Consultant - Development of a Diaspora Training Toolkit



Project Context and Scope

Transnational communities and diaspora organizations are becoming increasingly recognized as key actors not only in the local and national development agendas, but also at the global level, as influential partners in addressing major societal and humanitarian challenges and crises as well as across humanitarian, peace and development nexus. 

To date, a number of guides and training tools has been developed to support capacity building of diaspora associations in various areas of organizational development. Most of the tools developed stem from the practical experiences of specific diaspora or migrant organizations and represent a reflection of main lessons learnt and good practices, with the examples of case studies from specific countries and contexts. At the same time, there is a lack of a training toolkit which would address all key areas of capacity development for diaspora organizations in a comprehensive and coherent manner and provide a set of key learning areas/modules.

In response to the current need in enhancing capacities of diaspora organizations and their members, IOM is planning to engage with the consultant or a group of consultants for the elaboration and development of a comprehensive training toolkit for diaspora organizations which could be then further adapted to the national, local or project contexts and used for specific trainings activities organized by IOM and its partner organizations, including governments and specialized training institutions in their training curricular.

Organizational Department / Unit to which the Consultant is contributing:

Within the framework of the Global Programme on Making Migration Work for Sustainable Development, the Consultant(s) will provide expert support in the development of a comprehensive training toolkit for diaspora organizations and their members, based on the analysis of existing tools and training programmes and in close collaboration with diaspora engagement experts and representatives of diaspora organizations. The scope of the assignment will include thorough review of existing training programmes and capacity tools which specifically target diaspora organizations, elaboration of the concept of diaspora training toolkit (its scope, structure, content and necessary elements), development, peer review and testing the toolkit.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

Tasks to be performed under this contract

  1. Facilitate creation and liaison with the Technical Advisory Board to secure expert technical advice and quality assurance during all phases of the development of the training toolkit.
  2. Conduct diaspora capacity development needs assessment, in the form of consultations, roundtable discussions and/or an online survey to identify major capacity gaps and key areas where capacity development support is needed for diaspora members and what formats and types of training activities will be most suitable for diaspora representatives.
  3. Conduct mapping and analyzing existing IOM and non-IOM training guides, tools and training programmes for building capacities of migrant/diaspora organizations and their members, paying particular attention to the projects and activities which were developed and implemented by international organizations, governments and diaspora associations themselves. This should be done in consultations with thematical experts and practitioners working in the area of diaspora engagement and capacity building.
  4. Based on the results of needs analysis and resource mapping, elaborate the concept of diaspora training toolkit (including the structure, content and preferred formats of training activities), in consultations with diaspora engagement and training experts, representatives of diaspora organizations (members of the Technical Advisory board and beyond if needed) and IOM staff from the Country and Regional offices working on diaspora engagement projects.
  5. Based on the results of the consultations and analysis of existing tools, develop the detailed outline for the structure, content and format(s) of the training activities for diaspora organizations which would form the basis for the training toolkit.
  6. Present and discuss the detailed outline for the training toolkit with IOM and the members of the Technical Advisory Board (formed by diaspora engagement experts, trainers and diaspora representatives) as well as with the members of iDiaspora Advisory Board.
  7. Develop draft diaspora training toolkit, in line with the proposed detailed outline.
  8. Pilot main modules of the diaspora training toolkit in several online trainings organized for diaspora representatives from the countries of the Global Programme.
  9. Present and discuss the results of the pilot training with IOM and the members of the Technical Advisory Board.
  10. Based on the results of discussions, finalize the training toolkit.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Education, Psychology, Social Sciences, Educational Technology, Communications or a related field from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience; or
  • University degree in the above fields with seven years of relevant professional experience.


  • Extensive experience in social science or policy-oriented research, including development of the methodologies, selection of appropriate tools and sampling, qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis;
  • Experience in working in the international development system in the context of migration and sustainable development required, operational experience on diaspora engagement is a distinct advantage.


  • Proven track record in conceptualizing, developing and facilitating adult learning trainings and capacity development activities, experience in designing and delivering trainings and utilizing interactive audience engagement tools and methodologies;
  • In-depth understanding of and expertise in training and adult learning pedagogy and training of trainers (TOT) methodology;
  • Sound knowledge of training design and evaluation;
  • Knowledge of the full Microsoft Office suite, including PowerPoint (essential);
  • Knowledge of and experience in virtual training modalities and online training platforms;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, ability to elaborate and visualize new concepts and design ideas as a result of discussions;
  • Attention to detail, excellent planning and organizational skills, ability to work independently and meet the deadlines;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with multicultural and geographically diverse audiences.


  • IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish. For this consultancy, fluency in English is required (oral and written).
  • Fluency in French and/or Spanish, or another of the UN’s official languages is an advantage. 
  • Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.

Applicants are required to apply via PRIMS IOM e-recruitment system and attach the following:

  • CV
  • Technical proposal  
  • Financial proposal