Country Researcher for Greece

Organization: International Centre for Migration Policy Development
Closing date: 27 Oct 2017

Vacancy Announcement VA17P103V01

Country Researcher for Greece

Study on Trafficking Resilience and Vulnerability en route to Europe (STRIVE)

Posting date: 10 October 2017

Deadline for applications: 27 October 2017

Duty station: Home-based with domestic and international travel

Start date: 1 December 2017

Contract duration: 13 months, on part time basis

Eligible nationalities: All

The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), an international organisation with headquarters in Vienna, Austria, is looking for qualified candidates to fill the above-mentioned position.

The selected Country Researcher will be working within the ICMPD Anti-Trafficking Programme under the supervision of the Research Coordinator and the Project Manager. She/he will be responsible for carrying out country-level research for the project ‘’Study on Trafficking Resilience and Vulnerability en route to Europe (STRIVE)” and for participating in project-related events.

The STRIVE project is 18-month research project focusing on trafficking in persons along the migrant and refugee routes to the EU during the period 2015-2017 inclusive, as well as assessing vulnerabilities to trafficking and factors of resilience to trafficking among asylum applicants and migrants en route to Europe. The geographical scope of the research is Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia and Serbia, the main transit countries and countries of first arrival in the EU along the Western Balkan route, with field research also conducted in Germany, the most important country of destination, and Italy, the country of first arrival in the EU along the Central Mediterranean Route.

The research question of the STRIVE project is: what is the incidence of trafficking in persons (TIP) and what are the vulnerabilities to TIP among people making the irregular migration journey to Europe? The objectives are to increase the reliability of data and provide the knowledge base to inform actions to address TIP and vulnerability to trafficking among asylum applicants and migrants en route to Europe, and to significantly improve policy and operational responses in the countries under study in TIP prevention, protection and prosecution, based on the research findings and recommendations.

The project will be implemented by a multi-country team consisting of: a Research Coordinator and Research Assistant based in Vienna; a Project Manager and Project Assistant based in Skopje; and 7 Country Researchers based in Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia and Serbia.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Country Researcher should be based in Greece and will carry out desk and field research on Greece. The Country Researcher will deliver a final Country Report to the STRIVE Research Coordinator.

The selected candidate shall perform the following specific tasks:

  • Compose a Country Report on Greece, according to the methodology developed by the research team.
  • Provide information on the country research wherever requested by the STRIVE Project Team.
  • Fulfil requests by the Project Team or any other member of ICMPD for additional information or analysis on Greece.
  • Carry out field research missions, if requested by the Research Coordinator to do so and if this is necessary for data collection.
  • Establish relevant contacts and liaise with national and international stakeholders, in coordination with the Project Team.
  • Attend training on the research methodology, including providing some input to the methodology, in Skopje in December 2017.
  • Participate in an event in Belgrade to discuss preliminary findings.
  • Participate in an event in Sofia to finalise the Country Report.
  • Participate in a Final Conference in Athens to present the research results to stakeholders.
  • Participate in any other project related event relevant to the project for coordination and/or dissemination purposes.
  • Carry out other related tasks as assigned by the Project Team.

The Country Researcher will receive general support from the project team in the implementation of the research.

Essential Qualifications


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in international relations, geography, law, development studies, economics, social or political science, psychology, migration studies, demography or a related field. PhD will be considered an asset.


  • At least five years of experience in conducting academic research on migration, refugees, human trafficking, human rights, conflict and/or other related topics at national.
  • Previous experience with refugees, asylum applicants and/or trafficked people is considered an asset, particularly in conducting interviews with vulnerable people.
  • Previous experience in drafting research reports.
  • Previous experience of working on a multi-country research team is an asset.

Knowledge, skills, abilities:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in Greek and English are essential.
  • Working knowledge of one of the languages spoken by migrants within the scope of the study (e.g., Arabic, Kurdish, Dari, Pashto, Tigrinya) is an asset.
  • Familiarity with the international and national trafficking and/or migration and asylum framework (relevant legislation and institutions) is considered an asset.
  • Ability to pay attention to detail and meet tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work as part of a multicultural team.

ICMPD Core Values

  • Commitment, integrity, partnership, respect, and innovation in actions and decisions.


The remuneration for this expert post will be determined based on qualifications and experience. The remuneration will be paid in four instalments upon successful completion of tasks. Where duty travel is required within the assignment, a daily subsistence allowance (DSA) and travel costs are provided. Health coverage and a pension fund are the responsibility of the incumbent. -GB’>

How to apply:

Application Procedure

Interested candidates are requested to submit their application in English through the ICMPD online recruitment system at by midnight (CET) of the closing date specified above. For this purpose, candidates will first need to register with the ICMPD website. Once the relevant data has been entered, candidates will be able to apply for vacancies.

Please note that in the course of the online application, the motivation letter and personal CV must be uploaded in the EuropeAid format in English. The template is available for download at

All applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in this vacancy announcement. Applications received after the published deadline, and offline applications submitted via email, fax or post, will not be considered.

Due to the high volume of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Interviews will be held from 06-15.11.2017. Testing may be part of the recruitment process.


For enquiries and/or technical support, please contact ICMPD at

General Information

ICMPD retains the discretion to re-advertise the vacancy, to cancel the recruitment, to offer a contract with a modified job description or for a different duration, or to offer a contract at a lower grade.

ICMPD is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity.