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Tunisia: Research Officer

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: International Organization for Migration
Country: Tunisia
Closing date: 21 Nov 2017

Position Title : Research Officer

Duty Station : IOM Libya in Tunis, Tunisia

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P2

Type of Appointment : Fixed term, One Year with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 21 November 2017

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 environment. Applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged. For the purpose of the vacancy, the following candidates are considered as first-tier candidates:

1. Internal candidates

2. Qualified applicants from the following NMS countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Cabo Verde, Djibouti, Micronesia (Federated States of), Gabon, Gambia, Guyana, Iceland, Comoros, Lesotho, Libya, Montenegro, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Maldives, Malawi, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Seychelles, Slovenia, Suriname, El Salvador, Swaziland, Timor-Leste, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Vanuatu, Samoa


Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission in Libya, the direct supervision of Senior Programme Development and Donor Relation Officer and in close coordination with Regional Office Research Officer and the Head of the Migration Research Division at IOM Headquarters the successful candidate will be responsible for data and knowledge production undertaken by IOM’s Libya Mission.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Undertake, develop and support policy-relevant research on migration and contribute to IOM’s regular research publications (such as the World Migration Report); and support the Libya Mission in implementing projects and activities with research and knowledge production components.

  2. Provide support and guidance to Libya Mission in developing and implementing projects, activities and strategies with research and knowledge production components.

  3. Coordinate and facilitate improved information and knowledge management within the Libya Mission for the purpose of monitoring and evaluation, organizational learning, reporting, and innovation, with a particular responsibility for maintaining and improving the activities databases.

  4. Act as primary focal point for IOM research activities of the Libya Mission with a view to responding to external and internal research queries.

  5. Conduct research for, write sections of, and review drafts of the Situation Report on Migration in Libya which the mission issues.

  6. Develop outreach strategy to win potential contributors and build a community of researchers, academics, policymakers, practitioners and other interested parties working on migration issues related to Libya.

  7. Support DTM unit with quantitative and qualitative research activities relating to Libya’s current humanitarian and displacement situation.

  8. Develop and sustain close working relations with governmental research institutions.

  9. Conduct background research and draft documents in support of meetings on Migration, with partners, donors and other regional organization.

  10. Support the organization of appropriate trainings and workshops with Implementing Partners and staff on issues related to research with an aim to promote, introduce, and strengthen understanding of the importance of research.

  11. Prepare draft reports and write identified sections of mission policy and strategy documents as well as mission public information materials.

  12. With a focus on research and knowledge production, assist in the identification of new programme/project possibilities consistent with expressed Government needs and IOM’s mandate and strategy in Libya; on this basis, assist in the formulation/development of project proposals.

  13. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Political Science, Social Science, Law or a 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.


• Experience in research, in particular quantitative and qualitative methods;

• Excellent drafting and editing skills;

• Experience producing visibility materials, publications, reports and other documents;

• Good knowledge of migration-issues;

• Good knowledge of the Middle East and North Africa region;

• Experience working with statistical software, such as SPSS or STATA, and databases is a distinct advantage.


Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of Arabic is an advantage.


With possible relocation to Libya if and when the situation is conducive.

Desirable Competencies:


• Accountability – takes responsibility for action and manages constructive criticisms;

• Client Orientation – works effectively well with client and stakeholders;

• Continuous Learning – promotes continuous learning for self and others;

• Communication – listens and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience;

• Creativity and Initiative – actively seeks new ways of improving programmes or services;

• Leadership and Negotiation – develops effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders;

• Performance Management – identify ways and implement actions to improve performance of self and others;

• Planning and Organizing - plans work, anticipates risks, and sets goals within area of responsibility;

• Professionalism - displays mastery of subject matter;

• Teamwork – contributes to a collegial team environment; incorporates gender related needs, perspectives, concerns and promotes equal gender participation;

• Technological Awareness - displays awareness of relevant technological solutions;

• Resource Mobilization - works with internal and external stakeholders to meet resource needs of IOM.


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.

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.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 21 November 2017 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

For further information, please refer to:

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

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. You can track the progress of your application on your personal application page in the IOM e-recruitment system.

Posting period:

From 08.11.2017 to 21.11.2017

Requisition: VN 2017/243 (P) - Research Officer (P2) - IOM Libya in Tunis, Tunisia (55233176) Released

Posting: Posting NC55233181 (55233181) Released