INT 2020 22 - Intern - HDPN (Drivers of Migration)

International Organization for Migration (IOM)
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Nov 05

Position description

Migration is a core, cross-cutting dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Agenda. Mobile populations, whether internal, cross-border or displaced are a key target group for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Migration, including displacement, also has an impact on the achievement of the SDGs.

The humanitarian, development, and peace nexus (HDPN) has become a central element of the UN System reform and the global efforts of UN Member States to fulfil commitments made at the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, to move ‘beyond responding to humanitarian needs to ending needs by reducing vulnerabilities and risks’, and accelerate progress towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. IOM has a crucial role in these discussions as both a humanitarian and development actor in the field of migration and displacement and is an active contributor to the work of the Inter-Agency-Standing-Committee and the UN Development System.

Recognizing the complex relation between migration, displacement and sustainable development, IOM is currently working on strengthening its understanding on drivers for migration in both humanitarian and development contexts and identifying ways to further enhance IOM’s programming and policy capacity.

Under the overall supervision of the Head of the Migration and Sustainable Development Unit, the direct supervision of the Policy Officer for Migration and Sustainable Development and the secondary supervision of the HDPN Advisor, the successful candidate will support the initiative to advance the understanding on IOM’s work around the HPDN and drivers of migration.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

1. Support the implementation of the initiative on HDPN-Drivers by assisting in communication with country offices, coordinating the work plan, preparing meetings, drafting meeting notes and background documents.

2. Participate and assist in technical workshops related to the HDPN-Drivers initiative, coordinating invitation and follow-up to participants, preparation of workshop agenda and supporting materials

3. Support the drafting of policy inputs and advice for IOM country offices on activities related to the HPDN-Drivers initiative
4. Perform such other duties as may be assigned

Training Components and Learning Elements

• Develop a solid understanding of the functioning of a UN agency.
• Understand and support IOM’s role on addressing drivers of migration and displacement.
• Increase understanding on the operationalization of the Humanitarian Development and Peace Nexus (HPDN).
• Gain professional experience working in an international organization in the areas of programming guidance, project implementation, inter-agency coordination.
• Advance substantive knowledge in the area of migration and development, particularly the processes of ensuring policy coherence in migration and development for enhanced development impact.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Migration Governance, Economics, International Relations, Business Administration, the Social Sciences, Law, Development Studies, International Affairs, or a related field from an accredited academic institution; or
• University degree in the above fields with two years of relevant professional experience.


• Relevant experience at the national or international level in project development, coordination and/or management;
• Relevant experience rolling out communication strategies and developing communication materials.


• Computer literacy, especially Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel and various social media platforms strongly encouraged
• Strong organizational skills;
• Proven ability to produce quality work accurately and concisely according to set deadlines.


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.

Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.

Eligibility and Selection
In general, the Internship Programme aims at attracting talented students and graduates who:

a) have a specific interest in, or whose studies have covered, areas relevant to IOM programmes and activities;

b) are holding a scholarship for internship placements in international organizations and/or for whom internship is required to complete their studies; or

c) are sponsored by governmental/non-governmental institutions and/or academia to work in specific areas relevant to both IOM and the sponsor;

d) are either students approaching the end of their studies and preparing a thesis, or recently graduated, who have less than two years of relevant working experience;

e) are between 20 and 36 years of age.

• Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted, and additional enquiries will only be addressed if the candidate is shortlisted.
• Depending on experience and location, IOM provides a small monthly stipend to help offset costs.

1 Accredited Universities are the ones listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database (

Required Competencies:

The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate the following values and competencies:


• 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

• 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.

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

Competencies will be assessed during a competency-based interview.



The appointment is subject to funding confirmation.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

No late applications will be accepted.

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