The selected consultant will work under the supervision of the Head of the Programme Management Unit (PMU) and in close coordination with the Knowledge Management Expert, the JMDI Brussels-based Programme Management Unit contact persons for each target country and the focal points based in the 16 target countries. The consultant will be formally part of the so-called Migrant Advisory Board which has been set up to guide the substantive aspect of the JMDI. He/she will undertake the following tasks:
* Participation in the generation of a methodological framework to support the codification process of practices from civil society organizations and local authorities in the field of migration and development;
* Analysis of the findings coming out of the progress and monitoring reports of the projects funded by the JMDI;
* Conceptualization and expert moderation of on-line discussions on the JMDI community of practice to support the production and test the findings of the codification process;
* Based on the results of the codification process, writing of a handbook of good practices for practitioners, donors and governments alike, including concrete policy recommendations for governments.
1. Elaboration of a methodological framework:
The selected consultant will be required to support the elaboration of the methodological framework which will be used in order to extract the lessons learned arising from existing M&D practices of civil society organizations (diaspora groups, migrant associations, development NGOs, academia, private sector, social partners etc.) and local authorities. This will entail the review of the existing material generated by the JMDI (progress and monitoring reports of 54 funded projects, review of a database of approximately 200 projects implemented in the field of M&D).
2. Codification of findings and results:
Using the agreed upon methodology, the consultant will consolidate the findings and lessons learned arising from practices from civil society organizations and local authorities. These findings and lessons learned will be generated for each of the four thematic windows of the JMDI (remittances, migrant capacities, migrant rights, migrant communities).
3. Conceptualization and expert moderation of on-line discussions on the JMDI M&D Community of Practice:
In order to ensure broad ownership of the findings of the codification process by Civil Society Organizations and local authorities, the dedicated on-line Community of Practice (reaching out to 1,500 M&D practitioners around the world) will be used in order to gather inputs and feedback through the launch of specific ediscussions and a peer review process. In close partnership with the JMDI Knowledge Management Expert, the selected consultant will be requested to conceptualize and provide expert moderation for these on-line consultations, including summarizing the discussions, the results of which will be used to consolidate and refine the preliminary findings.
4. Production of a handbook on good practices arising from civil society organizations and local authorities to effectively link migration and development:
The selected consultant will be responsible for drafting a handbook on good practices in the field which will provide concrete evidence of workable and successful approaches to secure a development impact in migrants’ countries of origin. They will support the review and finalization process and include the comments from the five partner agencies to the JMDI and the EC. Refine the handbook until its final endorsement by the JMDI steering committee.
5. Elaboration of policy recommendations for governments:
The selected consultant will be responsible for drafting policy recommendations for governments to establish an enabling environment to better capitalize and link initiatives arising from civil society organizations and local authorities. They will support the review and finalization process and include the comments coming from the five partner agencies to the JMDI and the EC; refine the policy recommendations until their final endorsement by the JMDI steering committee.