Protection Officer At International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Protection Officer

Duty Station: Tehran, Iran, Islamic Republic of

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: 28 February 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.


Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) and in close coordination with the programme unit colleagues, particularly the CAP senior programme manager in Tehran and other senior managers and the Regional Thematic Specialists (RTS) based in Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP), the Protection Officer will be responsible for implementing protection activities and strategies that address the needs of people on the move in Iran, including victims of trafficking and smuggling, unaccompanied minors, migrants and displaced persons. Activities will be carried out in close coordination with the United Nations (UN), coordinated humanitarian strategies and government counterparts.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Support Protection programming across the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Iran and provide technical support to other IOM units on Protection Mainstreaming, including safe programming and capacity building.
  2. In close coordination with relevant protection actors, such as the Government and other United Nations (UN) agencies and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), contribute to strengthening existing referral mechanisms, capacities and services for protection cases of Afghan migrants (including smuggled migrants, victims of trafficking and other vulnerable migrants) and host communities. Participate in and contribute to inter-agency Protection fora (e.g., Protection Cluster, Child Protection Sub-Cluster, Gender-Based Violence Sub-Cluster, Prevention from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) Network, relevant task forces) as needed with technical and operational input.
  3. Coordinate and implement activities included in IOM’s Protection portfolio, which may include contributing to the development of protection Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and internal guidelines for protection case management and facilitating protection mainstreaming interventions, based on international protection standards (e.g., Sphere, IASC Protection policies and guidelines, Child Protection Minimum Standards, IOM’s Framework for Addressing Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Crises, International Committee of the Red Cross Professional Protection Standards, etc.), as well as supervision of IOM Iran Protection Team.
  4. Provide technical inputs for the development and support the implementation of capacity building activities for Government Officials, local actors and partners on protection, including GBV, counter-trafficking, counter-smuggling principles and protection mainstreaming.
  5. Facilitate the integration of protection elements into IOM assessments to understand protection risks in the working context and in IOM’s operations and coordinate data analysis within IOM and other key protection actors.
  6. Facilitate the establishment or strengthening of appropriate and culture-specific complaint andfeedback mechanisms for mobile populations as well as communities affected by mobility and check that needs are systematically reported and appropriately addressed through specific and/or joint activities.
  7. Provide information and technical guidance and capacity building to field-based colleagues onIOM protection guidelines, counter-trafficking standards and practices as well as international protection standards (Sphere, Child Protection Minimum Standards, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Professional Protection Standards, etc.) to support capacity building.
  8. Draft reports and documents, including briefings, statistical/narrative reports, background information and specific information requested by Governments and other entities as required.
  9. Assist in the expansion of IOM protection and assistance portfolio in Iran by selecting and summarizing background information, assessing local context for project planning and administration, and drafting segments of proposals.
  10. Act as a PSEA focal point for the mission, which includes updating IOM Iran PSEA Actionplan and informing supervisor of progress; participate in relevant inter-agency fora and other meetings as required.
  11. Document opportunities to provide specialized protection services; communicate and co-ordinate with appropriate IOM units and field offices, including with psychosocial activities.
  12. Undertake regular duty travel as required, in line with prevailing security restrictions, relating to project assessments, liaison with counterparts, and project implementation, as required.
  13. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in International Law, Development Studies, Political Science, InternationalRelations, Social 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.


  • Previous work on protection (e.g. child protection, counter-trafficking, gender-based violence);
  • Experience in managing teams, mentoring and delivering trainings;
  • Experience working with specialized international agencies (UN Agencies, International

Organizations, and International NGOs);

  • Experience in project management and monitoring and evaluation an asset;
  • Experience in regional coordination between different stakeholders an asset; and,
  • Experience in working effectively with local authorities, stakeholders, beneficiaries, and the broader community to advance country office or regional objectives.


  • Efficiency, flexibility, high level of professionalism and ability to work under pressure and adhere to strict deadlines.
  • Ability to work effectively and harmoniously with colleagues from varied cultures and professional backgrounds.
  • Ability to guide and supervise staff and coordinate administrative matters.
  • In-depth communication and interpersonal skills as well as excellent strategic and creative thinking.
  • Demonstrated writing skills.
  • Good understanding of regional migration trends and dynamics.


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). Fluency in any other local language 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 five values:

  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: Respects and promotes individual and cultural differences. Encourages diversity and inclusion.
  • 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.
  • Courage: Demonstrates willingness to take a stand on issues of importance.
  • Empathy: Shows compassion for others, makes people feel safe, respected and fairly treated.

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 actions 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 leadership and professional potential.
  • Empowering others: Creates an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.
  • Building Trust: Promotes shared values and creates an atmosphere of trust and honesty.
  • Strategic thinking and vision: Works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.
  • Humility: Leads with humility and shows openness to acknowledging own shortcomings.

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. 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 HERE via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 28 February 2023 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.

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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 2023 51 Protection Officer (P2) Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran (57974675) Released

Posting: Posting NC57974676 (57974676) Released

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