Data Officer - Migration Governance Indicators

Closing date

Position Title : Data Officer - Migration Governance Indicators

Duty Station : Berlin, Germany

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P2

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

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 23 September 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:

  1. Internal candidates

  2. Candidates from the following non-represented member states:

Antigua and Barbuda; Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Cook Islands; Cuba; Djibouti; 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.


The International Organization for Migration (IOM) conducts and supports data analysis designed to guide and inform migration policy and practice. The Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC), based in Berlin, Germany, responds to IOM’s call for upgrading its capacity to collect and analyse migration data, and to develop closer partnerships with data providers and academic institutions. GMDAC acts as a “data hub” for decision-makers and practitioners seeking the best available migration data.

Together with IOM’s Multilateral Processes Division in Geneva, GMDAC developed the Migration Governance Indicators (MGI) as a benchmarking tool to support governments in assessing their existing frameworks on migration.

Under the overall supervision of the Director of GMDAC, the direct supervision of the MGI Data Coordinator and in coordination with the MGI team at GMDAC and Multilateral Processes Division (MPD), the successful candidate will assist with and contribute to the revision, production and publication of MGI matrices and MGI reports.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Assist and provide technical guidance to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and IOM Country Offices on MGI matrices and reports as well as on MGI follow-up assessments, including guidance on the effective integration of comments and feedback by IOM colleagues and government counterparts.

  2. Assist with copy editing, layout and publication on the Global Migration Data Portal and IOM’s Online Bookstore of all MGI reports as well as other MGI-related publications.

  3. Review MGI matrices and reports for quality assurance purposes, including MGI follow-up assessments as well as any other MGI-based publication, and bring issues to the attention of the supervisor.

  4. Encourage the use of MGI data for project development by IOM’s regional and country offices by preparing and packaging data for these offices when required.

  5. Update the Migration Governance Indicators database, and check and follow up on its use for internal IOM documents as well as for external publications.

  6. Provide inputs for communication activities and the production of promotional materials related to MGI, including social media, the GMDAC website and other communication channels.

  7. Draft and participate in presentations on the MGI.

  8. Perform such other related duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Economics, International Relations, Migration studies, Social Sciences, Law, Development Studies, International Affairs 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.


• Strong background in migration governance;

• Experience in governance and policy analysis, ideally in the field of migration;

• Strong experience in data analysis, ideally on migration data;

• Experience with key global and regional processes in the field of migration;

• Experience with statistical programmes, like STATA, is an advantage.


• Strong organizational skills;

• Computer literacy, especially Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel;

• Ability to timely understand the Organization’s structure and portfolios;

• Ability to work effectively and harmoniously in a team of colleagues of varied cultural and professional backgrounds;

• Proven ability to produce quality work accurately and concisely according to set deadlines;

• Demonstrated ability of how to multi-task, prioritize, and work independently.


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

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

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 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. 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.

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 23 September 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 10.09.2020 to 23.09.2020

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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