Migration Policy Officer

International Organization for Migration
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Nov 19

Position description

IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. Read more about diversity and inclusion at IOM at www.iom.int/diversity.

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); Latvia; 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 Department of International Cooperation and Partnerships (ICP) is responsible for following developments, analysing and leading on migration policy at the international level, in close collaboration with other Headquarters (HQ) departments, the IOM Office to the UN in New York and the field, Regional Liaison and Policy Officers (RLPOs). This includes ensuring appropriate participation in and contributions to the work of bodies such as the UN Network on Migration, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, and the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD).

The Migration Policy Officer will work under the overall supervision of the Head of the Multilateral Processes Division and the Director of ICP and the direct supervision of the Migration Governance Indicators (MGI) Project Coordinator. The Migration Policy Officer will


be based in the IOM New York office, under the supervision and administration of the Director of the IOM office to the UN in New York. The Migration Policy Officer will contribute to the scaling up of IOM’s Migration Governance Indicators (MGI).

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

1. Assist with activities related to the implementation of the Migration Governance Indicators (MGI) project.

2. Maintain close liaison and coordination with all key stakeholders, especially GMDAC, relevant divisions in IOM-HQ, as well as IOM Regional Offices, Country missions.

3. Assist the MGI project coordinator in elaborating and implementing the overall strategic vision of the project.

4. Assist the project coordinator with maintaining close relations with donors.
5. Assist the MGI team in developing and implementing a visibility strategy for the project. 6. Prepare and deliver presentations on the MGI.
7. Draft notes for file with follow-up action required to these meetings and events.

8. Facilitate synergies between the roll-out of the MGI, Migration Governance Framework (MiGOF) trainings related multilateral processes and the assessment of IOM’s capacity to provide policy advice.

9. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Economics, International Relations, Business Administration, the Social Sciences, Law, Development Studies, International Affairs 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.


• Ability to timely understand the Organization’s structure and portfolios;
• Ability to work effectively and harmoniously in a team of colleagues of varied cultural and professional backgrounds;
• Proven ability to produce quality work accurately and concisely according to set deadlines;
• Practical experience of multitasking, prioritizing and working independently;
• Proven experience in delivering presentations to government officials;
• Proven experience in organizing and taking part in multi-stakeholder consultations on migration;
• Proven experience in project development;
• Good knowledge and/or experience working on MGI and MiGOF.


• Strong organizational skills;
• Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English; one other IOM language is essential.


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

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

1 Accredited Universities are the ones listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database (https://whed.net/home.php).

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.

IOM’s competency framework can be found at this link.

https://www.iom.int/sites/default/files/about-iom/iom_revised_competency_framework_external.p df

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. 

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