Job Description

The objective of the Assisted Voluntary Return Program (AVR) is to contribute to the voluntary, dignified and safe return of migrants in Guatemala and Belize, giving priority to vulnerable migrants who have made an informed decision to voluntarily return to their country of origin. This Program will be implemented under the vision, principles and objectives set out in the IOM Framework for Voluntary Return and Reintegration. Under the direct supervision of the Head of the Belize Office and the general supervision of the Sub-Regional Project Coordinator, the Project Specialist will be responsible for executing the functions assigned during the care of migrants who are eligible for the Assisted Voluntary Return Program, as detailed below:

1. Develop Standard Operating Procedures to implement the AVR Program in Belize. 1. Coordinate the implementation of the AVR operations in Belize.

2. Ensure the timely execution of the workplan for the AVR Program in Belize and guarantee the completion of the results framework, in Coordination with the subregional project coordinator.

3. Organize training and coordination meetings with the government counterparts, diplomatic missions and implementing partners to install proper mechanisms for the effective implementation of AVR operations.

4. Monitor the use of the AVR Program budget.

5. Ensure positive relations and collaborate closely with national and local authorities, the UN agencies, and international organizations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society organization 6. Coordinate all operational requests and implement voluntary movements of migrants.

7. Guide and supervise the operations team, in coordination with the Head of Office in the development of the activities proposed in the project in the office and in the field.

8. Inform interested migrants to adhere to the IOM Assisted Voluntary Return Program, so that the decision they make will be informed.

9. Interviewing migrants applying for assisted voluntary return in order to assess and establish willingness and eligibility to adhere to the IOM Assisted Voluntary Return Program 10. To identify if there are specific vulnerabilities of the migrants interviewed, in order to refer them to the Institution or Organization that attends the exposed needs, as well as to provide temporary housing and Humanitarian Assistance.

11. Facilitate the filling out of the forms of migrants in the MiMOSA system and collect the corresponding signatures and/or fingerprints.

12. Make logistical and administrative arrangements for returns, including consulate procedures for safe-conducts, medical approval, notification to the Immigration Department for departure, reception of groups, accommodation and other related activities.

13. Notify IOM in the country of origin and the IOM Sub-Regional Office in El Salvador of assisted voluntary return movements through MiMOSA and e-mail to send the necessary documentation (formats and reports), in accordance with the procedures established by IOM, so that the necessary assistance is granted.

14. Escort migrants to the airport (in vehicles contracted for this purpose) to assist with check-in and luggage documentation.

15. To verify that the conditions of travel of migrants are properly and safely managed, in accordance with procedures and practices established by IOM 16. Verify that transport movements and operations are carried out in accordance with established international standards, IOM procedures and current agreements with different governmental authorities, with the objective that migrants travel in accordance with these regulations and have all the required valid documentation.

17. Record assisted voluntary returns as well as all beneficiaries assisted, in formats and systems, as appropriate, according to protocols established by IOM.

18. To have a physical file of the documentation that has been obtained from each case, to have it as a reference and to guarantee that the files are updated in MiMOSA.

19. Accompanying groups of migrants who were eligible for the Assisted Voluntary Return Program until their arrival in their country of origin.

20. Provide migrant protection assistance (RMC return and HASM 21. Develop the communication campaign of AVR in Belize and prepare up to date information on AVR and press releases 22. Act as the IOM focal point in the Regional Voluntarily Return, Staff Welfare Team Focal Point and Alternate Gender Focal Point 23. Other tasks related and relevant to the correct execution of the projects, which are assigned by the Supervisor according to the needs of the position. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

EDUCATION • Bachelor’s degree in political science, Humanitarian Affairs, International Relations, Business Administration, Law or a related field, from an accredited academic institution with minimum of two years of relevant professional experience; EXPERIENCE • 2 years of relevant experience in local projects related to migration, policy development and implementation of training activities.

• General studies on migration and gender will be an advantage.

• Good handling of Data Processing programs: Excel, Access, Word, Power Point, as well as other programs from the Office package or other systems.

• Experience in liaising with governmental authorities, other national/international • institutions and NGOs • Experience in social or humanitarian work.

• Experience working with International Cooperation and international humanitarian organizations will be an advantage.Required 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 level 1
  • 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.
Languages Full written and spoken proficiency in English and Spanish is required.

How to apply:

Interested candidates must submit their application (CV) by e-mail to: The email subject must be “SVN-2020-01 (BZ)”.

Deadline for sending applications: August 27, 2020.

For further information, please refer to: In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM only accepts online profiles duly completed.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Duty Station: Belize City Grade: NOA Step 1 Closing Date:: Thursday, August 27, 2020
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