Human Resources Policy Officer At International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Position Title: Human Resources 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: 02 June 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.

IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. Read more about diversity and inclusion at IOM at

Applications are welcome from first- and second-tier candidates, particularly qualified female candidates as well as applications from the non-represented member countries of IOM. For all IOM vacancies, applications from qualified and eligible first-tier candidates are considered before those of qualified and eligible second-tier candidates in the selection process.

For the purpose of this vacancy, the following are considered first-tier candidates:

  1. Internal candidates
  2. Candidates from the following non-represented member states:

Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba (Netherlands); Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Congo (the); Cook Islands; Cuba; Curaçao; Fiji; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Libya; Madagascar; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Montenegro; Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Samoa; Sao Tome and Principe; Seychelles; Solomon Islands; Suriname; The Bahamas; Timor-Leste; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu

Second tier candidates include:

All external candidates, except candidates from non-represented member states.


With a workforce of more than 20,000 personnel worldwide, the Department of Human Resources (HR) Management plays a vital role in meeting organizational needs, ensuring both operational flexibility and institutional consistency.

Under the overall supervision of the Director, Department of HR Management and direct supervision of the Chief, Human Resources Policy Unit, the Human Resources Policy Officer will be responsible for providing support and contributing to the research and development of Human Resources (HR) policies, providing advice on interpretation of HR policies; and acting as the Focal Point for the HR-related activities for the Internal Justice System (IJS) reform project, which aims at strengthening IOM’s framework for dealing with workplace-related disputes.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Draft policies, procedures, guidelines and administrative issuances on HR matters. Review existing HR policies, particularly those related to the IJS, and propose changes in accordance with identified best practices.
  2. Contribute to the development of training and communication materials on HR policies, tailoring messages and visuals based on the target audience and the selected platform/medium.
  3. In close collaboration with other relevant stakeholders, coordinate the development of a new case management system to track and manage requests for administrative reviews and appeals.
  4. In coordination with the Chief, Human Resources Policy Unit, provide advice to the Regional and Country Offices and at Headquarters (HQ) on the interpretation of HR policies, as well as of the Staff Regulations and Rules.
  5. Liaise with other units within the Department of HR Management, as well as with the General Administrative Law Division at HQ, IOM Administrative Centers, and IOM Regional and Country Offices on HR issues.
  6. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Human Resources, Public Administration, Social or Political 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.


  • Minimum two years of relevant experience. Previous experience working with IOM or the United Nations system in the HR Policy area is an advantage;
  • Proven knowledge and experience of policy development and research;
  • Field experience is an advantage.


  • Demonstrated client-focused approach to work;
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work independently against tight deadlines;
  • Strong analytical, drafting, negotiation and creative thinking skills;
  • Solid computer skills, including in the areas of digital design and communication;
  • Ability to communicate complex issues to a variety of audiences;
  • Ability to anticipate and mitigate against issues; and,
  • Resilience and a good sense of humour.


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 via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 02 June 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:

Posting period:

From 20.05.2022 to 02.06.2022

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 137 Human Resources Policy Officer (P2) Geneva, Switzerland (57579201) Released

Posting: Posting NC57579202 (57579202) Released

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