Job Description

Country: Saudi Arabia Organization: International Organization for Migration Closing date: 7 Apr 2021 Position Title: Project and Liaison Officer Duty Station: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P2 Type of Appointment: Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible Closing Date: 07 April 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 Candidates 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.


The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries hosts over 25.4 million temporary foreign workers, mainly from South and Southeast Asian countries, and have almost 1.5 million jobs opportunities every year to redress labour shortages in both lower and higher skilled occupations, including manufacturing, infrastructure development and related service industries. The proportion of migrants in the employed population in GCC countries is among the highest in the world with an average of 70.4 %, and account for over 10% of all migrants globally.

Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) in Bahrain and the direct supervision of the Head of Migrant Protection & Assistance (MPA), Bahrain and in close Coordination with the IOM Liaison and Head of Operations in KSA and the Senior Regional Liaison and Policy Officer at Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Office in Cairo, the successful candidate will be accountable and responsible for facilitating all project activities under the project “Strengthening Mechanisms to Combat Human Trafficking in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).†in addition to supporting IOM engagement with the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) as well as UN Network on Migration.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

Contribute technical inputs for the preparation and review of Work Plans (with strong, measurable indicators) for activities under the Strengthening Mechanisms to Combat Human Trafficking in the KSA. Maintain daily liaison with relevant stakeholders in Saudi Arabia in close coordination with head of unit to assist in devising appropriate responses and actions.

Keep abreast of developments pertinent to strengthened trafficking response outlined through the TiP report, checking that activities follow the priorities identified and recommending adjustments to activities and workplans as necessary.

Coordinate the delivery of project activities, in collaboration with the head of unit in Bahrain and the Human Rights Commission in the KSA, recommending appropriate experts and leads for specialist activities.

With support from the project assistant, monitor the implementation progress in each activity area and raise issues with the head of unit in order to identify solutions in a timely way.

Draft reports in line with the project reporting cycle, including Analysis of impact and follow up with monitoring activities at regular intervals through the project lifetime.

Support the Head of Unit to identify and build on programme activities, for the future development of the MPA portfolio, drafting segments of concept notes and project proposals and recommending possible partners.

Keep up to date with the development and relaxation of restrictions related to Covid-19 (and any other pertinent obstacles) and recommend adjustments to the project implementation modalities as necessary.

Liaise with the Resident Coordinator's Office (RCO) to help respond to different requests of the RCO, such as Talking Points for meetings and powerpoint presentations, and coordinate with counterparts in other UN Agencies for their inputs into documents and meetings.

Draft or coordinate the preparation of briefing papers and other reporting for joint initiatives of the UN Network on KSA amongst different actors for subsequent dissemination.

Draft workplans and agendas, and coordinate the organization of UN Network meetings. Encourage whole of society partnerships and participate in organizing logistics and the smooth implementation of special dedicated events that are launched by the UN Network on Migration in KSA.

Provide technical inputs for the development of the Migration thematic paper for the Common Country Analysis (CCA) by the UN Network on Migration in KSA and in close coordination with the Regional Office.

Participate in the CCA and UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework, compile migration related inputs and coordinate support in collaboration with Network members and the Regional Office.

Coordinate with the KSA Migration Focal Point, provide Technical Support for KSA's voluntary GCM national report contribution to the Regional Review in the Arab region, and facilitate the enhancement of their engagement with the UN Network on Migration in KSA members.

Undertake travel on authorized duty (TDYs) as required.

Perform such other duties that may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master's degree in Political or Social Sciences, Business Administration, Migration Studies, International Relations and/or Law or a related field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience; or
  • University degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional experience.

  • Demonstrated experience in the thematic area relevant to counter trafficking, policy development and/or liaison;
  • Experience in liaising with governmental authorities, other national/international institutions and NGOs.

  • Knowledge or experience of regional issues an advantage; and,
  • Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation.

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

For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge in Arabic is highly desirable, 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 2
  • 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 2
  • 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. 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 07 April 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 25.03.2021 to 07.04.2021 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 61 Project and Liaison Officer (P2) Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (56910771) Released Posting: Posting NC56910772 (56910772) Released
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