International Organization For Migration (IOM)

Head of Labour Mobility and Human Development

International Organization For Migration (IOM)

Job Description

Country: Thailand Organization: International Organization for Migration Closing date: 4 Feb 2021 Position Title : Head of Labour Mobility and Human Development (LHD) Duty Station : Bangkok, Thailand 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 : 04 February 2021 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: Internal candidates External female candidates: Candidate from the following non-represented member states: Antigua and Barbuda; Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Cook Islands; Cuba; Fiji; Gabon; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People's Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Luxembourg; 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.


Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) in IOM Thailand, and in close coordination with the Labour Mobility and Human Development (LHD) Thematic Specialist based in IOM's Regional Office for Asia and The Pacific, the successful candidate will be responsible for the overall management of the LHD Unit within the Country Office , and the management and implementation of the four-year regional programme: “Poverty Reduction through Safe Migration, Skills Development and Enhanced Job Placement in Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Myanmar and Thailand (PROMISE)” with funding from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and implemented in partnership with UN Women.

PROMISE aims to improve employment opportunities and conditions for women and men migrants in Thailand from Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic and Myanmar through enhanced skills and protection, leading to poverty reduction. It achieves this by working with private sector partners, skills development providers and Governments in target countries to promote market-driven skills development mechanisms, reintegration support for returning migrant workers, policy strengthening and bilateral/regional dialogue, and Capacity Building. The successful candidate will be responsible and accountable for managing and implementing all activities within this four-year, USD 8.3 million regional programme, with support from the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and Reporting Officer, and in coordination with established teams in Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Myanmar and Thailand Country Offices.

In addition, s/he will be responsible for overseeing projects within the LHD Unit of Thailand Country Office, which includes projects funded by the private sector as part of the Corporate Responsibility for Elimination of Slavery and Trafficking (CREST) regional programme, and a joint Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Fund programme to promote migrant inclusion in social protection. These two additional programmes are managed by Programme Managers who will report directly to the successful candidate.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

Employ a Results Based Management approach to manage the implementation of PROMISE programme, in accordance with the SDC-approved Regional Project Document, Theory of Change, Results Matrix and Budget, with support from the M&E and Reporting Officer.

Maintain cooperation, support and provide technical guidance to the four participating Country Offices (Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Myanmar, and Thailand) in order to ensure a coordinated and strategic approach to the implementation of the PROMISE programme and the timely delivery of quality results.

Liaise with the UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific to ensure effective inter-agency coordination in planning and achievement of results under the PROMISE programme.

Establish and oversee partnerships with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), skills development providers, recruitment agencies, Government and private sector. Support the development and maintenance of key relationships with regional mechanisms and fora, in coordination with IOM's Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific.

Provide thematic supervision and technical advice to PROMISE programme partners and to the programme staff assigned by each participating Country Office, and respond to requests for coordination and advice regarding labour migration issues in Thailand.

Prepare required reports for the donor on PROMISE programme delivery, including Interim and Final narrative and financial reports, in coordination with the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and participating Country Offices, and with support from the M&E and Reporting Officer.

Monitor financial reports and expenditure to ensure compliance management and a satisfactory burn rate to meet implementation milestones and deadlines, and coordinate with participating Country Offices to anticipate, mitigate and correct implementation challenges.

Establish a robust communications strategy to promote the LHD Unit's priorities and objectives.

Provide competent advice to the CoM on the overall performance of the programme and LHD portfolio to ensure effectiveness, coherence and quality of implementation.

In close coordination with the Resource Management Officer, manage, coordinate and monitor all administrative, human resources- and financial aspects of the LHD Unit projects; supervise and provide technical guidance to the LHD Unit staff.

Undertake duty travel as necessary to oversee the implementation of the projects and evaluate their impact on beneficiaries in all participating Country Offices, and as required.

Perform such other such duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:

  • Master's degree in Political or Social Sciences, Law, International Relations, Political Science, or a related field from an accredited academic institution with seven years of relevant experience; or
  • University degree in one of the above fields with nine years of relevant professional experience.
  • Proven experience managing labour migration programmes for migrants and capacity-building activities, preferably in the Mekong Sub-Region;
  • Excellent track record of effective working relationships with private sector, government officials and UN agencies;
  • Experience and expertise in working with Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).
  • Past exposure and experience in project development and resource mobilization in challenging donor environment;
  • Strong knowledge and experience of project budgeting and planning.
  • Proven leadership and negotiation skills, particularly in a multi-stakeholder and multi-cultural environment;
  • Sound knowledge of financial and business Administration;
  • Sound and proven understanding of internal and international migration issues as they relate to labour migration policies, ASEAN processes and related issues;
  • Knowledge of the labour migration trends in the Sub Mekong Region is an advantage.
  • Excellent writing, communication and negotiation skills;
  • Excellent analytical abilities and demonstrated capacity to draft and edit technical documents;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to maintain trust and good working relationships with counterparts;
Capacity for creative thinking; Team-oriented, but with capacity to work independently and with minimal supervision; Personal commitment, efficiency- and flexibility; Strong organizational and time management skills, and ability to deliver under tight timelines; Understanding of IOM policies, procedures and institutional tools will be considered an advantage.

Languages IOM's official languages are English, French, and Spanish.

For this position, fluency in English and working knowledge in French or Spanish (oral and written) is required. Working knowledge of Thai, Khmer, Burmese and/or Indonesian is an advantage.

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

Notes 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.
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.

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 04 February 2021 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 08.01.2021 to 04.02.2021 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 2021 03 Head of Labour Mobility and Human Development (LHD) (P4) Bangkok, Thailand (56796334) Released Posting: Posting NC56796335 (56796335) Released
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