Job Title: Senior Policy Officer (Protection) – UNGO Jobs

Country: Switzerland
Organization: International Organization for Migration
Closing date: 26 Apr 2022

Position Title: Senior Policy Officer (Protection)

Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P4

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

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 26 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.

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. External female candidates:

  3. Candidate from the following non-represented member states:

Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba (Netherlands); Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros;Congo (the); Cook Islands; Cuba; Curaçao; Fiji; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Libya; Madagascar; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Montenegro; Namibia; Nauru; Palau; 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 of IOM and female candidates.


IOM’s Protection Division contributes to the realization of IOM’s commitment to address the needs, as well as to promote and uphold the rights of migrants. The work of the Division is guided by the protection related goals and objectives of the 2030 Agenda and the Global Compact on Migration. The Division guides and supports IOM’s programming that aims to reduce and prevent people’s exposure to protection risks. Such programming normally targets migrants, including displaced persons, who are vulnerable to violence, exploitation, abuse, neglect and deliberate deprivation including returnees and potential returnees (migrants who are unwilling or unable to stay in their host or transit countries) and their communities. Under the portfolio of the Protection Division, IOM also offers support to States in carrying out their duties to respect, protect and fulfil rights and address needs, thus contributing to managing migration and addressing internal displacement in line with international standards and practices. Return and reintegration programming is also led by the Division.

Under the direct supervision of the Head of the Protection Division, the Senior Policy Officer (Protection) will be responsible for developing and supporting the implementation of policies related to protection, in humanitarian and development settings, including return and reintegration. They will support the Division Head and Senior Specialists in liaising with relevant Divisions/Units in Headquarters (HQs) on policy related matters.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Promote and advance multilateral engagements to ensure that relevant good practice, thematic expertise, insights and institutional positions are incorporated into IOM’s interventions, including but not limited in the UN Network on Migration.

  2. Develop and roll out of relevant institutional and division-wide policy initiatives falling under the portfolio of the division including strategic position papers, policy and guidance documents on thematic issues relevant to the Division.

  3. Provide advice and support to advocacy and communication on the scope of policy work undertaken by the Protection Division, both internally and externally.

  4. Liaise with Regional Offices with a view of incorporating field-based good practices and lessons learned into updates of IOM internal instructions and guidelines pertaining to the Protection Division.

  5. Monitor, analyse and provide advice on emerging issues and trends, and adjust and develop relevant position papers, policy and guidance allowing PXD to respond to such issues.

  6. Monitor, analyse and report on key external policy developments, assess and advise on potential impact on Protection Division programming and respond by developing relevant position papers, policy and guidance.

  7. Develop documents for potential external consumption, presenting key tenets of institutional positions, instructions and guidelines on Protection Division workstreams.

  8. Prepare and coordinate documents with relevant internal entities that relate to and/or influence IOM’s policy making, including coordinating and providing talking points for senior management and provide substantive thematic input for institutional documents.

  9. Promote and support cross thematic coordination and engagement.

  10. Represent IOM and the Protection Division at internal and external policy engagements.

  11. Lead the enhancement of the Protection Division’s communication on protection and related good practices. Cooperate with the IOM’s Media and Communication Division on communication of Protection Division work.

  12. Develop various planning scenarios with relation to future Protection Division topic related policy work, considering various possible policy developments.

  13. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Political or Social Sciences, Law and/or International Relations or a related field from an accredited academic institution with seven years of relevant professional experience; or

• University degree in the above fields with nine years of relevant professional experience.


• Practical experience in dealing with a broad range of migration issues, in particular rights of migrants and displaced persons, protection and, return migration;

• Experience in drafting analytical reports, policy briefings, position papers, guidance, high level speeches and statements;

• Experience in liaising with governmental and diplomatic authorities as well as with national, regional and international institutions;

• Experience in developing guidance and conducting training/capacity-building activities;

• At least three years of experience in an international organisation in a field setting is desirable.


Ability to work in close coordination with a broad range of different units and divisions.


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

External applicants for all positions in the Professional category are required to be proficient in English and have at least a working knowledge of one additional UN Language (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese).

For all applicants, fluency in English (oral and written) is required. 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.


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 3

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 3

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.

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.

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.

Vacancies close at 23:59 local time Geneva, Switzerland on the respective closing date. No late applications will be accepted.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 26 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 13.04.2022 to 26.04.2022

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: VN 2022 89 Senior Policy Officer (Protection) (P4) Geneva, Switzerland (57524336) Released

Posting: Posting NC57524337 (57524337) Released