Danish Refugee Council Project Manager – Research and Communications Jobs in Ethiopia

Danish Refugee Council Project Manager – Research and Communications Jobs in Ethiopia

Closing date: 29 Apr 2019

The Mixed Migration Centre is a leading source for independent and high-quality data, information, research and analysis on mixed migration.

Through the provision of credible evidence and expertise on mixed migration, MMC aims to support agencies, policy makers and practitioners to make well-informed decisions, to positively impact global and regional migration policies, to contribute to protection and assistance responses for people on the move and to stimulate forward thinking in the sector responding to mixed migration.

MMC focuses on 6 core regions, with regional teams in each of these: Eastern Africa & Yemen; North Africa; West Africa; the Middle East, Asia and Europe. Read more about the MMC here: www.mixedmigration.org. The MMC is part of the Danish Refugee Council.

Since 2014, MMC has been implementing the Mixed Migration Monitoring Mechanism initiative (4Mi), a growing network of monitors stationed in key migration hubs in more than 20 countries along 7 major migration routes, who are interviewing refugees and migrants on the move on a continuous basis.

Read more about 4Mi here: http://www.mixedmigration.org/4mi/. 4Mi is MMCs flagship project and provides the data which is key to the three overall objectives of MMC:

To increase the understanding of migration
To contribute to policy development and debate
To contribute to evidence-based responses for people on the move
While managed and implemented by MMC regional hubs through different 4Mi programmes, MMC and DRC aim to further develop 4Mi into a global data collection tool, allowing for standardized data collection and comparative analysis across various mixed migration routes globally.

Overall purpose of the role
DRC is looking for a Project Manager - Research and Communications to manage the formative research and all research for a 4 year DFID funded project ‘Addressing Unsafe and Irregular Migration through and from Ethiopia’.

The Research Manager will also provide support and oversight to the dedicated Research Technical Lead of the formative research component - to understand more about the drivers, profiles, patterns of mixed migration populations traveling through and from Ethiopia.

Under the management of DRC’s MMC, the Research and Communications Manager is responsible for ensuring provision of overall research planning, collection of data through various research methods, analysis of data and consolidation into research pieces, and reporting of findings to the consortia. The Project Manager - Research and Communications will report to Chief of Party

Formative Research and Data Collection

  • Develop methodology and manage data collection and analysis process. Development will be in collaboration with the DRC and MMC teams, and tools will be shared with consortium partner before starting field work.
  • If relevant, provide support and oversight to mobile based survey tool for data collection. This will be done in close collaboration with MMC management.
  • Ensuring that data collection and research collected in the project, and from other sources, is presented to the Research Ethical Committee to inform strategic planning decisions
  • Support and regular updates of consortium partner and implementing agencies on research progress and findings.
  • Prepare and submit final report to consortium as per time frame
    agreed upon contracting.
  • Develop strong linkages between the data collection, research & analysis and programme development and provide concrete and evidence based recommendations
  • Debrief consortium partners completing the research and validate the findings prior to submitting final report
  • Management of a research team (currently envisioned at 3 direct supervisees) and all product deliverables

    Communications and research dissemination

  • Work with partners to develop a communications / engagement strategy based on the findings of the formative research completed in the inception phase of the project.
  • Integrate the lessons and recommendations from the research into evidence-based policy and advocacy tools.
  • Looking broadly at available research on the situation of irregular migration and people in mixed migration flows in and through Ethiopia – identify areas for continued research and analysis outside of the formative research.
  • Facilitate research on migrants in and through Ethiopia and dissemination at key fora and with a range of stakeholders, including policy, advocacy and protection networks.
  • Organise events that contribute to mixed migration thinking in the region (e.g. roundtables, debates, seminars, research launches, etc.)

    About you
    Experience and technical competencies

  • A post-graduate degree in migration, international relations, development studies, or other related field.
  • The successful candidate is expected to have at least 5 years’ experience in a senior research management and/or advocacy role (head of research, advocacy specialist or similar) with an international NGO, preferably working with mixed migration issues in East Africa, with a particular focus on Ethiopia.
  • Proven experience with variety of research methods and methodologies
  • Proven technical experience in formative research planning and implementation
  • Demonstrated expertise in communications, advocacy, policy engagement
  • Experience working with national NGO partners and local/government authorities
  • Proven experience using the finding of research into advocacy tools and products
  • Experience with a range of donors, preferably with experience and knowledge of DFID
  • Willingness to travel to and work in insecure environments
  • In this position, you are expected to demonstrate each of DRC’s five core competencies:

  • Striving for excellence: you focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process
  • Collaborating: you involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.
  • Taking the lead: you take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
  • Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.
  • Demonstrating integrity: Upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.


  • Fluent written and verbal communication skills in English

  • Contract: One year contract. The position is graded as employment band M.F Level 2.

    Salary and conditions in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Global Expatriates available at www.drc.ngo under Vacancies. This position is non-accompanied.

    Availability: May 2019

    Duty Station: Addis Ababa

    Commitments: DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework.

    How to Apply:
    Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit updated CV and cover letter in English through the online application on Danish Refugee Council Project Manager – Research and Communications Jobs in Ethiopia under vacancies no later than 29 April 2019.

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