Forced migration into Ethiopia has doubled in the last four years, making Ethiopia the top refugee-hosting country in Africa with 750,000 refugees. In 2016 refugee numbers in Ethiopia continue to rise. Ethiopia has an ‘open door’ policy towards refugees, but also maintains some reservations to the 1951 Refugee Convention and operates an ‘encampment’ policy which means few refugees have the right to free movement or to engage in formal employment. Most refugees face long-term displacement with few prospects of a productive life. Significant numbers of young refugees, especially Eritreans and Somalis, therefore engage in irregular secondary migration, often with Europe as the preferred destination.
With a focus on protection, the procured program will be developed in a ‘bottom-up’ way. A six-month Inception phase will allow for formative research into the knowledge, experience and attitudes of migrants, would-be migrants and migrant-sending communities. This will support the development of a robust theory of change and detailed program design based on empirical data. Following this stage will be a three-year Implementation phase with activities and outputs aimed at discouraging irregular migration, providing viable alternatives and protecting the victims of migration. The implementation will be accompanied by operational research which will be an integral part of the program, designed to test the effectiveness of the program, to learn lessons in real time, inform appropriate adjustments and contribute to the wider understanding of irregular migration dynamics.
Suppliers are eligible to apply.
Program duration will be up to 43 months. Contract start date is planned for 31 May 2017.
Applicants are encouraged to use the online application portal. The application deadline for this funding opportunity is 21 November 2016.