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VA21P144V01 - Internship

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Project title:

Job Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration: 3 months
Closing Date: 30 Sep 2021


Organisational Overview:

The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) is an international organisation tasked with promoting innovative, comprehensive and sustainable migration policies. With 18 Member States and active in more than 90 countries worldwide, ICMPD takes a regional approach in its work to create efficient cooperation and partnerships along migration routes. The organisation’s greatest assets are its 380+ staff members, who personify its values of commitment, integrity, partnership, respect, and innovation in actions and decisions.

Project Overview:

ICMPD is inviting all interested candidates to apply for the Research Unit Intern position for the project “Information measures and capacity building on asylum, legal and irregular migration in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Western Balkans (IKAM)”. The project’s overall objective is to provide impartial information about the risks and consequences of irregular migration and options for legal forms of movement – e.g. labour and educational migration or family reunification, and counteract misinformation. It aims to inform potential migrants, members of vulnerable groups, and people in transit about the legal, social and economic realities of life in Europe and the possibility of voluntary return. 

The IKAM project also comprises a research study, “Analysis of the linkages between protection, development opportunities and decisions about irregular onward movement”. The IKAM study reviews existing scientific explanations of destination country selection by migrants with a specific focus on the linkages between decision making on target countries and migration routes and the migration governance systems in the WB countries. The research focus lies on Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH), North Macedonia (NM) and Serbia – transit countries with the most significant number of people on the move. The aim is to understand the following two perspectives: 1) Migrants’ motivation, expectations, choice of destination, and 2) State characteristics and functioning of relevant migration governance systems.

Job Description:

The intern provides support to the work of the IKAM team based in ICMPD’s HQ in Vienna, Austria, under the direct supervision of the Head of Research Unit and Leading Researchers that monitor, evaluate, guide and provide professional development.

The Internship is conceived as a full-time entry-level short-term opportunity for people interested in preparing for a career in research/or policy in international settings. 

On the one hand, students and young professionals will gain direct and unique experience in the implementation of a research study that is part of a larger project on irregular migration, funded by the Austrian Ministry of Interior and the European Union (AMIF). On the other hand, the IKAM team will benefit from the knowledge and personal experience of the interns to support project activities.

The IKAM research study contains a quantitative and qualitative component, secondary literature, and policy document analysis. The successful candidate will primarily work on the qualitative data analysis that includes empirical material collected through interviews with migrants and experts in BIH, NM and Serbia. However, they will also engage in the implementation of all research activities, including supporting the research team in conducting desk research and/or preparing policy brief and summarising findings for the final report.