• Full Time
  • Anywhere

International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP)

Organization profile

Every year, millions of people around the world go missing as a result of conflict, human rights abuses, disasters, organized crime, irregular migration, and other causes. This is a complex global challenge that can be tackled effectively through cross-cutting programs that address a variety of difficult, interconnected issues.

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) is the only international organization tasked exclusively to work on the issue of missing persons. It works with governments and other stakeholders, including families of the missing, to help them develop and maintain successful missing persons processes. To learn more about ICMP click here.

Syria/MENA Program ICMP’s Syria/MENA program aims to establish the foundations for an effective and sustainable mechanism to address the issue of the missing in a future post-conflict Syria. The program focuses on the following:

  • Contributing to increased understanding among victims, civil society and key stakeholders regarding processes, standards and rights of victims and survivors who are involved in accounting for missing persons;
  • Establishing the conditions to launch a participative process of data collection that empowers and engages families of the missing; and
  • Increasing the capacity of Syrian families, legal experts and other stakeholders to foster an impartial and law-based approach to accounting for missing persons in post-conflict Syria.

The primary beneficiaries of the Syria/MENA program are families, in particular women, with relatives missing from the conflict, who are currently displaced in neighboring countries and, also where possible, those who are still in Syria.

The Data Coordination Officer will support the establishment of data and genetic reference sample collection process relevant to the persons missing persons in Syria through data and reference sample collection campaign in EU counties, with particular focus on Germany. The position will a ssist in processing of relevant data including genetic references through the ICMP Integrated data management system.

Position Background

Under the overall guidance of the Director of Data Systems and Data Coordination and reporting to the Head of Data Coordination Division, the short-term Data Coordination Officer duties and responsibilities will include, but will not necessarily be limited to, the following:

  • To provide support to the Data Systems and Coordination, Head of Data Coordination and data collection teams in the overall preparation and coordination of reference collection campaign
  • To establish and maintain communication with relevant civil society organizations, family associations and families of missing persons currently residing in EU, particularly in Germany
  • To provide support during the campaign in form of data processing as per ICMP policies in place
  • To report and to assist in preparation of internal and external reports on data and reference collection campaigns
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor degree in Social Sciences, Forensic Sciences, Business Management or related discipline

  • Minimum 5 to 7 years of relevant professional experience
  • Prior experience in project management
  • Experience in organizing and conducting data collection or similar campaign
  • Proven experience in the design and delivery of capacity building, training and mentoring
  • Experience in documentation of human rights violations or working directly with the victims
  • Demonstrable conceptual, analytical, documentation and presentation skills, including report writing
  • In-depth understanding of the conflicts in Iraq and Syria.

Mandatory Requirements

  • Professional proficiency in English and Arabic, knowledge of German is desirable
  • Proficiency in Microsoft applications, including Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook and Teams
  • Proven ability to interact positively with colleagues regardless of culture, nationality or gender
  • Ability to work flexible hours including weekends and evenings, if requested in advance
  • Commitment to the underlying objective of helping the authorities and families of the missing to account for missing persons in an impartial and transparent manner

This is a short- term four month position with a competitive base salary at the TOS 5 on the ICMP TOS salary scale.

This position is not eligible for relocation or expatriate allowances.

Expected start date: as soon as possible.

Review of applications will begin on 1 July 2022; however, the position will remain open until filled.

ICMP is committed to maintaining an environment of mutual respect, where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants. ICMP believes that diversity and inclusion among our staff are critical to our success as a global organization, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented individuals from a thoroughly diverse range of candidates. ICMP is proud to be part of the International Gender Champions network.

ICMP may cancel this recruitment without notice, or may decide to offer a position with different duties and/or contract length.

Tags: business management, data collection, data management, data processing, human rights, human rights violations, organized crime, project management, social sciences