Associate Migration Policy Officer

International Organization for Migration
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
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  • Posted
    Sep 27

Position description

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; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Cook Islands; Cuba; Djibouti; El Salvador; Fiji; Gabon; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People's Democratic Republic (the); Libya; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Montenegro; Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Papua New Guinea; 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 IOM Office to the United Nations (UN) has responsibility for enhancing IOM’s collaboration with the UN, diplomatic missions, and nongovernmental organizations, including through contributing to improving understanding of migration issues, facilitating international migration policy dialogues, and representing IOM and migration issues conferences, meetings, and seminars.

Under the overall guidance of the Director of IOM Office to the United Nations, under the direct supervision of the Senior Policy and Liaison Officer, and in close coordination with ICP and other relevant Headquarters (HQ) departments, the successful candidate will assist in analysing and participate in IOM’s institutional engagement with the United Nations system on migration issues. 


Core Functions / Responsibilities:

1. Contribute to IOM’s system-wide engagement in United Nations inter-agency and multilateral initiatives, including those relevant to migration, by drafting statements and policy inputs, and responding to specific requests for support.

2. In coordination with the Senior Policy and Liaison Officer, organize, draft and review written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of relevant documents, reports and studies, inputs to publications as part of IOM’s broader advocacy on migration issues.

3. Analyze, collect and draft inputs for IOM New York’s annual activities in relation to the General Assembly, its main committees, Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and other regular meetings of the UN’s principal organs.

4. Support the office on IOM’s engagement in the annual Commission on Population and Development, Commission on Social Development and Commission on Status of Women by providing technical information and guidance to facilitate engagement in the associated high-level discussions and side-events.

5. Organize administrative and logistical requirements for IOM side-events and Member State briefings for awareness raising and engagement purposes.

6. In close coordination with IOM’s Donor Relations Division, support IOM’s engagement with the private sector and UN system activities related to the private sector, such as fundraising, advocacy, awareness raising and general cooperation, by collecting, researching and analyzing information.

7. Contribute to IOM’s engagement in the United Nations Peace and Development Fund: 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (ASD) Sub-Fund by liaising with donor counterparts, providing technical inputs for IOM’s field missions, and reviewing reports and correspondence.

8. Participate in relevant liaison with HQ departments on specific Committees of the General Assembly, which may include thematic issues of migration health, legal identity, immigration and border management, assisted voluntary return and reintegration and counter trafficking.

9. Draft inputs for the Secretary-General’s reports on the implementation of relevant multi-lateral agreements and Committee resolutions.

10. Participate in strategic planning exercises conducted by IOM New York, assist with office work plan processes, and analyze and draft recommendations on the same, under guidance and supervision and in collaboration with other staff.

11. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in International Relations, Political Science, Social Sciences 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. 


• Demonstrated experience in liaising with United Nations (UN), governmental and diplomatic authorities;
• Demonstrated experience and knowledge of the UN system (General Assembly (GA), main committees, and principal organs);

• Excellent communication skills, especially in a multilingual setting, and good writing skills;
• Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan. Experience developing office work plans and reporting templates;
• Experience in organizing seminars and/or side-events.
• Knowledge of IOM project/programme activities an asset, particularly in the field of migration health, legal identity, immigration and border management, assisted voluntary return and reintegration and counter trafficking;
• Creative thinking, efficiency, objectivity;
• Ability to work effectively and harmoniously within a team of colleagues from varied cultures and professional backgrounds.


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.

1 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.

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. 

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