Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) is an indispensable part of IOM’s comprehensive approach to migration management and is aimed at promoting orderly and humane return and reintegration of migrants who are unable or unwilling to remain in host or transit countries and wish to return voluntarily to their countries of origin. IOM Nigeria has worked with the Federal Government of Nigeria to provide AVRR support to Nigerian migrants since 2002. Recently, with support of the European Union (EU) and Government of the United Kingdom, IOM is implementing several programs aiming at improving the reintegration of returnees through providing protection and assistance to vulnerable and stranded migrants, including the provision of immediate rehabilitation and recovery support to Victims of Trafficking (VoTs).

IOM in collaboration with the Government of Nigeria seeks to contribute to the improved sustainable rehabilitation and reintegration of VoTs in Nigeria. During the lifeline of these projects IOM seeks to improve the National Referral Mechanism (NRM), launched to facilitate multi-sectoral assistance and reintegration support for VoTs.  The projects also aim to enhance the capacity of selected safe houses and rehabilitation shelters in Lagos, Edo, Delta, Ogun and Enugu States to provide protection services. IOM will develop standardized screening tools based on a victim-centred approach. Furthermore, IOM will facilitate coordination meetings among stakeholders to share best practices and lessons learnt on the referral process of VoTs to strengthen future practices.

With limited options of shelters/safe houses that provide services such as shelter, counselling, medical, psychosocial and rehabilitation support for VoTs (especially male VoTs), the provision of these and other services will ensure that VoTs and other migrants vulnerable to violence/abuse are provided with short to long term accommodation where they can begin their recovery process and start to build resilience.   

Within this framework, IOM is seeking to invite  Expression of Interest from Service Providers that operate safe houses/shelters for vulnerable persons such as Victims of Trafficking, Unaccompanied Migrant Children, persons with disabilities, single parents and children, and persons with medical needs. This partnership seeks to enhance the assistance being provided to vulnerable migrants strengthen the technical and material capacities of partners in provision of protection services to returned migrants and in turn enable such partners organize and deliver activities as well as implement protection related policies and programmes in their areas of focus.


Organizations and Civil Society Organizations that meet the following criteria are advised to apply:

  • Must operate in Nigeria, with preference given to those who operate within/near the following states: Lagos, Delta, Edo, Ogun, Enugu and Abuja;
  • Must be operate shelters/safe houses for VoTs (including male VoTs), or children or single mothers or persons living with disabilities
  • Must operate facilities or conduct activities that are conducive to the promotion of psychosocial and  mental wellbeing;
  • Must be familiar with the principles of humanitarian assistance.
  • Must be registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission.
  • Must be registered with either of the  following entities or organs:
  • Network Against Child Trafficking Abuse and Labour (NACTAL),
  • State or federal Ministry of Women Affairs


The criteria for selecting interested partners are:

  • Must have at least 2 years’ experience in supporting VoTs or other  vulnerable groups ( such as single mothers, persons living with disabilities,  or children)
  • Interested applicants must be based in the states listed above.
  • Must be involved in enhancing and building increased resilience among vulnerable groups.
  • Have a strong community presence and excellent understanding of community based psychosocial support.
  •  Utilize a monitoring and evaluation system for follow-up of clients.
  • Registration with appropriate government ministries, including licenses and certificates.

Service Providers requiring any clarifications on the content of this document may notify the IOM in writing at the following email address:  Indicating the title of this document in  the subject of the email “ Expression of Interest for partners with Shelters” on the email.  IOM will respond to any request for clarification received on or before 10th May 2019.


IOM invites interested service providers to submit an expression of interest, along with a cover letter in support of their application, addressed to the  Procurement Unit IOM Lagos  via hard and soft copies to IOM Lagos Office at No 1 Isaac John Street, Ikeja GRA, Lagos, Nigeria and, Indicating the  title of this document in  the subject of the soft and hard copies of the documents “ Expression of Interest for partners with Shelters” on the email  respectively on or before 10th May 2019.

Each submission must include a detailed proposal which includes:

  • An organization profile that details organisational structure, capacities and activities, including CVs and description of expertise of the team (relevant work experience, training and education);
  • Overview of (past and current) programs or projects;
  • One professional reference, with complete contact details.

Applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  1. Capacity
  2. Track Record and Experience
  3. Technical Expertise

Only eligible and qualified Service Providers based on above will be contacted

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