Research Officer

International Organization for Migration(IOM), Cairo, Egypt

Skill Required:, Research and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
14th July, 2015

Job Description

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

 Undertake, develop and support policy-relevant research on migration on behalf of the Regional Office and contribute to IOM’s regular research publications (such as the World Migration Report); and support country offices in implementing projects and activities with research and knowledge production components.
 Provide support and guidance to country offices in developing and implementing projects, activities and strategies with research and knowledge production components.
 Train and support country offices in data collection and research methods.
 Represent IOM in regional data/research initiatives, especially the Household International Migration Surveys in the Mediterranean Countries programme (MED-HIMS) and the North Africa Mixed Migration Task Force, including by shaping the initiatives’ research agendas, reviewing research, and handling administrative issues related to IOM’s participation in these initiatives.
 Coordinate and facilitate improved information and knowledge management within the region for the purpose of monitoring and evaluation, organizational learning, reporting, and innovation, with a particular responsibility for maintaining and improving the regional activities database.
 Act as primary focal point for IOM data collection in the MENA region with a view to responding to external and internal queries and fulfilling internal reporting requirements.
 Conduct research for, write sections of, and review drafts of the Situation Report on International Migration in the Arab region, which IOM produces together with partners of the inter-agency Working Group on International Migration in the Arab Region.
 Develop the MENA migration blog by uploading relevant materials and developing and outreach strategy to win potential contributors and build a community of researchers, academics, policymakers, practitioners and other interested parties working on migration issues related to MENA.
 Conduct background research and draft documents in support of meetings of the Arab Regional Consultative Process on Migration, within the framework of the League of Arab States.
 Prepare draft reports and write identified sections of regional policy and strategy documents as well as regional public information materials.
 With a focus on research and knowledge production, assist in the identification of new programme/project possibilities consistent with expressed Government needs and IOM’s mandate and strategy in the region; on this basis, assist in the formulation/development of project proposals and collection of requested documentation for submission to donors, according to IOM project development guidelines and procedures.
 Perform such other duties as may be assigned.


 Master’s degree in Political Science, Social Science, Law 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 research, in particular quantitative and qualitative methods;
 Excellent drafting and editing skills;
 Experience producing visibility materials, publications, reports and other documents;
 Good knowledge of migration-issues;
 Good knowledge of the Middle East and North Africa region;
 Experience working with statistical software, such as Statistical Package for the Social Science (SPSS) or STATA software, and databases is a distinct advantage.


 Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of Arabic or French is an advantage.

How to apply:

 Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by July 14, 2015 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.
 For further information, please refer to:
 In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM only accepts online profiles duly filled in and submitted with a cover letter not more than one page specifying the motivation for
 Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. You can track the progress of your application in your personal application page in the IOM e-recruitment system.


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