Research Specialist

Research Specialist in Bogota: The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, working in more than 40 countries to provide adequate assistance with a rights-based approach to refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced persons, returnees and migrants.

Our vision is to help refugees, internally displaced persons and their host communities to a dignified life. We protect lives and human rights and empower beneficiaries throughout conflict displacement by providing shelter, food and hope in terms of work, education and integration towards a sustainable future.

DRC established an operational presence in Colombia in 2011 with a focus on Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) and providing support to the conflict-affected population in the south of the country. With the onset of large mixed migration flows to Colombia due to the Venezuelan crisis, DRC began an integrated humanitarian response in 2018 to meet the urgent needs of refugees, asylum seekers, migrants, Colombian returnees, and host communities in some of the areas most vulnerable in Colombia, such as the Caribbean coastal areas (Riohacha and Barranquilla). urban centers (Bogotá and Cundinamarca), and Caquetá. In 2021, DRC opened field offices on the South Pacific coast in the department of Nariño and the northern zone of Colombia in Norte de Santander.

Objective of the position:

The Mixed Migration Center (MMC) is a global network, dedicated to data collection, research, analysis and the development of policies and programs on mixed migration. MMC has regional offices located at the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) regional offices in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Latin America, and a coordination team, based in Geneva and Brussels.

MMC is a leading source of high-quality data, research and analysis. Its objective is to contribute to the improvement of knowledge about mixed migration, positively influence migration policies at a global and regional level, provide evidence-based protection responses for people on the move, and stimulate reflection in public and political debates on mixed migration. mixed migration.

The general objective of the position is to support the Mixed Migration Center – Latin America and the Caribbean (MMC LAC) with the publication of relevant research to inform public policies and the humanitarian response to mixed migratory movements in Latin America. The research specialist will lead research processes at a regional and national level. The researcher will also be specifically in charge of leading the research processes of the MMC LAC on children on the move in Honduras.

Under the supervision of the MMC Manager, the selected person will be responsible for:

  • Design research protocols on mixed migration dynamics in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Design and implement research projects and qualitative and quantitative data collection tools in LAC.
  • Carry out primary and secondary data collection and analysis activities on mixed migratory movements, with a focus on quantitative and qualitative research.
  • Lead the writing of 4Mi research products and other MMC products.
  • Present the results and represent MMC at national and regional events.
  • Design and lead advocacy activities.
  • Direct the data collection work of the MMC interviewers in the field; and more specifically of the pollsters in Honduras;
  • Contribute to a better use of the data collected.
  • Support the implementation of specific research projects.
  • Provide support for training on data collection and analysis.
  • Participate in MMC activities with external actors.
  • Any other activity necessary for the research work of MMC LAC.

Responsibilities: (in bullets)


  • Lead the design of new research protocols with mixed methodology;
  • Consolidate new analysis frameworks and data collection tools;
  • Direct the work, with the support of the 4Mi official, of the survey teams in the field;
  • Lead the writing of the 4Mi project research products and briefing notes, as planned;
  • Support the MMC LAC teams by acting as a focal point for quantitative and qualitative research projects.

Data management and analysis:

  • Monitor the trends of mixed migratory movements in Latin America and the Caribbean and research projects on the subject;
  • Act as a focal point for the collection of secondary data on mixed migration from relevant sources;
  • Provide feedback/review quantitative and qualitative data collection tools to minimize time spent on data cleaning and ensure data is collected in a form that is most immediately usable;
  • Lead the data analysis processes for all MMC research projects in the region;
  • Contribute to the MMC LAC research agenda by preparing qualitative analyzes through specific software such as NVivo or Atlas.ti;
  • Work closely with the 4Mi Information Management Officer on the quality of delivered 4Mi surveys.
  • Participate in the systematization of the qualitative and quantitative information available monthly on conditions en route, protection risks, economics of smuggling and trafficking, intentions and aspirations of migrants, etc.

Research dissemination:

  • Lead the organization of events to disseminate the analysis and publications of MMC LAC;
  • Contribute to the construction of working relationships with actors working in the area of ​​mixed migration;
  • Strengthen the work of MMC to contribute to the formulation of public policies and humanitarian response programs;
  • Lead the preparation of MMC LAC periodic reports on its activities.
  • Design and lead advocacy strategies;


  • Provide training to CMM and DRC teams on research methods and relevant software (Nvivo, R, Stata etc).
  • Participate in the training of the 4Mi data collection team.

Experiences and technical skills:


  • 3 to 5 years of experience working in a research or academic context;
  • Demonstrated experience in data management and quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques, including the use of relevant software (such as Stata, R, Nvivo or Atlas.ti);
  • Demonstrated experience in the design of research protocols;
  • Demonstrated experience writing research products, preferably on migration and/or humanitarian issues;
  • Management of computer systems, including Microsoft Office and smartphone applications;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and experience working effectively in a team;
  • Strong organizational capabilities;
  • Demonstrated ability to produce robust analysis for a variety of audiences;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality in programmatic operations;
  • Advanced command of English: the position involves writing documents and publications in this language.


  • Research experience on children on the move;
  • Research experience on mixed migration in Latin America or other regions;
  • Experience in managing pollsters and researchers;
  • Experience with advocacy strategies and activities;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current migration debates and dynamics;
  • Previous experience working with international NGOs;
  • Enthusiasm regarding the possibility of learning and finding creative solutions to problems.


Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in a relevant area, including for example international relations, political science, sociology, economics or other social sciences.


  • Spanish (expert)
  • Written and spoken English (expert)

All DRC roles require the subsequent incumbent to master the DRC Core Competencies:

  • Achieve excellence: focus on achieving results and ensuring efficient processes.
  • Collaboration: involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.
  • Take initiative: take ownership and initiative while pursuing innovation.
  • Communicate: listen and speak effectively and honestly.
  • Demonstrate Integrity: Act in Accordance with DRC’s Vision and Values

We offer

  • The opportunity to belong to one of the best NGO’s worldwide.
  • Access to over 1,000 free online trainings and certificates.
  • Prepaid medicine, 100% coverage of the policy for the employee and special price for beneficiaries.
  • 3-month fixed-term national contract with all legal benefits
  • Salary starting at $5,459,000 depending on the experience and skills of the candidate.
  • Start date: Immediate.
  • Salary and conditions in accordance with the terms of employment in Colombia.

Application process:  All applicants must upload a cover letter (max. 1 page) and an updated CV ( max. 2 pages, without supports ) in Spanish, on the DRC employment platform. Applications sent by email will not be considered.

Application closing date : Friday, March 31, 2023 at 11:59 am Local Time. Please note that applications will be continually reviewed and interviews will be scheduled as soon as a suitable candidate is identified  . DRC reserves the right to close the vacancy prior to the deadline once a suitable candidate is identified.

It is recommended to apply for this vacancy as soon as possible, if it is of interest to you.

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Department: America
Country: Colombia
Workplace: Bogotá
Contract Type: National
Categories: Investigation
Education: Bachelor's Degree Master's Degree

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