Consultancy to conduct preliminary assessments on migrants flows and legislative regulations, to support the design and pilot implementation of a Smart ID solution for frequent border crossers between Haiti and the Dominican Republic

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Consultancy to conduct preliminary assessments on migrants flows and legislative regulations, to support the design and pilot implementation of a Smart ID solution for frequent border crossers between Haiti and the Dominican Republic

Background of this Search:

The Social Protection and Health Division (SPH), in coordination with the Migration Unit (MIG), is looking for a consultant to conduct preliminary assessments on migrants flows and legislative regulations, to support the design and pilot implementation of a Smart ID solution for frequent border crossers between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The work is expected to be completed by the end of Q1 of 2022.

The Team’s Mission:

The Social Sector (SCL) is a multidisciplinary team convinced that investing in people is the way to improve lives and overcome the development challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Jointly with the countries in the region, the Social Sector formulates public policy solutions to reduce poverty and improve the delivery of education, work, social protection, and health services. The objective is to advance a more productive region, with equal opportunities for men and women, and greater inclusion of the most vulnerable groups.

The Social Protection and Health (SPH) Division is tasked with the preparation and supervision of IDB operations in borrowing member countries in the areas of social protection (safety nets and transfers and services for social inclusion which include: early childhood development, youth programs, care services for dependency, among others), health (health capital investment strategies, health networks strengthening, health system financing, organization and performance, etc.) and nutrition.

The Migration Unit (MIG) is tasked with supporting LAC countries receiving large and sudden intraregional migration flows, as well as countries of destination and transit migration, and host communities through lending operations; regional, subregional and national dialogues; regional cooperation to generate public goods; capacity building and training; and applied research.

The border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, is characterized by important flows of border crossers, mostly merchants, that import and export goods between the two countries. Most crossers live in the areas by the border and most of the time they enter the neighboring country without a formal ID validation process or ID check. Such informal migration crossings are often fertile ground for criminals willing to fraud migrants, or other actors willing to take advantage of migrants, and foster the informality of the economy and limit the traceability of transactions, among other challenges.

Conscious of the fact that trade and border crossing is crucial for the two neighboring countries sharing the same island, the IDB is exploring the feasibility of a Smart IDs, issued by Haiti and the Dominican Republic to respective citizens that are borders crossers, and mutually recognized by both countries, that can be: (i) a formal ID, (ii) a travel permit, (iii) a payment solution (debit card) tied to an account of a financial institution in the country of origin of the holder.

For instance, as made-up exemple, Haitian Citizen Jacque Lamothe, who crosses into the Dominican Republic on a weekly basis to purchase and import rice, could have its smart ID issued by the Government of Haiti in collaboration with a Haitian Bank, and the “piece of plastic” he holds is an official ID, it allows him to cross into the Dominican Republic, to pay for the rice he purchases in the Dominican Republic and, once back into Haiti, deposits the revenue from his sales into the Haitian account.

With the goal of exploring the feasibility of such a potential solution the IDB is hiring a consultant that can (i) assess the cross borders migration flows and gather data from key informants on the main migration dynamics between the two countries and (ii) assess the exiting legislation of both countries regarding ID issuing and visa requirements. Ultimately, the consultant is expected to provide recommendations with regards to the solution being explored.

What you’ll do:

The consultant is responsible of the following activities:

For the assessment of the border’s migration flows and data gathering from key informants on the main migration dynamics between the two countries:

  • Gather data on migration flows between the two countries including, but not limited two: flows size, trends and recent trends, main border crossings, main profiles of migrants.

  • Assess the formal processes when crossing (e.g. whether authorities review migrants IDs or not, or only for certain profiles).

  • Flag, eventually, how authorities allow/managed crossing in reality compared to what the national legislation would require.

  • Conduct interviews with borders crossers to gather in-depth information about frequent crossers, their needs, their reasons for crossings.

  • Gather insights from the ground from migration and customs officials at the border, the needs and challenges they face to manage migration at the border; and

  • Identify formal vs informal practices.

  • Conduct a literature review, database analysis (if available) and gather any additional inputs for the preparation of the report.

For the assessment of the existing legislation of both countries regarding ID issuing and visa requirements:

  • Desk research about existing legislation and data.

  • Groundwork and facts findings to collect data, interview informants and witness processes; and

  • Interacting, coordinating and interviewing key stakeholders such as migration officers at central and local level in both Haiti and the Dominican Republic, migrants, as well as other actors as needed.

Deliverables:

The main deliverables, are the following:

  • Deliverable 1: Work methodology and detailed work-plan. To facilitate planning, the consultant is expected to incorporate also a clear and detailed GANTT chart.

  • Deliverable 2: Report #1 - Assessment of the border migration flows and data gathering from key informants on the main migration dynamics between the two countries.

  • Deliverable 3: Report #2 - Assessment of the existing legislation of both countries regarding ID issuing and visa requirements.

  • Final Report : Revised version of Deliverables 2 and 3 in addition to recommendations.

Because of the nature of the multiple activities to be implemented, the Consultant and the Team Leader will exchange periodically and, if needed, will discuss and agree slight modifications to the content of the deliverables.

Payment Schedule:  

Expected duration of the project is 4 months from signature of contract according to the following table:

Deliverables

Due Date

Amount

Deliverable 1

within 1 weeks from signature of the contract

30%

Deliverable 2

within 5 weeks from the signature of the contract

30%

Deliverable 3

within 9 weeks from the signature of the contract

20%

Deliverable 4

By the end of the contract

20%

The consultant will report to Nicola Magri (nicolam@iadb.org), Sectorial Specialist in Social Protection and Health (SCL/SPH).

What you’ll need:

  • Citizenship: You are a citizen of one of our 48-member countries with residency or legal permit to work
  • Consanguinity: You have no family members (up to fourth degree of consanguinity and second degree of affinity, including spouse) working at the IDB Group.
  • Education: Master’s Degree in Social Science with a Specialization on Migration and/or Migration Research.
  • Experience: At least 5 years conducting migration research, including experience gathering data from the ground. Previous experience gathering data for public or regulatory policies on migration and/or migrants’ inclusions are desirable.
  • Language: fluent in French, Spanish and English. Knowledge of Haitian Creole an advantage.

Opportunity  Summary:

  • Contract Modality: Products and External Service Consultant (PEC) Lump Sum
  • Length of contract: 4 months.
  • Location: Country of residence
  • Requirements: Must be a citizen of one of the IDB’s 48 member countries and may not have relatives who currently work with the IDB Group.

Our culture:

Our people are committed and passionate about improving lives in Latin-America and the Caribbean, and they get to do what they love in a diverse, collaborative and stimulating work environment. We are the first Latin American and Caribbean development institution to be awarded the EDGE certification, recognizing our strong commitment to gender equality. As an employee you can be part of internal resource groups that connect our diverse community around common interests.

Because we are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, we embrace all diversity and encourage women, LGBTQ+, persons with disabilities, afro-descendants, and indigenous people to apply.

About us:

At the IDB, we’re committed to improving lives. Since 1959, we’ve been a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social, and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. We do more than lending though. We partner with our 48-member countries to provide Latin America and the Caribbean with cutting-edge research about relevant development issues, policy advice to inform their decisions, and technical assistance to improve on the planning and execution of projects. For this, we need people who not only have the right skills, but also are passionate about improving lives.

Our team in Human Resources carefully reviews all applications.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and its implications for our Region, the IDB Group is reviewing its hiring needs and re-prioritizing its areas of talent acquisition. We encourage candidates to continue to apply to the active postings, yet current job openings may be subject to further decisions in terms of timing of the processes, or other actions, in accordance with business needs. Final hiring decisions may also be conditioned to the candidate’s ability to timely relocate to the post of duty at the moment of starting service.”

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