Senior Policy Officer

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Country: Switzerland
Organization: International Organization for Migration
Closing date: 12 Oct 2020

Position Title: Senior Policy Officer

Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland

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: 12 October 2020

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; Djibouti; Fiji; Gabon; Grenada; 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.


IOM Member States have called for IOM’s policy capacity to be strengthened, including in the recent Multilateral Organisation Performance Assessment Network (MOPAN) evaluation. The need for the Organization to be well-equipped in this area has been further increased by recent developments, not least the adoption of the 2030 Agenda and the Global Compact for Migration, IOM joining the UN system, and IOM’s new role as Coordinator and Secretariat of the UN Network on Migration (the Network). As part of the organizational response to this need, the Policy Hub was established within the Office of the Director General.

The Policy Hub works across IOM to facilitate meaningful and ongoing exchange on migration policy, enhance coherence, promote learning and develop evidence-knowledge and experience-based institutional strategic migration policy advice. To this end, the Policy Hub acts as a catalyst for effective collection, analysis and exchange of policy-relevant data and knowledge within IOM and promotes their use in the development of IOM migration policy perspectives and advice.

Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Staff and direct supervision of the Director of the Policy Hub, the successful candidate will work in close coordination with relevant Offices and Departments to facilitate the development of institutional strategic migration policy advice based on knowledge and perspectives from across the Organization and to contribute to further strengthening institutional policy capacity as well as overall support to the realization of IOM’s Strategic Vision.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Facilitate internal coordination and spearhead development of strategic policy perspectives and advice on specific migration issues.

  2. Provide expertise in key areas of migration policy, with an emphasis on emerging and cross-cutting issues.

  3. Carry out evidence-based migration policy analysis, including to identify emerging issues and trends, as well as strategic foresight and scenario-planning.

  4. Support the development of organizational policy capacity and learning, including by providing guidance and support to colleagues in other Offices, Departments, Divisions, Country and Regional Offices in their migration policy development work and review of policy documents produced by others, as needed.

  5. Engage in consultations and coordination with the relevant Departments, Regional and Country Offices to promote institutional policy coherence, as well as clarity and consistency of messaging across the Organization.

  6. Contribute to knowledge management within IOM by facilitating the sharing, consolidation and use of policy-relevant knowledge on specific migration issues, and making such knowledge known beyond IOM where appropriate.

  7. Lead specific policy projects and initiatives.

  8. Prepare policy papers, documents and speeches of publishable quality.

  9. Support the Hub and organizational strategic planning and implementation.

  10. Represent IOM externally at senior working level.

  11. Contribute to building the capacities of IOM staff through mentoring and leadership of more junior staff.

  12. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Political or Social Sciences, Business Administration, Migration Studies, International Relations, Law 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.


• Minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in migration policy, for example in national or local government, regional entity, international organization, academic institution, NGO or think tank;

• Experience in policy and strategy development;

• First rate drafting skills, in particular, experience in drafting policy papers of publishable quality in English on varied topics;

• Experience supporting and working with cross-functional teams in a dynamic environment;

• Experience of working with UN partners, government counterparts and other stakeholders.


• Demonstrated excellence in analysis and problem-solving skills; a logical thinker with intellectual curiosity and the ability to think strategically;

• Excellent oral and written communication skills, especially in a multilingual setting;

• Excellent relationship-building skills and ability to drive consensus among diverse stakeholders with tact and discretion;

• Proven maturity of judgement to ensure appropriate management of sensitive issues;

• Proven organizational skills, including the ability to prioritize and manage simultaneous critical tasks;

• Proven ability to work effectively and harmoniously within a team of colleagues from varied cultures and professional backgrounds;

• Solid understanding of a wide range of migration issues, trends and policies;

• High sense of responsibility and motivation; and

• IT proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.


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

For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of one of the UN official languages 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 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.

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 12 October 2020 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 29.09.2020 to 12.10.2020

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 2020 207 Senior Policy Officer (P4) Geneva, Switzerland (56650668) Released

Posting: Posting NC56650669 (56650669) Released

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