International Organization For Migration (IOM)

Regional Migration Data Analysis and Research Officer

International Organization For Migration (IOM)

Job Description

Position Title : Regional Migration Data Analysis and Research Officer Duty Station : Bangkok, Thailand Classification : Professional Staff, Grade UG Type of Appointment : Special short-term ungraded, nine months with possibility of extension Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible Closing Date : 23 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. Internal and external candidates will be considered for this vacancy. For the purposes of this vacancy, internal candidates are defined as staff members holding a regular, fixed-term or short-term graded or ungraded contract, including Junior Professional Officers (JPOs), staff on Special Leave Without Pay (SLWOP), and staff members on secondment/loan released by the Organization, unless otherwise specified in their contract. Staff members holding a regular, fixed-term or short-term graded contract will not retain their contract type if appointed to an ungraded position.


The International Organization for Migration (IOM) works in the five broad areas of Migration Management: migration and development, facilitating migration, regulating migration, addressing forced migration, and the implications of climate change on migration. Cross‐cutting activities include the promotion of international migration law, policy debate and guidance, protection of migrants’ rights, migration health and the gender dimension of migration.

The IOM Regional Office for Asia and The Pacific (ROAP) in Bangkok, Thailand is covering 40 countries across the Asia and Pacific region. The key responsibility of the ROAP is to formulate regional strategies, processes and programs in line with the overall priorities and policies of the Organization and to provide strategic, administrative and programmatic guidance and support to Country Offices (CO) within the region.

The Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) has been IOM’s main operational tool for tracking and monitoring the movements and evolving needs of displaced and mobile populations. The Asia-Pacific Regional Data Hub (RDH) aspires to reference a comprehensive set of such data, including information on migration trends, stocks and flows in the Asia-Pacific region. The RDH aims to support evidence-based strategic and policy level discussion on human mobility through a combined set of initiatives including strengthening of regional primary and secondary data collection and analysis, increasing Information management capacity across countries, providing Technical Support to ensure harmonization and interoperability of key methodologies, tools and data used to monitor human mobility; and the engagement of key stakeholders and governmental counterparts in migration dialogues and consultation.

Under the overall supervision of the Senior Regional Emergency and Post-Conflict (EPC) Specialist and the direct supervision of the Regional DTM Officer based in Bangkok, Thailand and in coordination with the Relevant Units in ROAP and Headquarters (HQ) in Geneva, Switzerland, the successful candidate will be responsible for leading ROAP and RDH’s work on migration data research and analysis, focusing on human mobility dynamics including mixed migration movements, trends, and characteristics across the region.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Conduct and coordinate regional, sub-regional, geographic and thematic analyses and report on issues of relevance to the current mixed migration dynamics in the region.
  2. Work closely and lead the RDH team to pursue its core objective to enhance, strengthen and promote the regional evidence base on migration by addressing the gap in human mobility data scenario, developing a long-term solution for real time monitoring of secondary data sources and consolidating primary data collected and research in the region covering migration and displacement.
  3. Identify gaps in existing human mobility data, specific data needs for national, regional, sub-regional and global policy making, and capacities of relevant actors on migration and displacement data. Develop tools and mechanisms to fill those gaps.
  4. Support the analysis and validation of internal, cross border and international mixed migration data collected at various points along the migration journey, en-route, stranded or in need of assistance, voluntary and forced returns, humanitarian evacuations, and return and reintegrated migrants. Validate data through qualitative information and triangulation with other sources and disseminate to relevant recipients/stakeholders.
  5. Use existing IOM data from global, regional, sub-regional and national projects and initiatives for data triangulation to enhance cross-thematic data analysis for regional and national reporting within the Asia and Pacific region and to strengthen evidence-based policy formulation, national and regional humanitarian and development planning.
  6. Conduct data verification, triangulation and validation through multiple sources, both primary and secondary (including media monitoring, national and local authorities, network of key informants).
  7. Lead and support desk review and carry out extensive and in-depth data analysis of data-sources identified under the desk review.
  1. Support the RDH to consolidate all relevant IOM and non-IOM data into one internal database, to help IOM and its partners to produce structured and regular data-reports and information products that outline regional human mobility data and related trends. Ensure the effective use of the designated information systems, including offline and online platforms, application tools, and other systems to manage the implementation of the information management mechanism.
  2. Under guidance from Regional DTM Officer, plan, design, enhance and implement the integrated methodology and interoperable mechanism for data collection and information management to ensure accurate and reliable data is collected, stored, and submitted in a timely manner for further processing.
  3. Supervise regional data collection processes and overall data management activities including encoding, storing, and transferring data as well as processing. Analyze data and information collected locally. Contribute to the other preparatory phases of the studies such as drafting data collection tools and training materials.
  1. Support IOM’s and RDH’s work on the Agenda 2030, GCM and to implement the IOM Migration Data Strategy (MDS) and support the roll out of the IOM Strategic Vision, as well as the ROAP Strategic Priorities discussions with and the support for the Governments, and the pressing need for further information on the socioeconomic impacts on migrants following Covid-19,
  2. Participate in regional fora on migration and mobility when requested to support improved coordination on data and evidence for policy and guidance at the regional level; When requested, work with the RDH team to develop tailored data and evidence analysis on specific issues to support IOM and its partners’ policy analysis objectives.
  3. Take lead in the development of an IOM Regional Toolkit for training of Civil Society Organization (CSO) and other Government partners on data processes, analysis and systems for migration [in collaboration with Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC), Migration Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) toolkit, and other relevant resources.
  4. Support the development of user-friendly training modules and workshop materials based on IOM’s Migration Data strategy and the 2030 Agenda, expanding on the document’s guidance on monitoring indicators related to migration and the SDGs.
  1. Ensure the timely preparation and generation of regional, sub-regional and national level information products, as well as information sharing and dissemination to all relevant channels.
  2. Ensure the development of the information management strategic framework.
  3. Adhere to IOM data protection policy, data governance standard, data security standard, International Trade Centre (ITC) standard, and consider best practices and lessons learned on ethical data collection, data used and sharing and dissemination.
  4. Represent IOM in different platform working group and provide strategic input towards the agreed results.
  5. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.
Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Migration Studies, Demography, Political or Social Science, Statistics, 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.


• Experience in information management, reporting, coordination and analysis of data triangulation and analysis from multiple large and complex information systems; • Research experience (including field experience) in the area of demographic and population studies, human mobility, internal and international mixed migration, and refugees/IDPs in developed and developing countries; • Experience in internal and/or international mixed migration data analyses is required; • Experience in data collection, database merging, data processing (incl. cleaning) data analysis for research, policy and report writing; • Professional experience in coordinating multi-cultural teams and field-based staff; • Practical field experience and understanding in domains related to relief interventions and Humanitarian Action (including support to displaced populations and implementation of emergency and early recovery activities), UN, and the cluster system is an advantage; • Experience in survey and questionnaire design and probabilistic sampling is an advantage.


• Familiarity with computer programs, including MS Office suite.

• Advanced English writing and communication skills.

• Knowledge regarding quantitative and qualitative statistical data analysis in areas of social science, internal and/or international mixed migration and human mobility.

• Knowledge of one ore more data analysis and visualization software (e.g. PowerBI, GIS ARC, Stata, SPSS, R, Tableau).

• Database development and management skills an advantage.

• In-depth knowledge regarding econometrics will be considered as an advantage.


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 • 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 • 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.

For this staff category, candidates who are nationals of the duty station’s country and who do not have prior experience outside the duty station’s country as staff member in the Professional category 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.

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