Country: Switzerland
Organization: International Organization for Migration
Closing date: 20 Apr 2022

Position Title : Intern – Risk Management

Duty Station : Geneva, Switzerland

Classification : Intern, Grade Other

Type of Appointment : Internship, six months with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 20 April 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.


Background Information

The Department of Strategic Planning and Organizational Performance (DPP) is responsible for consolidating IOM’s efforts to strengthen planning and reporting, including supporting the Deputy Director General for Management and Reform to deliver on the reforms under the Internal Governance Framework, such as the Business Transformation initiative.

The Risk Management Unit (ERM) oversees the development and implementation of the institutional risk management framework, including adopting risk appetite statements and protocols for reporting risk exposures to the DG and across the Organization. The risk management methodology consists of six critical elements in line with the ISO 31000:2018: communication and consultation; establishing scope, context, criteria; risk assessment; risk treatment; monitoring and review; and recording and reporting. These steps are applied across the whole organization: at the project level, at the programme /unit level (i.e., Country Office/Programme, Regional Office/Department); and at the institutional level.


Under the overall supervision of the Chief Risk Officer and the direct supervision of the Risk Officer. The Intern will pursue the following duties:

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

Assist in the rollout of IOM’s revised Risk Management Framework in IOM Headquarters, Regional and Country Offices to streamline and strengthen IOM’s risk management practices.

Ensure proper documentation of critical information associated with risk management, including updating risk registers and risk assessments of departments, projects, and offices as necessary.

Participate in relevant meetings concerning risk management, ensuring that crucial discussion points and follow up actions are explicitly highlighted.

Assist in developing and rolling out guidance and knowledge management materials to ensure that risk management capacity is enhanced. This may include the creation of short videos and graphics to enhance awareness.

Assist in visualizing data and preparing presentation materials where required.

Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the Chief Risk Officer.

Training Components and Learning Elements

This is an excellent opportunity for the successful candidate to learn about risk management processes within the context of an International Organization. Upon completion of the assignment, the intern will:

• Have substantive knowledge of risk assessment and management issues in IOM and be able to advise on potential best practices and approaches.

• Have gained a better appreciation of current and emerging risk management issues and their application within the UN.

• Have improved analytical and research skills in the areas of risk assessment and management, and the planning, designing and development of a risk management process and implementation plan.

• Have improved communication skills through interaction with IOM staff, Executive and Senior

Management, governments, and partner organizations.

• Be able to apply Enterprise Risk Management processes in both the private and international development sector.

• Have gained a better understanding of the IOM operations and the overall UN system.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Enrolled in the last year of / graduated from a Master’s degree, preferably in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting, Law, Social Sciences, Development Studies, or a related field from an accredited academic institution.

• Professional certification as a chartered accountant (CA) or certified public accountant (CPA), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), or equivalent Risk Management certification from the Institute of Risk Management (IRM) is considered an asset.


• A first relevant experience, either during or after studies, is desirable.


• Thematic knowledge on risk management;

• Demonstrated conceptual and analytical thinking abilities;

• Excellent drafting and public speaking skills;

• Dedicated and proactive attitude, a good communicator with proven organizational and interpersonal skills and respect for individual and cultural differences;

• Eye for detail, ability to monitor and follow up on pending matters within agreed deadlines.


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

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

• Please consider the cost of living in Geneva prior to applying.

Applications must be submitted by 20 April 2022

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. 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.

No late applications will be accepted.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 20 April 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.

For further information please refer to:

Posting period:

From 07.04.2022 to 20.04.2022

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: INT 2022 39 – Intern – Risk Management – Geneva, Switzerland (57515525) Released

Posting: Posting NC57515526 (57515526) Released

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