DTM Global Mobility Restrictions Intern


Feb 04 2021 Print

Thematic focus: To assist IOM to continue and develop its global workstreams on monitoring the impacts of mobility as a result of COVID-19. This includes work on the following workstreams: Global Mobility Restrictions, Point of Entry Monitoring, Impact on Migrants.

Reporting directly

DTM AKO Unit Lead (London) and DTM Lead Editor (London)

Overall supervision

Global DTM Coordinator (London)

Duty Station

London, UK

Number of positions


Starting Date

As soon as possible

Closing Date



6 months with possibility of extension



Since 2004 the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) is IOM’s main operational tool for tracking and monitoring the movements and the evolving needs of displaced populations. It has been systematically deployed in medium to large-scale humanitarian response operations in the last seven years, including in all Level 3 emergencies. During 2019 DTM was active in over 72 countries. To coordinate and support operations implemented by approximately 5,200 staff, the global DTM support team is comprised of 45 specialists across eight locations (Geneva, London, Bangkok, Nairobi, Dakar, Cairo, Vienna and The Hague).

The current outbreak of COVID-19 has affected global mobility in complex and unprecedented ways in the form of various travel restrictions, suspension of air travel and border closures. To better understand this, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has developed a global mobility database to map these impacts on human mobility, across global, regional and country levels. Furthermore, COVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact on vulnerable populations in camps and camp-like settings as well as exacerbated the vulnerabilities of mobile populations who may now be stranded owing to COVID-19 related mobility restrictions. This data is particularly important when addressing specific needs faced by migrants and mobile populations.

The main objective of this internship will be to assist IOM to continue and develop its global workstreams on monitoring the impacts of mobility as a result of COVID-19. This includes work on the following workstreams: Global Mobility Restrictions, Point of Entry Monitoring, Impact on Migrants.

Located in the IOM London office, under direct supervision of the DTM Analytics, Knowledge and Output Quality (AKO) Unit Lead (London, UK) and the DTM Lead Editor (London, UK), the successful candidate will integrate into the DTM AKO unit.



Objective: Technical assistance in the production and review of information products and reports based on DTM and other data, with the aim of informing the humanitarian programme cycle (HPC)

Common to all interns in the AKO unit:

  • Provide support in analysis and interpretation of data, as tasked by the DTM AKO unit
  • Facilitate the logistical organization of webinars in support of the DTM unit to ensure regular internal and external updates on human mobility and displacement;
  • If necessary, in coordination with DTM Country Missions provide updates on human mobility trends, changes and any other significant observations surrounding human mobility and displacement in the respective context;
  • Assist the DTM Country Missions and teams in London in the production and quality control of documents;
  • Coordinate with other units of the global DTM support team to ensure continuity of functional workflows;
  • Provide administrative and logistical support to the London team when needed;
  • Provide support in analysis and interpretation of data as well as in review of DTM documents requiring remote assistance to DTM Missions, at their request;
  • Assist in the refinement of DTM’s data collection methodologies and questionnaires, identifying good practices and providing recommendations for improvement;
  • Support technical training of other staff, including through the organization of dedicated webinars;

Thematic Focus: assist IOM to continue and develop its global workstreams on monitoring the impacts of mobility as a result of COVID-19. This includes work on the following workstreams: Global Mobility Restrictions, Point of Entry Monitoring, Impact on Migrants

  • Support the compilation of country level mobility restrictions as part of the Global mobility restriction work
  • Support the compilation of Impact on Migrants records, as part of the Impact on Migrants workstream
  • Support with the consolidation of the MR database, and quality control mechanism links to the MR and impact on migrant workstreams
  • Support with the consolidation of IOMs Point of Entry (PoE) database, and support with the data analysis of the fortnightly IOM PoE reports

Perform any other tasks as assigned.



The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Excellent research, writing, communication and statistical/analytical skills;
  • Ability to prepare clear and concise reports;
  • Accountability;
  • Client Orientation;
  • Continuous Learning;
  • Communication;
  • Creativity and Initiative;
  • Planning and Organizing;
  • Professionalism - displays mastery of subject matter;
  • incorporates gender related needs,
  • Pperspectives,
  • Concerns and promotes equal gender participation;
  • Technological Awareness.



  • Strong and demonstrable knowledge and interest in migration, development economics, political economy of development, conflict studies, public health and/or humanitarian issues;
  • Personal commitment, efficiency, flexibility;
  • Ability to work effectively and harmoniously in a team and with colleagues from varied cultures and professional backgrounds under tight deadlines.




  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office 365 (Excel, Word and PowerPoint)
  • Experience using Adobe Suite (e.g. InDesign, Illustrator)
  • Experience in quantitative research methods (statistical modelling, applied econometrics and/or machine learning) Advantageous
  • Experience working with R (programming language), including at least three of the following
  • Experience with GIS software such as ArcGIS/QGIS
  • Experience with other coding languages (e.g. Python) and relational databases (inc. SQL)
  • Experience in qualitative research methods



Master’s degree from an accredited academic institution in a field of study related to Economics / Development Economics, Data Science, Political Science, Social Science, Development Studies, Public health, Epidemiology or other relevant disciplines with a significant quantitative component.

Alternatively, a Bachelor’s degrees with 2 years of relevant working experience.



Required: Excellent communication skills in English (written and oral).

Advantegeous: Working knowledge of Arabic and/or additional UN language.



Applicants to the IOM internship programme must, at the time of application, meet one of the following requirements:
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent); or
  • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or 
  • Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within one year of graduation



For application details, please follow this link: https://unitedkingdom.iom.int/vacancies