CfA 68-11/21 - Environmental Sustainability Expert




REF NO. CfA 68-11/21


Duty Station: Home based, Bosnia and Herzegovina (with travel to Bihać and Sarajevo)

Application Deadline: 06 December 2021

Position Title: Researcher  

Contract type/duration: Consultancy Category B

Contract duration: 2 months maximum

Grade: N/A

Starting Date: as soon as possible

Reference Code:  CfA 68-11/21




Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and 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.



This consultancy will take place within the IOM project, “Strengthening the community- and evidence-based migration response in Bosnia and Herzegovina and enhancing data collection on migrants in the Western Balkans”, funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy, Directorate General (DG) for Italian Citizens Abroad and Migration Policies, in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia. The aim of the project is three-folded: to generate up-to-date data on mixed migration flows and make it available to key stakeholders in the WB; to support Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) State authorities provide adequate accommodation and address capacity gaps for the identification, screening and registration of migrants; and to engage socially responsible enterprises in BiH to improve the environmental sustainability and economic efficiency of Temporary Reception Centres (TRCs).


Despite the closure of the Western Balkans (WB) route in March 2016, the region continued to experience mixed migration flows, mostly through irregular channels. In particular, at the end of 2017, the WB started to see a sharp increase in the number of irregular migrants and refugees in the region, from around 8,446 in 2017 to 44,664 in 2018. While in 2015-2016 the main locations facing these mixed migration movements were North Macedonia and Serbia, since 2018 migrants began to transit increasingly through Albania, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). Overall, the situation revealed the immediate need to further support a comprehensive migration management framework across the region. Notably, BiH has seen the largest increase in migrant arrivals in recent years, with 755 arrivals recorded in 2017 compared to 24,067 in 2018 and to 29,196 in 2019. This led to direct and increased efforts to support the government of BiH to expand the country's capacity to provide accommodation, humanitarian assistance and protection to migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees. Since 2018, the response in BiH included the opening of up to seven TRCs in both Una-Sana and Sarajevo Canton. Several decisions taken at the local political level then led to the closure of TRC Bira in September 2020, ETC Lipa in December 2020, whose site was not equipped to withstand the harsh winter weather, and more recently of TRC Sedra in June 2021. This experience also emphasized the need to evaluate and identify opportunities to improve the environmental sustainability and economic efficiency of TRCs in the country to implement more environmentally conscious and more cost-effective migrant centres.



IOM is looking for an Environmental Sustainability Expert to support IOM in gathering information and drafting a needs assessment of up to two TRCs[1] in BiH to propose recommendations on minimum standards for environmental sustainability and identify cost-effective ways to improve one or more services related to clean energy, safe water, waste management systems but also food security or agribusiness in order to implement more environmentally conscious and more efficient migrant centres in terms of costs. In consideration of the above, the consultant will support the aforementioned project in achieving Outcome 3 only as regards the activities in BiH.



The objective of the consultancy is to conduct a maturity and needs assessment taking a snapshot of the current situation and make recommendations to IOM to improve the environmental sustainability and economic efficiency of up to two selected TRCs in BiH.


Furthermore, using the outcomes of the needs assessment, at least two initiatives will be chosen to act as a pilot to implement the assessment’s findings in the selected TRCs, with the aim also of stimulating the interest of donors to finance similar interventions within the country, and to contribute to the institutionalization of this aspect with governmental counterparts. This will then be followed by the identification and engagement of socially responsible businesses and organizations in the communities hosting the two selected TRCs to contribute to potential social entrepreneurship activities to ensure the full participation of all parties concerned.

The maturity and needs assessment report should be no more than 15 pages long. The proposed structure of the report is the following:

  1. Background, rationale and objective of the assessment (1 page)
  2. Brief overview of the current context and of local laws and regulations concerning the environment (1 page)
  3. Mapping and description of the two selected temporary reception centres, overview of the main gaps and estimated impact of economic inefficiency (up to 5 pages)
  4. Mapping of potential solutions to the gaps identified above, presentation of viable, cost-effective and sustainable alternatives to improve reception facilities for migrants listed in order of feasibility (up to 5 pages)
  5. Recommendations to relevant national actors, including the Ministry of Security, the SFA, but also competent Ministries in the field of engeenering and environment (e.g., Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of BiH – Environmental protection Department, Ministry of Planning, Civil Engineering and Ecology, etc.) (3 page)



Under the supervision of the Project Coordinator, and in close coordination with the Emergency Country Coordinator, BiH Ministry of Security, Service for Foreigners’ Affairs (SFA), IOM Engineer/s, the Expert is expected to carry out the following tasks:

  1. Define, in coordination with IOM BiH, the scope of the assessment, and submit methodology proposal for IOM approval
  2. Agree with the Project Coordinator, the Country Emergency Coordinator and the Ministry of Security, the SFA a schedule of field visits to the two TRCs selected (ideally one in Sarajevo and one in Una-Sana Cantons).
  3. Conduct a rapid desk research to review relevant legislation, strategic documents and action plans in the area of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and Migration Management, risk assessments, relevant Civil Protection plans and any other document relevant for the purpose of the needs and maturity assessment.
  4. Jointly with the Country Emergency Coordinator, representative of the Ministry Security, the SFA conduct field visits to migrant reception facilities and engage in consultations with relevant actors, including mayors, Camp Management and Camp Coordination staff to collect additional data and information.
  5. Prepare the draft assessment report on the main needs of the reception centres visited.
  6. Provide and present key findings and recommendations at a stakeholder dissemination and validation workshop.
  7. Hand-over final report to the Project Coordinator and Emergency Country Coordinator.



The implementation of the tasks set will lead to the following deliverables:

  1. Methodology proposal and activity plan
  2. Conduct field visits and consultations and delivery of inputs for the draft report
  3. Organize validation workshop (online), in collaboration with the Project Coordinator.
  4. Conduct finalization of the report.


Dates for each deliverable will be agreed upon with IOM prior to signing the contract.



The duration of the consultancy is for a maximum of 2 months from the day of signature of the contract. The end date of the contract cannot exceed 28 February 2021.



The Expert will provide IOM with regular updates on the progress of the assignment. All outputs of the assignments shall be conditioned by IOM approval.



The incumbent is expected to have the following competencies and expertise:



  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Environmental Science, Emergency Management, Engineering, Planning, Geography, Economics or related field from a recognized university.



  • At least 5 years of relevant professional experience in Environmetnal sustainability assessment, Camp Management and Camp Coordination, Emergency and Preparedness response settings.
  • Demonstrated previous experience in conducting similar tasks.
  • Experience in working with or for refugee and migrant populations is an advantage.



  • Excellent knowledge of English (written and spoken)
  • Preferred knowledge of any of the languages spoken in Bosnia and Herzegovina (written and spoken).


Desirable Competencies and skills

  • Good analytical skills and ability to provide advice and make recommendations.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Ability to effectively present and communicate information, both verbal and written.
  • Advanced written and spoken local language and English is required.
  • Computer literate.
  • Ability to work independently and receive and accept feedback.
  • Flexibility and ability to work in a deadline driven environment.
  • Ability and willingness to travel, as needed to achieve the proposed outputs.



The assignment will last a maximum of 2 months between January and February 2022.



The consultancy is home based, with travel to assessment locations as per preliminary agreement with the IOM BiH as well as one presentation to be held online in accordance with the epidemiological situation of the country.



Interested candidates are kindly requested to submit:

  1. Curriculum Vitae or IOM CV Form - Personal History Form, indicating all experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least two professional references
  2. Financial offer indicating the requested daily fee (including travel and other expenses necessary to complete the task)
  3. Motivation letter in English
  4. At least one writing sample (for example, academic articles, reports, or similar)



Applications should be sent via email to: with the email subject “CfA 68-11/21 Environmental Sustainability Expert”.

Note: Qualified female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

The application should be submitted by 06 December 2021 

Please note that this is a national position.


POSTING PERIOD: 22 November 2021 – 06 December 2021




[1] Based on an initial assessment and the scope of the activities, IOM suggests giving priority to a TRC hosting vulnerable categories and families and a TRC hosting the largest category of migrants hosted in BiH, namely single men.

Closing Date: 
Monday, December 6, 2021