Short-Term Consultancy on Developing a Model for Higher Education Scholarship Opportunities in Europe as a Pathway of Refugee Admission Bureau for Europe, Policy and Legal Support Unit The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has consistently advocated for the development and expansion of student scholarship schemes for refugees, particularly in the context of record numbers of displaced persons as well as ongoing protracted displacement situations. As growing numbers of refugees are without a solution in first countries of asylum, and refugee arrivals to Europe via the dangerous Mediterranean route continue, the need for safe and legal pathways of admission to complement resettlement programmes in the European Union (EU) remains urgent. Scholarship opportunities to higher education institutions in the EU, as one of a number of options, have the potential to offer such a pathway while, in turn, offering refugees hope for a better future, enhanced opportunities for economic self-reliance, and greater participation in civic and public life.
In September 2016, the coordinating partners of the European Resettlement Network (ERN), IOM, ICMC, and UNHCR launched a project entitled ERN+ ‘Developing Innovative Models for the Protection of Refuges and Providing Support to New Resettlement Countries’, co-funded by the European Union. Building on the experience that the ERN has accumulated since 2010, this project seeks to contribute to the expansion of the European protection landscape by informing the debate around the development of complementary pathways of admission, and identifying potential models for such pathways in the EU. Higher education scholarships constitute one area of the project’s focus.
In the framework of the ERN+ Project, UNHCR wishes to engage a consultant on a short-term basis to produce a detailed feasibility study on the development of an innovate European “model” for refugee admission to the EU in the form of higher education scholarship programmes. This feasibility study will use the Netherlands as an instructive case study to develop a framework for a student scholarship programme that can serve as an informative and accessible guide for a range of stakeholders in other Member States of the European Union.
The work will be conducted by the consultant in the period from October to December 2017 and should be principally home-based. Flexible working arrangements can be discussed. The successful candidate will be expected to start working immediately for a total period of approximately 8-12 weeks.
Main duties and responsibilities
Working in close collaboration with the ERN+ Project co-ordinator and consulting with UNHCR, IOM and ICMC Europe:
Interested candidates must submit:
In addition, a CV/resume in another form may be submitted.
Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit examples of previous relevant work to demonstrate their research and drafting skills.
Applications must be submitted by email to [email protected] by 23:59 (Central European Summer Time - Brussels) on 15 October 2017. The subject line of the email should read “Application for ERN+ Consultancy”. Early applications are encouraged. No late applications will be accepted. Due to the expected volume of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
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