Call for Applications for Researcher


Position Title
Duty Station
Type of Appointment
Estimated Start Date
Closing Date Call
Consultant/ Service Provider
Short-term Consultancy/ Service Provider Agreement
01 October 2017
31 August 2017

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM is looking for a researcher with a strong and good track record who shall be responsible for the research framework, data collection and research report. 
The researcher must have sound professional experience, qualifications and skills matching the standards required by this assignment. 


Under the project ‘Innovative Actions in Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) from the Netherlands’ the researcher will conduct an exploratory study focusing on migrant families residing in so called ‘Family Locations (Gezinslocaties)’.

Following the Dutch High Court ruling in the Ferreira case in 2012, the Dutch government organizes the housing of migrant families whose asylum application has been rejected (and consequently obliged to leave the Netherlands) in designated Family Locations, until the youngest child has reached the age of 18.

In that same year the Dutch government introduced the ‘Mauro law’ or ‘Rooting law’, followed by a child amnesty provision in 2013, legalizing a group of asylum children (and household) based on the rooting principle.

Despite these developments, which intended to make a clear distinction between the right to stay and the obligation to leave, the return figure of migrant families in the Family Locations is relatively low.

Exploratory study

The study aims to gain more insight into the decision-making process of migrant families in these Family Locations, whose legal remedies in most cases have been exhausted, but nevertheless decide not to return.

Given the legal context, the study will focus on the migrants’ views and concerns over their current situation versus their future including in view of a possible return to the country of origin.
Key elements will be the identification of possible obstacles for this group to return, whether factual or psychological, and views and concerns over the future of their children.
The study includes an analysis of the motivation, or lack thereof, to return, as well as the use of possible incentives towards return that could be considered by the relevant Dutch agencies.

The study may also involve other relevant respondents and parties, such as IOM staff, representatives of immigration agencies, NGOs, diplomatic relations and the diaspora.

The study will mostly employ qualitative approaches and methodologies.


The researcher will have the following responsibilities:

  1. Formulate a clear and concise research question (in English);
  2. Develop a research framework and research tools, including a questionnaire to conduct key informant interviews (in English);
  3. Conduct a review of literature on return migration;
  4. Conduct interviews and collect data at Family Locations. IOM will assist in identifying locations and respondents;
  5. Write final report (in English), in a format agreed with IOM, which analyses the data and makes recommendations about the return and reintegration package for the target group and other actions that could facilitate their return;
  6. Coordinate with project coordinator, report on progress and discuss modifications if needed.


Research framework;
Final report.


This study will be developed and conducted, including delivery of report, in the period October 2017 – January 2018.
The exact planning of all responsibilities will be agreed upon between IOM and the successful candidate upon signing of the contract.


The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate a combination of the following skills, experience and qualifications:

  • Completed Master’s degree;
  • Candidates should have Dutch nationality, be an EU citizen, or have a valid work permit for the Netherlands;
  • Fluency in English is required, and speaking one of the following languages is an advantage: Armenian, Dari, Somali, Arabic, Kurdish, Amharic, Chinese, Russian and French;
  • Fluency in Dutch is an advantage;
  • Proven research capabilities and peer-reviewed publications on the topic;
  • Excellent interviewing skills;
  • Ability to work together with other organizations/people and manage constructive criticism;
  • Ability to take initiative and creative thinking;
  • Establish and maintain a network relevant for the job;
  • Ability to meet deadlines and keep an overview of the tasks.

Application process

Interested applicants are invited to send a one page cover-letter and curriculum vitae, including a description of reference research. 
The application needs to be submitted in English by e-mail to IOM the Netherlands, Dit e-mailadres wordt beveiligd tegen spambots. JavaScript dient ingeschakeld te zijn om het te bekijken..
Three candidates will be selected and invited for an interview, after which the successful candidate will sign an IOM contract. 

Application deadline

Closing date is the 31 August 2017. 


For questions you can contact Olivier Sprée on Dit e-mailadres wordt beveiligd tegen spambots. JavaScript dient ingeschakeld te zijn om het te bekijken./ 0031-6-51115717, or in his absence Pieter Maas on Dit e-mailadres wordt beveiligd tegen spambots. JavaScript dient ingeschakeld te zijn om het te bekijken./ 0031-6-22790140. 


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