International Organization For Migration (IOM)

Project Officer (Regional Border and Identity Solutions)

International Organization For Migration (IOM)

Job Description

Position Title: Project Officer (Regional Border and Identity Solutions) Duty Station: Bangkok, Thailand 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: 01 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:
  1. Internal candidates
  2. 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 International Organization for Migration (IOM) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) in Bangkok, Thailand is covering 40 countries across the Asia and Pacific region. The key responsibility of the ROAP is to formulate regional strategies and plans of action and to provide programmatic and administrative support to the countries within its region. Regional Thematic Specialists (RTS) in the various areas of Migration Management, policy and project development are based at the ROAP to fulfill this responsibility.

The IOM ROAP in Bangkok, Thailand provides guidance and technical expertise to IOM Country Offices (COs) in Asia Pacific Region aspiring to expand their Immigration & Border Management (IBM) programming and to respective governmental counterparts to aspiring to improve their migration and border Management Systems, processes and capacities.

In particular, the Document Examination Support Center (DESC) Initiative is coordinated by the IBM unit, with the financial support of the Government of Canada and in close collaboration with document examination experts of immigration authorities in Asia and the Pacific. In coordination with IOM’s COs, and in synergy with related projects, the DESC unit provides Technical Support in travel document examination and verification to immigration and border control officials in countries in the Asia and Pacific Region, thus assisting in the curbing irregular migration, including smuggling of migrants, human trafficking and transnational organized crime, through the development of regional trends on passport and identity frauds. Moreover, to further establish DESC as a regional initiative, the ANDEX (Asian Network for Document Examination) was formally established as the regional information-sharing platform for document examination and verification experts of the DESC countries.

The IBM Unit also facilitates the sharing of biometrics and other data among the participating Bali process member countries in order to contribute to the protection of migrants, the early detection of smuggling and trafficking of people, and provide support for States to exchange evidence for investigations, e.g. through the development of platforms to facilitate secure data exchanges.

The IBM Unit at the IOM ROAP marks an important role in contributing to the improvement of border and identity management in Asia Pacific region, with to the organization of the bi-annual Border Management and Identity Conference (BMIC). The organization includes the identification of the location of venue, development of themes and related workshops to be discussed during the Conference, the identification of relevant speakers and coordination for the development of the presentation, liaison with Governments to be invited to the Conference and dissemination of best practices among IOM’s offices.

Under the overall guidance of the Regional Director (RD) for Asia and the Pacific and the direct supervision of the Senior Regional Immigration & Border Management Specialist based in Bangkok, Thailand, the successful candidate will provide technical support internally and externally on Border Management related issues.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Manage the DESC’s day-to-day operations including management of the regionally coordinated project (DESC IV) across 14 countries of the Asia Pacific region, and support other country level initiatives that synergies with the operations of DESC. Responsibilities also include all aspects of project management (including, but not limited to Human Resource management, financial, reporting etc).
  2. Coordinate with government focal points, United Nations (UN) agencies, international organizations and relevant IOM offices to implement activities of the DESC initiative.
  3. Conduct capacity needs assessment and support with the development of the required capacity building programmes, maintaining and enhancing the network of IBM agencies as well as issuing authorities of travel documents; participating in promoting DESC’s initiatives in the region; and globally, responding to requests by officers in immigration and border control in need of DESC’s support; review, analyse, and share trends from the collected data, information and sample documents with relevant partner governments and agencies.
  4. Assist in the development and design of new IBM programmes and projects, in coordination with IOM COs in the Asia and Pacific Region, relevant governmental authorities, international organizations, as well as partner organizations in the public and private sectors.
  5. Support the development and design of quality concept papers, presentations, training programmes, manuals and reports, by researching on IBM information and topics in coordination with the Senior Regional IBM Specialist, IOM COs, relevant governmental authorities and other relevant stakeholders.
  6. Support the development and design of IBM training programmes, tools curriculum and manuals in coordination with the Senior Regional IBM Specialist, IOM COs and relevant governmental and deliver relevant training and presentations in support of the capacity building endeavours of the Regional IBM Unit with a particular focus on areas related to the DESC initiative.
  7. Contribute to information and data collection and Analysis in migration, IBM, Identity Management, Travel Documents and related topics and draft specific portions of quality concept papers, presentations, and reports, in coordination with the Senior Regional IBM Specialist, IOM COs, relevant governmental authorities and other relevant stakeholders.
  8. Organize and participate in meetings for the Regional IBM Unit when needed; including the preparation, finalization and dissemination of meeting minutes or notes for file.
  9. Undertake travel duties relating to programme assessments, liaison with counterparts, delivering training modules and/or presentations, participate in working groups and assist with Problem Solving issues in the region and information and the development of related materials, reports and presentations.
  10. Support to the overall work of the IBM Unit when and as required.
  11. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.
Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Political Science, Social Science, Human Rights, International Relations, 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.


• Experience in project development, project management, or project monitoring and evaluation in the field of Migration, Immigration and Border Management or other related technical projects; • Experience in document examination and be able to use applicable examination equipment in a proper way; • Experience working with international organizations, non-governmental or government agencies preferred; • Has experience and sufficient understanding of genuine travel and identity documents and of the different techniques used in those documents as well as broad understanding of immigration and border management is advantageous; • Experience to work in Asia and Pacific region.


• Understanding of migration issues.

• Understanding of issues related to transnational organized crime and irregular migration is advantageous.

• Project implementation.

• Effective communication skills.

• Ability to conduct research and analyse qualitative and quantitative data is advantageous.

• Computer/software literate, preferably knowledgeable in Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat and Power BI.

• Strong sense of honesty and principles, and commitment to IOM’s work in general and IBM’s services/products in particular.


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 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 and who do not have prior experience outside the duty station’s country as staff member in the Professional category 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.

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