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  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Yangon
  • Grade: Mid level - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Affairs
    • Migration
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2019-02-17

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Mixed Migration Center Asia Manager

Yangon (Myanmar)


In February 2018, the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) established the Mixed Migration Centre (MMC). MMC brings together various existing regional initiatives – hosted or led by DRC – engaged in data collection, research, analysis and policy development on mixed migration issues into a new global network of mixed migration expertise. The MMC is a leading source for independent and high-quality data, information, research and analysis 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. Read more about the MMC here:

DRC and MMC aim to establish a MMC hub in Bangkok, focusing on the Asia region as part of the global MMC network which also includes regional hubs in Asia, West Africa, East Africa, and the Middle East. Initially this position will be based in Yangon, while registration is pursued in Thailand.

Asia is characterized by fast-evolving and complex population movements. Asian countries host significant mixed migrant populations, although the lack of reliable data and estimates make it very difficult to assess the actual extent of mixed migration and migrant smuggling trends in the region. Nations within the region can generally be divided into destination countries (Brunei, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan), countries with both significant immigration and emigration (Iran, Malaysia and Thailand), and mainly source countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam).

Since 2016, DRC/MMC have been implementing the Mixed Migration Monitoring Mechanism Initiative (4Mi) in Asia studying Afghan displacement, which is now being expanded to include other Asian migrants. 4Mi collects data through in-depth structured interviews, identifying protection risks, conditions, experiences and trends faced by people on the move. 4Mi fills information gaps around protection and vulnerabilities with a view to informing policy and humanitarian programmatic response as well as enhancing sector understanding and knowledge on migration dynamics.

MMC aims to provide a comprehensive regional, as well as cross-regional understanding of mixed migration dynamics across Asia. It therefore aims to establish a regional MMC hub, similar to the already existing hubs in Amman, Dakar and Nairobi. 

To lead this process, DRC/MMC is recruiting a manager for MMC Asia.



As the Mixed Migration Centre Manager for Asia, you will be responsible for the overall strategy and implementation of MMC Asia. Your main duties and responsibilities will be:

  • Manage the MMC Asia and its team, currently a 4Mi Project Manager and 3 4Mi project staff.
  • Manage projects funded by various donors. This includes donor reporting and outreach.
  • Develop the expanding role of MMC Asia, including strategy development and fundraising.
  • Develop and implement, in close coordination with the DRC Regional Office and MMC Geneva the strategy and work plan for MMC Asia.
  • Maintain and manage the regular dissemination of MMC products such as monthly summaries, trend analysis, maps and research reports and papers.
  • Coordinate and manage sector-leading research initiatives and analysis. Produce high-quality research output (report, papers, articles) and in-depth analysis on trends in mixed migration in the region.
  • Maintain the regional page of the MMC website. Continue to develop MMC Asia reputation as the go-to resource on mixed migration in the region.
  • Manage external consultants working on research projects.
  • Take overall responsibility for the Mixed Migration Monitoring Mechanism Initiative (4Mi) in the region. Closely manage the 4Mi project manager to ensure the quality of the 4Mi programme.
  • Contribute to DRC/MMC policy influencing in the region.
  • Represent MMC Asia in regional fora (conferences, working groups, etc.) and coordinate with relevant regional partners (IOM, UNHCR, other UN agencies, NGOs, donors and embassies, etc.).
  • Closely coordinate with the DRC Regional Office, including regional and country protection staff to create effective synergies and contribute to evidence-based programming and advocacy. Participate in relevant DRC internal meetings.
  • Closely coordinate with the DRC Regional Office, MMC Geneva and the other MMC regional hubs.



To be successful in this role we expect you to have strong project management skills, a dedicated interest in mixed migration flows with proven experience in leading and conducting research.

  • Advanced university degree in International Political Sciences, Social Sciences or similar;
  • A minimum of 7-10 years of experience in a relevant international position;
  • Strong background in migration and having a clear understanding of the regional mixed migration dynamics in Asia;
  • Strong analytical and writing skills in English;
  • Proven track record of producing publications;
  • Proven experience in leading and conducting research;
  • Proven programme management skills;
  • Field protection experience is an added advantage;
  • Excellent communication and networking skills;
  • Human rights/protection knowledge and knowledge of international refugee law



The MMC Asia Manager will report to the DRC Asia Head of Programs, with a technical line to MMC Geneva.



The position is placed in Yangon, with regular travel within the region. This position may be relocated to Bangkok in Q4 2020. This is an unaccompanied position placed at an A11 salary grade.




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Applications close date: 17/02/2019


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