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20 Aug, 2018
20 Aug, 2018
The Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in Africa (SIHMA) is a research institute and joins an existing network of seven established research centres around the globe, located in Manila, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Paris, Rome and New York. These centres, part of the Network of the Scalabrinian Centres for Migration Studies, are supported by the Missionaries of St. Charles – Scalabrinians a Congregation of the Catholic Church devoted to the care of migrants, refugees and seafarers.
The Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in Africa (SIHMA) is seeking to recruit a consultant to conduct a research on employment and migrants’ working conditions. The general scope of this assignment is empirically to examine the labour-related experiences of migrants and refugees in Cape Town, including the drivers of their decision to migrate and other experiences in their countries of origin, transit, and final destination.
Job Title: Call for Proposals: Consultant on Migration and Labour
Job Location: Cape Town
Six paragraphs of the Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’ entitled “the need to protect employment” affirm that “decent work” is a fundamental condition to promote human dignity, personal development and social inclusion. The reflection on the future of work and the search for solutions to foster sustainable development, should take into account the challenges faced by a multitude of migrants and refugees who are forced to leave their countries of origin.
According to Statistics South Africa’s Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) for the third quarter of 2012, one in 25 of the country’s working-age population, was foreign-born. At the time, this represented a total of 1.2 million people. Research undertaken in the field reveals that international migrants have more chances to be employed than those born in South Africa. This is in contrast with patterns and trends experienced in most developed countries where labor force participation rates for locally-born people are higher than those for foreign-born. However, international migrants have also a higher probability to be employed in the informal sector or in specific economic sectors (e.g. construction, agriculture, hospitality) in precarious and dangerous working conditions. Furthermore, about three quarters of all foreign born living in South Africa are from SADC countries, indicating that circular migration is an important characteristic of migratory movements in the Southern African region.
Scope and Objectives
The project specifically aims at providing an overview of the legal protection afforded to migrant workers in South Africa and their working conditions (e.g. decent work; family unity; respect of workers’ rights). This will highlight labor rights violations and other mistreatment of migrant workers. Additionally, the study puts emphasis on generating ideas and guidance to achieve social progress and decent work for all.
The following is the initial list of questions the consultant is expected to respond to. However, he/she is expected to develop additional questions.
Desired experience and qualifications
SIHMA is looking for a consultant with strong skills and experience with qualitative research methodologies and data analysis collection. The consultant must have sound professional experience, qualifications and skills matching the standards required by this assignment particularly in the field of international migration and labour.
The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate a combination of the following skills, experience and qualifications:
The consultant is expected to use a qualitative methodology to guide the research process. In general, he/she utilises both primary (in-depth interviews and focus group discussions) and secondary (literature review) methods. A total of 25 in-depth interviews and 3 focus group discussions are expected to be conducted.
The deliverables will include:
Proposals should include the following:
Interested researchers and experts should submit their proposals to: [email protected] no later than 15 September, 2018.
Only short listed applicants will be contacted.
Application Deadline: 14 September, 2018