Migration Statistics Expert, MIDAM


The Strengthening the Evidence Base for Migration Policies: A Central Migration Data Management Solution for Jordan (MIDAM) project, funded by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and implemented by International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), aims to support the migration management capacities of the Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan by strengthening the evidence base for migration policy development. More specifically, the project aims to support the development and deployment of a national migration data management solution. This solution will allow direct access to a consolidated pool of data, and facilitate data sharing among the different government bodies, which gather different datasets related to foreigners.

Under the first component of the project, ICMPD will seek to achieve stakeholder consensus regarding the architecture of a central migration data management solution, the project’s scope, and the creation of an Interagency Working Group on migration data management. This will be done on the basis of an assessment of the existing Jordanian migration data system, including needs and priorities.

The Migration Statistics Expert shall support the ICMPD project team in conducting meetings with governmental institutions that collect migration-related data and statistics to obtain answers to key questions related to the development of a data solution. Additionally, two focus group discussions shall be conducted with the same project stakeholders to identify their migration policy objectives and assess which data they require to enhance their policy development capacities. The assessment shall engage representatives of other relevant international organisations working in Jordan to explore potential synergies with existing and planned initiatives. 


Activity 1: Conducting meetings with governmental institutions that collect migration-related data and statistics to obtain answers to key questions, including the following:

  • Which migration-related data is currently being collected (its nature, quality, and quantity)?
  • Which administrations or institutions collect data and what are their data sources (e.g. population census, administrative registers such as databases on border crossings, visas, residence permits, work permits, social security, or student registers), counts and surveys, including those conducted by international organisations?
  • How is the data interpreted and to what extent is it disaggregated (e.g. by age, gender, country of birth, parents’ country of birth, country of citizenship, arrival date, reason for migrating, etc.) ?
  • Is the available data used to its full potential?
  • What are the key data gaps?
  • What are the (potential) bottlenecks and challenges in data collection, collation and analysis?
  • Which right to privacy and data protection provisions need to be considered when collecting and sharing data among administrative entities?
  • What are the procedures, approvals, needs and barriers that will face conducting a development for the migration data management solution in Jordan, Assessment must include a clear detailed description of the processes including any relevant barriers and/ or approvals needed.

The devised questionnaire will be shared with the stakeholder administrations prior to the consultations so that they can determine the right interlocutors for the actual meetings.


Activity 2: Technical facilitation of two focus group discussions (FGD’s) with the same project stakeholders to identify their migration policy objectives and assess which data they require to enhance their policy development capacities. The consultations will also explore the type of application and the output requirements (i.e. formats, reports, and dashboard) that potential users expect from a future central migration data management solution. In addition, the long-term feasibility and practicality of the endeavour will be explored by a forecast of resources that will be needed for the continued long-term operation and maintenance of a central data management solution (i.e. costs for maintenance, time investments for regular updates and continuous monitoring, and capacity-building needs). This information will feed into considerations about the type of data management solution to develop (next step to be conducted by the a solution data architect)


Note: Individual meetings and FGD’s will be targeting concerned staff, Head of IT and planning directorates/ Offices or similar departments of the following entities): Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, Department of Statistics, Ministries of Labour, Health, Education, Industry and Trade, Ministry of Higher Education and Chamber of Commerce. 


Activity 3: Participate in meetings with representatives of other international organizations working in Jordan to explore potential synergies with existing and planned initiatives. 


Activity 4: Drafting a detailed report documenting findings of the assessment report, including stakeholder mapping and the Terms of References for the solution architect who will perform a technical assessment and a concept for a data solution architecture.


The report should be technically useful and helpfully detailed to the Data Solution Architect who will perform a technical assessment and a concept for a data solution architecture, Data solution architect and based on the detailed assessment report provided by the migration statistics expert will perform a technical assessment that will include an inventory of the existing technical infrastructure (IT infrastructure, hardware, software products, possibilities for interlinkages of existing databases, operational requirements), an IT security assessment, as well as capabilities and skills. Data solution architect will also develop a concept for a data solution architecture that provides for a central database of migration data and any other applications that may be required to meet the requirements defined during the preceding assessments (for example a dashboard or communication platform). In order to keep long-term costs minimal, priority will be given to a solution that can either 1) be based on an already existing database, or 2) replace an existing database at an operating cost that is equal or lower to the existing one


  • Deliverable one: Individual meetings with governmental institutions that collect migration-related data and statistics.
  • Deliverable two: Facilitation of two focus group discussions (FGD’s) with project stakeholders.
  • Deliverable three: Meetings with representatives of international organisations concerned  
  • Deliverable four: Detailed report documenting findings of the assessment, FGD’s, representatives’ meetings as well as a stakeholder map, including recommendations regarding the requirements, and priorities of stakeholders to enhance migration data management. 
  • Deliverable five: Development of TORs for the solution architect.

Time line

The final deliverables must be submitted no later than 10.03.2020.


Reporting line

On a regular basis, the Expert will report to Mr. Ibraheem Al Hayek who will be in charge of the overall supervision both in terms of administrative and content issues and who will provide input and comments on deliverables as needed.


Qualifications and Experience

  • University degree or equivalent; a post-graduate degree is considered an advantage;
  • At least 10 years of work experience in a relevant field.
  • Proven knowledge of the key thematic areas: Population, migration and international development.
  • Familiar with the institutional context for migration in Jordan;
  • Has a well-developed network of professional contacts working in governmental and non-governmental structures dealing with migration;  
  • Strong interest in policy development;   
  • Proven ability to conduct and report a technical assessment;
  • Experience in working with international organizations;
  • Fluency and writing skills in both English and Arabic;
  • Proven experience in working with governmental institutions ;
  • Good organisational and time-management skills;
  • Ability to multitask, and analytical thinking.

Material to be provided by ICMPD

Access to key stakeholders

  • Administrative support
  • Any other relevant documents

Administrative Information/ Payment Information 

For payment of the fees for the assignment, payments will be based on deliverables. The Expert needs to submit - on the templates provided by ICMPD and in line with the payment schedule stated in the contract:

  • Full detailed report attached with all relevant proofing documents and annexes per deliverable;
  • signed payment claim(s) reflecting the days/hours worked as per submitted timesheets.

The payment to the bank account indicated by the Expert will only be processed after certification by ICMPD that the required services have been satisfactorily performed. 


The Payment Claim and Travel Claim will be processed together in a single payment. The Expert is therefore requested to submit all documentation together to MIDAM project Manager. 


Interested applicants can send their CV’s along with letter of interest inccluding all capcities relevant to this TOR to:

Mr. Ibraheem Al Hayek


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