Senior Programme Officer (Internal Governance Framework (IGF)) At International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Senior Programme Officer (Internal Governance Framework (IGF))

Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P4

Type of Appointment: Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 08 March 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. External female candidates:
  3. Candidate 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 of IOM and female candidates.


The Department of Strategic Planning and Organizational Performance is responsible for consolidating IOM’s efforts to strengthen planning and reporting, including supporting IOM to deliver on the reforms under the Internal Governance Framework (IGF) including the Business Transformation (BT) initiative. The Department brings together the organizational units tasked with the implementation of Risk Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Results-Based Management and Operational Compliance.

The Internal Governance Framework Unit is responsible for driving and coordinating the IGF reform agenda and for overseeing, monitoring and reporting on the broad-ranging initiatives under the Framework, in collaboration with relevant Departments, Regional Offices and Country Offices. Through the established governance structures, including the IGF Board and the IGF Steering Committee, the Unit promotes ownership and accountability across the Organization for reforms under the auspices of the IGF. The Unit is also responsible for the development and application of a Change Management Strategy for the IGF and for supporting the Organization-wide framework governing Delegation of Authority.

Under the overall supervision of the Director, DPP and direct supervision of the Senior Programme Manager (IGF), the Senior Programme Officer (IGF) will provide advice and technical and substantive inputs for the application of the Internal Governance Framework to priority areas throughout the Organization as well as contribute to the IGF Change Management activities.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Enhance and strengthen the organizational alignment through, among others, facilitating the full implementation of the Delegation of Authority Policy and the Business Transformation project.
  2. Provide technical support to the IGF Unit in the development and implementation of the IGF2.0 Work Plan, including designing a fit-for-purpose institutional reform, drafting a concept paper, discussing and coordinating with all stake holders and drafting and publishing the Work Plan.
  3. Provide guidance and support the Department in finalizing the Internal Control Framework Policy and its operational guidelines, including working together with the Operational Compliance Unit on identifying internal control design of the new ERP.
  4. Provide advice and technical support to the Department in its work on aligning the organizational reform agendas with UN reforms, particularly on the efficiencies initiative across the UN development system.
  5. Keep updated on different initiatives across the organization and support the IGF Unit by suggesting potential actions taken by the Unit to enhance synergies between different initiatives (e.g. Share knowledge and information to relevant business process owners to break silos and facilitate inter-departments discussion and joint planning).
  6. Provide programme and administrative advice and technical support to the IGF Unit in the preparation of various programme documents, such as work plans, budgets, briefing materials, presentations, talking points and reports.
  7. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Public Administration, International Development, Political or Social Sciences, International Relations, Law or a related field from an accredited academic institution with seven years of relevant professional experience; or,
  • University degree in the above fields with nine years of relevant professional experience.


Work experience within the UN system, particularly in field locations with project implementation and management, would be a strong advantage.


Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office, particularly Word, Excel and PowerPoint is an advantage.


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 and/or Spanish 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 3

  • 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.

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

To apply, interested applicants are invited to submit their applications HERE via the IOM e-Recruitment system by 08 March 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 23.02.2023 to 08.03.2023

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: VN 2023 56 Senior Programme Officer (Internal Governance Framework (IGF)) (P4) Geneva, Switzerland (57989773) Released

Posting: Posting NC57989774 (57989774) Released

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