Research Officer

International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Research Officer

Duty Station: IOM Libya in Tunis, Tunisia

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P2

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

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 11 January 2023

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; Aruba (Netherlands); Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Congo (the); Cook Islands; Curaçao; Fiji; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Madagascar; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); 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 Chief of Mission of IOM Libya and direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator (Data Management) based in Tripoli, Libya CO, and in close coordination with the Deputy Chief of Mission and Senior Programme Development and Donor Relation Officer and Regional Research Officer & Regional Data Hub at the Regional Office (RO) for Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in Cairo, as well as the relevant departments at IOM Headquarters (HQ), the Research Officer will be responsible for framing of research design and identifying new areas for research undertaken by IOM Libya Country Office (CO) in line with IOM’s Global Migration Data Strategy.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Contribute to the development and provide technical develop support for the policy-relevant research on migration and contribute to IOM’s regular research publications (such as the World Migration Report, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) reports, reports related to the implementation of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM).
  2. Serve as Focal Point for Libya CO’s initiatives with relation to migration policies, responding to external and internal queries and fulfilling internal reporting requirements
  3. Based on findings of the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) reports, as well as consultations with Libya CO’s Programme Managers, Senior Management and the Project Development and Support Unit (PDSU), identify and frame new research questions and design studies to address them in line with Libya CO’s policy interests.
  4. Provide support and guidance to Programme Managers in developing and implementing projects, activities and strategies with research components, and ensure the quality control of the research produced by Libya CO.
  5. Prepare draft reports and write identified sections of Libya CO’s policy and strategy documents, regular research briefing notes and draft documents in support of meetings on Migration, with partners, donors and other regional organization.
  6. Support the DTM programme with quantitative and qualitative research activities relating to current humanitarian and displacement situation in Libya.
  7. Attend the monthly research coordination meetings with RO Cairo, attend any other research meetings with Libyan stakeholders, and follow up on any relevant request
  8. Promote the adoption, application and measurement of the gender and human rights perspective and promote the incorporation of the gender perspective in the elaboration pf reports and knowledge management products
  9. Contribute to outreach and relationship building with local and international researchers, academics, policymakers, practitioners, and other interested parties working on migration related issues in Libya.
  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 as well as increasing research capacity of research bodies, including universities.
  11. Coordinate closely with the Government Liaison Officer of Libya CO to ensure the development of close working relations with the Research Focal Point of Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and facilitate governmental research institutions.
  12. With a focus on research, assist in identification of new programme/project possibilities consistent with expressed Government’s needs and in accordance with IOM’s mandate and strategy in Libya and MENA region; 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, Migration and Migration Research, 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, with a good knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods;
  • Experience producing visibility materials, publications, reports and other documents; and,
  • Experience in qualitative and quantitative data analysis; and using statistical software such as SPSS, STATA, Python or R.


  • Advance drafting reports and editing skills;
  • Good knowledge of migration-issues;
  • Good knowledge of the Middle East and North Africa region is an advantage; and,
  • Capacity to effectively apply knowledge of migration issues within organizational context


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

External applicants for all positions in the Professional category are required to be proficient in English and have at least a working knowledge of one additional UN Language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, or Spanish).

For all applicants, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Arabic, French, and/or Spanish 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 (

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.

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 potential.
  • Empowering others & building trust: creates an atmosphere of trust and an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.
  • Strategic thinking and vision: works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.

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

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 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. Subject to certain exemptions, vaccination against COVID-19 will in principle be required for individuals hired on or after 15 November 2021. This will be verified as part of the medical clearance process.

Vacancies close at 23:59 local time Geneva, Switzerland on the respective closing date. No late applications will be accepted.

How to apply

To apply, interested applicants are invited to submit their applications HERE via the IOM e-Recruitment system by 11 January 2023.

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.

For further information please refer to:

Posting period:

From 29.12.2022 to 11.01.2023

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.

Requisition: SVN 2022 348 Research Officer (P2) IOM Libya in Tunis, Tunisia (57903589) Released

Posting: Posting NC57903590 (57903590) Released

Closing date: 11 Jan 2023