Regional Data Analyst

Position Title: Regional Data Analyst

Duty Station: Pretoria, South Africa

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P2

Type of Appointment: Special short-term graded, nine months with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 28 December 2020

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; Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Cook Islands; Cuba; Fiji; Gabon; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Luxembourg; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Montenegro; Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Samoa; Sao Tome and Principe; Seychelles; Solomon Islands; Suriname; The Bahamas; Timor-Leste; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu

Second tier candidates include:

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


Under the overall supervision of the Regional Director for Southern Africa, the direct supervision of the RMDHub Project Coordinator a.i. and in close coordination with relevant RTSs and Experts of the Regional Migration Data Hub (RMDHub) for Southern Africa, the successful candidate will be responsible for implementing migration data analysis activities in the region as well as providing technical support to regional and country offices with data and knowledge management production.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Coordinate the analysis of the data gathered by the RMDHub including through surveys, focus group discussions, in-depth interviews and data available from other sources to facilitate the development and presentation of outputs aimed at describing migration dynamics, trends and patterns in the region.
  2. Assist with the development of content for the Regional Migration Data Hub for Southern Africa (RMDHub), by providing inputs for the development and maintenance of an integrated methodology for the analysis, sharing and storage of data collected by National Statistical Systems in the region.
  3. Linked to the RMDHub, coordinate with IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC), in particular on the Global Migration Data Portal’s regional data overview page, regional aggregation and upcoming national data section , on data innovation and related capacity building on migration data.
  4. Regularly conduct data analysis and generate statistical reports on a timely basis commensurate to the needs of the IOM missions in the region, the Regional Office and relevant partners as the needs may be.
  5. Support the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) regional and country teams to clean, collate and analyse routine and ad hoc datasets and carry out population movement analysis.
  6. Analyse available datasets in view of contributing to the development of analytical reports and materials, preparing infographics and maps based on the data collected within IOM sample surveys, focus group discussions, in-depth interviews, DTM assessments and data available from other sources for further dissemination among the government and non-government stakeholders.
  7. Provide support through coordination of dataset cleaning, coding open-ended questions, supporting the process of harmonizing and standardizing data and relevant documentation in line with IOM and DTM data standards or other relevant stakeholder needs, to facilitate further data analysis and analytical reports preparation.
  8. Support the RMDHub and country offices with new research and surveys as well as ongoing or innovative DTM assessments, including by contributing to methodology development, design of questionnaires and data collection tools, and supporting preparation and execution of data collection and quality control activities. Conduct trend analysis of migration data from the RMDHub database for use in the Regional Migration Report.
  9. Assist in the interpretation of statistical findings for research reports, briefing notes, policy briefs and other materials as required for IOM publication
  10. Conduct desk-based research tasks and field assessments, in coordination with relevant colleagues in the RMDHub, with the view enhancing the availability of qualitative and quantitative data in the region.
  11. Support with cross-regional data cleaning, data processing and analysis for reporting purposes. Provide recommendations and guidance to relevant colleagues to improve quality and consistency of monitoring data collected.
  12. Assist RMDHub staff in the development of research and reports, snapshots on the migration dynamics and trends in the region.
  13. Follow and report on UN and other stakeholder technical working groups related to statistical methodologies for data collection and representation.
  14. Perform such other duties that may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Statistics, Migration Studies Demography, Political Science, International Relations, or 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.


• Solid work experience in the analysis of large datasets with a strong quantitative analysis component;

• Solid experience in a variety of statistical software including SPSS, STATA, R, SAS;

• Working experience with mobile data collection tools such as KOBO or ODK is desirable;

• Experience in managing data collection, entry, and maintenance;

• Experience with sampling methods and implementation of surveys using techniques such as key informant interviews and focus group discussions;

• Professional experience with a UN agency, or an international organization, is an advantage.


• Working knowledge of GIS and spatial analysis tools including ArcGIS Desktop, Server and Online is desirable;

• Proven ability to develop surveys and questionnaires, and finalize survey’s findings’ tables and statistical reports;

• Proven ability to present research findings to different stakeholders including from government, donor community, academia, practitioner etc;

• Ability to provide technical training to country office staff on data analysis and representation is considered an advantage ;

• Knowledge of migration issues, particularly regarding the Southern African region;

• Strong computer literacy;

• Ability to produce quality work accurately and concisely according to deadlines;

• Strong organizational skills;

• Excellent writing, communication, negotiation and analytical skills.


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

For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of French and/or Portuguese, or other regional language is an advantage.

Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.


Accredited Universities are the ones listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database

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Required Competencies:

Values – all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these three values:

Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.

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.

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 action and delegated work.

Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.

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

Click to access iom_revised_competency_framework_external.pdf

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 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 and who do not have prior experience outside the duty station’s country as staff member in the Professional category 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.

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 via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 28 December 2020 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 15.12.2020 to 28.12.2020

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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