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Consultant - Development Of Relocation Guidelines For Solomon Islands

International Organization for Migration - Canberra Airport, ACT

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical
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Position Title: Consultant - Development of Relocation Guidelines for Solomon Islands Duty Station: Honiara, Solomon Islands and Homebased Classification: Consultant Type of Appointment: Short-Term Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible Application deadline: 5pm Thursday 4 March 2021 (Solomon Islands Time)


Established in 1951, IOM is a Related Organization of the United Nations, and as the leading UN agency in the field of migration, works closely with governmental, intergovernmental, and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

Solomon Islands is prone to natural hazards - cyclones, earthquakes, floods, etc affecting thousands of lives which eventually cause people to displace. Further, slow onset disasters impacted by climate change, such as sea level rise, (SLR) undermines the security of low-lying atoll communities. In the Solomon Islands, some relocation has already occurred, and some communities are expected to need to relocate in the future. As a result, the government of Solomon Islands has identified several communities that may benefit from planned relocation, to allay some of the challenges that can be associated with unplanned relocation. Choiseul Province’s capital Taro is one such community. Several other communities in Malaita, Western and Temotu Provinces have already conducted community-driven relocations following accepted traditional protocols.

In pursuit of assisting affected communities for smooth transition or movement to potential new sites for relocation, the government of Solomon Islands, through the Ministry of Lands, Hosing and Survey (MLHS), Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology (MECCDMM) as key stakeholder, in partnership with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), and in alignment with the National Development Policy and the National Climate Change Policy, plans to develop relocation guidelines in the context of slow and sudden onset disasters. The logic of this project is that by taking a consultative, evidence-based and gender-mainstreaming approach to developing the guidelines, the government will be better equipped to manage relocation efforts in a way that is rights-based and achieve durable solutions.

The project is supported by an Advisory Committee, comprised of eight Government of Solomon Islands representatives, three academic representatives, three civil society representatives, and one IOM representative. The Advisory Committee will ensure that the research is conducted in a transparent manner, that rights and dignity of relocated persons is respected, and all processes involved are rightly followed.


The overall objective of the development of relocation guidelines is to contribute to disaster and climate change resilience through planned relocation of communities inhabiting in areas affected by slow and sudden onset disasters in Solomon Islands, as a last resort strategy. This objective will be achieved through the following outcome:


The relocation guidelines facilitate the protection of the rights and dignity of relocated persons and achievement of durable solutions. This outcome has been identified as one key component of the overall objective. The consultancy will achieve the following output:

Output 1.1: Evidence-based relocation guidelines are available to key stakeholders.
Core tasks and responsibilities:

  • Make arrangements to travel within Solomon Islands (and to Solomon Islands if not already located in country). IOM may assist with confirmation of consultancy and direct payment of one quarantine period, as necessary, however it is expected that the consultant will drive this process.
  • Conduct three national consultations and two community consultations on guidelines. Conduct field visits to the following - Titiana or Wagina, Nukufero or Nukukaisi , Aruligo and Walande to understand settlement patterns of customary and alienated land communities. The field visit will cover a period of three-four weeks.
  • Develop guidelines on internal planned relocation in the context of slow and sudden onset disasters. The relocation guidelines must respond to the priority needs identified by the Advisory Committee. The development of relocation guidelines is a prelude to a deeper and strengthened national capacity in climate change adaptation intervention.
  • Arrange and conduct an Inception Presentation and Workshop, and a Draft Guidelines Presentation/Validation Workshop
  • Ensure that all consultations, validation workshops, Advisory Committee meetings, and deliverables consider gender and disability inclusion. It is recommended that the consultant utilises feminist and participatory research principles and methodologies, such as ‘feminist participatory action research’.
  • Work with and maintain a close relationship with relevant community and government partners to ensure relocation guidelines have buy-in. Government partners include the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Survey and the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology.
  • During the period of the assignment, the Consultant may arrange for catch up meetings to discuss and provide feedback to questions that may arise over time.

Deliverables of the Work Assignment

  • Scoping Study

o A literature review of existing relocation guidelines and plans, and evaluations of past planned relocations and their outcomes. Within this, there should be a focus on relocation relating to communities affected by natural hazards and adverse climate impacts, and relocations in the Pacific, though other relevant circumstances may be included.

o Identification of gaps in Solomon Islands data on human mobility linked to impacts of disasters and climate change.

o Identification of key stakeholders.

  • Research Plan

o Draft structure of the Relocation Guidelines

o Methodology. This should include a note on the application of Feminist Participatory Action Research, or rationale behind an alternate approach (please discuss with IOM prior).

o Approach to research ethics, including any research ethics approvals and processes which will be undertaken and evidenced, and any relational or substantive ethical considerations and their management

o Timeline of data collection, drafting, and stakeholder engagement

  • Inception Presentation & Workshop

o The Inception Presentation will be a web-based 15 minute presentation of the contents of the Inception Report, followed by question and answer.

o The audience will be IOM staff, and the Advisory Committee.

o Consultation on alignment between draft structure and the Advisory Committee’s (AC) priority areas

  • Primary Research Data Summary

o Primary research data must include evidence of three national consultations and two community consultations on the guidelines.

o Please include geographical, gender and age disaggregation of participants, dates, any ethics approvals, and a brief outline of other ethical considerations and undertakings such as data protection approaches.

o Note on application of Feminist Participatory Action Research (or alternative) methodology

  • Draft Relocation Guidelines, including:

o Recommendations for additional areas of policy development/guidelines outside the scope of the present project

o Bibliography

  • Final Relocation Guidelines
  • Implementation Recommendations Report

o Next steps required to produce Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and training manuals, and execute training of government officials.

o Key recommended components of Standard Operating Procedures, training manuals, and training delivery.

*For the full Deliverables of the Work Assignment including the timeline, please refer to the Terms of Reference in our website https://australia.iom.int/vacancy/consultant-%E2%80%93-development-relocation-guidelines-solomon-islands

Disbursement of fees will be provided upon approval of the above deliverables by IOM. Approval may be withheld, or further edits requested, if deliverables are not delivered to a satisfactory standard, or are not delivered according to the above-specified timeline. Deliverables will be reviewed, and a response provided by IOM, within two weeks of receipt.

Required Attributes


· There must be high likelihood that the consultant (or co-/sub-consultant if the application contains more than one person) can travel to & within the Solomon Islands; e.g. residence/nationality in the Australia/New Zealand/Pacific region. Quarantine costs may be paid directly by IOM if quarantine is required.


  • Advanced University Degree in Climate Change, Political and Environmental Science, Development Studies, or related field with seven years professional experience.


  • Experience in research, data collection, reporting or a related field.
  • Familiarity or experience using participatory research methods, ideally feminist participatory action research.
  • Advanced knowledge and skills in migration, environment and climate change research.
  • Specific experience and/or knowledge on planned relocation is a strong asset.
  • Experience in providing logistical support to meetings, workshops and consultations.
  • Experience working or researching in the Pacific.


  • Fluency in English (oral and written) is required, proficiency in local language is an asset.

Desirable Competencies

  • The consultant is expected to demonstrate the following competencies:

o Continuous Learning: promotes continuous learning for self and others.

o Leadership and Negotiation: develops effective partnerships with relevant government ministries and stakeholders.

o Performance Management: identify ways and implement actions to improve project priorities.

o Planning and Organizing: plans work, anticipates risks, and sets goals within area of responsibility.

o Professionalism: displays mastery of subject matter.

o Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.

o Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.

o Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.

Core Competencies - behavioural indicators

  • Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.
  • Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner, is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
  • Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
  • Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.
  • Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.


The appointment is subject to funding confirmation.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment,

any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

No late applications will be accepted.

The consultant must adhere to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Data Protection Principles (IN/138) and maintain confidentiality.

The consultant will be responsible to follow IOM writing guidelines and latest glossaries in all given assignments for accurate translation.

Application details

Interested candidates are invited to send the following via email by the application deadline 5pm Thursday 4 March 2021 (Solomon Islands Time):

- Research proposal, including description of the approach and outline of how current travel restrictions will be managed.

- Candidate’s experience. Maximum two pages in total.

- A duly completed IOM Personal History form (can be downloaded from this link: http://australia.iom.int/join-our-team )

- Samples of similar work.

- Budget in USD.

Please use the following subject line and contacts for submission and related enquiries.

- “Application for NC.0035 Relocation Guidelines Solomon Islands Consultancy”

- Email address: Please refer to https://australia.iom.int/vacancy/consultant-%E2%80%93-development-relocation-guidelines-solomon-islands to find out the email address to submit the application packages

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Application Deadline: 04/03/2021

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Contract

Salary: $1.00 - $60,000.00 per year

Work Eligibility:

  • Permitted to work permanently with no restriction on hours (e.g. citizen, permanent resident) (Preferred)

Work Remotely:

  • Temporarily due to COVID-19

Canberra Airport, ACT

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