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Data and Research Associate

International Organization for Migration

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As the leading international organization for migration, IOM acts with its partners in the international community to: assist in meeting the growing operational challenges of migration management; advance understanding of migration issues; encourage social and economic development through migration, and; uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants.

IOM Belgium and Luxembourg is looking for an associate for its “Data and Research Unit”. The associate will work closely with the Chief of Mission to shape the mission’s Data and Research workstream, including through support to direct data collection, to analysis and research of specific relevant topics, study and report writing and dissemination, safeguarding data ethics and IOM’s data protection principles, among other priorities, and will support project teams as they implement the various data components of ongoing and future projects. Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission, the Data and Research associate will be, inter-alia, responsible for:

Core Functions / Responsibilities

  • Support the development of IOM Belgium and Luxembourg’s data collection and information management capacity and policies, as well as supporting tools, standard operating procedures, and other guidance documents;
  • Monitor that colleagues within IOM Belgium and Luxembourg collect and manage data in line with IOM’s Data Protection Principles, Data Governance Policy, Migration Data Strategy and related policies and procedures;
  • Support the analysis of evidence gaps in topics related to migration in Belgium and in Luxembourg, and notify the Chief of Mission (CoM) of data and research needs and opportunities;
  • Under the technical guidance of the Regional Office (RO) and the Global Data Institute (GDI), support design and implementation of IOM data initiatives in IOM Belgium and Luxembourg on flows, presence and situation of migrants;
  • Support the CO Heads of Units in strengthening use of available data across return and reintegration databases and from the mapping of diaspora communities. Support data management for accommodation programmes, contribute to the research and studies conducted by IOM;
  • In coordination with other units, contribute to the preparation of reports, policy briefs, data bulletins, maps, infographics and other materials for internal and external counterparts;
  • Organize project level data collection exercises, qualitative and quantitative analysis, and developing reports for analysed data, ensuring data triangulation as needed;
  • Support the IOM Belgium and Luxembourg office in identifying opportunities for new projects/activities related to data collection, analysis, and research on migration and displacement;
  • Support the CoM in coordinating with partners, including United Nations organizations, government counterparts, national and international non-governmental organizations and academic partners to develop the evidence base and promote the use of IOM’s data and resources;
  • Assist to coordinate with the Global Data Institute, the Global Migration Data Analysis Center, the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) Global Team, and HQ´s Research Unit on data and research initiatives on migration, as needed;
  • Assist in developing and implementing the relevant Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Data Collection, Data Storage & Data Sharing in compliance with IOM Data Protection Principles and assist to coordinate the information and data management across all IOM Accommodation Centres in Belgium;
  • Assist in implementing Information Management systems that support beneficiary monitoring and programme monitoring (indicators, outputs etc.), for reporting purposes;
  • Performs such other duties that may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience


  • High School Diploma with five years of related work experience;


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited University in Research, Information Management, Statistics, Mathematics, Computer science or other relevant field with three years of relevant work experience.


  • Experience in designing and conducting data and research exercises;
  • Experience in liaising with governmental and diplomatic authorities and stakeholders, working in international organizations, non-government or government institutions/organization.


  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills in a multi-cultural setting;
  • Demonstrated ability to draft and prepare clear and concise data analyses, dashboards and project reports;
  • Strong organizational, facilitation, communication, writing and presentations skills;
  • Proficient in a Microsoft Office environment and office software packages, including experience in handling of web-based management systems;
  • Proven data analysis capacities, using various tools, including Microsoft Office and/or dedicated analysis software such as R, Python and SPSS;
  • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure and keep deadlines;
  • Strong work ethics and commitment to humanitarian principles.


Fluency in English, and Dutch and/or French is required (oral and written).


Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment and verification of residency, visa and authorizations by the concerned Government, where applicable. As part of the mandatory medical entry on duty clearance, candidates will be requested to provide evidence of vaccination against COVID-19.

This post is subject to local recruitment. Only persons holding a valid residence and work permit for Belgium will be eligible for consideration.

How to apply

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications to [email protected] by 6 March 2024 23:59 (CET – Brussels time), referring to this advertisement in the subject line (SVN 2024-06 Data and Research Associate) and including the following documents:

  1. CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Questionnaire on Mandatory Requirements (Page 5)

In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM only accepts applications duly completed.

IOM reserves the right to contact shortlisted candidates only.

Deadline: 6 Mar 2024

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