CLOSING date May 6 2020: Consultant - Legal Identity

4/05/2020 - 17:25


Published the 23/04/2020

Position Title : Consultant - Legal Identity

Duty Station : Home based

Classification : Consultant, Grade OTHER

Type of Appointment : Consultant, three months

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 06 May 2020

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.


The UN Legal Identity Agenda 2020-2030 is a global initiative promoting a whole-of-UN approach to supporting Member States in building holistic and sustainable civil registration, vital statistics and identity management systems. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) joined the UN Legal Identity Expert Group (LIEG) at its formation and was engaged in the early design of this initiative. As this initiative has now been rolled out and formalised into the UN Legal Identity Agenda Task Force, it is important for IOM to engage in and contribute to the capacity-building expertise on legal identity solutions and to ensure our overall alignment with the UN system-wide efforts. The implementation of the ambitious Legal Identity Agenda will require considerable technical assistance globally and at country-level to support IOM Member States, IOM country offices, regional offices, the IOM African Capacity Building Centre (IOM ACBC), but also and primarily migrants and communities, to support access to identity in migration context, in order to foster regular migration opportunities and access to public services as stabilization factors (banking, health, education, etc.).

At the 110th Council in 2019, IOM’s Director General announced the intention to develop an institutional Legal Identity Strategy by September 2020 as a priority area for IOM in its Strategic Vision implementation. This piece of work will contribute to the development of IOM’s new institutional Legal Identity Strategy to be presented to Member States at the Council in November 2020.

The current policy landscape presents an appropriate opportunity for IOM to review its institutional approaches to legal identity, document management and civil registration. First, universal legal identity is an important cross-cutting issue in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development agreed by all Member States in September 2015. A specific target was established within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - Target 16.9 - legal identity for all to advance commitment to leave no one behind, and equally relevant is SDG 17.19. Second, the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) included policy recommendations seeking to provide migrants with proof of legal identity; third, with the launch of new UN Legal Identity Agenda and enhanced UN-World Bank cooperation on the topic, IOM will need to ensure its work is consistent with the UN’s system-wide initiatives and approach.

IOM is seeking the services of a Consultant with expertise in legal and digital identity (from foundational to functional ID systems), World Bank ID4D, strategy design and development, and processes to undertake assessment/mapping practices.

Under the overall direction of the Senior Specialist, Border & Identity Solutions and the direct supervision of the IOM Immigration and Border Management (IBM)’s Identity Management and Biometrics Officer, the successful candidate is expected to produce three outputs: Desk review of the main stakeholders and their relevance to the UN Legal Identity Agenda, Set of principles and recommendations and Outline for an institutional strategy.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

1. Desk review

The document should include a thorough desk review of the main stakeholders and their relevance to the UN Legal Identity Agenda, including UN agencies such as ICAO, World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), international cooperation agencies, as well as donors and the private sector, with a methodology jointly developed with IOM. The focus should be a analysis on IOM’s existing needs based on the other stakeholders’ expertise (UNLIA, WB, UNICEF, UNDP, private sector), as well as the implications for IOM, rule of engagement and non-engagement, which can inform the formulation of a capacity development response. In addition, the consultant should assess the IOM comparative advantages and capacity gaps, risks and limitations in the field of legal identity, through consultations with IOM at HQ, regional, ACBC as the focal point for the African continent and country level. Also, there will be a need to consult with a range of Member States to see their perspectives. The assessment parts (stakeholders mapping, IOM capacities on ID Management, and Member States) should also be developed separately for IOM internal use.

2. Set of principles and recommendations

These outputs will contribute to the development of an IOM institutional strategy (2020-2030) on legal identity. This strategy should serve the organization to guide its points of entry, implementation scope, the necessary internal capacity building, the limitations of engagement as well as core policies relating to legal identity.

3. Outline for an institutional strategy

The outline of the strategy will articulate the concept of legal identity and define its role within the IOM’s broader mandate, primarily immigration and border management, as well as its direct and indirect linkages with other IOM divisions (DTM, MPA, DOE, etc.). Hence, it would allow IOM to explore concrete responses to the identified gaps and overlaps, while pursuing potential partnerships with other implementing agencies and fundraising opportunities. Also, the strategy will present the views of a range of consulted member states and IOM missions on legal identity strengths and weaknesses, needs and gaps, deliverables and organization ownership.

Tangible and Measurable Outputs of the Work Assignment

External Consultation

• To undertake a mapping of the existing stakeholders on legal identity, their mandate and

implementation capacities, including UN Legal Identity Agenda Task Force, World Bank Group

(ID4D and beyond), ICAO, WFP, UNICEF, UNDP, WHO, UNFPA, UNECA, and others.

• To consult twelve Member States (mindful of regional balance) on their existing support programs on legal identity, their priorities as well as their gaps.

Internal Consultation

• To assess IOM’s mandate and divisions’ work related to legal identity through consultations

with relevant departments and units at both HQ, regional, and country levels.

• To compile and consult with relevant departments on IOM’s legal framework and data protection policy to identify potential limitations on the field of legal identity.

• To consult six IOM missions and assess their level of understanding on legal identity, as well as their needs on capacity building.

Analysis and Recommendations

• To define IOM’s comparative advantage and weaknesses in the field of legal identity.

• To provide definition and guidelines on IOM’s involvement regarding digital identity, legal identity, functional ID vs foundational ID systems, from technical, operational and legal perspectives.

Presentation and facilitation

• Prepare and co-facilitate IOM global workshop on Legal Identity.

• Write up a final report with findings and recommendations for endorsement.

Realistic Delivery Dates and Details as to how the work must be delivered

Day 15: Propose methodology and documents’ structure approved.

Day 45: Draft of external assessment of Legal Identity stakeholders is sent. Day 60: Draft of external consultations with Member States is sent.

Day 75: Draft of internal consultations and desk review of IOM relevant mandate is sent.

Day 90: All internal and external consultations/assessments final versions are validated by IOM. Day 100: Draft recommendations and outlines of the IOM strategy are provided.

Day 120: Final outlines of the IOM Strategy are approved and validated by IOM. Day 140: Propose Global Workshop ToRs and draft agenda.

Day 160: Facilitate and present the strategy at the Global Workshop.

All documents are to be produced and delivered in the English language and the consultant is expected to provide a methodology proposal.

Performance indicators for evaluation of results

• Quality desk review of the main stakeholders and their relevance to the UN Legal Identity


• Quality set of principles and recommendations in accordance with international standards

• Quality outline for an IOM institutional strategy

Required Qualifications and Experience:

Values - all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these three values:

• Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.

• Integrity and transparency: maintains 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

• 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.

IOM’s competency framework can be found at this link.

Competencies will be assessed during a competency-based interview.

1 Accredited Universities are the ones listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database


Required Competencies:


• Master’s degree in International relations, Public Management, Business Administration, or a related field from an accredited academic institution with seven years of relevant professional experience; or

• University degree in the above fields with nine years of relevant professional experience.


• Minimum of eight years of relevant professional experience working for/with Government or an Inter-Governmental organization in fields related to immigration or identity management, including digital identity;

• Extensive knowledge and expertise on legal identity, immigration, mobility and border management, risk analysis, and to the extent possible, digital identity;

• Demonstrated experience in developing and formulating strategies;

• Demonstrated experience in engaging numerous stakeholders and driving them towards a consensus;

• Proven previous working experience constituting of substantial engagement in strategy development;

• Full computer literacy, including familiarity with research tools; Excellent written and spoken


• Experience of drafting documents for Governments or Intergovernmental Organizations will be an added advantage;

• Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment and establish harmonious and effective relationships;

• Experience with IOM, the World Bank ID$D, and the UN System is a distinct advantage;

• Experience of conducting assessment / strategy;

• Experience in formulating policy and strategy papers;

• Experience working on Legal Identity related projects;

• Experience working on Digital Identity related projects;

• Experience working with Foundational/Functional ID Systems, Identity capacity building, especially legal/operational/technical components;

• Delivers on set objectives within required timeframe;

• Effectively coordinates actions with partners;

• Works effectively with stakeholders;

• Necessary professional skills to strive towards the common goal and find solutions to work with different stakeholders and different data sets;

• General understanding of migration issues;

• General understanding of IOM and UN System mandates;

• Experience in conducting primary and secondary research;

• Experience in drafting research reports policy documents, strategies, or policy analysis documents.


Fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge in French, Portuguese, and/or Spanish is an advantage.


The consultant must adhere to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Data

Protection Principles (IN/138) and maintain confidentiality.

The consultant will be responsible to follow IOM writing guidelines and latest glossaries in all given assignments for accurate translation.

*This position will only take ninety (90) days spread over a course of six months.


• Internationally recruited professional staff are required to be mobile. For this staff category, candidates who are nationals of the duty station’s country cannot be considered eligible.

• The appointment is subject to funding confirmation.

• Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment or visa requirements and security clearances.

• Vacancies close at 23:59 local time Geneva, Switzerland on the respective closing date. No late applications will be accepted