International Organization For Migration (IOM)

Senior Migration Network Policy Officer (UNMNS)

International Organization For Migration (IOM)

Job Description

Position Title : Senior Migration Network Policy Officer (UNMNS) Duty Station : New York, United States of America Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P4 Type of Appointment : Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible Closing Date : 05 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. 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. External female candidates:
  3. Candidate 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 of IOM and female candidates.


The International Organization for Migration Office to the United Nations (IOM Office to the UN) is tasked with maintaining and strengthening IOM’s relations with the United Nations, diplomatic Missions and non-governmental organizations, including through contributing to improving understanding of migration issues, facilitating international policy dialogues on migration and representing IOM and migration issues in conferences, meetings and seminars. The IOM Office to the UN is to contribute to improving the understanding of IOM’s mandate and action by relevant governmental, UN and NGO stakeholders, in accordance with the constitution, the IOM Strategy adopted in 2007 and relevant Council deliberations and resolutions. IOM Office to the UN coordinates with the Office of the Director General (ODG) and relevant Headquarters (HQ) Departments IOM’s Coordination of, engagement in and contribution to the UN Migration Network hereafter referred as to the Network.

The United Nations established a Network on Migration (Network) to ensure effective, timely and coordinated system-wide support to Member States to supporting the implementation, follow-up and review of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM).

The Network consists of members of the UN system for whom migration is of relevance to their mandates. The Network operates with IOM as the Coordinator and secretariat and an Executive Committee (EC) which provides overall guidance and set strategic priorities to support Member States in the implementation, follow up and review of the GCM. The Network’s EC initial members include The International Labour Organization (ILO), IOM, The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) ,The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees ( UNHCR ), the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and The World Health Organization (WHO).

In carrying out its mandate, the Network will prioritize the rights and wellbeing of migrants and their communities of destination, origin, and transit. It will place emphasis on those issues where a common UN system approach would add value and from which results and impact can be readily gauged.

A Network secretariat has been established to support the work of the Network, under the overall authority of the Director General of IOM, who serves as the Network Coordinator. The secretariat is responsible for servicing the work of the Network and is based in IOM Headquarters in Geneva.The Network secretariat will be responsible for monitoring effective implementation of the decisions taken by the Network, in support of the Coordinator, and alignment with the Network objectives and working principles. In champion countries, these activities will be fully embedded into The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) workplans and ongoing activities.

Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the IOM UN Office Director and the technical oversight of the Head of the UN Network Secretariat -- the incumbent will be responsible for the coordination and implementation of activities and initiatives supporting the work of the Network in New York and with a variety of New York (NY) based partners and interlocutors.

The successful candidate will be responsible of providing Counsel on and organize strategic liaison and outreach activities with such partners and interlocutors, as well as build and maintain strategic partnerships.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Support Member States’ activities and discussions on the follow-up and review of the Global Compact on Migration by liaising with the Network members, governmental and non-governmental partners and other relevant interlocutors and facilitating access to the Network’s support.
  2. Support Member States activities and work related to the Capacity Building mechanism, by liaising with the Network members, governmental and non-governmental partners and other relevant interlocutors and facilitating access to the Network’s support.
  3. As delegated and in coordination with the Head of the Secretariat, represent the Network Secretariat at relevant NY based meetings, including during the consultations and negotiations in preparation of the International Migration Review Forum.
  4. Enhance the visibility of the Network work, strategy and initiatives in New York – including through the organization of working level sessions and preparation of high-level briefings and other outreach activities for the Network Members and other partners.
  5. Track and monitor progress of UN activities relevant to the Secretariat’s work with a focus on building and strengthening institutional partnerships and identifying opportunities for collaboration while providing advice to the Network Head and Director, IOM-UN Office on ways to develop such collaboration.
  6. In close coordination with the Head of the Network Secretariat, coordinate the consolidation and delivery of inputs to requests from the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, The United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) and others as relevant and required.
  7. Contribute to relevant Secretary-General reports, write, review or contribute to statements, talking points, position papers, strategies, policies and other documents and publications as required.
  8. Supervise, mentor and build the capacity of the NY based Network junior staff and delegate relevant tasks and responsibilities as necessary.
  9. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.
Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in International studies or a related field from an accredited academic institution with seven years of relevant professional experience; or • University degree in the above fields with nine years of relevant professional experience.


• Experience working in a multilateral system, preferably UN context, along with familiarity with the UN system, its agencies, funds and programmes; • Demonstrated experience in leading inter-agency coordination and good skills to foster collaborative approaches between a wide range of actors; • Experience in public policy making, political advocacy and intergovernmental decision-making; • Experience in organizing and chairing seminars/events in collaboration with UN and/or NGO partners; and, • Experience with strategic planning and demonstrated expertise in reporting and delivering presentations.


Specific technical knowledge highly desirable: • Knowledge and understanding of the current migration and humanitarian trends, policies and debates in the UN and its impacts on the Organization; • Knowledge of IOM project/programme activities in the humanitarian sphere; • Experience on whole/aspects of Project Development/Management cycle; • Proven analytical and organizational skills, including the ability to prioritize and manage simultaneous critical tasks; • Good understanding of international migration issues, trends and policies; • Excellent communication skills, especially in a multilingual setting; advanced writing skills particularly important; • Proven ability to work effectively and harmoniously within a team of colleagues from varied cultures and professional backgrounds; • Effective written and oral communication skills, strong analytical skills, and the ability to speak effectively in internal and external forum; • Capacity to work independently under pressure with tight deadlines; and, • Capacity to setup, maintain and work effectively in a team(s).


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

For this position, fluency in English and working knowledge of French and/or Spanish is required (oral and written).

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 3 • 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 3 • 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.

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