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Research, Statistician, Data Analyst Consultant: IOM
Deadline: 13 October 2021
•Zimbabwe currently faces several migration challenges.
•While characteristics of migration in Zimbabwe often mirror those of the region, Zimbabwe has increasingly become a country-of-origin transit and destination for migrants.
•Migration patterns have been complex, marked by an increase in informal cross border movement, migration of highly skilled nationals and survival migration of the poor and impoverished.
• Since March 2020, following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, over 330,000 •Zimbabweans have returned to the country signifying a reverse in the predominant trends.
•Most migrants returned due to the socio-economic impacts of the pandemic and the lack of support of host countries in social services.
•Government’s ability to evaluate and improve its mitigation policies and development plans to address these higher numbers of returning migrants are limited, and these limitations are exacerbated by the lack of adequate data and analysis that highlights the factors driving migration as well as the needs of this vulnerable population.
•Experiences of forced displacement put significant psychological and social stress on individuals, families, and communities.
• In addition to having to cope with the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and psychological aftermath of adverse events, migrants often face important challenges and stressors in transit, including physical protection risks, restricted opportunities for employment and education, racism and xenophobia, and the lack of hope for the future. It is common for migrants and mobile populations to adopt harmful or unhelpful coping strategies. particularly where there are limited, or non-existent, social support structures.
•Addressing the vulnerabilities of migrants is not only a question of protection, but also a matter of policy coherence and good migration governance. IOM has been collaborating with the Government of Zimbabwe to strengthen the capacity of front-line workers at Points of Entry (POE), improve border management and ensure the protection and dignity of migrants, but there is still a lot of additional support needed to ensure that migrants have access to basic services upon arrival and support for their reintegration.
•To ensure the provision of support and basic servicesthere is need for quantitative and qualitative information on the profile of vulnerable migrants returning to the country, that will inform not only initial recovery activities but long-term interventions to address the root causes of migration.
• The profiling of returnees entails the collection of information from returnees, required for the planning, implementation and monitoring of programmes and policies related to emergencies, early recovery, and development.
•Nature of the consultancy
To develop a Socio-Economic Assessment and profiling of •Zimbabwean migrant returnees affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to identify their needs and vulnerabilities and developed an informative report on the reintegration and recovery programming required.
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