Sunday, October 23, 2011

Uganda Lead Researcher & Data Analyst

IOM is an intergovernmental organization established in 1951, IOM is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society. IOM invites applications from qualified candidates for the following vacancy at our Karamoja Office:

Position Title Lead Researcher & Data Analyst (Consultant) Duration of Assignment Three months with the possibility of extension Duty Station Moroto (Karamoja) Uganda Starting Date As soon as possible

Background Information – Coordinated Response to Human Trafficking in Uganda

The project entitled, “Coordinated Response to Human Trafficking in Uganda” (“CRTU”) aims to bring about a coordinated response to human trafficking in Uganda with a predominant focus on so-called “Karamojong Street Children”. The project outlines a humane and orderly reception and case management approach based in Kampala working with an existing civil society actor along with on-the-job training and direct set-up assistance for the Ministry of Internal Affairs’s “Office for the Prevention of Trafficking in Persons”. Close monitoring will be performed by the Uganda Human Rights Commission. Based on IOM’s regional and worldwide expertise in counter-trafficking and case management, individual cases will handled directly from reception, through to return home, and socio-economic reintegration assistance. The data gathered throughout these processes will be used in order to incrementally build a detailed profile of human trafficking in Uganda with a view to more targeted programming and referral to investigative authorities for surveillance, detection, and prosecution. In the second year of the programme an emphasis on communities of return and evidence-based approaches to addressing the drivers and causes of human trafficking will be embarked upon.

Through iterative assessment in the field, reinforced by case management of client information, the CRTU will design and implement Uganda’s first ever Victims of Trafficking Database. This database will be the focal point for IOM’s cooperation with MoIA’s Office for the Prevention of Trafficking in Persons both in Kampala and with other stakeholders in the field through the establishment of working joint monitoring hubs;

All research should initially be consultation-based (viz. case management), transitioning into household-level and community-level assessments in identified trafficking hotspots. Periodic query-based (i.e. evidence-based reporting) will be performed at the request of government and interested stakeholders using a publicly available Request for Information Form. The Trafficking Database should provide for timely tracking of trafficked and vulnerable households though the establishment of information collection and distribution points. The development of a rigorous household vulnerability tracking survey and client consultation tools for case management will be vital. The key feature of the database is its ability to track changes in victims of trafficking (‘VoTs”) and vulnerable households’ profiles within the acquired target area. The acquisition of this target area depends entirely on throughput and repatriation of VoTs or ‘clients’. The Victims of Trafficking Survey will compliment IOM’s worldwide “Global (Victim-Centred) Human Trafficking Database” that includes information of more than 20,000 victims assisted by IOM globally.

The process of collecting information should also be treated as an information dissemination opportunity. The network of information collection points (inputs) and distribution points (outputs) must be robust such that the dynamics of vulnerability, socio-economic reintegration, security, and the mobility of households and communities are rigorously tracked. The key to effective collection and distribution will be building pre-existing and institutionalised capacity on the ground. This can be done by creating a team of trained caseworkers conversant with counselling, identification of special needs, and able to dissect complex client information for follow-up. By depending on existing communication and information networks, which in this case means local government, law enforcement structures, and existing capacity amongst CSOs, IOM aims to engage local actors in the monitoring and assessment of the trafficking phenomenon and related place/group vulnerability. Thus, local government, security apparatus, and caseworkers are at the leading edge of the assessment process as opposed to the usual practice of casting local government in the role of a bystander or passive recipient of information.

IOM will encourage key Government stakeholders to use information emerging from data analysis and day-to-day operations as the basis for deterrence activities ranging from surveillance and investigation to prosecution. While IOM would not be directly involved in investigations and potential prosecutions, specialist legal advice and guidance would be made available to Government stakeholders and victims. Furthermore, IOM would advise and assist Government in exploiting windows of opportunity for effective public information campaigns built around specific trafficking profiles, while keeping victims’ privacy and protection as main concern.

Reporting & Deliverables – Coordinated Response to Human Trafficking in Uganda

Under the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator and close cooperation with the Counter-Trafficking Programme Officer, the Consultant will develop a clear and reliable picture of human trafficking and other exploitative and coercive practices through the design and implementation of a Victims of Trafficking Database. The following deliverables will be expected of the consultant:

  1. During project inception establish joint monitoring hubs in Abim, Napak/Moroto, Nakapiripirit, and Kaabong in close cooperation with designated Government of Uganda agencies and Karamoja-based civil society entities in order to effectively perform case management in the field and joint-research activities;
  2. Design of assessment tools including VoT screening form, client consultation form(s), family/community consultation form(s), community project input form(s), and joint monitoring form(s);
  3. Lead the Data Analysis Team in conducting PASW/SPSS (or equivalent) and MSExcel analyses;
  4. Lead the Data Analysis Team using Android OS based survey administration and related analyses with designated third parties (viz. application development);
  5. In close cooperation with the Programme Officer and caseworkers, develop public information for dissemination during information gathering;
  6. Training of caseworkers and participating government officials in the administration of paper-based and Android OS based survey tools;
  7. Design, development and management of VoT Database backend and frontend, including data entry and encoding with both PASW/SPSS/MSExcel (or equivalent) and Android OS based information;
  8. Field testing of all forms through joint monitoring hubs in Kaabong, Nakapiripirit, and Napak/Moroto;
  9. Hotspot-mapping of parishes and sub-counties based on a client-respondent sample;
  10. Collection of all forms from joint monitoring hubs and designated local implementing partners each month, following which IOM staff will conduct a 10% quality control check on the filled-out forms and conduct field verification of 1% of all forms;
  11. Village, parish and sub-county government and law enforcement briefed in the event a collection point fails a quality control check or field verification, and either re-assessment or capacity-building measures undertaken;
  12. Conduct qualitative assessment in hotspots to establish evidentiary basis for targeted community-based socio-economic reintegration assistance;
  13. Provide technical assistance to referral network partners for the introduction for Case File Management Systems as a means to collate and analyse case file data over time;
  14. Assist the Office for the Prevention of Trafficking in Persons to adopt the Victims of Trafficking Database as a model for a Human Trafficking Database as an information management tool for the whole of Uganda;
  15. Develop a publicly available Request for Information Form in order to provide information to Government and designated third parties based on the VoT Database;
  16. Periodic query-based (i.e. evidence-based reporting) based on a publicly available Request for Information Form; and
  17. Conduct quarterly training aimed at reaching a common threshold of understanding on information gathering and analyses of human trafficking among different stakeholders including but not limited to; police officers, border post/migration officials, district officials, local leaders, judiciary and referral civil society partners.

Desired Skills & Competencies

  1. University degree in statistics/ research methodologies or other field with a major in statistics/research methodologies or the equivalent in technical experience and expertise;
  2. Significant experience managing large-scale surveying and/or data collection, including survey design (tools, sample selection), data collection, database entry and database management;
  3. Extensive proven experience conducting preliminary and inferential analyses, including correlations (partial, discriminant functional analysis, canonical), regressions (multiple, logical), factor analysis and analysis of variance (t-test, ANOVA, MANOVA, ANCOVA);
  4. Comprehensive command of PASW/SPSS (or equivalent) and MSExcel;
  5. Proficiency with MSWord and MSPowerPoint; and
  6. Proven report writing experience using quantitative data analyses to develop comprehensive contextual analyses.


Fluency in written and spoken English. Fluency in Luo, Kiswahili, Pokot and/or Ngakarimojong a distinct advantage.

Consultancy Fees

Based on experience and background, consultancy fees will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

Application method

Direct Hire

A detailed resume without a cover letter and not more than 4 pages should be sent to: /

Please indicate the job title in your response.

Closing Date: 26. 10. 2011


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