Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Vacancy Notice No: IOM/085/11
Duty Station: Dadaab, Kenya
Position Title: Migration GIS Mapping Consultant
Duration: 2 weeks

The continued fight in the war-torn country of Somalia and the declared ravaging drought in both
North-Eastern Kenya and Southern Somalia have led to an increased population of refugees entering
Kenya’s North-Eastern Province. According to UNHCR, the migrating population is arriving at the
Dadaab Refugee camps on an average of 1,300 people per day for the last 6 weeks and the
humanitarian agencies are now struggling to cope with the influx of weak mothers carrying severely
malnourished children. The drought in North-Eastern Kenya has also driven communities from as far
as Wajir and Fafi (districts surrounding Dadaab) to the outskirts of Dadaab camps in search of
cheaper access to market products in the camps, water facilities and food. Dadaab host community
has a population of about 148,000 people of whom 60% are in settlements and 40% are mobile
pastoralists not permanently settled in any village.1 The influx of refugees in this world’s largest
refugee camp has adversely affected the host communities, leading to decline in biodiversity, a
shortage of food and an increase in human and livestock health problems, rural-urban migration and
dependency on external support.
The overstretched, limited resources available to the large refugee population are further infringing
to the refugee host communities who are predominantly pastoralists, whom main source of
livelihoods is livestock. The pastoralist host communities are obliged to share their already limited
resources with the incoming refugees. In such cases of massive refugee influx, the host community
more often than not go neglected as the humanitarian response abundantly focuses on the refugee
community, this in turn creating an extremely vulnerable local group as they desperately search for
alternative means to cater for their basic rights.
Given this situation, IOM is responding to the drought effects by improving the livelihood systems of
the pastoralist host communities of Dadaab district. IOM is seeking the services of a consultant to
conduct specialised mapping of human and livestock migration patterns within the district hosting
the Dadaab refugee complex.

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