Joint IDP Profiling Service (JIPS)
The Joint IDP Profiling Service is an inter-agency service, which was set up in 2009. Based in Geneva, its mission is to support government, humanitarian and development actors design and implement collaborative profiling exercises. Working primarily in situations of internal displacement, the Service seeks to promote a culture of evidence-based decision making in displacement situations. Provided both on-site and remotely, JIPS tailors its support to the needs on the ground and enhances in-country profiling capacity to generate locally owned, impactful and agreed-upon data.
Through collaborative profiling exercises and a common analysis of the situation on the ground, JIPS works to facilitate coordination, generate impactful and agreed-upon data and improve joint response. The Service’s profiling approach and methodologies can be adapted to a range of displacement contexts in both emergency and protracted situations. Urban settings, characterised by mixed populations (migrants, returnees, refugees), are particularly well suited. Profiling can furthermore support policy initiatives, such as durable solutions, or be incorporated into existing information gathering exercises such as national surveys or census.