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IOM – UN Migration Agency seeks Migration Policy Officer (P2)

IOM – UN Migration Agency 2-3y Junior Level  Genève, Genève, Schweiz 3 Mai 2017

Job Description

Migration Policy Officer (P2)

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 : 08 May 2017

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and 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.

For The Purpose Of The Vacancy, The Following Candidates Are Considered As First-tier Candidates

IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment. Applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged.

– Internal candidates
– Qualified applicants from the following NMS countries:

Antigua and Barbuda, Benin, Bahamas, Botswana, Belize, Congo, Cabo, Verde, Djibouti, Micronesia (Federated States of), Gabon, Gambia, Guyana, Iceland, Cambodia, Comoros, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Libya, Montenegro, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Mauritania, Maldives, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Seychelles, Slovenia, Suriname, El Salvador, Swaziland, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, United Republic of Tanzania, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Vanuatu, Samoa


This role responds to the need for support the Division to deal with the proliferation of multilateral initiatives, policy processes, coordination mechanisms and other partnerships in the realm of migration, including but not limited to those in the UN system. IOM needs to participate in and contribute substantively to these processes, as well as to others in which migration issues are relevant. The Department of International Cooperation and Partnerships (ICP) is responsible for following developments, analyzing and leading on migration policy at the international level, in close collaboration with other Headquarters (HQs) departments, the Special Liaison Office in New York and the field, in particular Regional Liaison and Policy Officers (RLPOs). Within the ICP department, the Multilateral Processes Division (MPD) is focal point for developing and articulating IOM’s positions and policies for key multilateral processes related to international migration policy, and in particular migration and development and work related to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Division is responsible for IOM’s liaison with the GFMD and with international agencies, including through the GMG. Under the direct supervision and guidance of the Head of MPD (HoD), in close coordination with the Director of the Department of ICP, as well as with other ICP divisions, relevant HQs departments and Regional and Country Offices, the Migration Policy Officer will support the development of institutional positions and strategic partnerships with a range of international actors and processes. S/he will contribute to the preparation of and provide input to major international and regional events organized and/or supported by the IOM. More specifically, s/he Page 1 / 4will follow up and support the work of the organization in the implementation of the migration related SDGs. In this capacity, the Migration Policy Officer will be asked to represent IOM in meetings with government counterparts, and to train various IOM staff on issues related to Migration Governance Framework (MIGOF) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  • Research, collect and analyze relevant information on priority migration policy and emerging trends within the field of migration and assist in policy formulation, analysis and articulation related to these issues.
  • Accompany and when needed replace the HoD MPD to external meetings with governments, international organizations, NGOs and others. Assist with the preparation of statements, background documents and reports for relevant meetings and events.
  • Support IOM’s participation in and policy inputs to State-led and international or regional processes as well as inter-agency cooperation (including the Global Migration Group) where migration issues are relevant, particularly in relation to the implementation of the migration related SDGs by following up on logistical and administrative arrangements, providing information and drafting technical inputs for policy documents.
  • Support the work on Sustainable Development Goals global indicators within the Inter Agency Expert Group on SDGs in coordination with the Global Migration Data Analysis Center, and relevant units at HQ by researching specific topics, assessing data and preparing technical inputs.
  • Contribute departmental guidance for the dissemination and exchange of information and documentation on global migration policy issues and institutional positions and by issuing requests for action as appropriate.
  • Provide information, guidance and assistance to HQs departments, RLPOs, and Regional and Country Offices on developing and/or synthesizing materials on migration policy and SDG related issues.
  • Help the Head of Division and the RPLOs to provide guidance in the development of SDG indicators at the national, regional and global levels, and relevant training material.
  • Maintain extensive updated knowledge of, and provide guidance and information on, institutional reporting aspects linked with MiGOF.
  • Support MPD/ICP and other relevant departments on multilateral processes related to migrants in cities.
  • Oversee the recruitment and provide supervisory support to the interns in MPD.
  • Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications And Experience


  • 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. Page 2 / 4Experience
  • Experience working with SDGs and other multilateral processes as they relate to migration required;
  • 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 an advantage;
  • Experience in dealing with high level counterparts from government and UN agencies and with diplomatic missions required;
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and similar software applications.


Fluency in English and French is required. Working knowledge of 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 Page 3 / 4system, by 08 May 2017 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 25.04.2017 to 08.05.2017
    Requisition: VN 2017/100 (P) – Migration Policy Officer (P2) – Geneva, Switzerland (55045260) Released Posting: Posting NC55045275 (55045275) Released
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