Regional Research Officer

P2 - Special short-term graded
Reporting directly: 
Regional Learning & Research Officer
Overall supervision: 
Regional Information Management Officer
Thematic supervision: 
Regional Policy and Liaison Officer and the Migration Research Division in HQ
Duty Station: 
Dakar, Senegal
Closing Date: 
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Starting Date: 
As soon as possible
Nine months with possibility of extension




Timely, reliable, disaggregated data and contextual information related to populations on the move across the Central Mediterranean Route (CMR) is imperative to a well-informed, well-managed, humane and collective response. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls upon all states to implement well-managed migration policies, and facilitate safe, orderly and regular migration. To support states to meet these obligations, there are calls for stronger and more comprehensive data analysis and actionable information to ensure that vulnerable groups, including migrants, are not “left behind”. In a context like the CMR – where migration flows result from reasons as diverse as conflict, violence, human rights violations, fragile economies, poor governance and unstable environments, and spill over within and outside of countries, regions and continents – it is important to enhance collective understandings of drivers, routes and profiles to inform targeted protection measures, safe alternatives and effective responses.

Under the direct supervision of the Regional Learning & Research Officer and the overall coordination of the Regional Information Management Officer, and with the thematic coordination of the Regional Policy and Liaison Officer and the Migration Research Division in HQ, the successful candidate will be in charge of supporting and contributing to information management needs, particularly the qualitative data collection and analysis, within the framework of a large regional project "Safety, Support and Solutions in the Central Mediterranean Route” funded by the UK government's Department for International Development (DFID).

The successful candidate will support the set-up and implementation of data collection activities and analysis under the DFID and provide a specific technical support to countries in the region to implement qualitative data collection, process the information and develop reporting and research products as part of the DFID project.


Core Functions / Responsibilities:


1. Support Country Offices (COs) in the Region to implement research activities under the DFID project (including support in planning, development, and implementation) and facilitate a coherent regional analytical approach for this project.

2. Support the development of assessment methodologies and qualitative tools (interviews, focus group discussion guides, etc.) and ensure that qualitative data collection design includes an appropriate use of mixed methods.

3. Compile and aggregate quantitative and qualitative data to produce comprehensive regional research products for the DFID project and support the production of national research products.

4. Identify opportunities for assessments and research products and create processes for an inclusive research process (workshop with external partners, analysis and validation with the support of academic and relevant actors, etc.).

5. Conduct field visits to coordinate the implementation of DFID research activities with country office teams and monitor data collection activities in the field. When needed, provide support in direct implementation (training of Focus-Group Discussion (FGD) enumerators, preparation of tools, etc.).

6. Work collaboratively with Information Management (IM) team members to complete all data collection, analysis, and reporting tasks and to ensure exchanges across departments by using existing data sources.

7. Support the development and implementation of a research and learning strategy for Regional Office (RO) Dakar with the Regional Research and Learning Officer.

8. Work with the Learning and Research Office to contribute to learning within the organization by capitalizing on opportunities for internal and external exchanges.

9. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.




• Master’s degree in Qualitative Research, Social Sciences, Economy, International Relations, Statistics or a related field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience; or

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

• Experience in the implementation of qualitative data collection activities (organization of households’ surveys, key informant interviews, focus group discussions, etc.);

• Proven experience in qualitative analysis and qualitative analysis software programs (e.g. Page 2 / 4Invivo);

• Proven experience in managing enumerators or surveyors’ teams on data collection activities; • Proven experience in analysis and report writing and visualization of results (Powerpoint, Excel, etc.) (Please attach examples of reports);

• Demonstrated research publications is a strong asset;

• Experiences working on migration thematic is a strong asset;

• Experience with relevant software including Microsoft Office Package; Additional experiences in ARCGIS, SPSS, QGIS an asset;

• Experience working in West & Central Africa is an asset.




Fluency in English and French is required.


Desirable Competencies:



• Accountability – takes responsibility for action and manages constructive criticisms; • Client Orientation – works effectively well with client and stakeholders;

• Continuous Learning – promotes continuous learning for self and others;

• Communication – listens and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience; • Creativity and Initiative – actively seeks new ways of improving programmes or services; • Leadership and Negotiation – develops effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders;

• Performance Management – identify ways and implement actions to improve performance of self and others;

• Planning and Organizing - plans work, anticipates risks, and sets goals within area of responsibility;

• Professionalism - displays mastery of subject matter;

• Teamwork – contributes to a collegial team environment; incorporates gender related needs, perspectives, concerns and promotes equal gender participation;

• Technological Awareness - displays awareness of relevant technological solutions; • Resource Mobilization - works with internal and external stakeholders to meet resource needs of IOM.




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.

The list of NMS countries above includes all IOM Member States which are non-represented in the Professional Category of staff members. For this staff category, candidates who are nationals of the duty station’s country cannot be considered eligible.

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


How to apply:


Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 17 July 2018 at the latest, referring to this advertisement:

In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM only accepts online profiles duly completed.


NOTE: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. You can track the progress of your application on your personal application page in the IOM e-recruitment system.

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