributes to the identification of improvements to work processes and assists in implementing them.

  • Accountability:

• Accepts personal responsibility for quality and timeliness of work.

• Takes ownership of all responsibilities within own role and honors commitments to others and to the Organization.

• Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules.

• Accepts and gives constructive criticism; acknowledges and corrects mistakes and apply lessons learned for improvement.

  • Communication:

•Presents information using language and sequence of ideas that is easy for recipients to understand.

• Adapts communication to the recipient’s needs, asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication.

• Encourages others to share their views, using active listening to demonstrate openness and to build understanding of different perspectives.

• Listens carefully and genuinely to the views and positions of others; acts on received information.




Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

Only candidates residing in either the country of the duty station or from a location in a neighbouring country that is within commuting distance of the duty station will be considered. In all cases, a prerequisite for taking up the position is legal residency in the country of the duty station, or in the neighbouring country located within commuting distance, and work permit, as applicable.

Please be advised that this is a local position and as such only applications from candidates with a valid residence / working permit residing in Turkey will be considered.


How to Apply:

  • Interested candidates are requested to submit their application including the most recent CV with a cover letter in English with contact details (name, position, phone and e-mail details) of three references by indicating  name of the position applied with its VN number in the subject line of the e-mail to [email protected] by the end of 6 August 2020.
  • To help us track our recruitment effort, please indicate in your email & cover letter where ( you saw this job posting. 

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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With 165 member states, a further 8 states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.

The IOM Constitution recognizes the link between migration and economic, social and cultural development, as well as to the right of freedom of movement.

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