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South Sudan (Republic of): Health Sector Diaspora Engagement Strategy Consultant

06.14.2013 · Posted in Jobs in African Countries

Organization: International Organization for Migration
Country: South Sudan (Republic of)
Closing date: 28 Jun 2013

Position title
Position classification
Health Sector Diaspora Engagement Strategy Consultant

Job family:
Organizational unit: Migration Health Unit

Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) and direct supervision of the Migration Health Officer in IOM South Sudan the successful candidate will be responsible of developing a comprehensive national diaspora engagement strategy for the health sector in South Sudan.

Overall Objective
Develop a comprehensive national diaspora engagement strategy for the health sector in South Sudan that includes a short, medium and long term action plan and a resource mobilization plan for the sustainable transfer of knowledge and skills from South Sudanese health professionals in the diaspora to health professionals in South Sudan based on the draft outline endorsed by the project steering committee

Specific Objectives of this consultancy:
1. Review existing information on the South Sudan context, including grey literature such as the IOM facilitated health training institutes needs assessment and mapping reports on diaspora capacity and interest in contributing to the development of the health sector, gather information on investment driven by diaspora members, identify possibilities, constraints and strategies for engaging health professionals in the diaspora and identify any existing initiatives driven by the diaspora and/or other organizations.
2. Establish best practice from previous programmes (e.g. MIDA-Health, AED/USAID) aimed to engage the diaspora.
3. Engage concerned departments in the Government, United Nations (e.g. WHO and UNDP) and civil society organizations in consultations on government technical and institutional capacity for diaspora engagement for the transfer of knowledge and skills and current outreach strategies.
4. Consider a variety of engagement strategies, acknowledging that diaspora engagement in different countries should be tailored to the context.
5. Present the draft National Diaspora Engagement Strategy at the National Stakeholders Workshop in Juba, South Sudan in early October 2013.

Main Activities
1. Using the mapping exercises conducted in the three target countries and needs assessment among health training institutes in South Sudan:
a. Review current situation on all relevant baseline information and current policy and practices with regard to the South Sudanese diaspora engagement towards their home country development;
b. Identify national and international key project stakeholders and partners, including analyzing and consulting each of them on their future/potential role with regard to diaspora professionals;
c. Conduct a best practices literature review to assess lessons learned from previous diaspora engagement projects in South Sudan and globally, specifically IOM MIDA projects, in order to build upon past work and/or promote synergies and links with future activities.
2. Analyze existing structures and outreach strategies of the government, including those through the Diaspora Desk, Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) and South Sudanese embassies and consulates. A mini report of the institutional and capacity building needs of the government to conduct effective outreach to the diaspora should be developed.
3. Based on the literature review, previously conducted mapping exercises and needs assessment, as well as consultations with various stakeholders, draft a National Diaspora Engagement Strategy for the Health Sector using the agreed upon outline endorsed by the project Steering Committee (see Annex 1). This should also include an implementation plan, a resource mobilization plan and monitoring framework.
4. The implementation plan should include short, medium and long term interventions that are necessary to mobilize the South Sudan diaspora as a means of productive investment in the health sector in South Sudan.

Outputs / Deliverables
• Analytical framework demonstrating a roadmap for the development of the engagement strategy and a clear understanding of how health professionals in the diaspora can support the development of the health sector by end of 1st week. This should include the tools and methodologies to be employed, a detailed work plan, interview guides and a list of stakeholders to be interviewed.
• A mini report on the institutional and technical capacity of the Ministry of Health and other government departments such as the Diaspora Desk, to sustainably engage with the South Sudanese should be produced by week four (soft copies will be reviewed by the Steering Committee). The report should clearly identify challenges and needs which can be addressed by the national engagement strategy. It should not be more than 7-10 pages and use a format provided by IOM (see Annex 2). Other background information should be contained in annexes.
• A draft National Diaspora Engagement strategy for the health sector, outlining the key areas of engagement, an implementation plan for short, medium and long-term goals for capacity building, as well as a resource mobilization plan. This strategy will be based on recommendations from the mini report written in week four. The draft should be produced by week eight.
• A final National Diaspora Engagement Strategy for the Health Sector, taking into account edits and feedback from the Steering Committee by week twelve.
• A Power point presentation to be presented at the National Stakeholder Workshop by the consultant on the key areas for engagement as outlined in the draft National Diaspora Engagement Strategy by week eight.
• Originals or photocopies of all documents collected and reviewed as part of the consultancy.
• All correspondence and reports should be submitted directly to IOM-South Sudan.

A total of three months is envisioned for the exercise from 01 August 2013 to 31 October 2013. The time frame breakdown for activities will be shared with the successful candidate.


• a)Completed advanced degree from an accredited institution in social sciences, International relations, political sciences or other relevant field, preferably with an international experience in communication/outreach strategies and/or diaspora engagement strategies. Alternatively an equivalent combination of relevant training and experience) b) A minimum of five years relevant professional work experience with diaspora is highly desired. c) An established track record in the development of strategies related to diaspora engagement and development; d) Knowledge of institutional and technical capacity assessments analysing communications, outreach strategies, knowledge dissemination and knowledge management processes is a plus; e) Excellent verbal and written communications skills, and demonstrated experience working with a variety of stakeholders, including senior government officials, international organizations, donors, and civil society; f) Knowledge of the IOM and its role in migration for development (specifically MIDA Health) and diaspora engagement; g) Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently with limited supervision; Ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines; h) Sound knowledge of South Sudan and South Sudanese diaspora communities is an advantage

a)takes responsibility and manages constructive criticism; b) works effectively with all clients and stakeholders; c) promotes continuous learning, communicates clearly; d) takes initiative and drives high levels of performance management; e) plans work, and sets goals within area of responsibility; f) displays mastery of subject matter; g) contributes to a collegial team environment; h) incorporates gender-related needs, perspectives, and concerns, and promotes equal gender participation; i) displays awareness of relevant technological solutions; j) works with internal stakeholders to meet resource needs of IOM. k) Ability to work independently with minimum supervision. l) Capacity to work effectively and harmoniously with colleagues from various cultures and professional background.


Strong analytical, written and spoken communication skills in English.
Knowledge of Arabic an advantage.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are required to submit a letter of motivation and curriculum vitae through e-mail on

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