Project Officer At International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Position Title: Project Officer

Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P2

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

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 11 January 2023

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; Curaçao; Fiji; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Madagascar; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); 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 Protection Division (PXD) aims to provide a coherent response to the needs of migrants, states, and civil society to ensure that migrants in need of assistance receive both case-specific and sustainable assistance. Beneficiaries include asylum seekers, stranded migrants, migrants with health concerns, migrants who were victims of trafficking, exploitation, or other forms of abuse, as well as those considered highly vulnerable to such abuse, such as unaccompanied migrant children.

As such, PXD has the institutional responsibility to oversee policy and technical guidance and provide programmatic support to IOM Missions focusing on the following practice areas: analytics and data for evidence-based policy development and programming; safe and dignified return and sustainable reintegration; countering human trafficking and protection to victims (CT); assistance to migrants who experienced or are vulnerable to abuse or exploitation (AVM); protecting migrant children; and addressing exploitation in supply chains.

Within PXD, the Return and Reintegration Unit is tasked with providing global programme and policy support for IOM’s return and reintegration activities. This includes support towards the adoption of an integrated approach to migrant reintegration addressing the individual, community and structural levels and ensuring programs are in line with IOM’s Policy on the Full Spectrum of Return, Readmission and Reintegration (RRR Policy). At the same time the Return and Reintegration Unit takes into consideration cross-cutting issues such as the promotion of migrants’ rights, partnership and cooperation as well as monitoring, evaluation, and data generation and analysis.

Under the direct supervision of the Head, AVRR Unit, the Project Officer will support the planning, coordination and monitoring of the From Policy to Practice: Operationalizing a Rights-Based Approach to Return and Reintegration (RR P2P) project of PXDs Return and Reintegration Unit to help synergise, learn from and strengthen assistance provided in the field of protection, return and reintegration.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Support the implementation of Project “From Policy to Practice: Operationalizing a Rights-Based Approach to Return and Reintegration (RR P2P)” by contributing to the planning, coordination and monitoring of all activities.
  2. Draft and edit the final donor report.
  3. Liaise and coordinate with relevant divisions in HQ, Regional Offices and Field Offices for the implementation of the project and reporting.
  4. Contribute to project development and donor outreach efforts aiming to identify new opportunities for the Return and Reintegration Unit.
  5. Based on desk research, identify topics for future return and reintegration products including drafting, reviewing, editing and formatting knowledge products (good practices factsheets, knowledge bites, articles, research reports, etc.).
  6. Contribute to capacity building activities of the Return and Reintegration Unit through facilitation of training activities, including organization of national and regional and/or global level training workshops.
  7. Support the technical and logistical organization of project meetings.
  8. Participate in programme-related meetings and conferences on a national and international level.
  9. Undertake duty travel as required in order to support coordination and monitoring of activities.
  10. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Social Science, International Relations, (International) Development Studies 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.


  • Proven experience with capacity building, reporting and donor liaison;
  • Experience in providing technical and logistical support for the organization of meetings and events;
  • Professional experience with a UN agency, or an international organization.


  • Understanding of the current developments and challenges in the field of return and reintegration;
  • Excellent drafting abilities;
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain strong working relations with donors, and with internal and external counterparts;
  • Team-oriented, but with capacity to work independently and with minimal supervision;
  • Personal commitment, efficiency, and flexibility;
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills, and ability to deliver under tight timelines.


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 (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, or Spanish).

For all applicants, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of 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 (

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 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

To apply, interested applicants are invited to submit their applications HERE via the IOM e-Recruitment system by 11 January 2023.

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 29.12.2022 to 11.01.2023

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 349 Project Officer (P2) Geneva, Switzerland (57903718) Released

Posting: Posting NC57903719 (57903719) Released


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