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Press Announcement: PhotoStory exhibition – Migrants: An Invisible force in Central Asia, 26 September, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Press Announcement: IOM/UN Migration Agency, Sub-regional coordination office for Central Asia, opening the exhibition at American University of Central Asia.

 

26 – September, 2017, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Venue:  7/6 Aaly Tokombaev Street, at 19:30

Main Conference Hall of the AUCA.

 

PhotoStory exhibition – Migrants: An Invisible force in Central Asia

 

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan - On 26 September, 2017, IOM/UN Migration Agency, Sub-regional coordination office for Central Asia in partnership with the American University of Central Asia (Tian Shan Policy Center) present the IOM Central Asia PhotoStory exhibition

The exhibition will showcase more than forty photographs with their accompanying texts, as submitted by Central Asian Artists/ Photographers and University Students, as well as stories shared by two Central Asian writers who participate in the project.

The aim of the PhotoStory project is to raise awareness on migrants’ rights, enhancing tolerance, eliminating xenophobia and racism towards migrants’ and migrant communities.

Migrants: An Invisible Force in Central Asia

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The IOM Central Asia PhotoStory exhibition is the outcome of an Open Call to Artists/Photographers and University Students from Central Asia in March 2017, and completed in May 2017.

A Photo-Jury panel of five members convened at the IOM Almaty office, in mid-June and decided upon three winners from the Artists/Photographers’ category Elyor Nematov,

Didor Sadulloev, Diana Mindubayeva

 

and two winners from the University Students category

Almazbek Duyishebaev, Rakhat Sagynbek Kyzy

Story

All participants had to submit with their photographs texts which explained or accompanied their series of work. In addition to that, two Central Asian writers, Dr. Nafisa Abdullaeva and Yermek Tursunov were invited by IOM Central Asia to share their own stories by reflecting on the winning photographs of the Artists/Photographers Category.

The exhibition is the result of the IOM CA Photostory Project Award addressed to Artists/Photographers and to University Students from Central Asia, aiming to raise awareness and stimulate dialogue around the themes of migration and migrants’ rights.

It will showcase the photographs and texts of the first three winning Artists/Photographers, a slide show of the first two winners from the University Students category, original stories produced

by Dr. Nafisa Abdullaeva and Yermek Tursunov, as well as short documentary (duration: 10 min)

 directed by Misko Necak.

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Vacancies: Consultant (2 vacancies)

International Organization for Migration (IOM) / The UN Migration Agency
in the Kyrgyz Republic is seeking qualified candidates for the following positions of:

 

Consultant, 2 vacancies

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 (duty station – Bishkek)

Interested candidates are requested to submit Resume/CV/PH form and references for the position to the following e-mail address hr@iom.kg or by hand in a sealed envelope marked «Receptionist» not later than 18:00, 25 September 2017

Only most suitable candidates will be invited for the written test and interview

Vacancies: Receptionist; Project Assistant

International Organization for Migration (IOM) / The UN Migration Agency
in the Kyrgyz Republic is seeking qualified candidates for the following positions of:

 

Receptionist (download ToR)

(duty station – Bishkek)

Project Assistant (download ToR)

(duty station – Bishkek)

Interested candidates are requested to submit Resume/CV/PH form and references for the position to the following e-mail address hr@iom.kg or by hand in a sealed envelope marked «Receptionist» or «Project Assistant» not later than 18:00, 25 September 2017

Only most suitable candidates will be invited for the written test and interview

Tender for proposals: Trainings for IOM NGO partners and Community Leaders

Within the USAID Dignity and Rights project, the International Organization for Migration (IOM – A UN Migration Agency) is seeking for proposals among academic institutions, human rights organizations, consulting companies, independent experts to deliver the following services:

  • Lot No. 1             Training on Gender and human rights for NGO partners of IOM
  • Lot No. 2             Training on Countering Human Trafficking for community leaders

Tender requirements can be downloaded here

Proposals shall be submitted in accordance with the requirements no later than 5:30 PM 21 July 2017 to IOM Office at 1st Floor, 6 Ryskulov Str., Bishkek (at the intersection of Isanova Str.).

For more information: 0312 612456

Press Release: Central Asian Regional Workshop on Migrants’ Right to Health

Bishkek, June 13, 2017 – In the framework of the project Towards an Effective Migrants’ Right to Health in Central Asia: Assisting Governments in Enhancing the Provision of Health Services for Migrants, the IOM Missions in the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Turkmenistan will hold the Central Asian Regional Workshop on Migrant’s Right to Health on Thursday June 15 and Friday June 16.

The event, which will take place at the Orion Hotel in Bishkek, will serve as a forum for governmental and non-governmental stakeholders to explore new paths for enhancing the quality and access to health services for migrants in the region. Over the course of the two-day workshop, government representatives from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan, IOM experts, as well as NGO and civil society partners, will exchange experiences, share regional findings, and discuss ways to realize migrants’ right to health in Central Asia in accordance with international standards and best practices.

The participants will have the opportunity to increase their knowledge about conceptual and practical aspects of migration and health. It is expected that the workshop will result in jointly formulated recommendations by participating stakeholders aiming at the further realization of migrants’ right to health in Central Asia.

News Release: Signing UNDAF for 2018 – 2022, Bishkek, May 23, 2017

Bishkek, May 23, 2017 – Last Friday, May 19, 2017, the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and the United Nations renewed and signed the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for 2018 – 2022. Prime Minister Sooronbai Zheenbekov and UN Resident Coordinator Alexander Avanesov met to ink this important document. Representatives of committed UN agencies also endorsed the priorities, expected outcomes and strategies of the agreement. Dejan Keserovic, IOM Coordinator for Central Asia, signed on behalf of the International Organization for Migration. For the past 6 months, IOM Mission in Kyrgyzstan has actively participated in the UNDAF deliberation process. The new agreement, which outlines joint contributions to national development goals for the next 5 years, heartens the strong partnership between the Government, UN system agencies, civil society, and other development partners to carry out country priorities in a concerted and sustainable spirit.

Migration and development remain highly interdependent processes. As shown by the provisions of this UNDAF, mobilizing the dynamism of safe, regular and responsible mobility of people can uphold sustainable development and poverty eradication. Understanding internal and external migratory trends is critical in achieving the four expected outcomes of UNDAF:

(1) Sustainable and inclusive economic growth;

(2) Good Governance, rule of law, human rights and gender equality;

(3) Environment, climate change, and disaster risk management and;

(4) Social protection, health and education.

IOM will provide direct contributions to outcomes 1, 2 and 4. Ongoing and projected IOM activities to bolster UNDAF priorities will focus on assisting the most vulnerable groups in Kyrgyzstan, primarily women and children, unemployed citizens, migrant workers and their families, internally displaced environmental migrants and vulnerable migrants at risk to be recruited for violent extremism.

While promoting stronger partnerships with the private sector to address funding gaps remains crucial and specific development targets have yet to be determined, the preliminary estimated amount of allocated funds from UN system agencies within the UNDAF scheme is USD 232 million. The current agreement is a blueprint of Government-UN cooperation from 2018 through 2022.

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Vacancy Announcement: Expert on updating PDOS manual and materials

INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MIGRATION (IOM)

Announces a vacancy to fill the following vacancy position:

Expert on updating PDOS manual and materials

Download – Terms of References (TORs)  

Resume/CV with at least 2 recommendation letters should be submitted in the sealed envelope to IOM Office in Bishkek at 6 Ryskulov Str. (intersection of Isanova Str.), 1st floor, no later than 18.00, June 05, 2017

or via e-mail at: hr@iom.kg with the title «Expert on updating PDOS manual and materials»

Tel.: (0312) 61-24-56 / 57 / 58

Monitoring and evaluation of the previously conducted M&D trainings and Carry out capacity building needs assessment of key governmental stakeholders on M&D

The International Organization for Migration (hereinafter called IOM) intends to contract Service Providers Consulting Firms / Organizations and/or team of experts for the Global Joint Programme on Mainstreaming Migration into Development Strategies for which this Request for Proposals (RFP) is issued.

IOM now invites Service Providers/ Consulting Firms to provide Technical and Financial Proposal for the following Services:

  • LOT #1: Monitoring and evaluation of the previously conducted M&D trainings
  • LOT #2: Carry out capacity building needs assessment of key governmental stakeholders on M&D.

More details on the services are provided in the attached Terms of Reference (TOR).

Download instructions and TOR

The Proposals must indicate Lot # and with the subjects “Monitoring and evaluation of the previously conducted M&D trainings” and/or “Carry out capacity building needs assessment of key governmental stakeholders on M&D” and be delivered by hand to IOM with office address at 6, Ryskulov street, 1st floor, IOM Office,  before 5 PM, May 30, 2017. No late proposal shall be accepted.

The ceremony of installation of information terminals for migrants

On April 10, 2017 a ceremony was held opening the information terminals for Kyrgyz migrants travelling abroad at the international departures lounge on the second floor of the International Airport «Manas”. 

According to the data of the State Migration Service under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, estimated 700,000 Kyrgyz nationals live and work abroad, the great majority in Russia – 660,000, and Kazakhstan – 113,000, and the rest of migrants are scattered in such countries as Turkey – 10,000, Korea – 14,000, and Gulf countries (UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia). In order to expand migrants’ access to relevant information, the State Migration Service under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic (SMS KR) continues applying innovative technologies in raising migrant awareness together with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and with the support of the U.S. Government, extended through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

These information terminals are installed at the Ak-Jol border csrossing checkpoint, at the Information and Consultation Centers under the State Migration Service and in the buildings of the local authorities in Osh, Jalal-Abad, Batken, Talas, Naryn and Issyk-Kul oblasts.

«Twelve information terminals will be installed throughout the country in areas with densely concentrated populations,» said Medetbek Aidaraliev, chairperson of the SMS KR. «Citizens can independently use terminals and obtain basic information on departure and arrival rules and regulations, the risks of trafficking in human beings and ways to protect themselves from all kinds of exploitation during migration.»

The installation of information terminals was carried out within the framework of the USAID Dignity and Rights project which aims at assisting citizens to protect themselves throughout the migratory process.

«Informing the population, particularly migrants, about their rights is one of the main objectives of the Project,» said Kimberly Rosen, USAID Country Director in the Kyrgyz Republic. – Since the Project was launched, the information campaigns have already reached out to more than 100,000 people, and the numbers continue growing. Currently USAID is also providing assistance to special centers under the State Migration Service in Bishkek and Osh to provide consultation services to migrants.»

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Regional Thematic Workshop on “Migration and Prevention”, April 5-6, 2017, Osh, Kyrgyzstan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2017
Contact: Aliya Belonossova
Tel: +7 777 779 28 74
Email: aalikova@iom.int

REGIONAL WORKSHOP ON MIGRATION AND PREVENTION BRINGS TOGETHER STATE OFFICIALS, MIGRANT COMMUNITIES AND CIVIL SOCIETY IN OSH, KYRGYZSTAN 

Osh, Kyrgyzstan — International Organization for Migration/The UN Migration Agency, Sub Regional Coordination Office for Central Asia, in coordination with IOM Kyrgyzstan and Search for Common Ground, and in close cooperation with the Mayor’s office of Osh city, is conducting a Regional Thematic Workshop on “Migration and Prevention” within the framework of USAID Dignity and Rights Project on April 5-6, 2017 in Osh, Kyrgyz Republic.

This capacity building event will gather representatives of state officials, community, spiritual, religious, civil society, and diaspora leaders from Central Asian countries to discuss social and economic issues of migration, integration/re-integration of migrants, vulnerabilities of migrants and potential of radicalization of the most vulnerable groups and strategies of preventing violent extremism.

The participants will also become familiar with the recommendations of the Regional field assessment on “Migrant Vulnerabilities and Integration Needs in Central Asia: Root causes, social and economic impact of return migration”, produced in 2016, within USAID Project “Dignity and Rights”, implemented by IOM.

The Regional Thematic Workshop is taking place on 5-6 April, 2017 at the Shanghai city hotel, located at 22 Nurmatova str., Osh city, Kyrgyz Republic.

With the overall goal to advance human rights and dignity in Central Asia, both as an issue of public policy, as well as civic culture, the USAID Dignity and Rights Project, implemented by International Organization for Migration/The UN Migration Agency, Sub Regional Coordination Office for Central Asia, is one of the many assistance projects made possible by the American people through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Central Asia.

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