International Organization For Migration (IOM)

Intern (Humanitarian Development Nexus)

International Organization For Migration (IOM)

Job Description

Position Title : Intern - Humanitarian Development Nexus (HDN) Duty Station : Home based Classification : Intern, Grade Other Type of Appointment : Internship, six months Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible Closing Date : 02 May 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. Context:

Background information

Following the World Humanitarian Summit 2016 and Grand Bargain commitments to transcend the humanitarian-development nexus, IOM Zimbabwe has been using its transitional and recovery projects to contribute to the evidence-base of development-oriented programmes. IOM Zimbabwe is thus seeking a qualified candidate to further examine and support the use of Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) data for recovery and development operations. This includes providing data support for the work of IOM’s Zimbabwe Transition and Resilience Unit, which applies development-principled approaches to address root causes driving forced and irregular displacement. IOM Zimbabwe TRU consist of four work streams: stabilization and resilience; durable solutions and recovery; transition and peacebuilding; Disaster Risk Reduction and environmental degradation. This internship will support IOM in delivering across the spectrum from humanitarian responses to recovery initiatives to development programming.


Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM), the successful candidate will be responsible for assisting the Chief of Mission’s office and other Program Coordinators on the convergence of all programmes operating under the Transition and resilience unit, including assisting on the Design of methodologies, Programme implementation, monitoring and reporting for the Human Security and Community Stabilization programmes and their components.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Support the use of DTM data for development-oriented programming and discussions. This includes adapting tools, collecting, and analyzing data, as well as compiling good practices related to assisting IOM in bridging the humanitarian-development nexus.
  2. Explore the extent to which DTM can be better analysed to inform HDN discussions and programmes, and provide recommendations on how to make DTM data more applicable for informing collective outcomes and development contexts.
  3. Investigate the range of tools associated with measuring progress towards achieving the SDGs at national and global levels, and research how and where these tools can be incorporated to complement DTM programmes.
  4. Evaluate existing indicators, tools and practices undertaken by development actors, including the World Bank and UNDP, and review their potential applicability in countries where DTM is active by connecting with other departments and divisions within IOM, support DTM in improving its alignment and Coordination of humanitarian, recovery, and development initiatives.
  5. Analyse the Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDG) targets and indicators to determine which are most relevant to measuring the human development of people affected by displacement and in crisis settings and measure DTM data against SDG targets and indicators.
  6. Conduct the Analysis of indicators and methods used by DTM in the different contexts relevant to humanitarian development indicators.
  7. Support TRD in providing recommendations related to DTM indicators and the HDN component in the DTM data dictionary.
  8. Support IOM thematic research on HDN thematic work.
  9. Liaise with relevant IOM specialists on returns monitoring and TRD programmes.
  10. Provide administrative and logistical support when needed.
  11. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.
Training components and learning elements

It is expected that the selected intern will: • Be exposed to the activities of IOM in the duty station • Gain understanding about the IOM and the UN System and its processes • Learn technical skills described in this Post Description • Be able to prove their dedication, skills and capacity to work in an international setting as part of a diverse and international team.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


Master’s or University degree in humanitarian planning, international relations, international development, or a related field from an accredited academic institution.


• Previous working experience within the development sector and knowledge of the 2030 SDGs and HDN discussions would be highly desirable.


• Excellent research, writing, communication and statistical/analytical skills; • Up to date on humanitarian-development nexus (HDN) discussions and strategies both within IOM and across the UN; • Knowledgeable to identify the extent to which DTM data can be used to measure relevant SDG targets and development indicators; • Good knowledge of Zimbabwe and the South African region is an advantage; • Ability to prepare clear and concise reports; • Delivers on set objectives in hardship situations; • Effectively coordinates actions with other implementing partners; • Works effectively with local authorities, stakeholders, beneficiaries, and the broader community to advance country office or regional objectives.


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

For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of other UN official languages 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

This Internship Position is available for 2021 as part of IOM’s Diversity and Inclusion Internship Program. A main condition is that applicants should be citizens of countries which are not part of the OECD-DAC. In other words, this internship position is open to applicants from the Global South.

In 2021 Diversity Internships will be done remotely (teleworking). Interns will receive a monthly stipend, plus an amount to cover office and internet costs.

IOM strongly encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, LGBTI+ individuals, persons belonging to indigenous or tribal peoples, or ethnic minorities. We strongly suggest you mention in your application your belonging to any of the aforementioned groups. All information will be treated confidentially.

If you would like to explore all vacancies that are part of the ‘Diversity and Inclusion Internship Program 2021’, please go to: 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.

This internship programme will be supporting the mission in IOM Zimbabwe. As this will be a teleworking opportunity and will be required to overlap with the duty station, please consider the time difference in the duty station prior to applying.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted, and additional enquiries will only be addressed if the candidate is shortlisted.

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: 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 • 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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