Data and Research Officer, Berlin, Germany

Organization: IOM - International Organization for Migration

Country: Germany

City: Berlin

Office: IOM Global Migration Data Analysis Centre

Closing date: Tuesday, 10 August 2021

Country: Germany

Organization: International Organization for Migration

Closing date: 10 Aug 2021

Position Title : Data and Research Officer

Duty Station : Berlin, Germany

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P2

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

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 10 August 2021

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; Libya; 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.


The Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC), based in Berlin, Germany, responds to the IOM strategy for 2020-2025 which calls for the development of capacity of States and other relevant partners to enhance the national, regional and global migration evidence base. The Centre acts as a "Data Hub" for decision-makers and practitioners seeking the best available migration data.

IOM’s GMDAC is currently implementing part of a programme entitled "Data for Effective Migration Governance" funded by the German government. This programme responds to international calls to improve the collection and analysis of migration data and to build the capacities of policymakers to use such data. The overall aim of the project is to better inform migration policy and programming, and improve migration governance, by compiling, analysing and using migration data more effectively.

Under the overall guidance of the Director of GMDAC, the direct supervision of the Data Innovation and Capacity-Building Coordinator, and in accordance with the overall direction of the Director of the Department of International Cooperation and Partnerships in IOM Headquarters in Geneva, the successful candidate will support the implementation of the GMDAC’s overall programme of work, in particular by contributing to the GMDAC-led activities related to research, analysis and capacity building.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

Contribute to the preparation of reports, policy briefs and other publications, as relevant, on a variety of topics related to migration data and policies, with a focus on migration from Africa to Europe and within Africa.

Conduct data analysis and research on topics such as migration intentions and risk attitudes towards migration, migration of children, public attitudes towards migration, and others as needs arise.

Contribute to the development of a policy brief series on migration data and policy, in cooperation with relevant stakeholders, including by drafting briefs, liaising with partners and organizing webinars.

Conduct capacity development activities at the national and regional level, in particular by drafting migration data assessment reports in cooperation with key stakeholders, participating in the development of capacity building content on migration data and preparing and facilitating migration data trainings.

Assist IOM’s country and regional offices in providing support to government counterparts with regard to migration data for evidence-based policymaking, including by providing information and guidance on activities related to data capacity-building and contributing to internal capacity-building activities.

Act as a GMDAC focal point for interagency initiatives such as the International Data Alliance on Children on the Move, including by participating in meetings and contributing to the organization of events and preparation of outputs, as relevant.

Contribute to the development of a project proposal on migration data with a particular focus on Africa.

Contribute to dissemination activities of GMDAC publications as needs arise, including by drafting and delivering presentations, reviewing press briefing notes, and liaising with media counterparts.

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.


Experience in conducting research on migration and migration data, in particular with regard to migration in Africa and Europe, demonstrated by relevant publications;
Experience in developing and conducting capacity development activities and trainings, including online;
Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills with the ability to research a wide range of topics using multiple data sources;
Experience in providing policy advice to national and international policymakers is desirable;
Experience in collaborating with national and international stakeholders.


Strong background in migration research and extensive knowledge of migration issues.

In depth knowledge of the broad range of migration related subject areas dealt with by the Organization.

Knowledge of UN and bilateral donor programming.

Strong computer literacy.

Ability to produce quality work accurately and concisely according to deadlines.

Good knowledge of IOM’s policies and procedures.

Strong organizational skills.

Excellent writing, communication, negotiation and analytical skills.


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

External applicants for all positions in the Professional category are required to be proficient in English and have at least a working knowledge of one additional UN Language (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese).

For all applicants, fluency in English, Spanish and French are required (oral and written). Working knowledge of German is an advantage.

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



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.

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 10 August 2021 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.

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Posting period:

From 28.07.2021 to 10.08.2021

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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