Latest Jobs in Kenya: Research Consultant-IOM

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the UN Migration Agency. With 173 member states it is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society. Established in 1951 and now active in over 400 field locations worldwide, IOM works with partners, government and civil society to:

  1. Assist in meeting the operational challenges of migration and mobility
  2. Advance understanding of migration issues
  3. Encourage social and economic development through migration; and
  4. Uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants and mobile populations.

IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment. Internal and External candidates are eligible to apply to this vacancy. For the purpose of the vacancy, internal candidates are considered as first-tier candidates.

IOM’s Regional Office for the East and Horn of Africa supports and monitors the following countries: Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. Through a team of specialists, the Regional Office supports the development, implementation, monitoring, reporting and evaluation of projects and initiatives undertaken by country offices and regional programmes.

Established in early 2018 at the Regional Office for East and Horn of Africa, the Regional Data Hub (RDH) aims to support evidence-based strategic and policy level discussion on migration through a combined set of initiatives. These include: strengthening regional primary and secondary data collection and analysis; increasing Information management capacity across countries; providing technical support to ensure harmonization and interoperability of key methodologies used to monitor population mobility; and the engagement of key stakeholders and governmental counterparts in migration dialogue and consultation.

Since 2014, IOM’s Missing Migrants Project (MMP) has collected data on the deaths of more than 40,000 migrants worldwide. The MMP data and reports are publicly available and used by a range of stakeholders, including policy makers, academia, news agencies, and other development and humanitarian actors. The database, which has become a global reference point on the dangers of irregular migration routes, is designed to build the evidence base on risky migratory journeys but is also used to support advocacy efforts that push for policies promoting safe migration.

Phase V of the Missing Migrants Project includes an expanded presence in under-reporting areas across the world, including the East and Horn of Africa region. Improved monitoring of migration routes, as well as more concerted data collection efforts, should lead to a better understanding of the risks male, female and child migrants face, which is critical to supporting evidenced-based policies that consider gender- and age-specific risks.

Under the direct supervision of the Regional Data Hub Coordinator (RDH), and in close coordination with the Missing Migrants Project team at IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) in Berlin, the Research Consultant will support MMP’s programme through assisting with secondary data collection and website maintenance, fostering relationships with relevant regional actors, assisting with the development of data briefings, and analysing data on fatalities along migration routes in the East and Horn of Africa region. The Research Consultant will work under the guidance and technical supervision of the Project Coordinator for the Missing Migrants Project in IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre in cooperation with the RDH team, as well as with IOM Field Missions and IOM Headquarters. The Research Consultant will assist with the data collection and website maintenance relating to the Missing Migrants Project, foster relationships with relevant regional actors, and assist with other duties that may arise within the RDH.


The Research Consultant will have the following duties and responsibilities:

  1. Monitor regional news for reports relating to the issue of migrant deaths and disappearances, and other migrant movements in the region and keep relevant stakeholders informed;
  2. Contact regional actors working on the issue of migrant deaths and disappearances in the interest of fostering long-term relationships to improve data and in coordination with relevant country offices;
  3. Record, analyse and present data relevant to the Missing Migrants Project on its internal database and on its publicly accessible website;
  4. Research for and analyse press releases and reports containing data on fatalities and disappearances in East and Horn of Africa;
  5. Respond to media inquiries and other ad-hoc requests relevant to the region in close liaison with the Regional Media and Communications Unit at the RO;
  6. Support research projects linked to migrant deaths and disappearances, including preparing and delivering presentations, and other tasks relevant to the region as they arise;
  7. Organize and attend meetings linked to the Missing Migrants Project as needed;
  8. Support the RDH with other data tasks pertaining to migration data collection, research initiatives, and analytical work related to the migration narrative in the region;
  9. Any other task as required.


  • University degree in International Relations, Migration Studies, International Affairs or any related discipline with at least four years of relevant professional experience;
  • High school degree with at least six years of relevant professional experience.
  • Strong background in migration research and data;
  • Practical experience of how to multi-task, prioritize and work independently;
  • Excellent drafting skills to produce analytical papers, briefs, and other publications;
  • Strong computer literacy, including excellent knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Visual software experience an asset (Adobe, PowerBI, ArcGIS, InDesign, etc.);
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to understand the Organization’s structure and portfolios;
  • Ability to work effectively and harmoniously in a team of colleagues of varied cultural and professional backgrounds;
  • Ability to produce quality work accurately and concisely according to deadlines;
  • Capacity to work and adjust to different field contexts, to liaise with multiple stakeholders during field missions, including local governmental authorities, community-based organizations, civil society and community groups.


Required: Excellent command of English (oral and written). Proficiency in French will be an advantage, as well as knowledge of Somali, Amharic, Swahili and other local languages.

How to apply

Interested candidates should submit CV and a cover letter indicating the Position Title and Vacancy Number with three professional referees, and their contacts (both email and telephone) to International Organization for Migration (IOM), RO Human Resources Department, via e-mail:

CLOSING DATE: 25 May 2021

Please click here for more details.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.


NO FEE: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, process or training). IOM does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank details.

Posting period:

From: 11.05.2021 to 25.05.2021

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