International Organization For Migration (IOM)

Project Officer (Missing Migrants Project)

International Organization For Migration (IOM)

Job Description

Position Title : Project Officer (Missing Migrants Project) (2 positions) 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 : 22 February 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; 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.


The International Organization for Migration (IOM) conducts and supports research 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. The centre acts as a data hub for decision-makers and practitioners seeking the best available migration data, and aims to (1) strengthen the evidence base on migration; (2) develop the capacities of states and other key stakeholders and (3) support evidence-based policy, programs, policies and communications.

One of the key projects implemented by GMDAC is the Missing Migrants Project (MMP), which since 2014 has collected data on more than 40,000 deaths and disappearances during migration worldwide. The MMP data and reports are publicly available and used by a range of stakeholders, including policy makers, academia, news agencies, and other development and humanitarian actors. The database, which has become a global reference point on the dangers of irregular migration routes, is designed to build the evidence base on risky migratory journeys, but is also used to support advocacy efforts that push for policies promoting safe migration.

Under the direct guidance and supervision of the Director of GMDAC, in accordance with the overall direction of the Director of the Department of International Cooperation and Partnerships in IOM Headquarters (HQ) in Geneva, the successful candidate will support the implementation and expansion of the MMP, in particular by contributing to project Coordination duties, data compilation and analysis, as well as research related to missing migrants and their families.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Contribute to Data Collection and analysis on migrant deaths and disappearances for the Missing Migrants Project, in coordination with the MMP global team and other appropriate IOM units and Country Offices (CO).
  2. Conduct research and analysis and provide inputs for various materials and publications relating to thematic issues of migrant deaths and disappearances and their impact on families and communities left behind, as needed.
  3. Liaise with relevant colleagues within IOM and external agencies to help expand and improve data sources and the applicability of the MMP for purposes such as designing protection programs, helping with the identification of missing migrants and developing policies for safer migration.
  4. Work with regional data focal points to improve data on missing migrants, including by assisting with convening global coordination meetings and facilitating trainings on collection of data on migrant fatalities in the respective regions.
  5. Work with colleagues in IOM to assist in streamlining the topic of missing migrants into other fields of IOM’s work.
  6. Contribute to the implementation and management of the MMP, in collaboration with the MMP global Coordination Team, assisting with donor reporting as well as with the organization of events, as necessary.
  7. Contribute to the Content Management and development of the MMP website and social media channels;
  8. Assist with responses to request for data, analysis and information from IOM CO, Member States and the media, as these arise, and participate in conferences, events, and meetings as assigned.
  9. Assisting the data innovation and capacity-building team with relevant tasks when needed
  10. Perform such other related duties as may be assigned.
Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in international relations, political science, law 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.


• Relevant work experience in migration and human rights related issues; • Has experience and demonstrated knowledge of issues related to documenting migrant deaths and disappearances, including publications on the topic; • Experience in drafting migration research and policy papers for publication; • Experience working effectively and harmoniously in a team of colleagues of varied cultural and professional backgrounds.


• Strong research, writing, and analytical skills and drafting abilities in English and Spanish (oral and written); ability to prepare clear and concise reports, with a strong attention to detail and quality.

• Strong computer literacy, particularly in office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and collaborative platforms such as Microsoft Teams, SharePoint and OneDrive.

• Strong organizational skills, with practical experience of how to multi-task, prioritize and work independently.

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


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.


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.

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.

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