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Data Officer

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Data Officer

  • IOM
19 Jul 2021
Closing date
29 Jul 2021


  • Berlin


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 : 29 July 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; 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.


Established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and 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.

The Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC), based in Berlin, Germany, responds to the IOM strategy for 2020–2025 which calls for the development of capacity of States and other relevant partners to enhance the national, regional and global migration evidence base. The Centre acts as a “Data Hub” for decision-makers and practitioners seeking the best available migration data.

IOM’s GMDAC is currently implementing part of a programme entitled “Data for Effective Migration Governance” funded by the German government. This programme responds to international calls to improve the collection and analysis of migration data and to build the capacities of policymakers to use such data. The overall aim of the project is to better inform migration policy and programming, and improve migration governance, by compiling, analysing and using migration data more effectively.

GMDAC is also providing data analytics services to IOM’s country and regional offices as well as conducting quantitative policy-relevant research, including in the field of migration forecasting. This work programme ranges from assisting offices in data collection, analysis of operational data and full-scale impact studies of the effects of IOM projects.

Under the overall guidance of the director of GMDAC and the direct supervision of the GMDAC Data Innovation and Capacity-Building Officer, the successful candidate will support GMDAC in carrying out a range of data analytics projects.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Support coordination of GMDAC’s data analytics activities in support of IOM’s Country Offices (CO), including by liaising with consultant(s) and internal IOM stakeholders on the delivery of data analysis products.
  2. Contribute to the preparation of reports and policy briefs for publication on a variety of topics, including on the impact of information campaigns on migration intention and risks attitudes, and on migration forecasting.
  3. Conduct descriptive and inferential statistical analysis, including statistical modelling, regression analysis, forecasting and applied time series analysis using large and small datasets.
  4. Create appealing and user-friendly data visualizations (ggplot; ggmap; plotly etc.)
  5. Clean, maintain, transform, analyse and visualise survey data collected by IOM
  6. Contribute to the development of interactive dashboards and reports using HTML, CSS, Markdown, R and Shiny apps.
  7. Assist in developing survey questionnaires using KoboToolbox and XLSForm.
  8. Provide methodological feedback on data quality assurance from data collected by IOM.
  9. Review, revise and coordinate publication of studies, dashboards and interactive reports.
  10. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Social Sciences or a related field from an accredited academic institution, with at least two years of relevant professional experience; or

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


• Minimum two (2) years of relevant work experience in applied data analytics using R;

• Experience working for an International Organisation.


• Strong background in migration research, demonstrated by relevant publications.

• Advanced R-programming skills regarding data management, analysis, and visualization.

• Quantitative data analysis skills are a strong asset.

• Strong communication and organizational skills.


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). Fluency in 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.

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 29 July 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 16.07.2021 to 29.07.2021

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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