Developing online training on migration in Silk Routes
Call for Proposals (CfP) incl. Terms of Reference (ToR)
1. Background and introduction
The project “Improving Migration Management in the Silk Routes Countries” (hereinafter referred to as “the Project”) is funded by the European Union and implemented since August 2017 by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development ICMPD. It aims to maximize the development potential of migration and mobility within the Silk Routes region and towards major migrant receiving countries as well as to establish comprehensive regional responses to migration and mobility with full respect to human rights and protection of migrants.
The specific objectives of the Project are essentially to strengthen the regional policy dialogue based on shared and clear understanding of migration and mobility between the Silk Routes countries and European counterparts; to improve migration governance and mobility; and to operationalise the policy dialogue on migration, mainly undertaken in the framework of the so- called Budapest Process.
The Project also has a “flagship component” with two initiatives that are related to community awareness, information campaigns and publication of knowledge materials to help migrants, especially labour migrants, become aware of and better informed about various matters on migration in different stages. These stages are:
pre-migration or pre-employment or while a person is in the process of knowing more about his/her options in the origin country and preparing or deciding to live or work or overseas, herein referred to as PEOS for brevity
pre-departure where the migrant workers are about to depart for work abroad, having complied with the general requirements such as getting their passport stamped by the government (for Pakistan) or having SMART card issued (for Bangladesh), herein referred to as PDOS, and
post-arrival where migrant workers start to adjust to new working and living conditions in the job site, herein referred to as PAOS.
The two initiatives are the Migrant Resource Centres (MRCs) and the Migrants’ Rights Protection (MIGRA.P). MRCs are physical structures established within or under the supervision of a government ministry dealing with migration in the Silk Routes countries Staffed with a Coordinator and Counsellors, the MRCs conduct awareness raising and information campaigns to sensitise potential migrants and the public to help ensure they make informed decisions about migration, promote safe, regular and orderly migration, and raise public understanding on the dangers and consequences of irregular migration, smuggling of migrants and trafficking in persons. In countries where pre-departure processes are more institutionalised such as Bangladesh and Pakistan, the MRCs conduct pre-departure session or training which is a requirement before a migrant worker is allowed to leave his/her origin country for work overseas.
The MRCs also develop various kinds of audio-visual products, printed materials and other forms of knowledge products for this purpose such as country-specific information for major destination countries of migrant workers, visa regimes, and videos on various migration- related topics.
MIGRAP has specific activities depending on the migration context of the Silk Routes countries such as developing the pre-departure system for labour migration for Afghanistan and expanding the labour migration laws and rules of Iraq. MIGRAP also develops various knowledge materials to better prepare migrants for the journey and employment abroad in order to protect them and prepare them in times of crisis, distress, calamities and other incidents through pre-departure and post-arrival orientation offered by government authorities and other stakeholders.
For these purposes, MIGRAP developed 10 country specific training modules catering to the various stages of migration, suited to the country situation and needs. These training modules will be available as printed products as well as on an online platform to provide migrants (potential or about to depart, and to some extent, returning) and other interested individuals the flexibility to avail and use these modules at their own pace, time and location.
This Call for Proposals describes the services required of interested service providers/suppliers with the capacity, relevant experiences and interest to develop and deliver such online training modules as described in more details below.
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