Job Title: Research study - Onward Movements Vacancy Notice: 20/19 Position Number n/a12
Location: Madrid, Spain Position Grade: Ind Consultant Closing Date: 2019-05-06
Organizational Context

As of end of 2018 Spain has received more than 55,500 asylum applications in the territory, including PoC arriving by land through the enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta to a lesser extent, representing a 75% increase in respect of the applications recorded in the same time period last year. In addition, as of end of 2018, almost 59,000 persons have arrived to Spain through the main disembarkation points in the areas of Gibraltar Strait and Alborán Sea. This figure represents a 127% increase in respect of figures recorded in 2017. The new government quickly took measures in order to strengthen first line reception arrangements, and is generally more receptive to the need to protect borders, to fulfill international refugee and human rights obligations, and ensuring access to territory and access to international protection procedures.

 

However,notwithstanding the political will to improve the arrival situation on the part of the new Spanish Administration, the significant increase in asylum applications and sea arrivals has not been matched by an adequate increase in resources to meet the capacity needs, and the phenomenon of onward movements largely continue, having become more visible as a result of increased arrivals coupled with improved EURODAC registration and subsequent increased Dublin requests from other EU Member States.  

 

In the current EU context, the issue of onward movements is on the highest political agenda of the EU Commission and the EU MS. This relates both to the increased interest to shortcut the established Dublin procedures by bilateral agreements to accelerate returns, as well as to ensure better compliance with EURODAC requirements to register all persons who arrive. 

 

Responsibilities

Under the overarching goal of strengthening UNHCR evidence-based advocacy and strategy to assist the government totransform from a transit to an asylum country, the objectives of the research study include:

 

·       To gain a clear,evidence-based understanding of the reasons why refugees and migrants choose not to remain in Spain and move onward to Europe’s mainland, using an AGD approach;

 

·       To map and define possible links between the quality and capacity of the Spanish asylum system from reception, registration, refugee status determination through to integration policies, and onward movements, developing well informed recommendations accordingly;

 

·       Based on the responses and results given in the surveys, identify the main differences between the Spanish system and the ones of two/three main destination countries for onward movers, and

 

·       Building on the conclusions of the study, develop a set of advocacy products (e.g. power point presentations, fact-sheets, leaflets-to be defined at a later stage) to help UNHCR to share and circulate the results of the study with the view to address the reasons for onward movements.

 

·       Building on the conclusions of the study, develop Communicating with Communities (CwC) products to assist UNHCR in sharing and circulating the results of the study with the asylum seeker and refugee communities with the view to address onward movements also with the concerned PoCs. 

Accountability and Authority

Qualifications required

-       Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) in International Development, Cultural Studies,Human Rights, International Social Work, Social Science, Political Science,Anthropology, International Law or other clearly related disciplines plus minimum 3 years of  relevant professional experience, including in the areas of community based protection, community services, social work, and human rights. Graduate degree (equivalent of a Master’s) plus 2 years or Doctorate degree (equivalent of a PhD) plus 1 year of previous relevant work experience may also be accepted.

-       Understanding of and demonstrated competencies in forced displacement and protection,particularly SGBV prevention and response, child protection, education, gender equality, and the application of the Age, Gender and Diversity Policy.

-       Excellent command of English and Spanish.

-       Excellent drafting skills in English and Spanish.

-       Previous proven record of relevant research assignments.

 

Duty Station: Madrid, Spain (home-based consultancy)

 

Envisaged starting date: 15 June 2019

 

Duration: three months (until 14 September 2019)

 

Closing date for applications:  6 May 2019 at 23.59

 

 

 

Minimum Qualification and Professional Experience Required

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overarching goal of strengthening UNHCR evidence-based advocacy and strategy to assist the government to transform from a transit to an asylum country, the objectives of the research study include:

 

·       To gain a clear,evidence-based understanding of the reasons why refugees and migrants choose not to remain in Spain and move onward to Europe’s mainland, using an AGDapproach;

 

·       To map and define possible links between the quality and capacity of the Spanish asylum system from reception, registration, refugee status determination through to integration policies, and onward movements, developing well informed recommendations accordingly;

 

·       Based on the responses and results given in the surveys, identify the main differences between the Spanish system and the ones of two/three main destination countries for onward movers, and

 

·       Building on the conclusions of the study, develop a set of advocacy products (e.g. power point presentations, fact-sheets, leaflets-to be defined at a later stage) to help UNHCR to share and circulate the results of the study with the view to address the reasons for onward movements.

 

·       Building on the conclusions of the study, develop Communicating with Communities (CwC) products to assist UNHCR in sharing and circulating the results of the study with the asylum seeker and refugee communities with the view to address onward movements alsowith the concerned PoCs.

 

The consultancy will use the following tools in order to conduct the study:

·       A comprehensive desk review of materials relevant to the Spanish asylum system, including the results of the profiling exercise undertaken in 2017, when they come to hand.

 

·       A concise legal analysis of bilateral agreements between Spain and its border countries (France and Germany) on admission and readmission of persons at the border.[1]

 

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