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Associate Researcher

Vienna (Austria)

  • Organization: ICMPD - International Centre for Migration Policy Development
  • Location: Vienna (Austria)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Scientist and Researcher
  • Closing Date: 2019-10-15

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Vacancy Announcement VA19P115V01 Associate Researcher


Posting Date: 30 September 2019

Deadline for Applications: 15 October 2019

Duty Station: Vienna , Austria

Start Date: As soon as possible

Contract Duration: 12 Months

Type of Post: International Organisational Overview:

The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) is an international organisation tasked with promoting innovative, comprehensive and sustainable migration policies. With 17 Member States and over 60 projects active throughout Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America, ICMPD isagrowingandever-morerelevantpresenceinitsfield.Theorganisation’sgreatestassetsareits200+ staffmembers,whopersonifyitsvaluesofcommitment,integrity,partnership,respect,andinnovation in actions and decisions.

Project Overview:

ICMPD is inviting all interested candidates to apply for the Associate Researcher position within the

Research Unit. The position will contribute to the project “Perceptions: Understand the Impact of Novel Technologies, Social Media, and Perceptions in Countries Abroad on Migration Flows and the SecurityoftheEU&ProvideValidatedCounterApproaches,ToolsandPractices”.Theoverallobjective of this project is to better understand and investigate narratives about Europe, how they may lead to

problems, and what type of tools to develop to counter negative impacts. ICMPD’s role will be to: Screen policies (across the EU and partner countries) and existing data on narratives of migration and potential issues that can arise based on mismatches of expectations; Support the implementation of focus groups with policy makersand civilsocietyorganisations in 11 countries/research sites in North Africa and Europe (Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Germany, UK) to identify needs and outline recommendations;

Reviewandanalysepastandcurrentcommunicationcampaignswithintherelevantcountries, identifying strengths and weaknesses;

Contribute to the development of a model and potential policy strategies to counter false narratives.

Please note that this position is subject to approval and availability of project funds. 1Job Description:

The Associate Researcher is responsible for analysis and content creation in support of project-level scientific research outputs.

The Associate Researcher engages in research planning, undertakes research, and drafts research related outputs. S/he is responsible for the implementation of projects’ components, as assigned. Within the assigned project, the Associate Researcher delivers research being responsible for the timely achievement of high-quality scientific outputs. S/he supports planning of research activities continuously assessingoutputs for quality and relevance and disseminates project´s scientificoutputs. The Associate Researcher follows scientific discussions and developments in his/her specific thematic area. S/he contributes to advancing internal information exchange on research findings as well as to translating research findings into options for further policy development. S/he contributes to the developmentofICMPD´sknowledgebodybysynthetizingresearchfindings,bydevelopingknowledge materials and by contributing to the development of new research initiatives and projects. S/he advances the state of knowledge in her/his particular field of expertise and disseminates immediate research findings at specialist events.

The Associate Researcher works under the overall supervision of the Head of Research and the direct supervision of Project Manager(s) of the assigned projects, Researcher, or Senior Researcher for project-specificdeliverablesandcollaborativelywithmembersoftheProjectTeamsandstaffinPolicy, Research and Strategy (PRS) Directorate enhancing exchange and information sharing. Tasks and Responsibilities:

1. Research in the Specific Fields of Expertise and for Projects:

Support planning and implemention of research-related outputs in the assigned activities guaranteeing scientific standards;

Collect and compile research relevant data from various sources and according to scientific standards;

Undertake data collection and conduct primary and secondary data analysis as well as qualitative empirical research;

Analyse, organise, synthetise and present findings in appropriate formats; Take charge of the preparation of data collection instruments, tools and materials. Analyse, interpret and organise data;

Draft research findings;

Draftdocumentsandanalyticalinputsincludingreports,researchpapers,reviews,summaries, policy relevant conclusions and presentations;

Contribute to drafting of scientific articles in specific area of expertise; Provide scientific input on specific area of expertise as requested; Prepare inputs to various types of policy outputs such as background papers, reviews, policy papers, blogs and policy discussions as required.

2. Support to Management of Research Projects and Components, Research Quality and Knowledge: Support planning, coordination and undertaking of research projects in selected areas of expertise. Coordinate and implement fieldwork where applicable;

Deliver research outputs. Support reviewing, commenting and revising outputs of projects; Engage in data collection, primary and secondary data analysis as well as empirical research within the assigned project components;

2 Prepare research-related inputs to project websites, publications, newsletters and social media as requested;

Provide research-related inputs to internal and external requests in relevant area of expertise as requested;

Share information and disseminate knowledge on specific expertise internally as requested; Design and organise (in coordination with project partners) project related events (including focus groups in selected countries), meetings, workshops and other activities; Engage in research proposals and funding applications/bids.

3. Support to Team Management:

Monitor quality and timelines of work outputs and provide guidance and feedback for project partners in assigned project components.

Key Results:

Information and data collected analysed according to applicable scientific criteria; Research inputs and data analysis prepared for projects and in ICMPD research and policy initiatives;

Research delivered in a timely and qualitative manner for assigned projects or initiatives; High-quality research-related outputs prepared;

Research in specific areas assigned planned and undertaken;

Research findings from project implementation translated for further policy development; Project events (focus groups) conducted in relevant countries;

Inputs to research proposals and funding applications/bids provided. Incumbent Profile:

A minimum of 1 year of position-relevant work experience in migration research; Knowledge of migration research, including theoretical approaches, methodologies and major empirical research and policy issues;

Knowledge of qualitative methods including fieldwork;

Publication record, commensurate to the experience required;

Good analytical and drafting skills;

Good organisational skills;

Experience in research within the framework of national or international research projects; Experience in independently managing and conducting fieldwork will be an asset. Corporate Qualifications:

Experience in international context;

Proficiency in (verbal/written) English and Arabic is required; proficiency in French is an asset;

Master’s degree related in social sciences or related field (e.g. migration studies, political science, sociology, gender studies, international relations, development studies, history, media and cultural studies, etc.).


ICMPD offers an attractive compensation package. This position is classified at IP1 Grade, with an annual net-base salary starting at EUR 35,484. Additional benefits include participation in the ICMPD Provident Fund, Health and Accident Insurance, six weeks’ annual leave and, where applicable, dependent’s and mobility allowances.

3Application Procedure:

Interested candidates are requested to submit their application in English through the ICMPD online

recruitment system at by midnight (CET) of the closing date specified above. For this purpose, candidates will first need to register with the ICMPD website. Once the relevant data has been entered, candidates will be able to apply for vacancies. Please note that in thecourse oftheonline application, themotivation letter andpersonal CVmust be uploaded in the EuropeAid format in English. The template is available for download at

All applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated above. Applications received after the published deadline, and offline applications submitted via email, fax or post, will not be considered.

Due to the high volume of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted and applicants are expected to be available for a personal/telephone interview.

In the event of a technical issue with your application, please email General Information:

ICMPD retains the discretion to re-advertise the vacancy or to cancel the recruitment. This position may entail frequent travel to high risk areas at short notice for the execution of the tasks and duties, which may warrant adherence to security protocols, and/or health procedures. 4

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