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IOM seeks to recruit a policy officer (international migration law)

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IOM seeks to recruit a policy officer (international migration law)

Classification :    Professional Staff, Grade P3

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

Estimated Start Date :    As soon as possible

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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 environment. Applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged. For the purpose of the vacancy, the following candidates are considered as first-tier candidates:

  1. Internal candidates
  2. Qualified applicants from the following NMS countries :

Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Cook Islands, Cuba, Cabo Verde, Djibouti, Fiji, Micronesia (Federated States of), Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Iceland, Kiribati, Comoros, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the), Saint Lucia, Lesotho, Libya, Montenegro, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Paraguay, Solomon Islands, Seychelles, Suriname, Sao Tome and Principe, Kingdom of Eswatini, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Vanuatu, Samoa.


Context :

Since 1995, IOM has been working in partnership with the Government of Ethio¬pia, the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the Intergovern¬mental Authority for Development (IGAD), the African Union (AU), migrants, and other stakeholders to uphold the rights and needs of migrants, promote the benefits and address the challenges of migration, and mitigate the related risks to the advantage of all.

Respect of human rights of migrants brings the legal perspective and content to the fore of the implementation of the AU and UN policy frameworks and legal instruments. The promotion and protection of the rights of migrants should be enhanced as a priority in the context marked by discrimination, violence and xenophobia. Judiciary institutions need to be involved with the required knowledge and capacity. They also need to improve their cooperation.

To enhance the African Union Commission’s (AUC) capacity to conduct its migration work, the IOM has entered into an agreement with the AUC to provide the regional organization with professional staff to strengthen its Migration governance capacity within the Labour, Employment and Migration Division of the AUC’s Social Affairs Department, support the Commission’s work on migration related issues relevant to the African context, such as migration law and non-discrimination.

Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission to Ethiopia and Representative to the

African Union, IGAD and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator (Mixed Migration) in IOM, the successful candidate will be responsible for the Migration Unit’s work on migration law, legal protection and non-discrimination

Core Functions / Responsibilities :

  1. Promote respect and protection of the rights of all persons, regardless of their migration status, nationality, gender, race or ethnic origin, including through countering xenophobia, racism and discrimination, securing their access to protection ;
  2. Lead the AUC’s work to assist AU member states, sub regional entities and continental bodies in developing legislative, regulatory and policy frameworks to better govern migration in Africa ;
  3. Conduct research on international, regional and national migration legislation ;
  4. Promote international and regional instruments related to migration and the rights of migrants ;
  5. Draft papers on legal and judiciary migration governance ;
  6. Coordinate the preparation of responses to ad-hoc requests from AU member states, sub regional and continental bodies on legal migration governance issues ;
  7. Establish appropriate standards of conduct for officials who deal with migrant smuggling situations and implement standard operating procedures in aiding migrants whose lives and safety are in danger ;
  8. Assist in developing assistance and protection mechanisms to trafficked persons, including medical care, psychological assistance, reflection and recovery periods, education, reintegration and/or resettlement programmes, paying for travel expenses, legal assistance, access to compensation and remedies and accommodation ;
  9. Provide all migrants with access to justice and legal redress ;
  10. Identify and assist vulnerable migrants and displaced persons through child-oriented, gender- sensitive and culturally appropriate approaches ;
  11. Represent the AUC at regional and continental conferences, workshops, seminars and meetings on migration law and governance ;
  12. Keep abreast of, analyse and provide advice on developments related to migration law and governance in Africa ;
  13. Work closely with relevant AUC departments on migration law related issues, in particular the Office of the Legal Counsel ;
  14. Perform such other duties as may be assigned

Required Qualifications and Experience :

Education :

  • Master’s degree in Law, International migration law ;or
  • A related field from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience ; or
  • University degree in the above fields with seven years of relevant professional experience .

Experience :

  • Working experience in migration law, Non-discrimination and protection of rights of migrants, preferably for a national government or intergovernmental organization ;
  • Working experience with national and regional institutions responsible for the promotion and protection of the rights of the migrants, including judiciary institutions, parliaments, international partners, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), etc. ;
  • In-depth knowledge of migration laws, protection of the rights of migrant, non-discrimination, especially migration governance in the African context;
  • Knowledge of international migration law;
  • Experience in drafting research papers and briefing notes for officials if governmental institutions or intergovernmental organizations;
  • Experience in team work;
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment.

Languages :

IOM’s official languages are English, French and Spanish.

For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of French and/or Spanish is an advantage.


Desirable 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 ;
  • 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. here

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 ;
  • 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.

How to apply:

  • Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 09 April 2019 at the latest, referring to this advertisement ;
  • For further information, please refer to : here
  • In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM only accepts online profiles duly completed ;
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. You can track the progress of your application on your personal application page in the IOM e-recruitment system.

Posting period :

From 27.03.2019 to 09.04.2019 ;

Requisition : VN2019/75(P)-PolicyOfficer(InternationalMigrationLaw)(P3)-AddisAbaba,Ethiopia (55899200) Released ;

Posting : Posting NC55899201 (55899201) Released.

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