Programme Manager Migration and Displacement Data

United Nations Children's Fund

Rome, Italy

Experience: 3 to 5 Years

Skill Required: Media and Communication

The work of this post focuses on the areas with regard to migration and displacement highlighted by the Sustainable Development Goals, the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, the Global Compact on Refugees and UNICEF’s Strategic Plan.

Under the supervision of the Senior Adviser Statistics and Monitoring (Demographics) in DAT, the Programme Manager (Migration and Displacement) leads the coordination, organization and operational work of the IDAC which is an important initiative led by UNICEF, including developing strategic plans, managing programmes, organizing IDAC activities and implementing IDAC projects, building strong partnerships and mobilizing resources. The post also leverages countries and partners to fill data gaps on children on the move and advocates for data availability, quality, visibility and accessibility. The function is carried out in collaboration with other divisions in UNICEF, national governments, UN agencies and other organizations with expertise in this area.

  • Strategic planning, organization, coordination, operation, and programme management of the IDAC and relevant migration and displacement data work
  • Develop strategic plans for IDAC and map out detailed activities and timelines
  • Support the work of Secretariat Chair of IDAC in day-to-day operations
  • Organize IDAC Secretariat, Advisory Board, and Regular Members’ meetings including preparing presentations for meetings, minutes, and other relevant documents, organize interpretation where needed
  • Advance work of the IDAC working groups and ensure working groups being on track for deliverables
  • Manage and IDAC programmes and projects by preparing and organizing meetings, leading and supporting relevant activities, coordinating with countries and partners
  • Organize high level-panel events, IDAC annual conferences and other meetings including identifying co-hosting partners, venues/format, agenda, invite external speakers and secure buy-in from senior management at UNICEF

Country support and capacity strengthening:

  • Contribute to data system and capacity development of countries to monitor migration and displacement indicators. The incumbent will support learning agenda, facilitate/coordinate workshops or country missions, giving presentations and providing technical support as applicable. The post will also support the implementation of Integrated Data Ecosystem Assessment and Strengthening (IDEAS) project with IDAC participation in countries, including liaison with UNICEF regional and country offices and partner
  • Contribute to developing capacity within the organization for evidence-based policy, planning, programming and advocacy

Strategic partnerships and representation:

  • Build, establish and strengthen partnerships with government agencies, UN agencies, EU and organizations/institutions/NGOs working in relevant areas
  • Leverage countries and partners to implement relevant projects related to migration and displacement
  • Lead or participate in interagency groups and partnerships related to migration and displacement
  • Represent UNICEF at international meetings and other areas of work as relevant.
  • Contribute to regular information sharing with partners at the global, regional, and country levels

Advocacy and communication:

  • Amplify the voices to protect children on the move through social media, engaging with relevant partners and stakeholders, or other channels
  • Advocate the data work on migration and displacement, particularly the IDAC work by organizing events, meetings, workshops, webinars and engaging with relevant partners and stakeholders
  • Support dissemination of data, publications and other products to maximize the use for advocacy, programming and planning purpose.


  • Conduct fundraising activities for IDAC and related work on migration and displacement, create and update donor repository, pro-actively contact and set up and prepare materials for donor meetings; promote fundraising with PPD, PFP, and PD as well as ROs and COs
  • Coordinate and prepare grant reports to donors for the IDAC work and activities
  • Analysis, research and reporting on issues related to migrant and displaced children. The incumbent will ensure a particular focus in the following:
  • Organize preparation and production of reports, brochures or issue briefs, including collecting information and feedback from members, synthesizing input, coordinating production process of research, data analysis, writing, design and input from UNICEF and other partners
  • Support production where needed of guidance materials, e-course, tools, advocacy documents, newsletters and other documents related to IDAC and general data work
  • Support other analysis, research and reporting work as needed

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Demography, Sociology, Economics or in one of the social sciences with statistical and quantitative training and experience being considered an asset.
  • A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • A minimum of eight (8) years of relevant professional experience in the area of migration or displacement
  • Extensive experience in analysing, and writing technical and advocacy reports in migration and displacement
  • Extensive experience in planning, coordinating and implementing projects
  • Excellent partnership building skills and extensive experiences working with states, government agencies, civil society, private sector and international organizations
  • Advanced communication skills both orally and in writing and high level diplomatic and policy engagement skills
  • Experience in fundraising
  • Experience in data or statistical work
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.