Associate Protection Officer at International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Associate Protection Officer

Duty Station: Cairo, Egypt

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P1

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

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 08 September 2022

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.


Under the overall guidance of the Protection Coordinator and the direct supervision of the Senior Regional MPA Specialist for Middle East and North Africa, the successful candidate will provide assistance in the implementation of regional protection project activities.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Assist in the donor-compliant implementation of activities under regional protection projects in close collaboration with the Protection Coordinator and guidance from other colleagues. Subject to funding confirmation, activities will include inter alia the development of regional tools, the organization of regional events, inception and review of research and technical guidance documents.
  2. Track and generate reports on the narrative and financial aspects of regional protection projects in accordance with IOM and donor policies, procedures, and visibility requirements in close collaboration with the Protection Coordinator.
  3. Carry out the preliminary technical review and day to day monitoring of protection projects inthe MENA region, under the close supervision of the Senior PXD RTS.
  4. Review the mainstreaming of protection in other IOM programmes and provide recommendations for inclusion and integration.
  5. Analyze and summarize specific research, legal frameworks, policies, and practices relevant to the Protection portfolio in the MENA region, particularly child protection, counter trafficking and alternatives to detention, to support the work of the Protection Coordinator and field based colleagues.
  6. Evaluate and document training needs on protection issues and the need for capacity building products for IOM field staff, implementing partners and other stakeholders in the MENA region.
  7. Attend protection-focused seminars and other relevant meetings of regional interest as requested.
  8. Undertake Duty travels to project countries as required.
  9. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Political or Social Sciences, Business Administration, Migration Studies, International Relations, Law or a related field from an accredited academic institution; or
  • University degree in the above fields with two years of relevant professional experience.


  • Experience in the field of migration and/or protection including migrants, refugees, internallydisplaced persons, victims of trafficking and child protection (required);
  • Experience with regional programs and / or working with different countries in Middle East andNorth Africa required;
  • Experience in delivering Protection trainings to internal and external audiences (required);
  • Experience in liaising with governmental authorities, national / international institutions, UnitedNations agencies and non-governmental organizations desired; and, • Prior experience working with IOM or another UN agency desired.


  • Proven knowledge of migration issues in the MENA region is an advantage;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, effective in representation and liaison withexternal parties (required);
  • Good interpersonal and problem-solving skills (required);
  • Excellent computer literacy (Microsoft Word and Excel) (required); and,
  • Reliable, efficient, high level of professionalism, organizational skills and ability to work underpressure and adhere to strict deadlines.


IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish.

External applicants for all positions in the Professional category are required to be proficient in English and have at least a working knowledge of one additional UN Language (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese).

For all applicants, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Arabic and/or French is an advantage.

Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.


Accredited Universities are the ones listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database (

Required Competencies:

Values – all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these three values:

  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
  • Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
  • Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.

Core Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2

  • Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.
  • Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
  • Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
  • Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.
  • Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.

Managerial Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2

  • Leadership: provides a clear sense of direction, leads by example and demonstrates the ability to carry out the organization’s vision; assists others to realize and develop their potential.
  • Empowering others & building trust: creates an atmosphere of trust and an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.
  • Strategic thinking and vision: works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.

IOM’s competency framework can be found at this link.

Competencies will be assessed during a competency-based interview.


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.

This selection process may be used to staff similar positions in various duty stations. Recommended candidates endorsed by the Appointments and Postings Board will remain eligible to be appointed in a similar position for a period of 24 months.

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. Subject to certain exemptions, vaccination against COVID-19 will in principle be required for individuals hired on or after 15 November 2021. This will be verified as part of the medical clearance process.

Vacancies close at 23:59 local time Geneva, Switzerland on the respective closing date. No late applications will be accepted.

How to apply

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications HERE, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 08 September 2022 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

IOM only accepts duly completed applications submitted through the IOM e-Recruitment system. The online tool also allows candidates to track the status of their application.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

For further information please refer to:

No Fees:

IOM does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, processing, training or other fee). IOM does not request any information related to bank accounts.

Requisition: VN 2022 268 Associate Protection Officer (P1) Cairo, Egypt (57727410) Released

Posting: Posting NC57727411 (57727411) Released

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