Dec 292017

Organization: International Organization for Migration
Country: Switzerland
Closing date: 08 Jan 2018

Position Title : Return and Reintegration Officer

Duty Station : Geneva, Switzerland

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P3

Type of Appointment : Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 08 January 2018

Established in 1951, IOM is a Related Organization of the United Nations, and as the leading

UN agency in the field of migration, works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and

non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment. Applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged. For the purpose of the vacancy, the following candidates are considered as first-tier candidates:

1. Internal candidates

2. Qualified applicants from the following NMS countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Cabo Verde, Djibouti, Micronesia (Federated States of), Gabon, Gambia, Guyana, Iceland, Comoros, Lesotho, Libya, Montenegro, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Maldives, Malawi, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Seychelles, Slovenia, Suriname, El Salvador, Swaziland, Timor-Leste, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Vanuatu, Samoa


Under the overall supervision of the Head of the Migrant Assistance Division (MAD) and the direct supervision of the Senior Specialist on Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration, the successful candidate will be responsible for providing technical support for the development, and implementation of IOM’s return and reintegration activities and services falling under MAD’s responsibility at the global level. This will entail the provision of strong leadership in needs assessment and strategic planning functions in support to regional and field offices in the field on return and reintegration.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Contribute to the substantive development and implementation of the AVRR portfolio, including through the development of overall policy frameworks, implementation strategies and action plans, taking into account regional and national priorities.

  2. Support the implementation of the Division’s global strategy in the thematic areas of AVRR, through the formulation or update of manuals, standard operating procedures and guidance notes of relevance for AVRR.

  3. Strengthen overall coherence of IOMs approach on return and reintegration, through the identification of common practices in other thematic areas (such as Assistance to Vulnerable Migrants (AVM), Labour Migration and Human Development Division (LHD), Transition and Recovery Division (TRD), International Cooperation and Partnerships (ICP), Migration Environment and Climate Change (MECC), Migration Health Division (MHD)) and the development of targeted training tools.

  4. Provide technical input to the Regional Thematic Specialists (RTSs) and IOM missions in planning, designing and implementing projects, as well as technical advice and assistance to regional and field offices.

  5. Support regional strategic planning exercises (for instance under the EU Trust Fund Reintegration Facility), and provide support to country level strategic planning as required and in collaboration with the RTSs.

  6. Identify emerging issues relevant to the thematic area and contribute to the development of thematic background papers, analysis, reports and studies, and inputs to publications.

  7. Promote evidence base programming on AVRR, by supporting systematization of internal data management systems (such as the Migrant Management & Operational Systems Application) and by developing global research and evaluations.

  8. Support efforts in resource mobilization and reinforce strategic partnerships with donors and external stakeholders, including through the development of programmes and projects of global nature.

  9. Enhance overall visibility of AVRR, through the continuous update of AVRR’s communication strategy, the development of new communication tools and the provision of technical guidance to IOM offices.

  10. Support the preparation of the Division’s contribution to the Organization’s reports to IOM member and observer states (such as IOM Global Results Framework, Director General’s Report and IOM Migration Initiatives).

  11. In consultation with relevant parties, develop and deliver capacity building activities for internal and external capacity building on AVRR.

  12. Represent IOM and promote its policy vision and strategy with United Nations, governments, civil society, and private sector partners, as well as media organizations.

  13. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in International Administration/Relations or a related field from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience; or

• University degree in the above fields with seven years of relevant professional experience.


• Keen understanding of IOM’s role in assisted voluntary return and reintegration, including suite of comprehensive pre-departure and post-arrival processes;

• Experience in complex programme development and implementation experience on return and/or reintegration, including budget management, monitoring and evaluation;

• Strong communication, research and writing skills;

• Professional experience with a UN agency, or an international organization, with preference in developing countries;

• Proven ability to establish and maintain strong working relations with donors, and with internal and external counterparts, both at the national and international level;

• Ability to interpret new and multifaceted information/data, identify issues, analyse problems and propose solutions.


Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of French and Spanish is an advantage.

Desirable Competencies:


• Accountability – takes responsibility for action and manages constructive criticisms;

• Client Orientation – works effectively well with client and stakeholders;

• Continuous Learning – promotes continuous learning for self and others;

• Communication – listens and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience;

• Creativity and Initiative – actively seeks new ways of improving programmes or services;

• Leadership and Negotiation – develops effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders;

• Performance Management – identify ways and implement actions to improve performance of self and others;

• Planning and Organizing – plans work, anticipates risks, and sets goals within area of responsibility;

• Professionalism – displays mastery of subject matter;

• Teamwork – contributes to a collegial team environment; incorporates gender related needs, perspectives, concerns and promotes equal gender participation;

• Technological Awareness – displays awareness of relevant technological solutions;

• Resource Mobilization – works with internal and external stakeholders to meet resource needs of IOM.


Internationally recruited professional staff are required to be mobile.

Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

The list of NMS countries above includes all IOM Member States which are non-represented in the Professional Category of staff members. For this staff category, candidates who are nationals of the duty station’s country cannot be considered eligible.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances. l

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 08 January 2018 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

For further information, please refer to:

In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM only accepts online profiles duly completed.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. You can track the progress of your application on your personal application page in the IOM e-recruitment system.

Posting period:

From 26.12.2017 to 08.01.2018

Requisition: VN 2017/274 (P)- Return and Reintegration Officer (P3) – Geneva, Switzerland (55295599) Released

Posting: Posting NC55295608 (55295608) Released

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