Call for Applications for Researcher

Are you a researcher and keen to work for an international organization in the field of migration in the Netherlands? IOM – the UN Migration Agency – is looking for a researcher, available in the first quarter of 2020, with a strong track record who shall be responsible for a study in the field of return migration in the Netherlands. 

 Deadline extended until 15/12/2019

Position Title Researcher
Duty Station: The Netherlands
Reference Code: CFCV-NL10-2019-07
Classification: Consultancy
Type of Appointment: Consultancy (4 months)
Estimated Start Date 1 January 2020
Closing Date: 15 December 2019

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading intergovernmental 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 the Netherlands is looking for a researcher with a strong and good track record who shall be responsible for the research framework, data collection and the research report. The researcher must have sound professional experience, qualifications and skills matching the standards required by this assignment.


IOM works in the area of return migration in order to provide support to migrants in the Netherlands (NL) considering return to their country of origin (CoO). A culturally diverse team of IOM counsellors work across the NL at different locations in and outside the asylum system, in which it reaches out to migrants from many different CoO. At the request of the Dutch government, IOM facilitates the voluntary return of migrants from NL to their CoO since 1992 under the Return and Emigration Assistance from the Netherlands (REAN) programme. Throughout the years, more than 60,000 migrants in NL have returned to more than 100 different countries with the help of IOM. Decades have passed since IOM started the Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) scheme in NL, but not without changes in the return migration landscape in terms of migrant nationalities, migrant locations, number of organizations supporting migrants and approaches to connect with migrants in an ever-changing world of information and communication technology. Within these dynamics, IOM strives to be accessible for all migrants who need return support. The study will look into relevant migrant groups who currently make relatively less use of the AVRR scheme and will advise on strategies that will help in securing the dissemination of information about IOM and the provision of support if needed to these groups.      

Nature of the consultancy:

The study aims to gain more insight into migrant groups, falling within the scope of the REAN programme, who are potentially in need of return and reintegration support but currently do not make use of the AVRR scheme.      

Which migrant groups can be identified who may need return and reintegration support, but currently do not make use of the AVRR scheme? What are the reasons they are not making use of this support? What possible outreach and communication approaches could IOM consider when seeking access to and interacting with these migrant groups?

Besides desk research, the study involves relevant respondents, such as migrants, IOM staff, representatives of immigration agencies, NGOs, diplomatic relations, municipalities, social workers and key figures of the diaspora. The research will focus on (relatively unexplored) cities in the Netherlands, outside the asylum system.  

Tasks to be performed under the contract:

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 relevant literature;
  4. Conduct interviews and collect data at migrant locations. IOM will assist in identifying locations and respondents;  
  5. Write a final report (in English), in a format agreed with IOM;
  6. Coordinate with the project coordinator, report on progress and discuss modifications if needed.   

Tangible and measurable outputs of the work assignment:

  1. Planning and framework;
  2. Literature review;
  3. Questionnaire migrants;
  4. Questionnaire other stakeholders;
  5. Interview schedule;
  6. Transcripts migrants (estimated n=30);
  7. Transcripts other stakeholders (estimated n=10);
  8. Data analysis;
  9. Draft report;
  10. Final report.

Location of the assignment:

The interviews of respondents will take place at various locations across the Netherlands. Desk research is expected to be done by the consultant remotely.  

Realistic delivery dates:

This study will be developed and conducted, including the delivery of the report, in the period January 2020 – April 2020. The exact planning of all responsibilities will be agreed upon between IOM and the successful candidate upon signing of the contract. 

Required Qualifications and Experience:

The consultant should have a strong background and proven expertise on the subject matter, particularly on migration-related topics with at least 5 years of professional experience and a track record of related publications, preferably on migration, for academic and policy audiences and must be able to demonstrate a combination of the following skills, experience and qualifications:

  • Completed Master’s degree in political or social sciences or related field from an accredited academic institution;
  • Completed or candidate PhD degree is an advantage;
  • Experience working with an international organization;
  • Proven field research capabilities, especially with ‘invisible’ groups;
  • Excellent interviewing skills;
  • Sensitivity to different cultural and economic contexts;
  • Experience with different means of communication;
  • 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.


  • Fluency in English is required, and speaking one of the following languages is an advantage: Arabic, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Russian;     
  • Fluency in Dutch is a distinctive advantage.

Other requirements:

  • Candidates should have Dutch nationality, be an EU citizen, or have a valid work permit for the Netherlands.

Application process

Interested individual consultants are invited to send their applications in English to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. quoting CFCV-NL10-2019-07 by 2 December 2019. (Deadline extended until 15/12/2019)

The application should include:

  • A brief technical proposal on your capacity and approach to the assignment;
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • A brief description of reference research.

Only fully completed applications will be considered and only shortlisted consultants will be contacted.