The Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) is a system to track and monitor displacement and population mobility. It is designed to capture, process and disseminate information to provide a better understanding of the movements and evolving needs of displaced populations, whether on site or in route regularly and systematically.
DTM plays an essential role in providing primary data and information on displacement both at country and regional levels.
DTM has thus far been deployed in 16 countries in the region, principally to collect data in sudden onset population movements.
As part of IOM’s Regional Office (RO) for Central America, North America, and the Caribbean in San Jose, the DTM Regional Officer will join a growing team of data and information management staff, consultants and interns under the newly formed Regional Migration Data Unit (RMDU) dedicated to consolidating and expanding existing migration data and information management efforts in the region that focus on enhancing the quality, comparability, reliability and ethical use of migration data.
The DTM Regional Officer will serve as an important conduit between different DTM operations collecting key information on rapidly evolving migration and displacement dynamics in the region and will provide support to country offices in implementing DTM-related data collection processes and data management activities (including data mapping, encoding, storing processing, analysis and dissemination).
As needed, the incumbent but will also implement regional-level DTM activities.
Responsibilities and Accountabilities
Under the overall supervision of the Regional Director for Central America, North America and the Caribbean, and the direct supervision of the Regional Migration Data Coordinator and in close coordination with the global DTM team and Regional Thematic Specialists, the selected candidate will have the following responsibilities :
Assist in guiding and advising country teams in the planning, development and implementation of DTM activities and the analysis of DTM findings in the region.
Serve as regional liaison and communication focal point between IOM country offices in the region, RO San José and DTM HQ.
Deliver trainings on DTM data collection on a regular basis, providing staff with guidance on technical and soft skills as well as methodologies to gather data, in line with IOM Data Protection Principles and DTM standard tools and methodologies.
Support the validation of DTM data collection processes and data management activities, including mapping, encoding, storing, processing, analysis, and dissemination in line with IOM data protection principles and DTM tools and standards, with the support of other RMDU colleagues.
Review and validate data collected through DTM activities in the region, including checking and validating data cleaning procedures, categorization and coding of responses, and removal and / or replacement of incomplete or inaccurate records and surveys, identifying any issues and pursuing correctional measures when and if necessary according to existing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
Ensure that identifying data have been removed and that data are shared and stored according to IOM Information Technology (IT) and data protection policies and procedures.
Review DTM reports and other outputs for completeness and accuracy and ensure alignment with existing DTM reporting templates;
develop required reports and information products on DTM at the regional level, including, but not limited to, overview documents, analytical and statistical reports, infographics and presentations, and other relevant products.
In close coordination with DTM Country Coordinators, the DTM global team, as well as staff in the RMDU, support programme implementation and reporting, track progress and deadlines and follow up with relevant staff as required.
Support in conducting monthly DTM coordination and monitoring meetings at the regional level alongside the RMDU Unit Coordinator and participate in DTM HQ coordination meetings and platforms whenever necessary.
With the support of RMDU colleagues, liaise when necessary with external stakeholders to ensure that DTM products and tools effectively meet partners’ and other humanitarian actors’ information needs, in order to inform evidence-based programming and responses.
Perform such other duties as may be assigned.
Required Qualifications and Experience
Master’s degree in Social or Political Sciences, Statistics, Information Management, Computer Science or a related field from an accredited academic institution; or
University degree in the above fields with two years of relevant professional experience.
Notable experience in data collection, research, and report writing, including applying statistical methods, processing data and interpreting results.
Demonstrated experience writing technical requirements documents, translating / planning specifications to technical briefs for data capture / analysis.
Proven track record in compiling and analyzing diverse datasets.
Experience in the development, set-up and management of demographic and / or socio-economic databases a distinct advantage.
Experience in advanced data visualization and information design skills.
Demonstrated experience in effectively communicating, liaising and coordinating with internal and external counterparts at different levels.
Fluency in Spanish and English (oral and written).