Data and Research Coordinator Job Vacancy in Nairobi, Kenya

International Organization for Migration 

Position Title: Data and Research Coordinator (P3)

Duty Station: Nairobi, Kenya

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P3

Type of Appointment: Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 22 November 2023

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; Barbados; Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Congo (the); Cook Islands; Dominica; Fiji; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Holy See; Iceland; Kiribati; Lao People's Democratic Republic (the); Madagascar; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Solomon Islands; Suriname; The Bahamas; Tonga; Tuvalu; Uzbekistan; Vanuatu

Second tier candidates include:

All external candidates, except candidates from non-represented member states.


Under the overall guidance of the Chief of Mission and direct supervision of the Head of Programme and Policy Development, and in close cooperation with all Units, Sub-Offices, and the Regional Data Hub (RDH) for East and Horn of Africa, the successful candidate will be responsible and accountable for the development, implementation, oversight, and coordination of IOM Kenya’s programming portfolio in the fields of Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), Migration data and research, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL), and Information Management (IM).

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Oversee both operational aspects and analyses of all data collection and research products, MEAL, IM, research capacity and policies, as well as supporting tools, standard operating procedures, and other guidance documents.
  2. Oversee the implementation of all aspects of Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) in Kenya, including DTM tools and products adapted to the local context to respond to the information needs of government stakeholders and humanitarian and human mobility actors.
  3. Oversee the Information Management (IM) aspects of the Mission’s projects and programmes, including maintaining Mission’s information platforms, databases, dashboards, and information portal with relevant and up-to-date information.
  4. Develop and/or adapt operational structures, methodologies, and tools as required for the production of relevant data, research, MEAL, and IM reports, including but not limited to, analytical and statistical reports, displacement profiles, assessments, maps, and other relevant products.
  5. Act as primary focal point for and provide expert technical advice and support for the assessment of emerging mixed migration and displacement situations in the country, and where appropriate, regionally and beyond.
  6. Establish, manage and coordinate field assessments with multi-layered data collection techniques to gather and analyze timely information about displacement, population mobility, movement flows, and any other source of data required.
  7. Act as the custodian of mission relevant data, in line with IOM’s Data Protection Principles, Data Governance Policy, and related policies and procedures.
  8. Ensure the implementation of activities that aim to build government capacity in the generation, management, and use of migration data.
  9. Manage and coordinate joint migration research activities between IOM and partners. Ensure capacity building on good research practice and responsible data collection and use.
  10. Identify synergies between the research initiatives of different thematic units and promote and substantively contribute to cross-cutting analysis for a holistic understanding of the conditions, vulnerabilities and needs of migrants.
  11. Provide guidance to the different thematic units in the planning of research interventions, development of survey and assessment tools, and analysis of data.
  12. In coordination with relevant Units, contribute to the development of resource mobilization efforts for IOM data and research activities by developing concept notes and project proposals in response to needs identified by regional, national and local counterparts.
  13. In coordination with Media and Communications colleagues, ensure that data and research related outputs and products are widely disseminated in audience-friendly formats.
  14. Ensure the provision of timely, accurate, standardized, and adequate information (including Data and Research reports, factsheets, etc.) to all relevant stakeholders regarding mobility trends, conditions in migrant-hosting areas, as well as the situation of vulnerable groups.
  15. Liaise with IOM colleagues (Global Data Institute (GDI), Regional Data Hub (RDH), and other thematic units, as applicable) at a regional/global level to support dissemination of information, contribute to internal and external communication materials, ensure complementarity and compatibility of activities, feed into relevant regional or global reporting, and support global data and research development initiatives, including through identification of best practices, new approaches and technologies.
  16. Ensure the integration of gender perspectives and attention to specific needs of vulnerable populations, such as pregnant women, persons with disabilities, older persons, children, as well as other highly vulnerable groups within data collection and research activities, including through mainstreaming of Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse into data collection operations.
  17. Ensure strict adherence to IOM’s data protection principles across all programming interventions and build capacity of data and research staff, enumerators and research partners in the field of data protection.
  18. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree from an accredited academic institution, preferably in data and research related fields such as Statistics, Economics, Data Science, Political or Social Sciences, Development Studies, International Relations or Law with a minimum of five years of relevant professional experience; or,
  • University degree in the above fields with seven years of relevant professional experience.


  • At least five years of experience in research, statistical analysis, data processing and reporting with proven knowledge of data collection mechanisms, risks and mitigation solutions ensuring data protection;
  • Demonstrated experience in project implementation, data collection and analysis, and/or information management activities, preferably with an international or intergovernmental organization working on issues related to migrants and vulnerable populations;
  • Demonstrated experience implementing and/or overseeing displacement tracking tools and methodologies;
  • Experience in supervising and managing large teams;
  • Experience in organizing and delivering workshops, trainings, webinars and briefings in the fields of data analysis, research, data collection and/or reporting;
  • Experience in working with national and/or local government counterparts in the field of migration data would be considered an advantage; and,
  • Experience in the utilization of cloud computing solutions and/or software for data processing (in Microsoft Azure and/or AWS), data and statistical analysis, as well as visualization and reporting solutions such as Power-Bi and/or Tableau is an asset.


  • In-depth knowledge of the broad range of migration related subject areas dealt with by the Organization;
  • Knowledge of UN and bilateral donor programming;
  • Knowledge of financial rules and regulations;
  • Excellent computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office package (Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook);
  • Strong ability to supervise interventions and coordinate administrative activities;
  • Delivers on set objectives in challenging situations;
  • Establishes and maintains effective relationships with implementing partners;
  • Works effectively with local authorities, stakeholders, beneficiaries, and the broader community to advance country office and regional objectives;
  • Works effectively in high-pressure, rapidly changing environments;
  • Supports adequate levels of information sharing between internal units, external partners, other IOM offices, and all other relevant actors;
  • Makes correct decisions rapidly based on available information;
  • Ability to think both creatively and strategically; and,
  • Good interpersonal communication and presentation skills.


IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish.

For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and 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.


1 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 five values:

  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: Respects and promotes individual and cultural differences. Encourages diversity and inclusion.
  • 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.
  • Courage: Demonstrates willingness to take a stand on issues of importance.
  • Empathy: Shows compassion for others, makes people feel safe, respected and fairly treated.

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 actions and delegated work.
  • Communication: Encourages and contributes to clear and open communication. Explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.

Managerial Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2

  • Leadership: Provides a clear sense of direction, leads by example and demonstrates the ability to carry out the Organization’s vision. Assists others to realize and develop their leadership and professional potential.
  • Empowering others: Creates an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.
  • Building Trust: Promotes shared values and creates an atmosphere of trust and honesty.
  • Strategic thinking and vision: Works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.
  • Humility: Leads with humility and shows openness to acknowledging own shortcomings.

IOM’s competency framework can be found at this link. df

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 endorsed by the Appointments and Postings Board 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. For this staff category, candidates who are nationals of the duty station’s country cannot be considered eligible.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances. Subject to certain exemptions, vaccination against COVID-19 will in principle be required for individuals hired on or after 15 November 2021. This will be verified as part of the medical clearance process.

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 HEREby 22 November 2023 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.

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Posting period:

From 09.11.2023 to 22.11.2023

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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