Data Management and Research Specialist
Geneva, Switzerland
vor 5 Tg.
source : ReliefWeb

Position Title : Data Management and Research Specialist

Duty Station : Geneva, Switzerland

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P3

Type of Appointment : Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 27 October 2020

Established in 1951, IOM is a Related Organization of the United Nations, and as the leading UN agency in the field of migration, works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.

IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. Read more about diversity and inclusion at IOM at

Applications are welcome from first- and second-tier candidates, particularly qualified female candidates as well as applications from the non-represented member countries of IOM.

For all IOM vacancies, applications from qualified and eligible first-tier candidates are considered before those of qualified and eligible second-tier candidates in the selection process.

For the purpose of this vacancy, the following are considered first-tier candidates :

Internal candidates

Candidates from the following non-represented member states :

  • Antigua and Barbuda; Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Cook Islands; Cuba; Fiji; Gabon; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See;
  • Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People's Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Luxembourg; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of);
  • Montenegro; Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Samoa; Sao Tome and Principe;
  • Seychelles; Solomon Islands; Suriname; The Bahamas; Timor-Leste; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu

    Second tier candidates include :

    All external candidates, except candidates from non-represented member states.

    Context :

    The Migrant Protection and Assistance Division (MPA) of the Department of Migration Management provides policy and technical oversight to IOM’s migrant protection and assistance programmes.

    Through its presence in each region, MPA also aims to address critical gaps in protection and assistance among states through capacity-development, direct assistance, and research to support evidence-based advocacy, policymaking, and programming.

    In the course of its operations, MPA gathers case data on the 100,000-150,000 migrants the Organization assists each year, and manages the largest global databases of cases of victims of trafficking, vulnerable migrants, and voluntary return, as well as longitudinal data on reintegration outcomes.

    MPA conducts research to support governments and other stakeholders in upholding the rights of migrants, including to understand vulnerability, trafficking, exploitation and abuse of migrants and ensuring safe and dignified returns and sustainable reintegration.

    In many cases, this research leverages IOM’s operational databases but MPA also engages in the collection of new primary data for research purposes, including through surveys.

    IOM also collects primary data on migrant protection and assistance in times of crisis and large-scale migration flows through IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM).

    Where possible, MPA aims to make data available to external stakeholders to improve the evidence base. One key initiative in this respect is the Counter-Trafficking Data Collaborative (CTDC), which is the first primary, global data repository on human trafficking.

  • Finally, MPA engages in capacity-building activities for various stakeholders on migrant protection and assistance data, including safe and ethical data collection;
  • data standards and data management best practice; and, data governance frameworks for the use of such data.

    Under the overall supervision of the Director of Migration Management Department, direct supervision of the Head of the Migrant Protection and Assistance Division (MPA) and in close coordination with the Head of the Assistance to Vulnerable Migrants (AVM) Unit and the Head of the Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) Unit, the Data Management and Research Specialist will be responsible for leading the development and implementation of the Division’s information management and research strategy, capacity and policies.

    Core Functions / Responsibilities :

    Oversee the development of the Division’s data collection and information management capacity and policies, as well as supporting tools, standard operating procedures and other guidance documents.

    Act as the custodian of MPA relevant data, in line with IOM’s Data Protection Principles, Data Governance Policy, and related policies and procedures.

    Identify research needs and opportunities, lead and coordinate global research and analysis of issues related to vulnerable and exploited migrants, human trafficking, and return and reintegration, in coordination with relevant HQ-led initiatives.

    Oversee global MPA data initiatives such as the Counter-Trafficking Data Collaborative, the integration of human trafficking indicators into DTM operations, and the AVRR Data Portal and reporting.

    Mobilize and manage resources for the implementation of the Division’s information management and research strategy.

    Act as the Business Process Owner for MiMOSA’s MPA modules and coordinate the development and expansion of MiMOSA to meet MPA’s evolving programme needs and requirements.

    Work with internal stakeholders to improve the Organization’s information management and business intelligence capacity and help ensure IOM’s position as a global reference on human mobility data.

    Promote and support knowledge management among MPA, as well as MPA’s contribution to knowledge management and platforms within IOM and across the UN system.

    Promote and support monitoring and evaluation of MPA programmes and projects and help to ensure the uptake and dissemination of new knowledge internally, as well as by policymakers, practitioners, and other stakeholders.

    Provide support and guidance to Country Offices in developing projects and programmes, defining strategies and identifying opportunities for new projects / activities related to data collection, analysis, and research.

    Train and provide technical and thematic guidance and support to IOM Country Offices missions and develop the capacity of governments and other stakeholders to measure and collect data on MPA thematic areas, in partnership with other UN organizations.

    Participate in international and regional fora relating to data initiatives or research within context of MPA programming.

    Oversee partnerships with UN organizations, governments, international NGOs, academic partners, and the private sector to develop the evidence base on MPA thematic areas and promote the use of IOM’s data and resources.

    Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

    Required Qualifications and Experience :


  • Master’s degree in Political Science, Social Science, International Relations or a related field from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience; or
  • University degree in the above fields with seven years of relevant professional experience.
  • Experience

  • Experience in international migration and research matters;
  • Experience in project development and project implementation with a research and data collection / management component, as well as fundraising;
  • Experience in liaising with other international organizations and network / partnership building;
  • Experience writing papers, briefings, articles and with own work published an advantage;
  • Experience in conducting data collection, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, sampling and research initiatives an advantage;
  • Experience working with databases and large datasets, including as part of wider data science and information technology projects; and
  • Experience in knowledge management and / or monitoring and evaluation is an advantage.
  • Languages

    IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish.

    For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of French and / or Spanish is an advantage.

    Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and / or oral assessments.


    1 Accredited Universities are the ones listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database

    Required Competencies :

    Values - all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these three values :

  • Inclusion and respect for diversity : respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
  • Integrity and transparency : maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner
  • consistent with organizational principles / rules and standards of conduct.

  • Professionalism : demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.
  • Core Competencies behavioural indicators level 2

  • Teamwork : develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.
  • Delivering results : produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
  • Managing and sharing knowledge : continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
  • Accountability : takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.
  • Communication : encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.
  • Managerial Competencies behavioural indicators level 2

  • Leadership : provides a clear sense of direction, leads by example and demonstrates the ability to carry out the organization’s vision;
  • assists others to realize and develop their potential.

  • Empowering others & building trust : creates an atmosphere of trust and an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.
  • Strategic thinking and vision : works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.
  • IOM’s competency framework can be found at this link.df

    Competencies will be assessed during a competency-based interview.

    Other :

    Internationally recruited professional staff are required to be mobile.

    Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

    This selection process may be used to staff similar positions in various duty stations. Recommended candidates endorsed by the Appointments and Postings Board will remain eligible to be appointed in a similar position for a period of 24 months.

    The list of NMS countries above includes all IOM Member States which are non-represented in the Professional Category of staff members.

    Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

    Vacancies close at 23 : 59 local time Geneva, Switzerland on the respective closing date. No late applications will be accepted.

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