Message from IOM
for Central Asia

We live in an age of unprecedented human mobility. Migration is considered one of the defining global issues of the early twenty-first century, with more and more people on the move today than at any other point in history


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Vacancy announcement: Receptionist / Administrative Clerk

International Organization for Migration(IOM) / The UN Migration Agency in the Kyrgyz Republic is seeking qualified candidates for the following position: Receptionist / Administrative Clerk

(duty station – Bishkek)


Detailed TOR is placed at the following link:  Receptionist Admin Clerk G3 Kyrgyzstan



Interested candidates are requested to submit CV, cover letter and references for the position to the following e-mail address hrkg@iom.int or by hand in a sealed envelope marked «Receptionist / Administrative Clerk» not later than 18:00, 05 July 2019 г.

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

Vacancy: Consultant positions to conduct an assessment


Announces vacancies to fill the following consultant short-term positions to create team of experts to conduct an assessment in Kyrgyzstan:

1. Consultant/Anthropologist (HR05-18)

2. Consultant/Sociologist (HR06-18)

3. Consultant/Logistics Assistant (HR07-18)

Terms of References (TORs) for this vacancy with main tasks and duties can be downloaded at:

ToR Consultant/Anthropologist (HR05-18)

ToR Consultant/Sociologist (HR06-18)

ToR Consultant/Logistics Assistant (HR07-18)

CV with cover letters should be submitted via e-mail at: hr@iom.kg indicating type of vacancy in the subject line of the letter

no later than 18.00 November 22, 2018.

Tel.: +996 312 988 011/12/13


Tender for the organization and conducting a camp for local actors within the framework of the project “Mainstreaming Gender into Local Migration and Development Priorities in Kyrgyzstan”

Mission of the International Organization for Migration in the Kyrgyz Republic announces a tender for the organization and conducting a camp for local actors within the framework of the project “Mainstreaming Gender into Local Migration and Development Priorities in Kyrgyzstan”, funded by the IOM’s International Development Fund.


Please familiarize with the attached Terms of Reference to prepare a proposal.


Proposals must be submitted in a sealed envelope, in accordance with the requirements of the technical specifications, no later than 17:30 on November 23, 2018 at the address: IOM Office, 103 Ibraimova Str., Victory Business Center, North Wing, 6th floor.


All questions regarding the tender can be addressed at the e-mail address: procurement@iom.kg no later than 17:00 on November 16, 2018.

UN Migration Agency Launches Digital Platform to Engage Diaspora Members in Development

Geneva — IOM, the UN Migration Agency, officially launched its iDiaspora platform yesterday (08/10), during a side event as part the International Dialogue for Migration that is underway in Geneva. iDiaspora is a global engagement and knowledge exchange hub for transnational communities and those looking to engage with them. To reflect the global nature and diversity of this initiative, satellite launches are being planned in Cairo, London, and Washington DC.

IOM recognizes that there is mounting evidence regarding the important role that diaspora members and transnational communities play towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in countries of origin and destination. Diaspora contributions vary in type and scope, and range from skills, knowledge and know-how transfer to investment, entrepreneurship and trade. Diaspora communities too are increasingly becoming more cognisant of their role, as evidenced by a multiplicity of diaspora organizations, associations, and confederations at the local, national and international levels. In launching the platform, the organization hopes to provide an all-in-one space for diaspora individuals, their organizations and partners to interact and exchange ideas as they work towards their shared development goals.

Users can register on the site — idiaspora.org — using Facebook, Google+, or LinkedIn, or complete their profiles with their name, location, fields of expertise, interest and a photo. They help shape the platform and can take advantage of it to Connect, Learn and Contribute: by finding like-minded other users from their community or other communities with whom to collaborate, using and/or contributing to the growing repository of resources, identifying concrete opportunities to give back their skills and resources and actively participating in development of their home and host communities.

In July 2017, the concept of the platform was launched during consultations for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration (GCM) in New York. Feedback from these sessions demonstrated significant interest in the iDiaspora platform among a wide range of diaspora associations and individuals engaged in supporting economic development in their countries of origin/heritage and advocating for better migration policies within the GCM. Following that, IOM conducted a series of consultations with stakeholders from diaspora associations and international communities in the US and the UK to help shape the platform to respond to the needs of actors working in this space.

The launch event (entitled Reaching out to Diaspora via Technology) was moderated by IOM Deputy Director General Laura Thompson. El Habib Nadir, Ministry in charge of Moroccans living abroad and migration affairs and Chair of the GFMD; Colman Lydon, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Everwise and member of the iDiaspora Advisory Board; Honey Thaljieh, Corporate Communications Manager at Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA); and Gibril Faal, LSE Visiting Professor in Practice & ADEPT Special Adviser comprised the rest of the panel, and spoke during the session.

«The early development phase of the iDiaspora platform serves as a great example of collaboration across multiple disciplines, effectively mining the expertise of the IOM team, as well as leaders in the global academic and business communities,” said Colman Lydon. “Given the ubiquity of modern software platforms, capable of engaging large numbers of people, the exciting iDiaspora initiative can flourish in service to diaspora constituents, in a new and purposeful way.»

Diasporas’ significant role in development and the need to provide them with conditions and tools is confirmed by objective 19 of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration (GCM) where governments commit “to empower migrants and diasporas to catalyse their development contributions, and to harness the benefits of migration as a source of sustainable development.” 

iDiaspora will continue to grow and respond to the needs and priorities of its online community of users. As an evolving and dynamic online space, the site hosts a survey to collect feedback that developers and the iDiaspora team can use to improve the platform progressively. In addition, an Advisory Board consisting of recognized diaspora leaders and specialists from diverse backgrounds in academia and private and public sectors was set up to advise on conceptual, operational and content areas of the platform and ensure the sustainability of the initiative.

«It is undeniable that the diaspora is critical to the transformational journey of their country of origin. Whether it is through remittances or through repatriation, the diaspora has been a determining factor in quantum improvements in citizens’ lives,” said Eric Guichard, founder of Movement Capital (formerly Homestrings) and another member of the iDiaspora board

«Diasporas are inherently efficient in poverty reduction at a micro-level,” added Gibril Faal. “Substantive and substantial institutional engagement and partnerships enable scalability, replication and enhanced macro-level development impact.»

IOM assumes the coordination role for iDiaspora to further its development and operationalization, given its leadership in the area of diaspora engagement since the 2013 Ministerial Conference, as well as continuous engagement in capacity and partnership development on migration and development. In the last five years, IOM has globally supported more than 150 diaspora mappings and surveys. In 2017 alone, more than 70 IOM country offices have support to governments on how to effectively enable, empower and engage with their diaspora. The organization will seek new partnerships with diaspora organizations, governments and private sector to ensure impact and sustainability of the platform. iDiaspora is being developed without institutional branding, to ensure equal treatment among stakeholders that work closely with diaspora communities.

The International Dialogue on Migration (IDM) is IOM’s principal forum for migration policy dialogue. Founded in 2001 and rooted in IOM’s Constitution and Strategy, the IDM is open to IOM Member and Observer States, as well as international and non-governmental organizations, migrants, and partners from media, academia or the private sector. The IDM provides a space to analyze current and emerging issues in migration governance and to exchange experiences, policy approaches and effective practices.

Every year, the IDM is guided by an overarching theme selected by the IOM membership though a process of informal consultations.

For more information please contact:

Deepali Fernandes at IOM HQ, Tel: +41 22 717 9547, Email: dfernandes@iom.int

Vanessa Okoth-Obbo at IOM HQ, Tel: +41 22 717 9366, Email: vokoth@iom.int

The International Organization for Migration / A UN Migration Agency (IOM) has announced a grant competition for training students of Law from universities and build their capacity on human rights and counter-trafficking

The International Organization for Migration / A UN Migration Agency (IOM) will issue a grant for training students of Law from universities and build their capacity on human rights and counter trafficking to be carried out throughout 10 months within the USAID Dignity and Rights project for which this Request for Proposals (RFP) is issued.

IOM now invites NGOs/legal clinics/academia (hereinafter referred to as the Applicants) to provide project proposals for the following:

Training for students from law departments and legal clinics and high school students

More details on the services can be found in the RFP.

Proposals shall be delivered in sealed envelopes with a title in Russian “Наращивание потенциала студентов юриспруденции/юридических факультетов по защите прав и интересов жертв торговли людьми” to IOM new Office address in Bishkek at Ibraimov St, 103, 6th floor, Northern Wing of the Victory Business Center on or before 6:00 PM, October 15, 2018. No late proposal shall be accepted.

IOM has been implementing USAID Dignity and Rights Project since October 2015 in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia.

The overall goal of this project is to advance human rights and dignity in Central Asia, both as an issue of public policy, as well as civic culture. In an effort to achieve this goal, the project focuses to achieve the following objectives for four of the Central Asian Countries, including Kyrgyzstan:

Objective 1: Increased citizen knowledge of, and support for, human rights norms;

Objective 2: Enhanced support systems for protecting rights and serving those whose rights have been violated;

Objective 3: Improved legal and policy framework on human rights issues.

The focus of the project and its activities are raising the awareness of the population, including the migrants, of their rights, and improving their knowledge thereof. The project also contributes to better understanding of IML (International Migration Law) protection framework supported by both governmental and non-governmental actors. The project develops state and non-state capacities in developing and/or improving adequate legislation, national action plans, quality standards for service provision, development of human resource capacity, inter-agency cooperation and coordination, monitoring and feedback, and adequate and transparent state funding. Overall, the project aims to continue addressing counter-trafficking and labor migration issues, through IOM’s programs, and to expand IOM’s response in order to address more generally human rights challenges in Central Asia.

Any questions can be addressed in writing before October 6 at email: nomurov@iom.int  . Responses to questions will be uploaded on this webpage after October 6.


Tender among organizations, academic institutions, consulting companies specialized in social media marketing to accompany social media advocacy campaigns of NGO partners of IOM

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) / UN Migration Agency in the Kyrgyz Republic EXTENDS the deadline for submission of bids by organizations, academic institutions or consulting companies specialized in social media marketing to accompany social media advocacy campaigns of NGO partners of IOM 

All interested bidders to participate in the tender shall submit their bids in a sealed envelope with a title in Russian «Тендер на предоставление услуг для НПО-партнеров МОМ по управлению социальными сетями в рамках проекта USAID «Достоинство и права человека» no later than 5:30 PM September 24, 2018. to IOM Office at: 6th Floor, North Wing of the Business Centre «Victory», 103 Ibraimov Str., Bishkek.

All questions can be addressed by phone: +996 312 98-80-11 / 12 / 13, ext. 109 or 112.

Application form and requirements 

Bidders who have submitted their bids before September 14, 2018 deadline MAY not need to re-submit. Their bids will be considered by default.

International Organization for Migration (IOM) / UN Migration Agency requests bids for conducting a diaspora engagement forum «Mekendeshter-2018″

The Mekendeshter-2018 forum for engaging with the Kyrgyz Diaspora abroad is organized within the Global Joint Programme on Mainstreaming Migration into Development Strategies funded by the Government of Switzerland.

IOM is seeking for proposals from organizations, companies and firms to conduct the following preparatory activities for the Forum:

- preparing installations accommodating 500-1000 participants;

- online information campaign inviting Kyrgyz diaspora members from abroad;

- preparing forum concept;

- preparing forum agenda and negotiating with potential speakers;

- preparing handouts and visibility materials.

For submitting the proposals, bidders shall use the attached  Terms of reference.

All proposals in sealed envelopes and in accordance with the requirements indicated in the TOR shall be delivered to IOM no later than 5:30 PM 27 June 2018 at the following address:   IOM Office, 6 Ryskulov Str. (intersection of Isanova Str.), 1st Floor.

For questions pertaining to this tender, please call IOM at 0312 612456 Monday through Friday, from 09:30 to 17:30, lunch break from 12:00 to 14:00.


ЗАЯВЛЕНИЕ МОМ / АГЕНТСТВА ООН ПО МИГРАЦИИ о правах трудящихся-мигрантов на отдых:

Миссия МОМ / Агентство ООН по миграции в КР настоятельно рекомендует странам, принимающим трудящихся-мигрантов из Кыргызстана проводить комплексные мероприятия с работодателями для того, чтобы последние неукоснительно соблюдали права и интересы трудящихся-мигрантов, включая право трудящихся на отдых.

Согласно международным стандартам о трудовых правах все трудящиеся, включая трудящихся-мигрантов, имеют право на еженедельный и ежедневный минимум отдыха.

Вопросы еженедельного и ежедневного отдыха регулируются национальными законами стран, однако в случае их противоречия с международными стандартами, последние превалируют. Согласно международным стандартам, ежедневное рабочее время составляет 8 часов при 40-часовой рабочей неделе и 6 часов при 36-ти часовой рабочей неделе.

МОМ также призывает трудящихся-мигрантов отстаивать свое право на достойный труд через все доступные законные механизмы, как через национальные, так и через международные инстанции.

International Organization for Migration (IOM) / UN Migration Agency is seeking for experts to develop a pre-departure orientation manual for migrants

IOM / UN Migration Agency is seeking for experts to develop minimal standards for pre-departure orientation of migrants within the USAID Dignity and Rights Project.

TOR can be downloaded using this link.

Qualified candidates shall submit their CV’s indicating research and analytical work as well as list of publications at hr@iom.kg no later than 5.30 PM on Jun15, 2018.

For additional questions please contact IOM at 0312 612456 from 9.30 AM to 5.30 PM.


IOM joins the statement of the United Nations System in the Kyrgyz Republic regarding bride kidnapping and child marriage

BISHKEK, 31 May 2018 – The United Nations System in Kyrgyzstan is concerned about the crime reported in the media when a victim of bride-kidnapping was murdered by her abductor.

According to the latest available data in Kyrgyzstan, 13,8 per cent of women aged under 24 married through some forms of coercion. The United Nations in the Kyrgyz Republic are committed to support for the eradication of this unlawful practices as a matter of priority in line with the agreements signed with the Government of Kyrgyzstan valid until 2022.

Child and/or forced marriage is a fundamental violation of human rights with far-reaching consequences not only to the individuals directly involved but to the well-being of the entire society. Practices such as bride kidnapping, forced marriage or Ala-Kachuu do not belong to the culture and tradition of Kyrgyzstan but are a violation of the rights of vulnerable people.

Kyrgyzstan has taken significant steps to strengthen its laws such as the prohibition to perform child religious marriages. However, more work needs to be done in the prevention and prosecution of perpetrators as well as ensuring the protection of victims.

UN agencies in Kyrgyzstan are calling on Kyrgyzstani authorities to take all appropriate measures to stop such practices and fulfil its domestic legislation and international treaties that the country has joined.

Link: http://kg.one.un.org/content/unct/kyrgyzstan/en/home/news/kg-news/2018/un-statement-on-bride-kidnapping-and-child-marriage/


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