Programme Coordinator Mixed Migration

Danish Refugee Council, Geneva, Switzerland

Skill RequiredProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
28th January, 2018

Job Description

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a private, independent, humanitarian organisation working on all aspects of the refugee cause in more than thirty-five countries throughout the world. The aim of DRC is to protect refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) against persecution and to promote durable solutions to the problems of forced migration, on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights.

DRC has been working on Mixed Migration for almost a decade. In 2011, the Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat (RMMS) for the Horn of Africa and Yemen was established in Nairobi. The RMMS evolved into a dedicated research and analytical unit, focused on data collection, research, information management and aiming to stimulate forward thinking in the sector dealing with mixed migration. From early 2016 onwards, DRC in various different set-ups and in cooperation with various stakeholders, expanded its engagement in mixed migration, by setting up an RMMS West Africa, hosting the Mixed Migration Platform (MMP) in the Middle East and expanding its flagship and innovative data collection project 4Mi (the mixed migration monitoring mechanism initiative) from East Africa to West Africa, Libya, Southern Africa, Europe and Asia.

DRC now aims to bring together all the entities working on mixed migration data collection, research, analysis and policy development under a new coherent and recognizable brand, led from the central level in Geneva but maintaining the strong regional and field presence with teams hosted by DRC regional and country offices. This new unit will be called the Mixed Migration Centre (MMC) and be based in Geneva.

About the job

The overall objectives of the MMC Programme Coordinator are to provide technical support and quality assurance on mixed migration research of the MMC, engage in advocacy and policy development on mixed migration and to support the Head of the MMC in the start-up and implementation of the MMC as a deputy.


The MMC Programme Coordinator is expected to perform the following duties:

Management and organisation

  • As deputy head of MMC, contribute to the overall strategic direction and management of the MMC
  • Contribute to fundraising, proposal development and global expansion of the MMC
  • Contribute to the organisation of the MMC Steering Committee meetings and MMC annual meetings with regional coordinators
  • Contribute to the organisation of Global Advisory Group meetings in Geneva

Data collection and information management

  • Contribute, in close coordination with the Head of MMC, MMC senior expert and data scientist, to the global 4Mi programme (identifying opportunities for analysis, expansion, set-up of 4Mi programmes, etc.).
  • Lead the online representation of the MMC in keeping the global website and Twitter account up to date and liaising with regional MMC teams to keep the regional pages up to date.

Research and quality assurance

  • Lead on research quality assurance and consistency ((style, terminology, messaging, etc.) by providing technical support to the development of Terms of Reference for global (cross-region) and regional research projects and provide strong editorial support / review of draft research reports, in close cooperation with regional MMC coordinators
  • Lead on managing cross-regional / global research projects
  • Contribute to the development of the annual research agenda
  • Contribute to continuous improvement of research standards
  • Identify topics for articles and short papers for the global MMC website and draft articles and papers
  • Contribute to the development of the Annual Mixed Migration report

External representation and policy development

  • Lead on global advocacy and policy development on mixed migration by:
  • Consolidating data collection, research and lessons learned from regional MMC hubs into messages for targeted audiences and occasions
  • Contributing to developing, in close collaboration with the head of MMC and the regional MMC coordinators, positions and public statements on all aspects of Mixed Migration
  • Identifying further possibilities for policy dialogue at global or regional level ensure MMCs meaningful engagement in these processes
  • Engaging in close contact with the DRC Representation in Brussels on Europe- focussed policy and advocacy opportunities related to Mixed Migration and asylum;
  • Contribute to strengthening and widening the relationship of DRC with partners and stakeholders on Mixed Migration at Geneva level
  • Coordinate regional advocacy in cooperation with the regional MMC coordinators
  • Facilitate linkages between MMC knowledge and DRC operations
  • Contribute to maintaining excellent donor relations at global level and regional levels
  • Contribute to design and branding of the global website and products (reports, papers, etc.)
  • Contribute to the organisation of global and regional events (e.g. round tables, report launches, etc.)
  • Maintain regular contact with DRC field offices

About you

In order to be successful, you have to meet the following qualifications

  • Completed university degree in Migration, Social or Political Science or related field;
  • A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible professional work experience in areas of/related to Mixed Migration preferably at field level covering more than one national/regional setting;
  • A minimum of 3 years work experience in the area of advocacy/policy dialogue at national/regional/global level preferably within an NGO setting;
  • Proven capacity to develop reader-friendly concise reports; track record of publications or co-authorship on Mixed Migration publications is desired;
  • Profound understanding of NGO sector preferably with work experience in NGOs;
  • Excellent and proven knowledge of mixed migration issues
  • Proven team player including remote team work;
  • Excellent research skills
  • Excellent writing and communication skills;
  • Ability to travel frequently;
  • Fluency in English is a must;

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies:

Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.

Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.

Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.

Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.

Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with DRC’s vision and values.


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