Data Officer

Closing date

Position Title : Data 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 : 24 October 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:

  1. Internal candidates

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

Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba (Netherlands); Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Congo (the); 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) is part of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and responsible for providing all stakeholders with a better understanding of global migration data. GMDAC is involved in a variety of tasks including data analysis, capacity building and knowledge management.

Under the overall supervision of the Director of GMDAC and direct supervision of the Senior Knowledge Management Coordinator, maintaining the Global Migration Data Portal, the successful candidate will be responsible for maintaining the dashboard and analysing migration data for expert and non-expert audiences.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Maintain, update, expand and improve the dashboard of the Global Migration Data Portal to ensure quality control by uploading new data and updating existing content.

  2. Analyze, summarize and synthesize migration data and information, thereby contributing to content development for the Global Migration Data Portal, in particular the Covid-19 section and thematic pages.

  3. Contribute to the development of content for new regional overviews to assist in increasing outreach and engagement with regional offices by featuring relevant content for them.

  4. Support the Knowledge and Coordination Unit in project implementation, monitoring and reporting to secure sustainable funding by backstopping deliverables and supporting reporting.

  5. Backstop the process of translating key parts of the Portal into French, Spanish and German for outreach.

  6. Upload new Portal content from the backend to keep it updated.

  7. Review and provide technical inputs to support communication activities related to the Portal.

  8. Provide information on the Global Migration Data Portal in relevant meetings and events, and provide data and information to support the preparation of presentations by the Director of GMDAC and the Senior Programme Coordinator, as required.

  9. Undertake other data analysis duties as requested.

  10. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Political or Social Sciences, Law, Economics and/or International Relations 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.


• Experienced team player, detail-oriented and ability to deliver outputs under agreed deadline and competing priorities;

• Experience in liaising with governmental authorities as well as with national and international institutions;

• Experience and sound understanding of internal and international migration data issues globally.


• Proven ability to multi-task, prioritize and work independently;

• Strong organizational skills;

• Knowledge of international migration data sources, statistics and analysis;

• Knowledge of statistical software (i.e. STATA, SPSS, R);

• Excellent critical thinking and writing skills;

• Familiarity with Content Management Systems, such as Drupal, added advantage.


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 is 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.


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.

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 24 October 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.

For further information please refer to:

Posting period:

From 11.10.2021 to 24.10.2021

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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