The Joint IDP Profiling Service (JIPS) was set up in Geneva in 2009 as an inter-agency body to provide support to governments and humanitarian and development organisations seeking to improve locally owned information and analysis about displacement situations.
We have since become recognised as a global knowledge hub on profiling, and as an “honest broker” for our impartial, collaborative approach to establishing sound and mutually agreed evidence to inform joint interventions and responses. Our primary mission is to provide field support either on-site or remotely, in the form of strategic advice, technical assistance, training, tools and guidance.
The value of displacement profiling and JIPS’ work has been recognised by various UN resolutions, that encourage governments, humanitarian and development actors to seek JIPS’ support (see UN General Assembly Resolutions A/C.3/72/L.46/REV.1, A/C.3/70/L.51/Rev.1, and A/C.3/68/L.63/Rev.1 as well as Human Rights Council resolutions A/HRC/32/35 and A/HRC/20/L.14).
JIPS works to build consensus around displacement data, because doing so makes the information gleaned more useful for all partners to act upon collectively. Its approach can be adapted to a wide range of scenarios, but is particularly well suited to protracted crises and urban settings, where IDPs tend to live interspersed with migrants, returnees, refugees and the local population.
Profiling can be used to support policy initiatives, programme development and advocacy efforts. It can be pursued through standalone processes or incorporated into broader information-gathering exercises such as national surveys and censuses.
Everything we do is driven by our vision of people and their communities being able to achieve durable solutions to displacement, supported by the collaborative efforts of government, humanitarian and development stakeholders based on high-quality evidence. To work toward this vision, our strategy sets out strategic goals over a three-year period.
We have a two-tier governance structure, made up of an executive committee and an advisory group. The committee is a decision-making body that gives the JIPS team direction but also room for manoeuvre as it oversees and monitors the organisation’s activities, and advocates and raises funds on its behalf.
The advisory group is made up of a wide range of senior experts in their fields, and operates as a forum for discussion and collection of strategic advice us.
Our work cuts across many disciplinary boundaries, and we form partnerships with organisations and academic institutions that share our vision of enhancing information and analysis about displacement situations to improve policy, interventions and responses.
We also strive to maintain a broad funding base and a diverse range of donors that reflects and supports its work.
JIPS’ Coordinator leads our organisation’s skilled and passionate team, which works in four areas: