Jan 062019

Organization: Norwegian Refugee Council
Country: Switzerland
Closing date: 22 Jan 2019

The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) is the world’s authoritative source of data and analysis on internal displacement. Since our establishment in 1998 as part of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), we offer a rigorous, transparent and independent service to the international community, and inform policy and operational decisions to improve the lives of people living in, or at risk of, internal displacement.

With a team of 23 people in Geneva and an annual budget of 5 million USD, we monitor more than 130 countries in the world for which we provide verified, consolidated and multi-sourced estimates of the number of people internally displaced or at risk of becoming displaced by conflict, violence, disasters and development projects. We complement this global data with interdisciplinary research into the drivers, patterns and impacts of internal displacement. Using this evidence, we provide tailor-made advice and support to inform global, regional and national policy-making. Our data and evidence are published on our website and via our Global Internal Displacement Database ( Our flagship report,
the Global Report on Internal Displacement (, published every year in May, is the world reference on IDP statistics, featuring trends and thematic analyses, country and regional spotlights.


  • Contract type: 1 year fixed-term contract
  • Expected level of effort: 100%
  • Reporting to: Head of Policy and Research

Main Tasks

In close coordination with the Head of Policy and Research, the Researcher will support research on selected thematic areas in alignment with the department’s research priorities, with a particular focus on internal displacement in the context of slow-onset disasters and on the dynamics of internal displacement to cross-border movements. This includes, drafting research concept notes, developing methodologies for primary data collection, coordinating fieldwork logistics, training and supervising local enumerators, and conducting interviews and other data collection in selected fieldwork locations. Drawing upon quantitative and qualitative analysis of primary and secondary data, the Researcher will draft and publish briefing materials, presentations and publications under the guidance of the Head of Policy and Research.

In addition to supporting research on selected thematic areas, the Researcher will contribute to the production of the Global Report on Internal Displacement and to other research themes as appropriate. The Researcher will also identify funding opportunities and support the development of research proposals in line with the department’s identified research priorities.

Specific responsibilities:

  1. Lead research on the dynamics, patterns and impacts of internal displacement and cross-border movement in the context of slow-onset disaster, environmental and climate change.

  2. Conduct research in case study countries and lead research assistants in primary data collection and analysis.

  3. Draft and publish results from primary and secondary research in line with IDMC’s thematic research priorities and policy agenda.

  4. Identification of opportunities for positioning IDMC’s analysis and drafting of blogs, news items and analytical pieces, in coordination with the Communications Department.

  5. Contribute to the production of the Global Report on Internal Displacement and to other research themes as appropriate.

  6. Identify funding opportunities and support the development of research proposals in line with the department’s identified research priorities.

  7. Perform other duties in the department as appropriate.


Generic professional competencies:

  • Master’s degree related to international development, displacement and migration, disaster risk and climate change adaptation, humanitarian affairs or a related field
  • Experience of designing research programmes and developing methods for primary data collection using mixed methods from qualitative and quantitative research
  • Strong writing skills and ability to condense large amounts of data and analysis in an efficient manner
  • Strong initiative and collaborative working style
  • Excellent communication skills and good team worker
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal – knowledge of another official UN language a plus

Specific skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Knowledge of human mobility issues in the context of slow-onset disasters and climate change, conflict, or development
  • Experience of conceptualising, planning and conducting primary research on displacement drivers and impacts
  • Proven experience of conducting primary research in Africa, Asia or Latin America
  • Experience of processing and analysing large amounts of data and qualitative information into concise and communicable briefing papers and information pieces
  • Ability to question, understand and evaluate quantitative and qualitative research on internal displacement
  • Ability to convey complex problems in accessible concepts and terms, both verbally and in writing and to adapt language and messaging for different audiences
  • Ability to clearly communicate research findings and their global and regional policy relevance

How to apply:

Deadline for applications is the 22nd January 2019. Please note that applications will only be accepted through the NRC recruitment platform:

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We look forward to receiving your application.

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