Impact Evaluation Officer

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Position Title:  Impact Evaluation Officer

Duty Station:  Dakar, Senegal

Classification:  Professional Staff, Grade P2

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

Estimated Start Date:  As soon as possible

Closing Date:  02 February 2022

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.

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; Cuba; Curaçao; Fiji; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana;   Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s   Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Libya; Luxembourg; Marshall Islands;   Micronesia (Federated States of); Montenegro; 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.


The Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) is part of the International Cooperation and Partnerships Department (ICP) and responsible for providing all stakeholders with a better understanding of global migration data. GMDAC is involved in a variety of tasks including data analysis and collection, support for IOM missions, capacity building for IOM member governments and knowledge management (communication).

GMDAC is expanding its support to IOM missions’ Monitoring & Evaluation activities regarding rigorous impact evaluations. In this context, GMDAC has been conducting a series of impact evaluations of IOM information campaigns. IOM is implementing information campaigns to raise awareness of the risks of irregular migration and legal migration options through various programmes and in various countries. GMDAC is coordinating impact evaluations in different IOM regions in close collaboration with the country and regional offices and provides technical assistance to assess the effects of information campaigns using robust methods and data collection. To support this work, we are looking for an Impact Evaluation officer.

A growing body of research suggests that potential migrants are generally distrustful of information campaigns on irregular migration and that they are more likely to believe information obtained through trusted social networks. The ‘Migrants as Messengers (MaM)’ campaign – one flagship IOM information campaign in West Africa – addresses this distrust by informing potential migrant communities in West Africa through peer-to-peer messaging.

The project started in 3 countries in November 2017 and will expand to include 7 countries in the region (Nigeria, Senegal, Guinea, Gambia, Cote d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone and Liberia) over 3 years. It is carried out by volunteer returned migrants using storytelling techniques to record peer interviews broadcast on social media.

In close cooperation with the Migrants as Messengers campaign implemented by the IOM Regional Office in Dakar, GMDAC will design and implement four rigorous impact evaluations of information campaigns over the course of 3 years.

Under the overall supervision of the director of GMDAC, the direct supervision of the GMDAC Survey and Data Officer, and in close collaboration with the Impact Evaluation Officer, the successful candidate will support the design, management and implementation several rigorous impact evaluations of awareness raising campaigns in West Africa. The position will be based in the Regional Office for West and Central Africa in Dakar, Senegal.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Support the design of four rigorous (quantitative) impact evaluation;
  2. Support recruitment of field coordinators and survey teams for each of the four studies;
  3. Support development of questionnaires, field protocols, enumerator training manuals;
  4. Coordinate logistics, procurement and field implementation with IOM country offices and survey firms;
  5. Travel to participating country missions in West Africa;
  6. Support data management, cleaning and analysis;
  7. Support report writing;
  8. Facilitate effective coordination and maintain fluid channels of communication with country focal points and core staff to ensure synchronicity, closely coordinating and collaborating on ongoing community engagement programs in their respective countries;
  9. Perform such other related duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Economics, Social Sciences, Statistics, Public Policy, Development Studies 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.


• At least 2 years of relevant work experience in conducting high quality evaluation research or similar applied quantitative research involving field work in low-income settings;

• Track record of high-quality research output in the form of reports or (peer-reviewed) journal papers;

• Familiarity with experimental and quasi-experimental research methods for programme evaluation;

• Proven experience in implementation of quantitative evaluations in low-income settings using robust designs, including survey implementation, questionnaire design, sampling, data analysis, project monitoring, and enumerator trainings;

• Strong conceptual and research/analytical skills with the ability to think strategically and rapidly analyse and integrate diverse information from varied sources into conclusion and recommendations;

• Experience writing reports and/or guidelines;

• Ability to work effectively in diverse teams;

• Advanced working knowledge of Stata and/or R;

• Working knowledge of Survey CTO and/or Kobo Toolbox;

• Willingness to travel;

• Experience in dealing with International Institutions and Organisations (UN, etc.).



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 (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese).

For all applicants, fluency in English and French is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of other local languages of West and Central Africa and/or Spain 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.

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 and who do not have prior experience outside the duty station’s country as staff member in the Professional category 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

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 02 February 2022 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

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.

Posting period:

From 20.01.2022 to 02.02.2022

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.

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