In many refugee contexts, refugees are engaged by UNHCR and partners as “incentive workers” to undertake jobs in connection with the provision of assistance and services to other refugees. For refugees, this work provides an important source of revenue, and indeed, is often one of their only options in displacement settings for earning money. For partners, refugee incentive workers are essential to operations; they provide translation services, serve as teachers, support with community outreach and mobilization.
While grateful for the opportunity to earn income, many refugees are critical of the incentive worker systems. The “incentives” paid are lower than wages paid to national citizens. Refugees’ work generally comes without any health or leave benefits. Arrangements are generally short term, without options for longer term, formalized, contractual arrangements. As incentive workers, refugees working with humanitarian organizations are limited in their ability to influence the design of refugee programs. They also don’t have an clear career prospects within those organizations due to limitations on their right to work.
In theory, incentive work could make significant contributions to key Global Compact for Refugees (GCR) objectives of supporting refugee self-reliance and encouraging refugee participation and empowerment. The Africa Refugee-led Network (ARN), working with Oxfam, is commissioning research to collect views and experiences of refugee incentive workers and to provide an assessment of the extent to which current incentive worker practices further refugee self-reliance and participation. The policy briefing will make recommendations about refugee work and be used in advocacy engagements by ARN.The Role
Oxfam International-HECA Platform is looking for an individual consultant or firm, with the following scope of work:
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Interested candidates to submit applications on or before 21st October 2021 by11:00 pm EAT and indicate Application for Research on Incentive Workers in Africa Consultancy Service in the subject line to the email address email@example.com