Mixed Migration Manager At Danish Refugee Council

Overall purpose of the role:

The MMC is a global network consisting of several regional hubs (across Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean) and a central unit in Geneva. The MMC is a leading source for independent and high-quality data, research, analysis and expertise on mixed migration. The MMC aims to increase understanding of mixed migration, to positively impact global and regional migration policies, to inform evidence-based protection responses for people on the move and to stimulate forward thinking in public and policy debates on mixed migration. The MMC’s overarching focus is on human rights and protection for all people on the move. The three overall objectives of the MMC are:

· To contribute to a better, more nuanced and balanced understanding of mixed migration (knowledge)

· To contribute to evidence-based and better informed migration policies and debates (policy)

· To contribute to effective evidence-based protection responses for people on the move (programming)

The MMC is part of, and governed by DRC. MMC regional hubs are hosted within DRC regional offices, but part of the global MMC network. While its institutional link to DRC ensures MMC’s work is grounded in operational reality, it acts as an independent source of data, research, analysis and policy development on mixed migration for policy makers, practitioners, journalists, and the broader humanitarian sector. The position of the MMC does not necessarily reflect the position of DRC. For more information on MMC visit our website (http://www.mixedmigration.org/).

One of MMC’s flagship project is the 4Mi. 4Mi collects data through in-depth structured interviews, focusing on protection risks and the conditions and experiences faced by people on the move, as well as their motivation for migration. 4Mi fills information gaps around protection and vulnerabilities with a view to informing policy and humanitarian programmatic response as well as enhancing sector understanding and knowledge on migration dynamics.

Migration in and from East Africa is significant in volume and diverse in profile and mixed migration flows include refugees, asylum seekers, forced migrants, as well as migrants who are motivated to move by many different factors. Mixed migration flows from the East Africa region typically follow three main migratory routes: the ‘Northern Route’ towards North Africa and often onwards to Europe; the ‘Southern Route’ towards South Africa; and the ‘Eastern Route’ towards Yemen and other parts of the Gulf. MMC’s research finds that a complex mix of conflict, insecurity and economic factors are key drivers of mixed migration from East Africa, with a variety of profiles of people on the move. MMC aims to provide a comprehensive regional, as well as cross-regional understanding of mixed migration dynamics.

Position Profile

Reporting to the Regional Head of Programme and under the technical guidance of MMC Geneva, as the Regional Head of MMC for East-South Africa and Yemen you will be responsible for overall strategy, implementation and advancing the quality of data and research, fundraising and engagement with high-level stakeholders, and management of the MMC regional team, including subject matter experts or specialists.

Key responsibilitie


  • In close cooperation with and under technical guidance by MMC Geneva and the line management of the DRC Regional Office, develop and implement the strategy and workplan for MMC East-South Africa and Yemen in line with the overarching strategy of the MMC network.
  • Manage the MMC East-South Africa and Yemen and its team, including subject matter experts and specialists.
  • Manage and have accountability for budgets and projects funded by various donors. This includes donor reporting and high-level outreach.
  • Develop the expanding role of MMC East-South Africa and Yemen including leading regional MMC fundraising and high-level engagement with policy actors and other key mixed migration stakeholders.

Technical expertise, research & analysis

  • Develop, regularly update and have accountability for the annual workplan and research agenda of the MMC East-South Africa and Yemen by closely following regional mixed migration trends and dynamics and offer sector-leading and original insights and analysis on mixed migration.
  • Coordinate and manage sector-leading research initiatives and analysis. Produce high-quality research output (report, papers) and in-depth analysis on trends in mixed migration in the region.
  • Maintain and manage the regular dissemination of high-quality MMC products such as articles, reports, the Quarterly Mixed Migration Updates and 4Mi Snapshots.
  • Take overall responsibility and accountability for 4Mi in the region. Closely manage the regional 4Mi Project Manager to ensure the quality of the 4Mi programme and work closely with the 4Mi Global Coordinator, as necessary, in Geneva as well as DRC Regional and Country offices in the implementation and risk management of 4Mi.

External representation, policy engagement and partnerships

  • Continue to develop the reputation of MMC East-South Africa and Yemen as the go-to resource and centre of excellence on mixed migration in the region.
  • Engage in high-level regional policy discussions (e.g. through policy papers, round tables, and other external forums) and policy influencing in the region.
  • Represent MMC East-South Africa and Yemen in regional forums (conferences, working groups, etc.) and coordinate with relevant regional partners (IOM, UNHCR, other UN agencies, NGOs, donors and embassies, etc.). Establish new partnerships with high-level regional stakeholders.
  • Regularly present MMC externally and with media.

Internal engagement and coordination

  • Actively contribute to the global MMC network, including serving on the MMC Director’s Senior Management Team (SMT): provide input on strategy, offer new ideas, identify opportunities for cross-regional cooperation within the MMC network and actively participate in global meetings.
  • Closely coordinate with the DRC Regional Office, particularly the Regional Head of Programme to create effective synergies and contribute to evidence-based programming and advocacy. Participate in relevant DRC internal meetings and ensure intake of regional DRC priorities in regional workplan development.
  • Closely coordinate with the other MMC regional hubs that are part of the MMC network.

About you

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’s five core competencies:

  • Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.
  • Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.
  • Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
  • Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.
  • Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with our vision and values.

Qualifications and Experience

To be successful in this role we expect you to have strong management skills, proven track record of high-level engagement and fundraising, a dedicated interest in mixed migration with proven experience in leading and conducting high-quality research.

  • Advanced university degree in International Political Sciences, Social Sciences or similar;
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in a relevant international position;
  • Strong background in migration and having a clear understanding of the regional mixed migration dynamics in East-South Africa and Yemen;
  • Strong analytical and writing skills in English;
  • Proven track record of producing publications;
  • Proven experience in leading and conducting research;
  • Proven programme management skills;
  • Field protection experience is an added advantage;
  • Excellent communication, public speaking and networking skills;
  • Human rights/protection knowledge and knowledge of international refugee law.
  • Fluent Written and Oral French Skill would be an added advantage.


Contract: One year contract with possibility of extension, subject to funding and performance. Salary and other conditions are offered in accordance with DRC’s Terms of Employment; Employment band Manager F

Availability: 1st April 2022

Duty station: This position is based in Nairobi – Kenya ; Non Accompanied Position

Reporting Line: Regional Head of Programme

Providing equal opportunities We are committed to creating an inclusive and positive work environment based on mutual respect for all employees. All applicants are considered for employment without attention to race, age, ability, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other factor. At DRC we celebrate diversity and appreciate our employees for the people they are and their unique skills, backgrounds, and perspectives. We encourage all interested candidates to apply.

Promoting high standards : DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process

How to apply

Application and CV

Only motivated applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications, sent together with a CV, will be considered.

DRC only accepts applications sent via our online-application form on www.drc.ngo under Vacancies.

Please submit your application and CV in English no later than 20th March 2022