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Developing Regional Strategy for Confederation of IGAD Employers (CIE) Terms of Reference

Background and context

The ILO and IGAD are both committed to address challenges related to labour markets, decent work, labour migration and mobility governance in the region. To this end, among other things, the ILO and IGAD signed an MOU in 2012 and supplementary Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to facilitate the implementation of the project titled “Free Movement of Persons and Transhumance in the IGAD Region” which is financed by the European Union. The overall objective of the project is to improve opportunities for regulated labour mobility and decent work within the IGAD countries through the development of models of intervention, in the broader context of the regional integration.

Through social dialogue, the participation of the ILO’s tripartite constituents at the local, national, bilateral, regional, interregional and global levels is central to achieving fair labour migration governance and can strengthen the effectiveness and sustainability of labour migration policies, legislation and practices. The ILO is also working with the EAC and IGAD to enhance the ILO’s tripartite constituents’ capacity in labour migration.

Engaging tripartite participation and social dialogue on labour migration is part of the goals and objectives of ILO programmes. The different programmes address the needs and concerns of migrant workers, their families and their organizations. Actions focus on knowledge sharing combined with advisory services, training, advocacy, and technical assistance to government, employers and workers organisations and civil society to promote progress on Africa’s intra-regional labour migration and mobility.

As part of this project the ILO and IGAD have been working to advance social dialogue and tripartism at regional level. To this end, among other things, the two organizations supported the establishment and strengthening the capacities of regional confederations of employers’ organization named Confederation of IGAD Employers (CIE).

In October 2019, representatives from the IGAD member states agreed and established the association of employers of members of the IGAD known as “Confederation of IGAD Employers (CIE)”. The Vision of CIE is to enhance growth and development through strong economic integration among member employers’ organization as a voice that echoes and serves the interests within the context of the international labor practices. Its mission is to observe the right and benefit of employers by creating peaceful industrial relations and expanding value added services to members.

Both CIE and HACTU met with the IGAD Executive Secretary H.E. Dr. Workeneh Gebeyhu and senior management of IGAD secretariat to present their byelaws and discuss strategic areas of collaboration with IGAD. In preparation for and as a follow up to the social partners meeting with the IGAD secretariat, the FMPT team held virtual consultations with CIE on how to boost the role of social partners in advancing decent work in the region in general and address the challenges of labour migration and mobility governance. During the meetings, CIE identified a list of challenges as well as opportunities as it starts its joinery as a regional confederation of employers organization in the sub region.

It was highlighted that CIE is in its infancy phase and as such requires a recognition status, a general strategy and probably facilities and staff. Areas of work within the CIE that were identified include;

1) Speeding up structural transformation in IGAD economies and employment creation that require proper investment on key economic sectors and strengthen trade among MS while promoting economic regional integration.

2) Promoting fair migration and recruitment processes as CIE can serve as an information sharing hub among EOs to direct investors on fair recruitment and migration processes.

3) Joint promotion campaigns by the CIE and HACTU of the ratification of key ILOs convention related to Labour Migration as the ratification rate is very low in the region.

4) Participation of Employment Organisations (Eos) in any upcoming capacity building workshops either face to face or virtually

5) A joint CIE and HACTU declaration on Labour Migration Governance could also be envisaged as a position of social partners.

6) Strengthening of the technical and financial capacities of the national offices of the CIE in order to be able to reach the goals set

On the other hand, Labour Migration Governance could be the mandate of CIE in the IGAD region and since this is the focus of the FMPT project, the nature of the collaboration as well as the above priority areas could be covered in such a collaboration. The CIE noted the need for having a clear strategic document which defines and articulates their aspirations, key priority areas of work and contribution to regional integration, economic development as well as improved labour migration and mobility governance in the region. In this regard, the ILO plans to support CIE in the development of their first five years regional strategy as regional confederation of employers organization.

The development of a regional strategy will contribute to enabling CIE turn its vision into reality and increase efficiency, effectiveness and accountability. The strategy will help prioritize goals, maximize resources and support making better decisions plus describing the way it will meet its objectives through detailed action steps that will describe how and when the action steps will be taken. More precisely, the strategy will enable CIE:

  • Articulate and define its aspirations (vision, Mission, strategic objectives), its roles and responsibilities in advancing decent work and social justice in the region in general and advancing protection of migrant workers
  • Define its key strategies (how) and priority areas of work (what) and collaboration with IGAD and other partners in the regional and beyond
  • Define concrete actions and deliverables to achieve its goals and objectives
  • Identify resource needs and gaps and facilitate resource mobilization efforts of the organization.


Working under the supervision of CIE, FMPT team, with technical backstopping provided by ILO MIGRANT and ACTEMP the consultant is expected to develop the first five years regional strategic document of CIE as described above. To this end, the consultant is expected, among other things, to:

  • Review the ILO’s existing research and technical guidance on developing regional strategy for social partners in the continent and from other regions.
  • Read and internalize relevant documents related to social dialogue, tripartism, regional integration and labour migration globally and regionally to contextualize and present the added value of developing the regional strategy;
  • Conduct interviews and consultations with selected key stakeholders including; CIE board members, member national federations/confederations, ACTEMP, IGAD secretariat, board members of similar regional confederations, continental and global confederation, when relevant, as well as ILO technical specialists and project staff among others.
  • Synthesis and write up of the strategies in close consultation with the board management of CIE, ACTEMP and FMPT project team

Key deliverables

• An inception report: the consultant will submit the inception report outlining the methodology for the background report, data collection tools, preliminary list of literature and resources, and detailed implementation time line and preliminary outline of the strategies

• Submit the Draft regional strategy for CIE: the consultant will submit the first draft regional strategy for review and comments from the CIE, IGAD, ILO and other key stakeholders;

• Submit Revised Draft regional strategy for CIE: the consultant will submit revised draft strategy incorporating comments and inputs from CIE, IGAD, ILO and other key stakeholders

• Present the revised strategy in a regional consultation and validation workshop: the consultant will present the revised strategy in a regional consultation and validation workshop;

• Final strategy: the consultant will submit the final strategy after incorporating the comments from the consultation and validation workshop

Profile of the consultant

• Advanced degree in business management project management, law, social sciences, economics, or equivalent

• 7-10 years of work experience in developing strategic documents, action plans, providing technical assistance, and/or research with extensive theoretical and practical experience on social dialogue, tripartism, regional integration and labour migration issues

• Experience in social dialogue for workers’ rights and private sector development

• Solid knowledge of labour migration, labour rights, employment issues and gender issues

• Knowledge of or experience in countries of the IGAD region

• Knowledge of the labour migration sector evidenced by past work in the field will be an added advantage


The proposed timeline for this assignment will be three months, between September – December 2021

Reference materials

The consultant should draw on and adapt existing ILO research and dialogue between employer organsations and Trade Unions which can include, but not limited to, the following:

• Bipartite dialogue between the ASEAN Confederation of Employers and the ASEAN Council of Trade Unions; Bipartite dialogue outcomes:–en/index.htm

• Two year research/policy dialogue program:–en/index.htm

• Policy work, and direct implementation–en/index.htm–en/index.htm

How to apply

  • Interested applicants should submit their technical and financial proposal in a separate email with the subject to “application for developing regional strategy for CIE – Technical Proposal” and “application for developing regional strategy for CIE– financial Proposal” to: [email protected] latest by Sunday,19th September 2021 at 5.00 pm, East Africa time;
  • The proposal and all correspondences and documents related to the proposal shall be written in English;
  • All prices should be submitted in USD. If a proposal is submitted in a currency other than USD, the ILO will convert all prices into USD using the UN official exchange rate at the date of application to facilitate comparison and evaluation
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