Programme Support Officer (Protection) at International Organization for Migration

Position Title : Programme Support Officer (Protection)

Duty Station : Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P2

Type of Appointment : Special short-term graded, six months with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 28 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.

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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.


The International Organization for Migration (IOM) Protection Unit in Cox’s Bazar Sub-Office (SO) of IOM Bangladesh Country Office (CO) has five thematic areas: General Protection, Counter-Trafficking (CT), Child Protection (CP), Gender-Based Violence (GBV), and Research and Community Consultation.

Under the overall supervision the Head of Humanitarian Assistance and Operations, and direct supervision of the Protection Coordinator in Cox’s Bazar Sub Office, the Programme Support Officer (Protection) will be responsible for supporting the Protection Unit in programme implementation in refugee camps and host community areas, including assisting with strengthening and developing ongoing activities, and the expansion of the existing programme of work as part of the Rohingya humanitarian response. The successful candidate will provide programmatic support to the Protection Unit, with a focus on analysis, reporting and coordination.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

1. Support the five programmatic areas (Protection, Child Protection, Gender-Based Violence, Counter-Trafficking, and Research and Consultation,) by participating in the analysis, editing, proofreading, and drafting of various reports and other protection products for internal and external dissemination and use.

2. Support the Research and Consultation Team by reviewing research, editing and drafting reports. Contribute to the development of curriculum or training content based on field research and assist the team with delivering such content among refugees.

3. Support the development and review of new project proposals, concept notes, and humanitarian funding appeals for the Protection Unit, according to IOM and donor requirements, by providing technical inputs and guidance; coordinate inputs from the relevant thematic areas (Protection, Child Protection, Gender-Based Violence and Counter-Trafficking, the Research and Consultations Team) that respond to emerging trends and country and donor priorities in the response.

4. Provide administrative and technical support to the Protection Unit for monitoring and evaluation activities, including learning, monitoring requirements, and the development of assessment tools, across all five sub-units and in close coordination with IOM´s Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officer.

5. Consolidate and analyze data on programme implementation and indicators to facilitate the preparation of interim and final donor reports as well as CO, regional and Headquarters (HQ) periodic and activity-specific reports, as may be required.

6. Draft and/or provide written inputs for the development of talking points, background notes and notes for the file for a variety of meetings and presentations, including for IOM meetings with key donors.

7. Research and document possible synergies between the programmatic areas to help align project activities and results and reinforce an integrated approach to protection.

8. Keep accurate and pertinent records of all correspondence, programme development and reporting files and administration information for the Protection Unit.

9. Perform such other related duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


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


• Professional experience with programme support, including project development, implementation and monitoring;

• Professional experience with developing and facilitating trainings, and with small research projects;

• Experience with producing content for internal and external publication.


• Ability to analyze, write professionally and speak clearly and concisely in English;

• Ability to work effectively under pressure in hardship situations and harmoniously in a team with colleagues from varied cultures and professional backgrounds;

• High degree of initiative and ability to work independently within assigned areas;

• Knowledge of Protection in humanitarian contexts;

• Sound computer skills, including use of various software; and

• Good representation skills, such as speaking at meetings and providing situational analysis.


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 Bengali is an advantage.

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


1 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 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 via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 28 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:

Posting period:

From 15.07.2022 to 28.07.2022

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: SVN 2022 200 Programme Support Officer (Protection) (P2) Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh (57672745) Released

Posting: Posting NC57672746 (57672746) Released

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