International Organization For Migration (IOM)

Intern (Immigration and Border Management)

International Organization For Migration (IOM)

Job Description

Position Title : Intern - Immigration and Border Management 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

As the leading intergovernmental organization in the field of migration, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is increasingly called upon by Member States to assist in addressing complex migration and border management challenges in order to maintain the delicate balance between the facilitation of cross-border movements, while upholding border security and protecting migrants’ rights.

IOM’s Immigration and Border Management (IBM) Division supports Member States in improving the policy, legislation, operational systems, human resources and administrative and technical structures required to respond more effectively to diverse migration and border management challenges. IBM activities are in line with IOM’s commitment to facilitate orderly, safe and regular migration and mobility.


Under the overall supervision of the IBM Senior Specialist, Border & Identity Solutions and direct supervision of the IBM Border and Identity Solutions Officer, the successful candidate will support the development of the global IBM Programme from IOM Headquarters in Geneva.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Provide direct support and guidance to IOM field offices and those developing related projects, and liaise with relevant HQ Divisions and Departments as required;
  2. Assist with the global Coordination of IOM’s MIDAS (Migration Information and Data Analysis System) project, draft communication and assist in strengthening the public information package;
  3. Assist in policy development and strategy formulation in the areas covered by the IBM Division, including research and analysis of relevant information on identified issues;
  4. Support effectively communicating the IBM Programming both internally and externally, including through drafting and designing various communication materials.
  5. Support the compilation of Divisional and Departmental Institutional documents, including reports, general policy and guidance notes for IOM staff as well as communication and outreach material;
  6. Represent the Division at meetings and report back on events as required;
  7. Undertake any other tasks as requested by the supervisor, Head of the IBM Division or the Director of DMM.
Training components and learning elements

It is expected that the selected intern will: • Enhance the educational and professional experience through practical and guided hands-on exposure and involvement in IOM’s Immigration and Border Management (IBM) programming.

• Be exposed to the working environment of a multilateral organization and a better understanding of IOM’s goals and activities.

• Gain understanding of the UN System and its processes.

• 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 degree in Political or Social Sciences, Migration Studies, International Relations, Law, Security Studies, or a related field from an accredited academic institution.


• Demonstrated experience of working in the field of migration, border security, development and/or human rights; • Experience in policy development, research and Data Analysis; • Experience in conceptualizing and developing projects and programmes; • Experience in liaising with governmental authorities, other national/international institutions, private sector partners, as well as in donor liaison, outreach and networking.


• Proven ability to produce quality work accurately and concisely according to set deadlines; • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and work independently; • Ability to timely understand the Organization’s structure and portfolios; • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively and harmoniously within a team of colleagues from varied cultures and professional backgrounds; • A good sense of organization of work and ability to work well under pressure; • Excellent writing skills.


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 a distinct advantage. Knowledge of Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian or another major global language 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 Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. 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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