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Consultancy for a pilot initiative to improve the data and information management capacities of front-line counter-trafficking civil society organizations in Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and southern Mexico
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Grade: Consultancy, Unspecified
Close on 7 May 2023
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Job Description

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.

  1. Context and objectives:
  2. Context

Since 1994, IOM has directly assisted approximately 70,000 victims of trafficking in persons (TiP). Although it is difficult to quantify the magnitude of TiP worldwide, it is believed that hundreds of thousands of persons are ongoingly subjected to trafficking across international borders, while many others suffer similar situations within their own country. The sub-region of Mexico and Central America is considered an origin, transit and destination point for TiP, and every country in the region is affected.

The crime of human trafficking is complex and dynamic, taking place in a wide variety of contexts and difficult to detect. One of the greatest challenges in developing targeted counter-trafficking responses and measuring their impact is the lack of reliable, high-quality data related to the scale of human trafficking, the profile of victims, forms of exploitation, factors of vulnerability and whole-of-cycle information on case outcomes, amongst other aspects.[1]

Front-line counter-trafficking civil society organizations (CSOs) throughout the region play an important role in the response to TiP by identifying and providing assistance and comprehensive services for victims of trafficking (VoT). They also collect and possess a wealth of information and data on trafficking in persons due to these cases. However, despite ongoing improvements in the data and information management capacities of these critical service providers, ongoing gaps persist in the region. Shortcomings in capacities and large variations in procedures persist, exacerbated by funding deficiencies and lack of trainings, resources and technical support.

  1. Objectives

The principal objective of this consultancy is to provide resources and trainings to frontline counter-trafficking CSOs in order to build capacities on the appropriate collection, storage, analysis, dissemination and overall management of data related to trafficking in persons (TiP), in line with national and internationally-recognized standards and procedures related to data governance, data protection and fundamental human rights.

Advancements in this area over the long-haul are expected to contribute to a more data-driven and evidence-based development and implementation of counter-trafficking programming and interventions (e.g. prevention, assistance, response, advocacy measures), while ensuring that implementation of any information and data management activities themselves are victim-centered and designed to respect and ensure the safety and well-being of survivors, through strong data security measures, comprehensive assessments of the risks involved, safe handling of personal data and the obtainment of informed consent, amongst other good practices.

  1. IOM Project(s) to which the consultancy is contributing: “Global Action against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants” (conducted with UNODC); “Establishment of a Regional Migration Data Unit (RMDU)”; “Improving the effective response to human trafficking in the Northern Triangle of Central America and Southern Mexico”; “Victim Case Management System and Data Standardization (VCMS)”.
  1. Tasks to be performed under this contract:

Under the supervision of the Coordinator of the Regional Migration Data Unit (RMDU), and in coordination with the Senior Regional Migrant Protection and Assistance Specialist, the selected candidate will:

  1. Draft a workplan, reviewed and validated by IOM counterparts, which highlights: (1) the objectives of the literature review, the annotated bibliography, the needs assessments and the trainings; (2) the phases involved; (3) the methodologies to be employed for bibliography, literature review and needs assessment; (4) stages of course (training) development (identification of resources from MPA HQ to be utilized and adapted based on local context) and planned course materials; (5) course evaluation criteria; and (6) logistics and administrative items, including budget, assessment and training locations, stakeholders, timeline, resources allocation, functions and responsibilities, limitations, etc.
    • Given the COVID-19 operating environment, trainings may likely need to be conducted virtually or partly-virtual. As such, proposals and training designs should take into account necessary IT and equipment arrangements, to be facilitated by IOM Country Offices.
  2. Conduct a brief literature review (10-15 pages) highlighting findings from past research and initiatives on gaps in data on TiP in the region, as well as good practices.
  3. Compose an annotated bibliography of key sources, guidelines, assessments, evaluations, manuals and other materials on information and data management related to counter-trafficking and associated fields, analyzing resources available in both English and Spanish and identifying those which would be particularly useful to the local operating context and profile of beneficiaries.
    • Use global-level bibliographies currently maintained by IOM as a baseline, finding additional resources in Spanish / within the region in particular.
    • Assess both IOM and non-IOM sources as well as sources from within and outside of the region, consulting UN, intergovernmental, governmental, academic and NGO documents.
    • Rely on upcoming IOM and UNODC standards and guidance on the definition, collection and safe management of human trafficking administrative data (ICSHT).
    • Rely on upcoming Information Management Toolkit and Guidance for frontline agencies being developed by IOM (extracted from the Organizations’ GitHub host).
    • Consider providing examples of standard indicators used at the national and global level.
  4. Perform a mapping activity of organizations in each of the target countries and determine the point(s) of contact, including relevant national bodies, through which trainings should be conducted, whether that be directly with past IOM beneficiaries or through existing national coordination mechanisms and / or networks. Organizations may also include actors who are not directly involved in counter-trafficking response on a day-to-day basis but that may periodically respond to or refer cases of human trafficking.
  5. Carry out a country-specific needs assessment on the five target countries, based on pre-established and pre-validated common criteria (Write up findings in a brief 25-30-page document). Suggestions include: (1) data reporting and sharing channels; (2) data management systems / shared databases; (3) principles of “do no harm” in data collection; (4) fundamentals of data protection; (5) statistical classifications and definitions; (6) data collection tools (including standard questionnaires); and (7) data gaps – including the need for greater disaggregation by gender, individual demographics and minimum case data, information on perpetrators, type of exploitation, secondary information on marital status, language, relationship to trafficker, role in process, means of control, sector, etc. and / or tertiary information such as duration of exploitation, type of assistance received, means of contact and more).
    • Ensure engagement with frontline organizations who have previously engaged with IOM on these matters, including potentially exploring the usage of the shared central database and standardized questionnaire currently used in IOM’s beneficiary network in the region.
    • Conduct 1:1 meetings with organizations, and where appropriate and considered safe and secure, perform a brief assessment of internal data procedures.
  6. With information derived from items b, c, d and e above, and upon receiving review and validation from IOM counterparts on these elements, devise 5 country-specific training plans to be conducted in interactive webinar format, accompanied with all training materials, presentations, handouts and information sheets, games and accompanying activities, assessment materials, accompanying guidelines, and participant lists. Wherever relevant, the training content and materials should be aligned to the MPA HQ training materials for frontline agencies, adapting them to the local context (e.g. translation into Spanish, using case studies from the region, etc.). Where necessary, determine if and when national authorities should be present in trainings (e.g., to present on national data protection frameworks). Work with IOM counter-trafficking focal points in national offices to validate training content and approaches.
  7. Upon validating the proposed training plans, conduct the 5 planned trainings, in close coordination with MPA HQ, IOM national focal points on counter-trafficking and national networks, were applicable.
  8. Compose short summary document (10 pages), highlighting evaluation criteria and outcomes of trainings measured in observed improvements, evaluated improvements of knowledge of beneficiaries before and after, identifying good practices and lessons learned and specifying gaps and recommendations for future interventions, providing feedback to IOM HQ on the applicability of new IM materials currently under development.
  1. Tangible and measurable outputs of the work assignment:
  1. Workplan
  2. Annotated bibliography of key sources, guidelines, assessments, evaluations, manuals, and other materials.
  3. A brief literature review (10- 15 pages).
  4. A document with the mapping actors in each of the target countries.
  5. A document with the findings of information and data management needs assessment (25 – 30 pages). This assessment might include: (1) data reporting and sharing channels; (2) data management systems/shared databases; (3) principles of "do no harm" in data collection; (4) fundamentals of data protection; (5) statistical classifications and definitions; (6) data collection tools (including standard questionnaires); and (7) data gaps.
  6. Final draft of training modules.
  7. Delivery / facilitation of 5 trainings in the different countries (one for each target country).
  8. Summary document (10 pages).
  1. Realistic delivery dates and payment scheme:



Tentative delivery dates


Work plan outlining each of the bullets / products included in sub-section 3 (a-h)

Month 1

B, C, D

Annotated bibliography, mapping of actors and short literature review

Month 2


Information and data management needs assessment

Month 3

Payment 1



Draft training program submitted for review and validation

Month 4


Finalized training program (including agenda, presentation materials, assessment materials, guidance materials and a list of participants)

Month 4


Completion of 5 trainings (minimum)

Month 5

Payment 2



Summary document with recommendations for further action

End of month 5

Payment 3




  1. Desired qualifications:


  • Advanced university degree in international relations, political science, international economics, demography, statistics, development studies, social or behavioral science, migration studies, or other relevant social sciences with five years of relevant professional experience; or
  • University degree in the above fields with seven years of relevant professional experience.

Skills and Experience

  • Minimum of five years of relevant professional experience working in counter-trafficking data and research as well as case management and direct assistance, in academia, research institutes, think tanks, governmental, inter-governmental and / or non-governmental organizations.
  • Experience coordinating and working closely with frontline counter-trafficking actors, preferably in areas related to data and information management, in particular managing case data.
  • Proven track record of success in effectively designing and managing information management data projects, programmes, trainings and / or activities.
  • Strong knowledge of the ethical implications of data collection and analysis on TIP and strong background knowledge on data protection, including adequate handling and sharing of personal data, obtaining of informed consent, data security and the mitigation of risks that data collection, storage, analysis and dissemination can pose to VoT.
  • Ability to identify and apply qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.
  • Proven experience and expertise of migration issues, as well as thematic areas closely related to human trafficking, including but not limited to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and sexual exploitation, forced labour and modern slavery, fair recruitment and more.
  • Understanding of the local geographic context in relation to migration and human trafficking as well as knowledge of relevant national and international frameworks pertaining to the subject, though not a requirement, is an asset.
  • Proven previous working experience consisting of mapping, assessments, evaluations and / or review in related areas.
  • Experience in the region and in the target countries is an asset.
  • Proven capacity to coordinate all administrative and technical aspects of the consultancy.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment and establish harmonious and effective relationships.


  • For this consultancy, fluency in English and Spanish is required (oral and written).

Terms and conditions

  • 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, as well as completion of necessary security clearances.
  • The Consultant will be expected to implement activities in collaboration with the Regional Information Management Officer and other personnel of the Regional Migration Data Unit (RMDU), under the direct supervision of the Senior Regional Liaison and Policy Officer and in close and ongoing consultation with the Senior Regional Migration Protection and Assistance Specialist.
  • The Consultant will coordinate with local IOM Country Offices and programme staff whenever necessary to arrange logistical and administrative aspects.
  • The Consultant will be expected to communicate professionally and in a timely manner with external counterparts and with beneficiaries.
  • The expected start date will be the day after the contract is signed. The period of execution of the contract will be five months.
  • The consultancy is expected to be home-based with bi-weekly virtual coordination meetings (minimum) with the project coordinator in the Regional Office in San José, Costa Rica; duty travel to the field may be expected in order to realize trainings, pending ongoing considerations of the operating environment in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The consultancy will be paid upon timely submission of deliverables, in line with the approved work plan, and reviewed and validated by the Project Coordinator before payment is remitted.

Upon selection, the selected candidate is expected to be available for the entire duration of the contract period specified above.

Mode of Application:

Interested candidates should submit CV and a cover letter indicating the Position Title and Vacancy Number with three professional referees, and their contacts (both email and telephone) to International Organization for Migration (IOM), RO Human Resources Department, via e-mail: In the subject please indicate the position number and title : CR99/Consult-001/007 Counter-Trafficking data consultant

CLOSING DATE: 13 July 2020

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.


NO FEE: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, process, or training). IOM does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank details.

[1] The need for improved international response to human trafficking and commitment to its eradication is illustrated by its prominent inclusion in the targets of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration (GCM). Eradicating human trafficking is addressed specifically in goals 5.2, 8.7 and 16.2. The GCM’s 10th Objective also calls for specific measures to prevent and combat trafficking in persons in the context of international migration.

“Any offer made to the successful candidate in connection with this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

The appointment will be subject to the certification that the candidate medically apt for the appointment, and verification of residency, visa and authorizations by the corresponding government, when appropriate.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.”

Duty Station:
Home-based (may require travel)
Closing Date::
Thursday, July 29, 2021
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