Established in 1951, IOM is a Related Organization of the United Nations, and as the leading UN agency in the field of migration, works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. 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 is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. Internal and external candidates are eligible to apply to this vacancy. For the purpose of the vacancy, internal candidates are considered as first-tier candidates.


The International Organization for Migration (IOM) works in close partnership with various governments to enhance the capacities of relevant authorities, to respond to challenges related to migration management. IOM takes up the role of promoting the orderly and humane management of migration, promoting international cooperation on migration issues, supporting relevant actors to govern migration flows to effectively maximize their positive impacts while minimizing the potential costs on migrants and society, as well as providing humanitarian assistance to migrants in need.

A significant number of migrants cross the Sahara Desert in their attempt to reach the Mediterranean coastal area. Also, various sources indicate that a good number of migrants along the desert route perishes, which demands preparedness and interventions from national authorities and humanitarian agencies to save them. Therefore, there is a need to build the capacity of the countries in the region, to enhance their ability to manage emergency situations, search for and rescue migrants in distress in the desert, while ensuring protection of vulnerable categories of persons.

In light of the potential implementation of the Search and Rescue operations in the Desert (SARD), IOM works towards capacity development of the relevant authorities in the Sahara region for their better understanding of the operations and to facilitate rights-based approached to migrant and border management.

IOM has started implementing the “Africa Regional Migration Program” funded by the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration of the US State Department. The overall objective of the initiative is to improve migrant rescues, by understanding better how to assist migrants in distress on the route and to strengthen the Government’s migration management capacity.

Previously, a SARD Training Curriculum has been developed that includes main topics of concerns to training authorities on rights-based approach to SAR operations, including migration trends, counter smuggling and trafficking, and an in-depth understanding of SAR operations in Desert terrain.

Currently, IOM requires the training curriculum to be transformed into a full training package suitable and dedicated to training security authorities in Libya, including the creation of additional training content as required.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:


  • The consultant is expected to deliver a complete training package based on the SARD training curriculum previously developed.

Requested services

  • The training material to be developed needs to be dedicated to the intended audience – security officials including armed forces directly involved with the operations or coordination of SAR operation in the desert – and be applicable to facilitate in-person as well as hybrid or online training. Furthermore, the training material need to relate to the application of knowledge and theory in SAR operations and include a dedicated guidance on application of rights-based operations, in the form of a Standard Operating Procedures document, a checklist, or a similar format.
  • The training package will at a minimum consist of:
  • Presentation material (e.g. ppt slides with guidance notes);
  • Trainer manual;
  • Participant manual, including exercises and hand-outs as needed;
  • SOP, Checklist, or other proposed format regarding application of rights-based SAR operations in desert terrain;
  • Evaluation assessment, such as a pre/post survey.
  • Using appropriate adult learning methodologies for security authorities, the training material will include examples of and guidance for an interactive approach, exercises, and/or case studies relevant for the intended participants.
  • Furthermore, as needed, the consultant will develop additional training content, specifically dedicated to First Aid in SAR operations, including Mental Health and Psycho-social Support (MHPSS). For this, the consultant will coordinate closely with relevant IOM colleagues expert in this field.
  • The training material is expected to be delivered in English, after which translation to Arabic will be procured separately.


  • The consultant is required to provide IOM the following deliverables:
  • A work plan due one week after start of contract.
  • Additional training content due 4 weeks after start of contract.
  • First draft of training package for internal review due 6 weeks after start of contract.
  • Final training package due 8 weeks after start of contract.

Location and duration

  • The consultancy is expected to remotely.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • An advanced or first-level university degree in migration related field or other relevant discipline from an accredited academic institution, or a diploma from a police or military academy, which may be considered as an equivalent to a first-level university degree.
  • Working experience on border management and/or Search and Rescue in the Desert, both thematic and Operational, is an asset.
  • Minimum of eight years of experience in training delivery and/or provision in migration, immigration and border management, or related field;
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting and/or developing trainings for security authorities;
  • Demonstrated experience of working in the region;
  • Demonstrated experience in working with authorities involved in border management and Search and Rescue in the desert desirable;
  • Innovative ideas for training curriculum development and training provision;
  • Research experience as well as with working with public institutions;
  • Proven analytical, interpersonal and organizational skills;


Fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of French or Arabic is an advantage.

Required Competencies


  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
  • Integrity and transparency: maintain high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
  • Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.

Core Competencies – behavioural indicators level 1*

  • Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.
  • Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
  • Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
  • Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.
  • Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.


  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment and verification of residency, visa and authorizations by the concerned Government, where applicable.
  • The consultant must adhere to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Data Protection Principles (IN/138) and maintain confidentiality.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their updated CV with a cover letter to [email protected], by 21 June 2021 at the latest, mentioning the job title in the subject line. Emails without such indication will not be considered.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Duty Station: 
Home-based consultancy
Closing Date: 
Monday, June 21, 2021