Donor Relations Officer at International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Donor Relations 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: 02 October 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.


The Donor Relations Division has the institutional responsibility for donor liaison, private sector partnership building, unearmarked funds mobilization, fundraising campaigns and guidance on donor reporting. Specifically, the Division’s functions include strengthening and diversifying IOM’s resources and collaboration with traditional and non-traditional donors; developing and coordinating implementation of IOM’s institutional resource mobilization strategy; acting as Secretariat for the Migration Resource Allocation Committee (MIRAC); and maintaining the Global Crisis Response Platform (GCRP) in collaboration with the Department of Operations and Emergencies (DOE).

Under the overall supervision of the Director, External Relations Department and direct supervision of the Chief, Donor Relations Division (DRD), and in close coordination with DRD units, the Donor Relations Officer will provide resource mobilization support to IOM’s Regional and Country Offices and will contribute to pursuing IOM’s objective to strengthen and expand donor understanding of, and support to the implementation of IOM’s field programmes and the achievement of IOM’s strategic goals.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Liaise with IOM’s Regional and Country Offices to ensure that the donors’ contributions are reviewed and finalized in a timely manner in coordination with relevant units at Headquarters (HQ) the donor queries are addressed with efficiency, effectiveness and diplomacy; and that the Crisis Response Plans and/or Flash Appeals are shared with the donors in a timely manner.
  2. Provide overall guidance on donor relations’ matters to the Regional and Country Offices and HQ units to support their outreach efforts towards donors, governments and partners.
  3. Coordinate and contribute to the development, updating and dissemination to the Regional and Country Offices of the resource mobilization tools (Donor Alerts, Donor Profiles, Donor Funding Histories, DRD Intranet, etc). Monitor and contribute to the update and maintenance of the data used for generating the Donor Profiles and Funding Histories.
  4. Provide guidance and advice to the Regional and Country Offices and the HQ units on the development of IOM’s institutional Resource Mobilization Strategy, Goodwill Ambassadors guidelines including their operationalization.
  5. Build and maintain relationships with assigned donors in support of IOM’s Regional and Country Offices, programmes, projects and strategic goals, including inter alia: Australia, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Republic of Korea, Switzerland and other emerging donors such as Czechia, Croatia, Estonia, Turkey, Slovakia, and the Gulf countries etc.
  6. Contribute to the institutional knowledge building and knowledge sharing related to donor liaison and resource mobilization through participation to events, trainings and briefings.
  7. Provide support to the Reporting Officer within DRD with by reviewing the draft interim and/or final narrative reports when requested or during the absence of the Reporting Officer.
  8. Undertake duty travel for donor liaison and coordination purposes as may be required.
  9. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Political or Social Sciences, International Relations, Economics and Business Administration 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.


  • Experience in donor relations;
  • Experience in liaising with governmental and diplomatic authorities;
  • Experience in financial management an advantage.


  • In-depth knowledge of IOM project/programme activities and funding processes;
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal);
  • Excel proficiency an advantage.


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 French and/or Spanish 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.

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.

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, via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 02 October 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 302 Donor Relations Officer (P3) Geneva, Switzerland (57756708) Released

Posting: Posting NC57756709 (57756709) Released

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