Senior Regional Liaison and Policy Officer At International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Senior Regional Liaison and Policy Officer

Duty Station: Bangkok, Thailand

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: 01 December 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.


The International Organization for Migration (IOM) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) in Bangkok, Thailand is covering 40 countries across the Asia and Pacific Region. The key responsibility of the ROAP is to formulate regional strategies and plans of action and to provide programmatic and administrative support to the countries within its Region.

Under the direct supervision of the Regional Director (RD) for Asia and the Pacific based in Bangkok, Thailand and in close coordination with the Department of External Relations (DER), as well as Policy Hub and Secretariat of the UN Network on Migration at Headquarters (HQ), the Senior Regional Liaison and Policy Officer will be accountable and responsible for maintaining regular contact with international, governmental and non-governmental partners, and contribute to regular national and regional migration dialogue and policy development in the region, in the context of IOM’s Strategic Vision, Migration Governance Framework (MiGOF), the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration (GCM) and IOM’s roles on the UN Migration Network at regional and country levels, the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, Our Common Agenda and other key global and regional frameworks relevant to migration.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Lead the development, design and promotion of the regional and sub-regional strategies and guide the development of country strategies in line with the Strategic Vision, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Global Compact or Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and related regional frameworks. Carry this out in coordination with Regional Office experts, Country Offices, relevant Senior Regional Advisors (SRAs) and other Regional Offices (ROs) as appropriate; develop a corresponding regional action plan in line with the Strategic Results Framework (SRF) and its regular review.
  2. Coordinate the implementation and the rollout of the regional and country level UN Networkson Migration.
  3. Support the Regional Director with the implementation, follow-up and review of the GCM by the Member States including through implementing IOM’s priorities for GCM implementation; and the organization of quadrennial regional and global reviews in cooperation with the Economic Commissions; act as the primary interlocutor of the global UN Network supporting and spearheading efforts to advance the GCM at all levels in coordination with other Networks on the continent as relevant.
  4. Further strengthen IOM’s relationships and interactions with the revamped regional level of the United Nations, interact and contribute to the Regional Collaborative Platform in close coordination with the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Regional UNDG Agencies (Deputy Regional Directors) and other relevant regional bodies in the region.
  5. Represent IOM in the various platforms called for in the UN Reform, including but not limited to Peer Support Groups (PSGs), in Asia and the Pacific, the Issue Based Coalitions (IBCs) and related platforms, the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific, contributing to side events. Supporting governments for the development of Voluntary National Review (VNRs).
  6. Support ROAP and COs on IOM-UN partnership in the context, UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks (UNSDCF), Issue-Based Coalitions (IBC), in particular the IBC on Human Mobility and Urbanization (HMU) and related mechanisms, in coordination with the ROAP Regional Thematic Specialists (RTSs).
  7. Identify and strengthen strategic partnerships with academic institutions, think-tanks and research institutions within the region, and participate in developing policy-oriented research in coordination with RTSs and, where relevant, with the Regional Research Officers and/or HQ.
  8. Establish/maintain a wide variety of contacts such as NGOs, academia, civil society, theInternational Red Cross and Red Crescent movement, International Financial Institutions to promote IOM’s policies and programmes.
  9. Coordinate the development of, and rollout of, trainings on harnessing the potential of migration as a catalyst for development as well as an accelerator to the attainment to the SDGs, the 2030 Agenda and other multilateral frameworks and institutes for both internal and external audiences.
  10. Carry out bi-annual reporting at the Regional Office level and support Country Offices in their completion, quality control and review of Country level Institutional Questionnaire.
  11. Contribute to Regional Consultative Processes (RCPs) and other Inter-State ConsultativeMechanisms (ISCMs) by providing technical expertise, policy guidance, capacity building as well as providing a Secretariat Role as needed, in line with ensuring contribution and alignment to the GCM processes.
  12. Foster research that guides coherent evidenced-based policymaking as well as well-informed public discourse and effective monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of initiatives through the Mixed Migration Hub and the Regional Data Hub.
  13. Keep abreast of migration issues and emerging trends within the region, in coordination with Regional experts and provide guidance on programme and project opportunities in consultation with the Regional Director, Headquarters, SRAs and other Regional Offices, as relevant.
  14. In coordination with the RD, broaden network of contacts among senior government officials, international and regional Organizations and expand cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat.
  15. Contribute to regional policy dialogue and the exchange of best practices through expert meetings and preparation of policy briefs with the RTSs.
  16. Conduct project development, review and endorsement on policy and UN Network on Migration related thematic, ensuring Results Based Management timely reporting and approach.
  17. Ensure appropriate coordination and information sharing within the Region and between the region and relevant Departments at HQ.
  18. Promote public relations ensuring visibility of IOM’s contribution to regional policy development and programming.
  19. Support rolling out ‘Leveraging Global Frameworks’ training to staff in the Asia Pacific region.
  20. Maintain an overview of the results of the activities carried out in the framework of the MIRAC funding for UN engagement in the region, to streamline the actions and be able to monitor and address any gaps in the implementation (specifically on commitments to the UN Network management or to the UNDS reforms at country or at regional level)
  21. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


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


  • Extensive experience in diplomacy, fundraising and public relations, as well as liaising with governmental and diplomatic authorities and international institutions;
  • Management experience in the fields of international relations, migration and/or development matters required;
  • Experience to work in different missions;
  • Experience to work on migration issues.


  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written; ability to prepare and deliver speeches on various activities of the Organization;
  • Proven liaison and negotiation skills;
  • Demonstrated strategic and creative thinking;
  • In depth knowledge of the broad range of migration related subject areas dealt with by the Organization and IOM’s history and mandate;
  • Knowledge of programme planning, development and management;
  • Effective resource management skills, sound knowledge of financial and business administration and of the principles and practices of management; ability to motivate, supervise and coach/direct staff;
  • Excellent negotiation skills.


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 any Asian 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 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 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 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 3

  • 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 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 and who do not have prior experience outside the duty station’s country as staff member in the Professional category 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 01 December 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.

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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 2022 412 Senior Regional Liaison and Policy Officer (P4) Bangkok, Thailand (57845194) Released

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