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Organization: International Organization for Migration
Country: Switzerland
Closing date: 15 Jan 2018

Position Title : Migrant Protection and Assistance Specialist

Duty Station : Geneva, Switzerland

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P4

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

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 15 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

  1. External female candidates.


The Migrant Assistance Division (MAD) has the institutional responsibility for overseeing policy and technical guidance to the field in assisted voluntary return and reintegration, counter-trafficking programming and general protection and assistance to migrants in a vulnerable situation, including migrant children. As such, MAD is built around practice areas comprising of: Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration, Countering Human Trafficking, Migrants in a Vulnerable Situation, Migrant Children, Sustainable Supply Chains, and Thematic Data and Analytics.

Under the direct supervision of the Senior AVM (Assistance to Vulnerable Migrants (AVM)) Specialist and the overall supervision of the Head of the Migrant Assistance Division, the successful candidate will contribute to advancing the Division’s migrant protection and assistance portfolio, which includes the counter-trafficking programmatic area and programmes that aim to address the rights and needs of other migrants in a situation of vulnerability, with a specific focus on migrant children and victims of trafficking and exploitation in times of crises.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Contribute to the development and implementation of the global MAD strategy.

  2. Coordinate IOM’s efforts to mainstream the responses to human trafficking and exploitation in IOM’s preparedness and emergency response activities, in close coordination with Department of Operations and Emergencies (DOE), other relevant Headquarters (HQs) Departments and Divisions and with Regional Offices. Monitor new developments in this area. Lead the development of MAD global policies, develop standards, and provide technical support on this topic. Coordinate reports and other publications on this issue. Represent IOM and promote its policy vision and strategy on this topic with the United Nations, governments, civil society, and other relevant bodies.

  3. Coordinate the Division’s work on protection and assistance of migrant children. Formulate the development of MAD global policies, develop standards and provide technical support on this topic, in consultation with relevant internal and external stakeholders.

  4. Represent IOM and promote its position with governments, strategic partners and civil society on the promotion of migrants’ rights and assistance to migrants in a vulnerable situation, including victims of trafficking, exploitation, abuse and violence, and migrant children.

  5. Identify other emerging issues relevant to the thematic area and contribute to the development of policies and reports. Monitor developments in the thematic area, in close collaboration with Regional Offices, Country Offices, and relevant HQs Departments and Divisions.

  6. Develop/update thematic guidance notes, information sheets and policy documents in coordination with Regional Offices, Country Offices, and relevant HQ Departments and Divisions.

  7. Advise and provide technical and operational support to Regional Offices, Country Offices and Liaison Offices on migrant assistance thematic issues.

  8. Manage IOM’s Global Assistance Fund (GAF), ensuring that the GAF remains IOM’s institutional backbone for the provision of emergency funding to IOM missions worldwide for the protection of victims of trafficking and other forms of exploitation and abuse, and other eligible migrants in a situation of vulnerability.

  9. Perform other such duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in International Affairs, Political Science, Law, Human Rights, Development Studies or a related field from an accredited academic institution with seven years of relevant professional experience; or

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


• Cumulative work experience in the field of counter trafficking, migration management and operational support;

• Good knowledge of IOM project development, and management;

• Strong computer literacy; Microsoft Office and Adobe suite;

• Experience in reporting and evaluation;

• Operational experience with respect to direct assistance and assisted voluntary return &


• Experience in liaising with governmental authorities, other national/international institutions and



Fluency in English and French or Spanish is required. Working knowledge of a third IOM official language, a definite 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.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 15 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 02.01.2018 to 15.01.2018

Requisition: VN 2018/04 (P) – Migrant Protection&AssistanceSpecialist(P4)-Geneva,Switzerland

(55300302) Released

Posting: Posting NC55300324 (55300324) Released

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