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To Produce Contextualized Illustration for Migrant Domestic Workers’ Information Passporton GCC Countries and Lebanon


Ethiopia has become one of the major Migrant Domestic Workers (MDWs) sending countries to the GCC States and their numbers have greatly increased in recent years. MDWs in receiving countries are concentrated in less regulated economic occupations where they work excessive hours without over pay, no weekly or monthly rest days, and restrictions on freedom of movement, exposed to psychological, physical and sexual abuse. Most of them even suffer from virtual imprisonment with their travel and identity documents confiscated. Labour migration is increasingly featuring on the global agenda including that of Ethiopia. The events unfolding every day in the Middle Eastern countries, and the repeated tragedies in regards to Ethiopian migrant workers in the Middle East, caused the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) to put a temporary ban on low-skilled migrant workers going to the Middle East and Sudan in 2013. The ban was mainly to work on improving the overall migration governance in the country, enhance protection of Ethiopian migrant workers in destination countries and address irregular migration. At national level the Government of Ethiopia is currently taking multiple initiatives such as the adoption of the revised Overseas Employment Proclamation, the negotiation of Bilateral Agreements (BLAs) with major destination countries, improving recruitment and placement services as well as building the capacity of key government institutions to effectively and efficiently govern the regular labour migration process. Despite the ban, the numbers of Ethiopian migrant workers crossing borders in search of employment continue to rise. The continued increase in irregular migration, mainly trafficking, combined with a significant number of reported cases of abuse and mistreatment of Ethiopian migrants in destination country call for urgent attention to the social and economic needs of Ethiopian migrants.

Recognizing the numerous decent work deficits faced by Ethiopian migrants in the Middle East, the ILO has developed a project entitled Improved labour migration governance to protect migrant workers and combat irregular migration in Ethiopiafunded by United Kingdom’s Department for International Development.The project aims at supporting the efforts of the Government. Social partners and Civil Societies in improving labour migration governance to better address migration challenges in the country and combat irregular migration. Through this project the ILO would support the GoE and its partners to address irregular migration and protection risks faced by migrants in countries of origin and destination by working on legal and regulatory frameworks for fair recruitment, strengthening and building the capacity of Federal, Regional, zonal and woreda government offices as well as Ethiopian foreign missions, migrant communities and migrants themselves.

As part of this project, the ILO is developing different IECmaterials for migrant domestic workersto raise awareness on fair and safe migration.The overall objective of the information passports is to provide adequate pre-departure information for potential migrants and migrantsconsidering their education level. The information passports developed in English, Amharic, Tigrigna and Oromiffa will be used by migrants and potential migrants to bridge the information gap regarding the process and steps in regards to regular migration and inform them on how to keep themselves safe while in destination countries. To this end, the ILO country Office for Djibouti, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia is seeking to hire a qualified illustrator to produce contextualized illustration for the developed IEC materials.

Purpose of the Consultancy

The main purpose of the assignment is to produce stylized illustrationsfor the country specific information passport developed by the ILO taking into account the education level of migrant domestic workers. The consultant will need to illustrate the information passport in a way that depicts the content very well in line with ILO branding guidelines, while engaging the readers/target group.

Scope of the Consultancy

  1. Conduct desk research to understand the Ethiopian migration context and other illustration work in regards to migration.
  2. Deliver the illustration in line with the ILO branding guidelines, especially the primary and secondary colours and ensure it’s engaging to the target audience.
  3. Produce illustrations based on the content of the information passport to beprovided by the ILO.
  4. Amend the illustration based on the comment from ILO and partners.


  • An Inception report that will include a detailed explanation on his/her understanding of the ToR, key resources/materials to be used and a working timeline within one week following the signing of the agreement
  • Presenting ideas with rough visuals based on the information passport provided by the ILO.
  • A first draft illustration.
  • The final illustration by including comments and inputs given by different stakeholders.
  • Deliver the final set of an average of 50 illustrations in portable network graphics (PNG) as well as editable format.


The duration of the consultancy is 30 days after the signing of the agreement between the two parties. The task will be projected to commence as shortly as possible after the signing of the agreement and approval of the inception phase report.

Required Competencies/Qualifications

  • The illustrator will need to haveexcellent drawing skills and knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and/or Affinity Design and other vector-based software with at least 5 years’ experience
  • The illustrator will need to present portfolio of previous work prepared using vector-based software to demonstrate her/his skills and special talents
  • The illustrator should solve problems creatively and adapt her/his style, creativity and imagination while enjoying creative work
  • Knowledge of the Ethiopian migration context and understanding of the target group.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, ability to accommodate feedback
  • A bachelor of Fine Arts from a reputable university and previous work experience in the area of labour migrationis a plus.


Interested applicants are requested to kindly submit their letter of application, copy of credentials and a detailed technical and financial proposal (in a separate envelop) including applicants profile, proof of legal registration, copies of relevant credentials and other supporting documents that show previous and similar work experience. Application should be via hand delivery or regular post-mail to the below address.

RegistryOffice, Room No. 536

Congo Building

ILO Country Office for Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan

PO Box 2788

UNECA Compound- Addis Ababa

Please note that we do not accept application through expert postal service such as DHL or EMS.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. Deadline for submitting applications: 20 June 2018.