Migration Data & Statistics Development Officer
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Overview of position:
- As Somalia makes a political & economic transition, credible & timely official statistical information on social, economic & environmental conditions will play a fundamental role in effective policy making, planning & monitoring for economic growth, poverty reduction & attainment of such development targets as the NDP & SDGs.
- To remain relevant & capitalize on the opportunities of a dynamic information environment, the DNS has been fundamentally transforming across all aspects of the organization since 2014. Following the approval of the statistics bill in early 2020 & the recent signed statistics act by the President which incorporates appropriate international best practice to guarantee independence of the system & respect for statistical confidentiality across the Somalia’s statistics. The new law also fosters the statistical coordination. It provides the SNBS the mandate for coordination & supervision of the entire NSS.
- To improve the NSS, in early 2020, the govt. had established SNBS. The aim of the SNBS is to ensure the production of independent, objective & reliable statistics based on internationally recognized basic principles of statistics. Alongside this transformation agenda, the SNBS continues to produce a range of economic & social statistics to inform Somalia’s decision making.
- Statistical capacity remains weak, as reflected in the SCI Bank’s 2017 country statistical information database, Somalia has an overall score of 23, which is far below the SSA average of 61. Somalia ranks the lowest among all countries in SSA due to limited data availability, quality & periodicity. The low statistical capacity is specifically reflected in source data & methodology where it scores 10 out of 100 points for both categories, below the 56 & 44 point average for SSA respectively. Basic macroeconomic & development indicators are either not available, are dated, or exclude large parts of the population such as nomads.
- Establishment of an effective NSS in Somalia to deliver relevant, credible & timely statistics is a prerequisite for successful developmental planning, as well as for efficient policy, program & developmental support by development partners. Reliable statistics will also be needed to measure development effectiveness in the country as transition progresses. The strategic & institutional capacity of the NSS of Somalia & the statistical skills of staff need to be strengthened to enable Somalia to adopt international standards in the collection, compilation & timely dissemination of comparable official statistics.
- There is limited information on immigration & emigration in Somalia, which is critical to designing labour, migration & socio economic policies & programs. The dynamics of Somali population migration patterns have been shaped by cultural, political & socio economic factors in the Somali history. In the last 30 years in particular, insecurity & seasonal climate changes affected migration. Mobility in the Somali context was traditionally two types pastoralists’ movement within the country & outside of the country & the emergence of a diaspora living abroad which is also creating return flows into the country.
- Presently, migration data in Somalia is limited & fragmented. Demographic & administrative records & registers are housed at different govt. ministries & dept.'s, without a direct linkages & synchronization between the various ministries. Migration remains to be a critical issue to improve the availability & quality of migration data which is a goal for the FGS, international organizations, data producers, users & policy makers. The statistical ability to accurately measure migration is significant for evaluating & monitoring wide range of migration related circumstances, such as population growth & decline, migration of highly skilled workers, impact of migration on local labour markets, the socioeconomic integration of migrants, working conditions for migrant workers, or even evaluating the economic impact migrants through economic transaction & remittances.
- However, progress of national statistical systems to collect & monitor migration information is a weak process owing to a result of many factors, including lack of coordination between migration statistics producers, lack of adoption common terms & definitions of migration, limited data collection for estimating the true size of migration, as well as human & financial resource restrictions. So, these factors, it is important to enhance the capacity of the statistics office to measure migration related phenomena, in order to be able to manage migration & make evidence based policy decisions that would respond the needs of migrants & emigrants.
- Against this background, The FGS has identified the development of a migration data as a priority activity to collect, consolidate, analyse & harness use of migration data to inform development planning. There is a need to strengthen & synchronize data collection systems across different ministries & departments for better migration management. The development of a migration profile for Somalia will certainly support the govt's. efforts in creating such systems through enhanced coordination among the relevant ministries, depts. & agencies. The collection of travel, IDPs, human trafficking, smuggling & labour migration data analysis will contribute to an in depth understanding of how migration affects different categories of the population & promote the design of gender sensitive migration policies & programs.
- The capacity building activities sought by SNBS focus on institutional support, such as development & improvement of streamlined organizational cooperation & coordination with govt. ministries, MDAs, existing external partners, identifying & expanding partnerships with key expert organizations to enhance learning & effectiveness of the SNBS & improve harmonization to deliver statistical products that reflect international standards & establish the SNBS as a go to clearing house for data & research.
Under the overall supervision of SNBS, the international Migration Consultant will develop migration statistical data strategic plan. The migration statistics consultant will lead the assessment of national migration data capacity in Somalia aiming to identify key migration data sources, data management processes & identify areas where capacity building is needed. The consultant is also expected to review the engagement with current external partnerships, levels of coordination & cooperation, identify where partnerships are succeeding. Under supervision of the SNBS Director General, the consultant will undertake the following tasks & activities:
- Collect & review existing migration statistics in the archives & internal records of ministries, depts., agencies & produce a report presenting the results.
- Conduct a review of migration data type & quality, data sharing policy & standard migration data collection tools in use across MDAs, the SNBS & capture best practices in each institution.
- Advise on the development of security & confidentiality protocols for data sharing among key data migration stakeholders & of a MOU to identify roles & functions in the migration data governance frameworks.
- Prepare an internal strategy for the development of migration statistics to support the establishment of the migration data unit within the SNBS.
- Generates recommendations to establish systems to compile & disseminate national migration statistics.
- Any other task as assigned by the Director General.
This assignment will be structured in 2 phases:
- Phase 1 will aim to consolidate & review existing migration statistics collect by the main MDAs & SNBS, as well as to conduct an assessment of national capacity of producing reliable, timeliness & comparable statistics on migration & to identify areas where capacity building is needed. This phase will terminate with the organization of a stakeholder workshop to present the findings of these exercises & discuss the most suitable strategy to facilitate the establishment of a national migration data system in country.
- Phase 2 will aim to implement the commitments & findings taken during the first phase. This should include drafting protocols for data sharing & a corresponding MOU across MDAs, recommending & facilitating the endorsement of the TOR's to establish a migration data TWG, as well as elaborate recommendations to establish systems to compile & disseminate national migration statistics.
The Migration statistical specialist will ensure the provision of the following deliverables / outputs:
- An inception report outlining methodology, detailed work plan with timeline (report 1).
- Comprehensive review report of the existing migration statistics across MDAs (report 2).
- Report on the status of the migration capacity in country (report 3).
- TORs for migration data working group.
- Draft protocols for data sharing across MDAs & MOU.
- Recommendations to compile & disseminate national migration data statistics.
- Final NBS internal strategy for the development of migration statistics.
- This role works under supervision of the SNBS Director General.
- Advanced University Degree in Statistics, Demography, Health & Population Studies required.
- 7 years working experience related to statistics, methodology & processes of data gathering & dissemination.
- Experience managing migration statistical data collection, entry & maintenance.
- Demonstrable experience in & knowledge of the Somali context & govt. system.
- Experience in managing or developing databases is essential.
- Experience in product development, producing report & support dissemination with govt. & non stakeholders.
- Excellent interpersonal & presentation skills.
- Experience in work at NSA.
- Fluency in English & Somali (oral & written).
- Respects & promotes individual & cultural differences, encourages diversity & inclusion wherever possible.
- Maintains high ethical standards & acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles / rules & standards of conduct.
- Demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent & committed manner & exercises careful judgment in meeting day to day challenges.
- Develops & promotes effective collaboration within & across units to achieve shared goals & optimize results.
- Produces & delivers quality results in a service oriented & timely manner, is action oriented & committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
- Continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge & innovate.
- Takes ownership for achieving the organization’s priorities & assumes responsibility for own action & delegated work.
Encourages and contributes to clear & open communication, explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring & motivational way.
This role does not have any team management responsibility.
- Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply for this role.
- Relevant diaspora Somali nationals are encouraged to apply for this role.
- Candidates applying must upload a copy of their passport & updated resume in order to be considered for this role.
How to apply:
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