Research Consultant

Danish Refugee Council, Ethiopia

Skill Required:, Research and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
31st July, 2019

Job Description

Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is currently leading the implementation of a 4 year DFID-funded programme to protect would-be migrants and refugees from unsafe migration though and from Ethiopia. A key deliverable of this programme is the formative research, led by the Mixed Migration Center (MMC).

The MMC is a leading source for independent and high-quality data, information, research and analysis on mixed migration. Through the provision of credible evidence and expertise on mixed migration, MMC aims to support agencies, policy makers and practitioners to make well-informed decisions, to positively impact global and regional migration policies, to contribute to protection and assistance responses for people on the move and to stimulate forward thinking in the sector responding to mixed migration. The MMC is part of the Danish Refugee Council.

Position Profile

DRC / MMC are looking for 4 Research Consultants who will support in conducting formative research for the Ethiopia Migration Programme. Under the management of DRC and MMC, the Research Consultants will play a key role in adapting research methodology and tools to regional contexts, planning and collection of data through various research methods, analysis of data and consolidation into research pieces, and reporting of findings to the consortia.

The 4 consultants will be working in 4 areas of Ethiopia as follows:

The research will look into the drivers, profiles, patterns of migrant populations traveling through and from Ethiopia. The focus of the research is on migrant populations in Ethiopia, which includes Ethiopian migrants and returnees with equal focus on refugees on the move, specifically, Eritrean and Somali refugees. The research will look at (but is not limited to):

  • Understanding refugee populations’’ knowledge of and access to opportunities, specifically alternatives to irregular migration.
  • Research on networks of migration, including actors facilitating migration, links with origin and transit communities and smuggling networks, and protection infrastructure.
  • Research on ambitions and triggers of migrants outside the scope of directly impacted by 'root causes'.

Responsibilities: (in bullet points)

  • Support the development of a practical work plan for the research. This includes a detailed methodology and tools for the data collection and analysis process.
  • Identify partners, key informants, contacts and other interlocutors critical to the success of this project and establish close working relations with relevant agencies in different areas of Ethiopia.
  • Conduct research on the ground with diverse communities, including interviews.
  • Collect relevant data/ information about the sector from relevant government and non-government sources.
  • Ensure that data for the research is collected, filed and stored appropriately and in line with ethical standards and best practice.
  • Using data collected from field research as well as literature reviews, engage in drafting in-depth analysis on the situation of irregular migration and people in mixed migration flows in and through Ethiopia.

Experience and technical competencies: (include years of experience)

  • At least 5 years’ experience in a similar research role with an academic institution or NGO, preferably working with mixed migration issues.
  • Proven experience with variety of research methods and methodologies.
  • Experience in formative research planning and implementation.
  • Experience working with national NGO partners and local/government authorities
  • Willingness to travel to and work in insecure environments
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to manage stress, multi-task and take decisions

Education: The candidate should hold a minimum bachelor’s degree in migration, international relations, development studies, or other related field.

Fluent English: Depending on location, fluency in one of Tigrigna, Amharic, Somali are required


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