Migration Policy Officer at International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Migration Policy 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: 06 July 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 www.iom.int/diversity.

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.


Under the overall supervision of the Director of the Department of External Relations (DER) and the direct supervision of the Senior Migration Policy Advisor, UN Partnerships Division (UNPD), the Migration Policy Officer will be responsible for providing advice and strategic support for IOM’s liaison and policy roles with the UN and other partners.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

1. Provide strategic support and expert advice for the development of IOM’s liaison and partnership with relevant UN entities. This includes:

  1. Substantively support UNPD in strengthening IOM’s role in the implementation of the main UN Sustainable Development processes, including the “2030 Agenda”, Secretary General’s “Our Common Agenda”. Coordinate dialogue, discussions and cooperation internally within HQ, at regional and country level, and with other UN entities.
  2. Substantively support the Division in its partnership and coordination effort with UN agencies at the bilateral and multilateral level.
  3. Provide expert advice and support to, and ensure timely and proper follow-up on, IOM participation in UN-related events. Manage and coordinate all the phases of the process, such as definition of the organization attendance, preparation of speeches and talking points, briefing documents, etc.
  4. Act as focal point for the IOM support to the local engagement portfolio. This includes involvement, liaison, and support to actors, such as the Mayors Mechanism; key international fora, such as the Global Forum for Migration and Development (GFMD); and initiatives, such as Call to Local Action. Strengthen the UN’s engagement of these actors in development planning processes, especially in relation to the implementation of development-related processes like the GCM, the SDGs, and the New Urban Agenda.
  5. Coordinate and promote IOM’s youth engagement by providing advice, technical quidance and policy inputs for the development of an institutional approach on youth engagement, implementing IOM’s responsibilities in the UN Youth Strategy and integrating the Youth 2030 UN entities scorecard into the Organisation’s monitoring and evaluation mechanism, in coordination with IOM New York.
  6. Ensure coordination among the different divisions within (and, where relevant, beyond) DER and strengthen knowledge-sharing and cross-departmental initiatives.
  7. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Social or Political Sciences, International Relations, 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.


  • Previous work on/in-depth knowledge of relevant policy issues such as migration governance, migration and sustainable development, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and others;
  • Experience in liaison and advocacy work with international public administrations or international organizations, governments, donor representatives as well as civil society members and other relevant organizations;
  • Experience in project management and project development.


  • Demonstrated capacity in coordinating and consolidating the work of several actors in different units or organizations is an advantage;
  • High level of professionalism and ability to work under pressure and adhere to strict deadlines;
  • Proven strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively and harmoniously with colleagues from varied cultures and professional backgrounds;
  • Excellent, proven skills in drafting documents and analytical papers;
  • Online communication and social media skills;
  • Capacity to share the information at adequate levels between internal units;
  • Excellent organizational skills; analytical and creative thinking.


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 Spanish 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 (https://whed.net/home.php).

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. https://www.iom.int/sites/default/files/about-iom/iom_revised_competency_framework_external.p df

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 06 July 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: www.iom.int/recruitment

Posting period:

From 23.06.2022 to 06.07.2022

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 195 Migration Policy Officer (P3) Geneva, Switzerland (57641950) Released

Posting: Posting NC57641951 (57641951) Released

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