Vacancy Notice Number:
Consultant (Airports Passenger Security Processing - Legal)
Deadline of Applications:
10 June 2023
Number of People to be hired
Internal & External Candidates
Under the overall supervision of the IOM Türkiye Immigration and Border Governance (IBG) Senior Programme Coordinator, the consultant will be responsible for producing the legal components of a number of project outputs that aim to enhance inter-agency cooperation for passenger security processing at Turkish international airports.
On the 1st of March 2023, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Türkiye Country Office Immigration and Border Governance Unit (IBG) started with implementation of the “Supporting Border and Migration Management at Airports Project”, funded by the European Union. The project aims to improve inter-agency cooperation and coordination among border and migration management agencies at major airports/air Border Crossing Points (BCPs), to align Türkiye’s migration policies with EU standards, and to strengthen relevant institutional capacities.
The main beneficiary of the project is Border Management, Foreign Relations and Projects Department (BMD) under the Directorate General for Provincial Administration (DGPA) of Turkish Ministry of Interior. BMD assumes the coordinating body role aiming to ensure required facilitation and security at Turkish border crossing points, by establishing and maintaining coordination between relevant public institutions operating at borders and strengthening operational institutional framework at border crossing points.
The duration of the project is 48 months. To ensure highest impact and sustainability, the project adapts a staggered approach that requires production of six outputs that build on each other. The outputs are mentioned below in the order of production. The total time allocated for the production of all outputs is 159 workdays between June 2023 –September 2026. A detailed timetable is provided under article 3 of this document.
- Situational Analysis Report
- Gaps and Needs Analysis Report
- Enhancement Roadmap
- Proof of Concept for Enhancements
- Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
- Draft Regulations
For all the outputs, a three-tiered (legal, technical, and operational) framework will be employed to ensure a comprehensive improvement of interagency cooperation at Turkish international airports for passenger security processing.
To ensure the required quality, and to smoothly reach defined objectives and goals, the first five outputs will be produced on all three tiers by a team of 2 national and 2 international consultants, whose inputs will be consolidated into holistic reports. Experts will work as a team and will agree on the internal leader/coordinator.
Within this framework, IOM seeks to engage a national legal consultant with comprehensive experience and expertise in passenger security processing at international airports. The consultant will be responsible for drafting and finalizing legal components of all six outputs listed above.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Within 159 workdays between June 2023 and September 2026, the consultant will be responsible for developing the legal aspects of all the outputs.
The first output to be produced under this consultancy will be a situational analysis report that focuses on the legal aspects of inter-agency cooperation on passenger security processing in the Turkish international airports through field visits and a desk review of all relevant and existing national and international legal instruments. The situational analysis will focus on the legal instruments relevant to passenger security checks at all terminals of Turkish international airports for the passenger categories below:
- Regular and eligible passengers and flight crews
- Inadmissible passengers (for departure, arrival and transit)
- Passengers who are subjects of international and national watchlists
- Passengers who seek international protection
- Passengers who are suspected of misdemeanour and/or criminal activities
- Including but not limited to the use of fraudulent travel documents, engagement in transnational crimes such as migrant smuggling, human trafficking, smuggling of goods, plants, animals, and historical artifacts,
- Passengers who are likely to carry communicable diseases
Provided that the finalized Legal Situation Analysis is in line with the performance indicators listed under article 6 of this document, the consultant will engage in the production of the other listed outputs.
Tasks to be performed for the situational analysis include the following:
- Meet with the IOM, main beneficiary institution and the consultant team to develop a research methodology and data collection plan to be submitted to IOM for review for the Legal Situation (As-is) Analysis. (5 days)
- Based on the methodology and the data collection plan: Establish the comprehensive list of all national existing legal tools and instruments, pertinent to border management with the focus on air-borders; Prepare comprehensive list of all applicable international laws/resolutions/obligations and relevant best practices; Create a comparative analysis of national instruments/tools in relation to international best practices requirements with the purpose of the potential gap detection/analysis. (5 days)
- Conduct field visits to Istanbul and Antalya Airports to assess/observe the application of legal tools and instruments in the field, as well as review the structure of established committees relevant to airport passenger security processing. (2 days)
- Work with project team and other consultants to develop first draft of the legal component of the situational analysis report and participate in online meeting with the IOM IBG team, DGPA experts for presenting the draft report. (10 days)
- First Workshop: Present the draft (Legal) Situation Analysis Report and findings of the field visits during a workshop and review the report in accordance with any additional feedback or input received on the draft document and submit the updated draft report to IOM. (3 days)
- Second Workshop: Present the (Legal) Situation Analysis Report and review the report by taking the inputs/comments of stakeholders into consideration during the final workshop. (3 days)
- Desk work: Work with the project team and other consultants to finalize the Legal Situation Analysis Report by taking into consideration the inputs, comments, and feedback received from the IOM and relevant government institutions. (8 days)
Total number of workdays for the situational analysis report: 36 workdays
The workdays allocated for other five outputs until September 2026 are provided below:
- Gaps and Needs Analysis Report (24 days)
- Enhancement Roadmap (23 days)
- Proof of Concept for Enhancements (24 days)
- Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs) (26 days)
- Draft Regulations (26 days)
Tangible and Measurable Output of the Work Assignment
A detailed timetable for the deliverables of the Situational Analysis Report is provided below. Tentative timeframes for other outputs until September 2026 will be determined upon completion of the Situational Analysis Report.
- Initiation of the work: 19 June 2023
- 1st deliverable: by 23 June 2023
- Research methodology and data collection plan (Task A)
- 2nd deliverable by 12 July 2023
- Comprehensive list of pertinent legal and international legal tools (Task B)
- Comparative analysis of national instruments/tools in relation to international best practices (Task B)
- 3rd Deliverable by 31 July 2023:
- Delivery of first draft of Legal Situational Analysis Report
- 4th Deliverable by 9 October 2023.
- Delivery of revised draft report
- 4th Deliverable by 23 November 2023.
- Delivery of final version of the report
- Satisfactory completion of task indicated in the ToR.
- Adherence to agreed schedule of activities.
- Quality products developed.
- Initiative and problem solving during the development process.
- Timely production of reports
- Respectful and cooperative approach with IOM team, and other concerned counterparts.
- Incorporates gender-related needs, perspectives, and concerns, and promotes equal gender participation.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
- Bachelor’s Degree level in Law or Master's degree in the relevant field of law (including but not limited to migration law, international human rights, civil aviation law etc.); with minimum 15 years of overall working experience
- Possession of a PhD in any of these fields is highly desired.
- Demonstrated experience and skills in facilitating stakeholder/working group consultations.
- Relevant regional and international experience will be an added advantage.
- Excellent professional ethics
- Extensive knowledge and ability to draft and produce high-quality written reports
- Excellent social and inter-cultural skills.
- Ability to work with colleagues from varied cultures and professional backgrounds.
- Personal commitment, efficiency, empathy, flexibility, drive for results, respect for diversity, creative thinking, and organized.
- Excellent understanding of gender-related needs, perspectives, concerns, and promotes equal gender participation.
- Fluency in English is required.
The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following values and competencies:
- Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
- Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
- 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 level 2
- 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.
Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.
Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.
Only candidates residing in either the country of the duty station or from a location in a neighbouring country that is within commuting distance of the duty station will be considered. In all cases, a prerequisite for taking up the position is legal residency in the country of the duty station, or in the neighbouring country located within commuting distance, and work permit, as applicable.
Please be advised that this is a local position and as such only applications from candidates with a valid residence / working permit residing in Türkiye will be considered.
How to Apply:
Interested candidates are requested to submit their application, including the most recent CV with a cover letter in English with contact details (name, position, phone and e-mail details) of three references by indicating name of the position applied with its VN number in the subject line of e-mail to email@example.com or to IOM Birlik Mahallesi Sehit Kurbani Akboga Sokak No:24 Cankaya, Ankara by the end of 10 June 2023.
Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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