Programme Officer (IBM) at International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Programme Officer (IBM)

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: 21 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.


A common challenge in migration management comes from the difficulty in assessing all the aspects needed to address specific migration issues as they cut across various policy sectors. In line with IOM’s work in Immigration and Border Management (IBM) and in order to ensure a holistic Capacity Development for Migration Management (CD4MM), IOM has developed the Essentials of Migration Management (EMM2.0) to enhance its capacity development outreach by complementing policy-related overviews with a more specialized set of practitioner modules.

Under the direct supervision of the Programme Manager, and in close coordination with colleagues within the Programme Team and throughout the organization, the Programme Officer will adopt an effective approach to instructional design and adult learning, as well as support the implementation and evaluation of training programmes. Additionally, they will work under the overall supervision of Head of IBM to harmonize training packages in key IBM thematic areas, ensuring a comprehensive, standardized process of providing capacity development for IOM Country Offices to present to their government counterparts.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

Instructional design and adult learning

  1. Support the instructional design, delivery and evaluation of training activities, including face-to-face workshops, e-learning courses, webinar sessions and other modalities on migration management and key IBM thematic topics.
  2. Jointly with key stakeholders in Country Offices, support the effective coordination of high-quality training delivery by providing expertise and institutional oversight in adult learning.
  3. Coordinate the development of written materials, guides, manuals, handouts and e-learning scripts on migration management and IBM thematic topics. Draft and review content for learning tools developed by external service providers and consultants, as well as obtaining approval from internal thematic experts, while coordinating with government representatives, CSOs, research institutions and other relevant UN agencies.
  4. Regularly update the content of training modules to accurately reflect emerging trends and new developments in the international fora e.g., the IMRF.
  5. Co-facilitate in-person and virtual capacity development activities, including Training-of-Trainers (ToT) events.
  6. Facilitate the implementation of a streamlined monitoring and evaluation/feedback mechanism that continuously informs the design, development and execution of training content and adult learning methodology.
  7. Ensure learning materials are uploaded into the Learning Management System (LMS) using the existing ICT infrastructure.

Project management, fundraising/resource mobilization and communications

  1. Support the strategic direction, change management and communication-related strategies of the EMM 2.0 programme. This includes the production of newsletters, brochures, videos, talking points, presentations, background note, etc., as well as the organization of strategic events and management of the Intranet page, as well as content creation for the EMM2.0 e-platform “news”, “about us” and other pages.
  2. Support strategic donor interaction — both established and prospective — for effective resource mobilization result, including concept note and proposal development, timely submissions of narrative reports, etc.
  3. Provide guidance to and coordinate with Country Offices worldwide to ensure project-related activities of EMM2.0 are aligned with IOM’s overall policies, strategies and working methods, including financial/budgetary planning.
  4. Provide secretariat support for EMM2.0’s governance mechanisms, namely the Advisory Committee and the Group of Friends.
  5. As required, participate in working groups, seminars, conferences and other events.
  6. Undertake duty travel when required.
  7. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in international development studies, political science, sociology 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.
  • Certification in IBM project development and project management is required.
  • Certification in IOM monitoring and evaluation training is required.


  • Previous experience in instructional design and capacity development is mandatory. Must have demonstrated ability to design, develop, deliver and evaluate in-person as well as virtual training events and be familiar with IOM’s learning platforms;
  • Previous work in the field of migration management is required;
  • Previous experience working in an international organization and knowledge of the UN is desirable;
  • Previous experience in fundraising, liaising with donors, governmental and diplomatic representatives is required.


  • Excellent writing skills is required;
  • Technical knowledge of various aspects of migration management is required, including immigration and border management, labour migration, gender in the context of migration, communication on migration, mobility dimensions of crises, youth migration and sustainable development;
  • Technical knowledge of key IBM thematic areas is required such as data use for policy, risk analysis and intelligence, advance passenger information, passenger name records, privacy and data protection, border information management systems and so on;
  • Computer skills and knowledge of graphic design and video editing software are desirable.


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 Indonesian 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 21 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 08.06.2022 to 21.06.2022

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 167 Programme Officer (IBM) (P2) Geneva, Switzerland (57613571) Released

Posting: Posting NC57613572 (57613572) Released

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