Programme Officer (Data and Research) at International Organization for Migration (IOM)

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Programme Officer (Data and Research)

  • Under the overall guidance of the Head of Programme and Policy Development and direct supervision of the Data and Research Coordinator, and in close cooperation with all Units, Sub-Offices, and the Regional Data Hub (RDH) for East and Horn of Africa, the Programme Officer (Data and Research) will be responsible and accountable for assisting with operational support for specific field activities for IOM Kenya’s Data and Research programming portfolio.

The Programme Officer is expected to perform the following duties:
Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the data set-up in the field for data collection activities; data collection activities may include Data Tracking Matrix (DTM) mobility tracking exercises, household surveys, registrations, flow monitoring, migration analysis, and ad-hoc research activities.
  • Collect and compile information that will be used for county coordination workshops, county data validation forums, data and research training and lessons learnt sessions for county key stakeholders and implementing partners on data collection, analysis and reporting.
  • Under close supervision and guidance, analyze and propose solutions aimed at improving data collection and DTM methodologies, processes, and assessment tools.
  • Perform initial preliminary analysis and participate in data cleaning and the collection of information for the production of DTM, assessment related reports and other publications related to data and research, tracking inputs from programmes and targeted dissemination.
  • Generate and submit data to the supervisor in relation to the production of information products on movements, new displacements, and mobility trends for subsequent dissemination to relevant stakeholders (humanitarian as well as transition/recovery actors).
  • Participate in producing dashboards and mapping, and draft specific segments of narrative reports as assigned.
  • Check the integration of gender and disability perspectives and attention to rights issues for specific vulnerable groups such as women, girls, persons living with disabilities and children within the displaced population and returnee activities and bring issues to the immediate attention of the supervisor.
  • Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in Computer or any other social-related data and research fields such as Statistics, Economics, Data Science, Political or Social Sciences, Development Studies, International Relations or Law; or, University degree in the above fields with two years of relevant professional experience.


  • Experience in data collection, analysing and reporting of data collection findings;
  • Experience in reporting with DTM standards;
  • Experience in design of data methodologies and tools is desirable;
  • Experience in research, statistical analysis, data processing and/or reporting, with knowledgeof data collection mechanisms that ensure data protection;
  • Experience in working with national and/or local government counterparts in the field of migration data would be considered an advantage; and,
  • Data visual experience (Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Adobe, etc.).


  • Expert use of Excel (analysis, cleaning, compilation maintenance, etc.);
  • Good command of SPSS, R and/or Stata is an asset;
  • Knowledge of setting and coding on KOBO and/or ODK is an asset;
  • Excellent report writing skills;
  • Good understanding of basic statistics and data analysis;
  • Ability to think both creatively and strategically; and,
  • Good interpersonal communication and presentation skills.


  • IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish. All staff members are required to be fluent in one of the three languages.
  • For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Kswahili is an advantage.
  • Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments. 

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.
  • Competencies will be assessed during a competency-based interview.


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