The West and Central Africa region is home to intricate and complex migration flows. It is also affected by a series of sudden and protracted crises generating forced population movements. IOM has been increasingly requested to contribute to estimating, analysing and interpreting trends in migration flows and forced displacement, in addition to better understanding the profiles, needs, vulnerabilities and living conditions of migrants and forcibly displaced persons throughout the region. IOM’s Regional Office for West and Central Africa wishes to strengthen its capacity to collect and analyse data on migratory movements in the Sahel region and more broadly in West and Central Africa, in order to become a reliable source of updated quality migration data and to inform robust programs and strategies in support of migrants within the full range of activities proposed by IOM.

In this context, the IOM Regional Office in Dakar is looking for a Regional Data and Stabilisation Officer. Under the direct supervision of the Head of the Regional Data Hub (RDH) at the Regional Office, and the overall supervision of the Regional Director, the successful candidate will be in charge of addressing and responding to information management needs within the framework of supporting displaced and vulnerable persons affected by communal conflict and violence. S/he will support countries in the region in setting up, deploying, implementing and harmonizing data processes for a large range of data collection activities, focusing mainly on the Transhumance Tracking Tool (TTT) and the Solutions and Mobility Index (SMI), implemented by IOM missions in West and Central Africa, based on migration data standards.

IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. Applications are welcome from internal and external candidates, particularly qualified female candidates. For this vacancy, applications from qualified and eligible internal candidates are considered before those of qualified and eligible external candidates in the selection process.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Provide technical support to Country Offices and the Regional Office on the data related components of all SMI tools, specifically the Stability Index (SI), and the TTT, as needed.
  2. Perform data quality and consistency control. Whenever possible automatise data analysis using python, R, Stata or other relevant statistical software
  3. Produce summary statistics, analysis and narrative for regional reports of SMI and TTT activities in the region.
  4. Undertake travel duty to support the development and roll out of SI and TTT activities, solve problems relating to implementation of activities, facilitate enumerator training and provide reporting and analysis support, as required.
  5. Support the development and drafting of SI and TTT reports produced by Country Offices;
  6. Centralize, clean and process DTM and SMI data for DTM’s main migration data activities in the Regional Data Warehouse (RDW) in SQL Server.
  7. Participate in the development of standard data tools (databases, data collection tools, mobile data collection tools, automated analysis) – or, when existing, promote the use of standard migration data tools – for Country Offices and the Regional Office – and monitor coherent and timely use of tools.
  8. Support the setup, definition, and harmonization of data processes and standards of data collection and data reporting and verify Country Offices and the Regional Office abide to these standards.
  9. Liaise with the Department of Operations and Emergencies (DOE) and Migration, Environment and Climate Change (MECC) units for their inputs on the deployment of the TTT and SI;
  10. Compile and aggregate information elements required to produce standardized information products to support the production of regional IM products and support the production of country specific products.
  11. Liaise with HQ on data and server related topics to ensure a coherent and harmonized approach of the region vis a vis the global standards
  12. Ad-hoc support to country offices on database building, XLS forms, IM products, GIS, etc.
  13. Perform other duties as required.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information or Data Management, Engineering, Social Sciences, International Affairs or a related field from an accredited academic institution plus two years of relevant professional experience;


  • Master’s degree in Computer Science, Information or Data Management, Engineering, Social Sciences, International Affairs or a related field


  • Experience with relevant software such as Python, R, Stata, ArcGIS, Mapinfo, SPSS, EpiInfo6, SQL Server, and/or proGres.
  • Experience with HTML, PHP, ASP and/or Java is an asset.
  • Proven experience in statistical information analyses.
  • Experience in designing and formulating IM-related technical requirements and Operating Procedures.
  • Experience in web design and software development is an asset.
  • Experience in emergency response in the field, crisis, post conflict and other displacement situations is a distinct advantage.


  • Fluency in both English and French is required

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
  • Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of
  • Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day

Core Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2

  • Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize
  • Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed
  • Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and
  • 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

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
  • Empowering others & building trust: creates an atmosphere of trust and an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their
  • Strategic thinking and vision: work strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and

communicates a clear strategic direction.

How to apply

How to apply:

Interested internal and external candidates are invited to submit their applications by e-mail to , indicating: « ROWCA-HR-23-004-SVN» in the subject line.

For applications to be considered, applicants are asked to submit applications with a cover letter (no more than one page long) specifying motivation and qualifications for applying, as well as a detailed resume/CV, functional e-mail address and mobile telephone number. Incomplete applications will automatically be rejected.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Posting Period:

From 31 january 23 to 15 February 23