VACANCY NOTICE: IOM/064/09 Functional Title: Project Assistant – Community Outreach/Counter Trafficking Duty Station: Dadaab Type of Contract Daily Rate Duration of Assignment: Four months Closing Date 25 August 2009 Starting Date: ASAP (applicant should be ready to start in September 2009) Terms of Reference BACKGROUND AND JUSTIFICATION 2008 has been a challanging year for Kenyans facing both the most wide spread violent unrest in decades followed by a sharpe increace in food prices and food desperancy as a result of both local unrest and a global food crisis. This project will target communities badly affected by the food crisis, including those affected by the post elections violence. The contested General Elections in Kenya sparked widespread civil unrest and consequently an estimated 1,000 were killed and 600,000 Kenyans displaced. Since May 2008, the Government of Kenya has encouraged IDPs to return to their homes and to date 90% of these families are stranded in spontaneous sites closer to their homes or facing secondary displacement elsewhere. In the northern regions of Kenya, pastoralist and sedentary communities along the Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan and Uganda borders, the escalating political crises in Somalia is strongly felt through massive influx of refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and vulnerable displaced persons to north eastern towns of Dadaab and Mandera among others. The host communities in these areas have experienced a steady erosion of their livelihoods and a significant taxing of their coping mechanisms. In north western Kenya the primarily pastoralist host communities are suffering from slow onset disaster related to loss of pasture, scarcity of water, declining terms of trade for sheep, goats and cattle1, famine and drought. Against this backdrop is the looming food crisis and according to the WFP and GoK an estimated 3.5-4.1 million persons, mainly in urban areas, amongst the pastoralists and marginal agricultural farm households, are extremely food insecure following rise in the price in most food and non-food commodities. 1 The Ministry of Livestock has provided a grant facility to the Kenya Meat Commission to begin to purchase livestock from Northern Kenya pastoralists before the drought decimates their herds. This grant, however, will not respond to the overwhelming crisis of reduced terms of trade and drought, January 2009 International Organization for Migration, Mission with Regional Function Nairobi (1) Rhapta Road, Westlands P.O. Box 55040, 00200 Nairobi, Kenya Tel: (254) 20 4444 174. Fax: (254) 20 4449 577. Currently, 1.4 million drought and post-election crisis-affected persons in Kenya receive food assistance.2 The increased prices in fertilizer and tractor hire saw a significant and far reaching disruption of planting in the grain basket regions of the country with 20% of productive land in the Rift Valley remaining uncultivated.3 According to the assessment, the groups most vulnerable to the food crisis are populations currently dependent on food aid. Displaced people in the post election crisis areas fall in this category with 210,000 beneficiaries currently receiving food aid4. The highest case load of 192,000 people located in the North Rift Valley. Other vulnerable groups to the food crisis include the rural and urban poor, as well as the aforementioned host and pastoralist communities in northern Kenya. Linked to food insecurity is the loss of livelihoods, where both rural and urban families –including focusing on returning IDPs and host families, especially those marginal farming households that were barely-managing subsistent farming before 2008 – are suffering tremendous shocks. As reported, “if prevailing price trends and compounding factors are not addressed, there is a high risk that populations in urban slums, pastoral, agro-pastoral and marginal agricultural farmers, to fall into acute livelihood crisis at the end of the year.”5 The dynamics of internal displacement and resultant forced migration to - “transit” camps and informal settlements/secondary displacement – introduce negative coping methods more so with the growing food crisis, which has resulted in, for example, a rise in criminal activities and school drop outs.6 Many IDPs have become vulnerable to human trafficking and smuggling as they seek to rebuild their livelihoods. The prevailing conditions negatively impact on health and well-being of individuals and communities since the combined lack of access to shelter livelihood and health services seriously undermines the ability to prevent and respond to health-related risks. Displaced communities are additionally facing severe adverse effects on their physical, social, emotional well being; due to exposure to violence and separation from family members compounded by lack of access to social services. All these effects can have immediate and long-term stress related disorders, psychosomatic illness and in some cases lead to higher levels of sexual and domestic violence. Project Description Component 3: Build on IOM’s experience and on going efforts to combat human trafficking in Kenya through strengthening prevention, the creation of safe alternatives to migration for those vulnerable to human trafficking, and identification of and assistance to victims of trafficking and their families. Most effected communities and individuals (up to 2000) will have access to information and support. A nation wide media campaign will reach both those most valuable to human trafficking and those who may potentially employ and exploited victims of trafficking in major cities, large farms and on the coast. Component 3: a) Primary prevention through information: an action oriented approach to deter individuals from getting in contact with traffickers and potential exploiters from 2 GoK/ FWES.NET/ USAID/ WFP: Kenya Food Security Update, - December 2008: http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900SID/VDUX-7M7MWZ?OpenDocument. 3 “The Impact of Rising Food Prices on Disparate Livelihoods in Kenya” – Kenya Food Security Steering Group (KFSSG), July 2008. 4 Kenya Food Security Update – December 2008 5 “The Impact of Rising Food Prices on Disparate Livelihoods in Kenya” – KFSSG July 2008. 6 ibid International Organization for Migration, Mission with Regional Function Nairobi (2) Rhapta Road, Westlands P.O. Box 55040, 00200 Nairobi, Kenya Tel: (254) 20 4444 174. Fax: (254) 20 4449 577. using trafficked victims, including a nation wide mass media campaign; community awareness raising events in selected regions; b) Take measures to eliminate unfavourable conditions that push individuals to migrate illegally and risk being trafficked by creating local alternatives to irregular migration and trafficking through provision of professional training, micro grants, and support for the creation of local cooperatives – this anti trafficking activity will be implement with other livelihood activities (component 1) by dedicating at least 20% of livelihood opportunities to young women, single mothers and unemployed youth . c) Establishment of effective referral and response mechanisms at local and national levels to identify, rescue and refer victims of trafficking for assistance. d) Provide safe heaven and other forms of direct assistance for victims of trafficking. Job Description General functions: Under the overall supervision of the TICAD Project Manager and under the direct supervision of the TICAD Project Officer – Counter Trafficking, and under the technical guidance of the Regional Programme Development Officer of MRF Nairobi, the successful candidate will provide routine and specialized technical and administrative assistance in implementing all activities - with focus on CT casework - under the counter trafficking component of the Integrated response to Food Insecure Vulnerable Families in the Rift Valley and Northern Regions of Kenya project under the Emergency Response and Recovery Framework. 1. Contribute to the development of a work plan for the implementation of counter trafficking victims assistance and referral activities. 2. In coordination with the Counter Trafficking Project Officer, set up and carry out meetings with relevant officials in the Department of Provincial Administration (including, but not limited to, officials in North Eastern Province, provincial commissioners, district commissioners, etc.) to discuss community outreach activities and distribution of materials in select communities and accessing local populations for community awareness raising events. 3. On the basis of consultations with the selected media company, and other project stakeholders, develop proposed methodology for distributing materials and conducting community awareness raising events in select communities and submit to the Counter Trafficking Project Officer for approval. 4. In consultation with IOM, the selected media company, Provincial Administration, and other counter trafficking stakeholders, develop list of civil society organizations, faith based organizations, and community based organizations to receive IEC materials for onward distribution and submit to IOM for approval. 5. With reference to pre campaign findings on public distribution of materials, and with the cooperation of Provincial Administration, directly distribute materials in public areas of target communities and to local organizations in accordance with the approved list and maintain accurate records of distribution locations and numbers. When possible, gather supplementary proof of distribution in the form of letters of receipt and photographs of distributed materials. 6. In coordination with Provincial Administration, the selected media company, community leaders, and counter trafficking stakeholders, plan and undertake community awareness raising events in each of the targeted communities. International Organization for Migration, Mission with Regional Function Nairobi (3) Rhapta Road, Westlands P.O. Box 55040, 00200 Nairobi, Kenya Tel: (254) 20 4444 174. Fax: (254) 20 4449 577. 7. Organize stakeholder meetings (Dadaab) for selected participants in the network 8. Organize training workshop for relevant NGOs, local child protection team and law enforcement on victim identification and protection 9. Oversee the production and distribution of local directories for referral purposes 10. Analyze CT issues in the field and propose solutions/action points and implement approved alternatives such a refugee referrals. Repatriations, etc. 11. Identify and recommend livelihood activities to trafficking victims, and implement as approved, such as conducting livelihood or business creation training to trafficking victims. 12. Draft final report detailing activities of the outreach activities. 13. Assist in any other tasks that may arise as a result of project activities. Qualifications Experience: • Minimum of 5 years experience undertaking community level activities in Kenya to promote social and protection issues. Particular experience in counter trafficking work a significant advantage. • Previous participation in conducting awareness raising campaigns in Kenya including related logistic work, development of materials and direct contact with communities. Education • University degree in the social sciences. Language Skills • Excellent command of spoken and written English and Somali. Computer Skills • Microsoft Office, power point, Internet, Electronic Mail. Skills and Competencies • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. • Ability to work independently with minimum of supervision. • Strong team player • Ability to work within a culturally diverse environment Human Resources Department International Organization for Migration P.O. Box 55040, 00200 City Square, Nairobi Or E-Mail: HRNairobi@iom.int . International Organization for Migration, Mission with Regional Function Nairobi (4) Rhapta Road, Westlands P.O. Box 55040, 00200 Nairobi, Kenya Tel: (254) 20 4444 174. Fax: (254) 20 4449 577.