Project Officer (Data Development), Berlin, Germany

Organization: IOM - International Organization for Migration

Country: Germany

City: Berlin, Germany

Office: IOM Global Migration Data Analysis Centre

Closing date: Thursday, 19 November 2020

Country: Germany

Organization: International Organization for Migration

Closing date: 19 Nov 2020

Position Title : Project Officer (Data Development)

Duty Station : Berlin, Germany

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P2

Type of Appointment : Special short-term graded, nine months with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 19 November 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; 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.


Established in Berlin in September 2015 at the invitation of the Government of Germany, the International Organization for Migration’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) was set up to respond to calls for better international migration data and analysis. GMDAC aims to better manage and analyse data generated by IOM, including for monitoring and evaluation of IOM’s activities worldwide, as well as conduct analysis of data on emerging themes in international migration. GMDAC aims to establish IOM as a key source or reliable data on migration through strategic partnerships, and to act as a ‚Data Hub‘ for decision-makers and practitioners. While based in Berlin, GMDAC directly reports to the ICP Department based in Geneva.

Under the overall supervision of the Director of the Department of International Cooperation and Partnerships (ICP) in Geneva and the direct supervision of the Director of GMDAC in Berlin, Germany, the successful candidate will support the strategic development of GMDAC’s overall programme of work, and contribute to specific work relating to migration data and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This post will be located within the Strategy and Communications Unit of GMDAC, a new unit which will continuously strengthen GMDAC’s portfolio of work by identifying and developing new opportunities, pursuing strategic partnerships and undertaking various communications activities relating to migration data. This will include: (a) Supporting the development of GMDAC’s programme of work, by helping to identify, develop and implement a number of initiatives in line with GMDAC’s strategic priorities and with IOM’s wider Migration Data Strategy, and in the context of global frameworks such as the 2030

Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda) and Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) and (b) Assist IOM’s Missing Migrants Project (MMP), which focuses on improving data on deaths and disappearances during migration.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

Help identify and develop new strategic initiatives and programmes/projects for GMDAC, supporting the coordination of such strategic initiatives with internal and external partners.

Contribute to programme/project development for GMDAC in consultation with the Director and GMDAC unit heads.

Draft presentations for the Director for external audiences.

Assist in communicating on strategic initiatives and GMDAC programmes/projects as needed, including responding to information requests on migration data from government, media and academic actors as appropriate.

Assist with the technical and administrative aspects of the MMP to facilitate the timely implementation of activities.

In collaboration with other MMP team members and in coordination with RO research and data focal points, organize and facilitate trainings of data monitors in Regional offices on collection of data on migrant deaths in their respective regions.

Conduct research and analysis and provide inputs for various materials and presentations relating to thematic issues of migration data and migrant deaths and disappearances as needed.

Assist in preparing project reports on MMP for donor monitoring.

Contribute to social media content and outreach relating to the Missing Migrants Project.

Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


Master’s degree in International Relations, Social Sciences, Development Studies, International Affairs, Economics, Statistics, or a related field with two years of relevant professional experience; or

University degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional experience.


Demonstrated experience in migration research and data;
Experience in project development, management, and evaluation concepts and procedures;
Practical experience of how to multi-task, prioritize and work independently.


Strong computer literacy;
Ability to produce quality work accurately and concisely according to deadlines;
Good knowledge of IOM’s policies and procedures;
Tags administrative aspects data analysis international cooperation international migration international relations monitoring and evaluation sdgs social sciences standards of conduct sustainable development sustainable development goals trainings transparency

Strong organizational skills;
Excellent writing, communication, negotiation and analytical skills.


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.

IOM’s competency framework can be found at this link.

Competencies will be assessed during a competency-based interview.


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 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.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 19 November 2020 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

IOM only accepts duly completed applications submitted through the IOM e-Recruitment system. The online tool also allows candidates to track the status of their application.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

For further information please refer to:

Posting period:

From 06.11.2020 to 19.11.2020

No Fees:

IOM does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, processing, training or other fee). IOM does not request any information related to bank accounts.

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