Jan 032018

Organization: International Organization for Migration
Country: Switzerland
Closing date: 11 Jan 2018

Position Title : Migration Policy Officer Duty Station : Geneva, Switzerland Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P2
Type of Appointment : Fixed term, One year with possibility of extension
Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible
Closing Date : 11 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


The successful candidate will be working in the International Partnerships Division (IPD) within the International Cooperation and Partnerships Department (ICP).

The Department holds primary responsibility for supporting and coordinating the Organization’s relations with governments, intergovernmental organizations, civil society, the media, the private sector and donors. ICP leads and coordinates dialogue-related initiatives, including the International Dialogue on Migration, institutional support for global intra-regional and regional consultative processes on migration (RCPs) and preparations for the annual governing body meetings, as well as the communications and public information functions. ICP acts as a first port of call and a “window” into IOM for external partners, answering inquiries, arranging briefings and generally explaining the Organization.

This position will help address the growing need for IOM to re-assess and sustainably manage its partnership with civil society, given the evolving definition of what constitutes civil society, and the proliferation of migration governance initiatives and partnerships. Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Head of IPD, and in close collaboration with the other Migration Policy Officer of IPD, s/he will support the work of the Division, primarily on civil society engagement, as well as on Regional Consultative Processes including secretariat functions supporting the Colombo Regional Consultative Process; on mixed migration matters, including protection at sea.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

Civil Society

  1. Support the Division as institutional civil society focal point for CSO engagement and manage the process of assessing IOM’s experience in partnering with civil society to date. This includes: taking stock, through regional offices of field level interaction with civil society and experience to date. Taking stock of the experience derived from the IOM facilitated Regional Civil Society Consultations within the framework of the Global Compact for Migration (GCM) process; and lessons learned from IOM’s semi-annual consultations with civil society.

  2. Backstop the CSO assessment initiative and related consultancies, support identification of suitable objectives and expertise; manage output production schedule.

  3. Ensure liaison and regular briefings between IOM HQs and CSOs; arrange the Annual IOM-CSO migration governance consultations; support any other events where IOM and CSOs pursue dialogue and cooperation in Geneva and in the field.

  4. Update and maintain IOM CSO website; pursue identification of a suitable electronic support database to assist in managing, tracking, and storing regular information and contacts on relevant experience with CSOs.

  5. Contribute to the drafting of IPD policy documents and guidance on civil society leading to an IOM strategy on civil society engagement; liaise with other IOM departments and offices on civil society matters including, but not limited to – the GCM process and humanitarian consultations.

Regional and intraregional consultative processes and dialogues

  1. Support IPD in the identification of strategies and policies to foster interstate dialogue and cooperation on migration, with a focus on RCPs, specifically the Colombo Process (CP) and related dialogues; support IPD as the Geneva-based CP Secretariat by providing technical and institutional/process related support to the Geneva-based CP Chair; support the arrangement and reporting for Geneva-based CP Expert Group meetings.

  2. Liaise with relevant divisions in HQs, including the Labour Mobility and Human Development Division (LHD), the Migrant Health (MHD) and Global Compact for migration unit; as well as the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP), the CP Technical Support Unit (CPTSU in Colombo, Sri Lanka), and the IOM Country Office of the rotating CP Chair to coordinate and ensure relevant technical advice, and project development support to the CP chair and member states.

Complex migratory flows

  1. Contribute to harmonizing IOM’s engagement in activities addressing complex migratory flows through mapping existing mixed migration initiatives and task forces; support the consolidation of institutional approaches to mixed migration and to Search and Rescue (SAR) / protection at sea activities.

  2. Support regular liaison primarily with UNHCR Asylum and Migration unit on matters related to complex / mixed migration flows in close coordination with relevant substantive departments and the Multilateral Processes Division.


  1. Contribute to the Division research, communication, coordination and guidance assignments by initiating and coordinating official communications, talking points, statements, etc.; arrange and report on internal and external meetings as requested/required.
  2. Represent the Division at internal meetings and ensures relevant substantive reporting thereof. Prepare statements, background documents and reports for relevant meetings and events.

  3. Contribute to the selection and provide supervisory support to the interns in IPD.

  4. Assist the IPD team with the development and preparation of IOM’s participation in internal as well as external international events on migration.

  5. Assist the IPD team develop and implement a follow up approach to its Migration Future activities.

  6. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Ph.D. or Master’s degree in International relations, Social Sciences, Law or a related field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience; or
• University degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional experience.
• Preferably with training in research methods.


• Experience in migration-related issues;
• Experience in research or policy; experience in governmental administration an advantage;
• Experience working with civil society organizations and regional consultative processes representatives;
• Experience in drafting policy documents and concept papers and /or developing institutional strategy required;
• Experience in the areas of inter-state cooperation on migration, migration governance and migration policy highly desirable;
• Experience in dealing with high level counterparts from government and UN agencies and diplomatic mission.


Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of French or 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.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 11 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 29.12.2017 to 11.01.2018

Requisition: VN 2017/276 (P) – Migration Policy Officer (P2) – Geneva, Switzerland (55298382) Released
Posting: Posting NC55298387 (55298387) Released

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