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Organization: Danish Refugee Council
Country: Uganda
Closing date: 01 Jun 2018

DRC has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997. Using a human rights framework, the DRC East Africa and Yemen (EAY) operation focuses mainly on people who are affected by displacement, including refugees, internally displaced, and migrants in Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Uganda, Tanzania and Yemen. The EAY Regional office also supports non-operational initiatives, focusing on mixed migration issues, civil society engagement, and advocacy and policy initiatives related to displacement.

The MMC 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, the 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. The MMC’s overarching focus is on human rights, protection and assistance.

The MMC is part of, and governed by DRC. While its institutional link to DRC ensures MMC’s work is grounded in operational reality, it acts as an independent source of data, research, analysis and policy development on mixed migration for policy makers, practitioners, journalists, and the broader humanitarian sector. The position of the MMC does not necessarily reflect the position of DRC.

The MMC focuses on five core regions: Eastern Africa & Yemen, North Africa & Southern Mediterranean, West Africa, Middle East & Eastern Mediterranean and Asia. The 30 staff members of MMC are based in Geneva and Copenhagen and in its regional hubs Amman, Dakar, Nairobi, Tunis and Kabul, where it works in close cooperation with regional partners, stakeholders and donors. Through the Mixed Migration Monitoring Mechanism Initiative (4Mi) 100 monitors are collecting data on mixed migration in over 20 countries across different migration routes globally, conducting over 10,000 in-depth interviews with refugees and migrants on the move annually.

Mixed Migration
Mixed migration refers to cross-border movements of people including refugees fleeing persecution and conflict, victims of trafficking and people seeking better lives and opportunities. Motivated to move by a multiplicity of factors, people in mixed flows have different legal statuses as well as a variety of vulnerabilities. Although entitled to protection under international human rights law, they are exposed to multiple rights violations along their journey. Those in mixed migration flows travel along similar routes, using similar means of travel – often travelling irregularly and wholly or partially assisted by migrant smugglers.

4Mi – Mixed Migration Monitoring Mechanism initiative
MMC’s flagship data collection tool is the Mixed Migration Monitoring Mechanism initiative (4Mi). Started in 2014, 4Mi is a field level, low-cost and continuous, data gathering mechanism focusing on those in mixed migration flows (and involved with mixed migration as ‘smugglers’/facilitators) along particular route of migration, in selected countries of origin and destination. The primary instrument has been the use of an in-depth questionnaire survey through the use of smart phone technology with cloud-based uploading of completed questionnaires in real time and location-tagged through GPS documentation.

The overall aim of 4Mi is to support an improved knowledge base for policy response and protection response to mixed migration. 4Mi data is used to inform research and analysis, policy development and programmatic responses. To increase understanding of realities on ground and protection gaps etc. and through this improve protection of those in mixed migration flows where increasing levels of abuse, neglect, hardship and death face men, women and children caught in mixed migration flows.

Key Responsibilities
The specific objectives of the Project Manager will be to lead and support the 4Mi programme run out of the MMC East Africa & Yemen, to establish a continually improved knowledge base for protection response to mixed migration and better inform public policy. However, this role will also advise the MMC global team on expansions and strengthening of 4Mi programming across the world. Some of the key activities will be as follows:

Daily 4Mi operations and staff management

  • To oversee the operations and management of the 4Mi project in the EAY region and outside regions (such as Southern Africa, North Africa and Europe), related to the flows from the Horn and East Africa (primarily flows from Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia)
  • Management and daily supervision of the Nairobi-based team of 4Mi staff (currently: 2 ICT officers, 2 project officers)
  • Manage, together with the project team, a network of field monitors in different countries using digital technology to survey mixed migration.
  • To identify partners, key informants, contacts and other interlocutors critical to the success of this project and establish close working relations with relevant existing mixed migration-related agencies in different countries.
  • Monitor and responsibly manage the 4Mi budgets and ensure timely and regular donor reporting.
  • In coordination with the MMC Coordinator, maintain donor relations with 4Mi donors and expand the donor base for 4Mi East Africa.
  • Expand 4Mi project in EAY region and along major routes out of the region.

Analysis and presentation of 4Mi data

  • Lead on improving and revising the 4Mi programme and methodology (including, but not limited to, recruitment of monitors in the field, developing a training manual for monitors, defining geographical position of monitors, respondent selection and survey design) and, ensure the methodology of 4Mi is regularly reviewed with respect to increasing its reliability and voracity.
  • Ensure timely, regular updates of 4Mi data in infographics and mappings on the 4Mi website.

Lead a revision process of the 4Mi website

  • To manage and organize data and be adept at analysis and interpretation of data for use in infographics, website presentation as well as text analysis (for electronic and hard copy use)
  • Regular written analysis in short articles and longer research papers based on the data produced by 4Mi is an essential output of the 4Mi team: the project manager is expected to be able to perform well in this regard and manage others in the team also tasked to work in this area.
  • Present 4Mi data and outcomes at international conferences and keep abreast of new developments and ongoing debates on migration data.

About you
To be successful in this role, we expect you to be a positive, mature leader with a proven track record of developing effective initiatives, programmes, and impact. You thrive in managing a wide range of responsibilities, and can effectively communicate and lead the country team. You enjoy working with teams of committed staff to build collaboration and capacity within the regional Programmes and building strong relationships with the regional team.

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate each of DRC’ 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: you act in line with our vision and values

Moreover, we also expect the following:

Experience and technical competencies:

  • A master’s degree graduates with at least 5-7 years’ experience in an international context (with an NGO, an international organization or a research organization).
  • Proven record in analysis, survey methodology and design, and written or infographic based end product use of data gathering processes.
  • Technical architecture of data networks
  • On-line visualization and communication
  • Experience in migration and ICT may be an advantage but not a requirement.
  • Strong experience in survey modules
  • Proven track record in team management.
  • Strong ability to make rapid assessments and sound judgments with little support.
  • Excellent communication skills and problem solving skills are also very desirable.
  • A well-motivated, organized self-starter who can work independently.
  • Skills in terms of reporting and drafting are essential.
  • Strong and proven interest in migration
  • He/she must be able to travel a significant period (30-40%) of the time in this role.

DRC encourages all qualified candidates to apply, irrespective of nationality, race, gender or age.


Availability: 15th June 2018

Duty station: Kampala, Uganda (Nairobi for Kenyan nationals). The project manager is expected to travel 30-40% of the time.

Reporting: This position reports to the MMC Regional Coordinator and guided by the MMC Global strategy for 4Mi data collection and analysis.

Duration: 1 Year with possibility of extension, subject to funding.

Contract: Level A13 Salary, benefits and other conditions are offered in accordance with DRC’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to www.drc.dk under Vacancies. For national candidates, competitive salary and benefits are offered in accordance with the National staff salary scale and terms of employment.

DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework into the work of DRC (http://www.drc.dk/HAF.4265.0.html)

How to apply:

Qualified candidates are invited to access the full job description and the requirements for this position under vacancies at www.drc.dk. Please submit applications online using this link by 1st June 2018

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