Call for Experts Stocktaking “grey” literature on international level CROSSMIGRATION

Posting Date: 17/06/2019

Deadline for Applications:24/06/2019 

Duty Station: Home Based  

Start Date: As soon as possible

Contract Duration: 3 Months 

Type of Post: Local 


Organisational Overview:

The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) is an international organisation tasked with promoting innovative, comprehensive and sustainable migration policies. With 17 Member States and over 60 projects active throughout Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America, ICMPD is a growing and ever-more relevant presence in its field. The organisation’s greatest assets are its 200+ 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 as an Expert to undertake a mapping of grey literature on the international level to complement a general stocktaking of migration research of the past ten years in the in the framework of the CROSSMIGRATION project

CROSSMIGRATION is funded under the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Led by Erasmus University Rotterdam, the CROSSMIGRATION consortium includes 16 of the leading migration research institutes from across Europe. The project aims at establishing an interactive online migration research hub for European stakeholders and scholars to facilitate the access to and overview of knowledge and data on migration related issues. The aim is to produce a research database that will form part of a research hub in migration research. The research database will contain three main types of information: publications, data-sets and research projects. In addition, an expert database on individual researchers will allow researchers to set up a profile and confirm links to projects, data-sets and publications contained in the database. The research database will allow for thematic searches and for analytical purposes.

The database will become available for use by a restricted user group as of late April 2019. It will be launched in fall 2019 and will remain a living database that should continue being updated beyond the lifetime of the project. After the end of the project, the research hub will be incorporated in the IMISCOE web portal and taken over by the IMISCOE Research Network. 

Forming the main part of the migration research hub, the database will be filled by a combination of semi-automated procedures and manual entry. Academic publications, as a rule, have been imported from various publication databases and “taxonomised” (i.e. coded) using the classification system developed in the project. Research projects, on the other hand, will be largely manually entered. To map research not available from major publication or research project databases and to input the information in the database the assistance of subcontracted national experts have been sought. For the specific task of taking stock of non-academic literature (reports, papers, etc.) issued by internationally operating NGOs, think tanks, international organisations and similar organisatoins produced in the past 10 years an international expert will be required. 


Tasks and Responsibilities:

The expert is expected to fill key gaps left in the database in regard to “grey”, non-academic literature produced on th international level. This entails the following tasks: 


Activity 1: Mapping data – Research and Entry of Grey Literature

The country rapporteur is expected to map migration research, focusing on grey literature from NGOs, thinktanks, international organisations and similar institutions working and producing knowledge in the frame of migration research. The focus should be on migration research narrowly speaking and as conceptualised in the CROSSMIGRATION taxonomy (thus generally leaving aside research on integration/migrant incorporation, diversity and other related fields, except where it is related to issues of migration/ mobility). The mapping should cover the past 10 years. While the focus should be on Europe, grey literature produced outside of Europe with European relevance –or relevance for methodological or theoretical aspects – should also be mapped. The initial mapping should be undertaken by means of desk research. Also non-English publications should  be mapped to the extent possible. In a last step, data should be entered into the database and taxonomised. 


Activity 2: Testing the Database and Taxonomy  

When checking whether information is already recorded in the database the expert will be required to take note and report failed searches. Similarly, after entry of information, the expert should perform a variety of searches, including advanced searches to ensure that information entered  into the database can be found. In addition, the expert may be requested to perform additional searches not related to information mapping performed under activity 1. Generally, the aim is that the database provides relevant information on different issues related to migration research. 


Activity 3: Harmonise information and data

Last the expert will be required to harmonise certain key information on research funded by internationally active donors (EU, various internationally active foundations, etc.), notably names of donors, funding programmes, etc. 


 Reporting lines

The country rapporteur will report to Ms. Meike Palinkas who will be in charge of the day-to-day supervision both in terms of administrative and content issues. Jointly with the workpackage coordinator Albert Kraler (Danube University Krems) , she will provide feedback and comments on deliverables as needed.


Key Results:

  • Inventory of grey literature produced on the international level, including outside the EU/EFTA (excel/ entries in CROSSMIGRATION research database; related to task 1)
  • Harmonisation of data Inventory of research outputs (excel/ entries in CROSSMIGRATION research database; related to task 3) 

Incumbent Profile:

  • A minimum of three to five years of experience in migration research or closely related field
  • Proficieny in German and English
  • Substantial knowledge of migration research data
  • Good understanding of publication procedures of research outputs
  • Familiarity with regional think tanks, research institutes, universities and other academic and non-academic migration knowledge and data producing institutions 



ICMPD offers a lump sum fee of 3.000 EUR for completing the tasks. Health insurance is the responsibility of the incumbent.


Application Procedure:

Candidates interested to engage in the CROSSMIGRATION project are kindly invited to apply through sending their updated CV and indicating their interest and experience to the following e-mail address: 


General Information:

ICMPD retains the discretion to re-advertise the vacancy or to cancel the recruitment. 


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