Mapping the current needs of the citrus industry regarding labor migration and ethical recruitment practices in order to develop a strategic roadmap and workplan



Type of Contract: Individual Consultant
Starting Date: 1 February 2021
Ending date: 1 July 2021

The agriculture sector of Belize contributes 11% to Belize’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and accounts for over 15% of total employment. By these measures, agriculture is important to Belize’s macro economy & the country’s export agricultural industries are substantially dependent on migrant workers to undertake a variety of tasks. Agriculture’s actual GDP contribution is substantially higher since products from Agriculture are also processed and manufacturing contributes an additional 14% to GDP from a value chain perspective. While most migrant workers to Belize are from Guatemala, these workers are also sourced from other regional countries such as El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua.
In efforts to strengthen the existing ethical recruitment and labour migration capacities of the private sector, IOM Belize will implement a consultancy to map the current needs of the agriculture sector1, regarding labour migration and ethical recruitment practices within the existing institutional framework with a view to develop a strategic roadmap and workplan based on the identified needs.

The study will provide an in-depth analysis of the policies and mechanisms in place to address labour migration and recruitment, including the identification of new and existing data on labour demand in the agricultural sector. IOM will assess the governance needs from the present through the next five to ten years in terms of labour demand and regulatory policies in order to ensure orderly and safe labour recruitment and migration processes, prioritising adherence to international standards and fulfilment of migrants’ rights.
This study will prioritise interviews with individuals and officials in the service sector who are responding to changes in the agriculture sector and the agencies that accredit or certify businesses, particularly those who are knowledgeable about the linkages with development, labour, migration and capital flows.

The development of the mapping and work-plan is one of the many activities conducted in the field of labour migration as part of IOM’s Western Hemisphere Program, which looks to support the comparability and exchange of data on labour market gaps and labour migration information systems, promoting the use of evidence and “whole-of-government” approach in policy making. The Western Hemisphere Program seeks to review and promote improved recruitment practices in the region to ensure that labour migration and recruitment are conducted in alignment with international standards, and takes place in a safe, orderly, and dignified manner, and respond to labour market needs.

This study will build on preliminary findings and address some of the needs and information gaps identified through another IOM study, the Belize Migration Governance Needs Assessment, addressing some of the identified information gaps and needs, particularly those relevant for labour migration. The goal is to help Belize progress in achieving orderly, safe and regular migration and mobility of people, through the facilitation of comprehensive and reliable data to support the implementation of planned and well-managed labour migration policies, taking into account the needs and expectations of the private sector. In addition, such labour migration policies should protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments of all workers, including migrant workers – and particularly migrants in vulnerable situations, such as women, migrant children, indigenous people, individuals with disabilities, and LGBTQI individuals, and those in unstable or informal employment. This analysis will engage both government and private sector stakeholders, providing a critical cross-sector perspective, engaging with partners to address migration and related issues.

The main purposes and objectives of the consultancy are:

1. Analyse the local dynamics of labour migration and recruitment in Belize in the context of the development of the agriculture industry and other increased migration flows. This will include an analysis of existing data on foreign workforces, with a particular focus on the Central American migrant population.

2. Conduct an in-depth analysis of the relevant governance structures, including legislation, agreements, institutions, and other mechanisms available to the country to identify skills gaps
and labour recruitment.

3. Identify good practices and possible tools which may support a well-planned labour migration, including for assessing public and private organisational needs for recruiting, deployment, and employment within the agriculture sector; ensuring recruitment practices and employment regulations are aligned with international standards, and strengthening Belize’s labour migration
data collection capabilities.

4. Create a roadmap and workplan with action points based on the needs of the agriculture sector. The plan will take into account the following objectives:
a. To create a mechanism to project the number of migrant workers required for seasonal employment;
b. To explore a recruitment and pre-screening system in the countries of origin;
c. To strengthen the sector’s capacity to comply with the necessary government requirements, processes and fees;
d. To develop a tracking system that will allow seasonal workers to have an orderly and safe departure after completion of their employment.

5. Support the agriculture sector through the identification of synergic activities with the Labour Department.

This study will involve interviews with representatives of the government, private sector, recruitment agencies, civil society organisations and academic institutions. Interviews with government representatives will be focused on ministries and departments that oversee and regulate labour and labour recruitment, and migration governance. Additionally, it will require a comprehensive documentary revision, including legal and policy measures in this matter, recent reports on related topics and other sources of secondary data developed by the Academia and other international organizations.


General Functions

Under the overall guidance of the Head of Office, and the direct supervision of the National Coordinator of the Western Hemisphere Program, the incumbent consultant will take responsibility for the quality of the study, and should include the following tasks:

Main Tasks of the Consultant Related to the Assignment:
• Communicate regularly with the National Coordinator of the Western Hemisphere Program and others from IOM.
• Conduct a comprehensive desk review and support data collection and analysis.
• Deliver documents and other deliverables in a timely manner as stated in the action plan, or as amended in conjunction with supervisors.
• Maintain a neutral and professional approach throughout the completion of the contract.
• Ensure that all and any relevant data and finding are documented, appropriately archived, and shared with IOM, whether they are used in the final report.
• Collaborate with National Coordinator of the Western Hemisphere Program in leading tasks to completion to ensure a quality final product.
• Draft a comprehensive and evidence-based report to clearly identify priority issues and recommended actions to address those issues and needs.

Desirable Qualifications

Education and Experience
• Advanced university degree from an accredited academic institution, preferably in Public Policy, Social Sciences, Economics, or related technical field.
• International experience, preferably in conducting fieldwork and assessments on labour markets or labour migration, is preferred.
• Experience collecting and analysing qualitative and quantitative data.
• Capacity to collate and synthesise qualitative and quantitative data in a comprehensible manner.
• Knowledge of migration, remittances, and development, as well as relevant related policies.
• Knowledge of international standards on labour migration and recruitment.
• Ability to draw strong and valid conclusions.
• Experience working with governments and civil society.
• Relevant experience in Guyana will be considered an advantage.

The candidate must have and demonstrate the following technical and behaviour competencies:

• Compliance with the deadlines, costs, and quality of required products.
• Takes responsibility to comply with commitments and blunders.
• Self-monitoring of work and corrects mistakes.

• Teamwork abilities.
• Coordination and dialogue abilities.
• Compliance with policies, processes, and procedures.
• Development of objectives, management of timeframes, qualities, and cost for the achievement of results.
• Capacity to work in high-stress situations.

• Establishes and maintains effective working relations with stakeholders and partners.

Continuous learning
• Demonstrates the interest to improve own capacities and relevant working techniques.
• Demonstrates the inters to gain abilities and knowledge in areas foreign to the work itself.
• Contributes to team-learning.
• Stays updated on the developments of the working area.

• Excellent writing and grammar in English.
• Actively shares relevant information.
• Clearly communicates ides and actively listens to feedback.
• Clear and effective writing, adapting vocabulary and style to each public.

Planning and organization
• Establishes clear and attainable objectives, in line with the priorities of the team and others.
• Identifies risks and prepares contingency plans.

Creativity and initiative
• Continuous drive to improve activities and processes.
• Proactively develops new ideas and solves problems.

Leadership and negotiations
• Identifies opportunities and proposes changes
• Attains goals and shares accomplishments.

• Contributes to the goals and objectives of the team and the group work.

• Knowledge in the use of multimedia work and program in Windows, especially Word, Excel and Power-Point.
• Knowledge in the use of information systems tools.
• Ability to develop written reports.

• English
• Spanish is an asset

Candidates must submit three separate documents to by January 25, 2021:
• A CV including a minimum of three references.
• A technical proposal, including the candidate’s capacity to meet the objectives of the project, including relevant prior experience; proposed methodology to be used for data collection and analysis; and indication of availability (3 pages max.).
• A budget or financial proposal indicating the time and resources that will be required, and including: a research assistant, travel costs, personal protective equipment costs if needed (masks, disinfectant towels, etc.), communication costs, and consulting fee (1page max.).

Validity of submitted proposal
Submitted proposal should be valid for at least thirty (30) calendar days.

• Only applications that meet the required profile will be contacted.
• Applications received later or that do not specify the name of the call will not be considered.
• The attachment must not weight more than 2MB.

International Organization of Migration (IOM)
Suite 4, Ground Floor, 376 Bay Street,
Buttonwood Bay, Belize City

Lugar de trabajo: 
Fecha limite: 
Lunes, Enero 25, 2021