International Organization for Migration Regional Liaison and Policy Officer Jobs in South Africa

International Organization for Migration Regional Liaison and Policy Officer Jobs in South Africa


Under the direct supervision and guidance of the Regional Director for Southern Africa, and in close coordination with relevant HQ Department at Headquarters (HQs), the Regional Liaison and Policy Officer (RLPO) will lead and coordinate within the Regional Office liaison with international, governmental and non-governmental partners, and policy engagement, including internal policy coordination and provision of migration policy advice to governments, the UN system and other relevant stakeholders, as well as providing guidance and support to IOM Country Offices region on these matters.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  • Support the Regional Director (RD) on overall internal policy coordination as well as external relations and IOM positioning, by providing cross-cutting analysis and advice on areas of strategic importance to inform decision-making at the regional and country level, preparing policy documents, briefs, speeches, and presentations on various topics of strategic importance for high-level interventions and representation by the RD.

  • In close collaboration with the Regional Thematic Specialists (RTS), Country Offices and, where appropriate, HQ, identify key migration trends and policy issues in the region, including by undertaking evidence-based and forward-looking analysis of the regional migration landscape and relevant policy and legislative frameworks; fostering strategic partnerships with think-tanks, academic and research institutions in the region; and engaging with various regional policy dialogue platforms and experts; as well as serving as the focal point to provide providing inputs to relevant UN Secretary General’s reports as well as the UN Special Representative for Africa and other UN policy related documents or reports.

  • Serve as the focal point for strategic Regional Planning exercises, and provide support for country level strategic planning, including the development of country strategies and their respective Strategic Results Frameworks (SRF) in close coordination with the Regional Director, COM/ Heads of offices and relevant parts of HQ, as required.

  • Maintain regular liaison with international, governmental, and non-governmental partners at the regional level and advise IOM Country Offices on liaision and partnership-building in order to raise the Organization’s profile, advocate for good migration governance, facilitate implementation of ongoing activities and identify new strategic opportunities.

  • Promote cooperation and policy dialogue on migration at the regional level in support of safe,orderly and regular migration. This includes providing technical expertise, policy guidance, capacity development and secretarial support to the Regional Consultative Processes (RCPs) and other Inter-State Consultation Mechanisms (ISCMs) in the region, namely the Migration Dialogue for Southern Africa (MIDSA), MIDCOM (Migration Dialogue for the COMESA Region) and MiDIOC (Migration Dialogue for Indian Ocean Countries); and, in close coordination with relevant country offices, promote systematic inclusion of migration in strategies and programmes of key regional integration bodies, namely the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), including through engagement with the SADC Parliament.

  • Fascilitate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) in the Southern Africa region. This includes promoting the alignment of the IOM regional strategy, programming and policy positioning with these frameworks, capacity development of staff and external stakeholders, supporting the Regional Director in engaging with regional UN inter-agency mechanisms, including the Regional UN Sustainable Development Group for Eastern and Southern Africa (R-UNSDG ESA) and the
    ESA Regional UN Network on Migration, as well as providing guidance and support to the IOM Country Offices, in coordination with RTSs, on GCM implementation and review processes, mainstreaming of migration in UN Sustainable Development Cooperation frameworks (UNSDCFs) and SDG financing, including through an active participation in the UN Network on Migration.

  • In close collaboration with the RTS, spearhead delivery of expert advice on regional migration policies and support Chiefs of Missions/Heads of Offices in effectively engaging with governments at national and local levels on development and revision of migration policies and legislation, as well as promoting mainstreaming of migration into sectoral policies.

  • Support regional Resource Mobilization Strategy efforts and facilitate donor engagement and liaison, including with the private sector, at the regional level, in close coordination with the Regional Project Development Officer.

  • Perform such other duties as may be assigned

    Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Political Science, International Relations, 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 in the field of migration policy and governance, including in providing policy support to governments, as well as other operational field and project development experience;

  • Experience liaising with inter-governmental, national and local authorities, other national/international institutions and NGOs;

  • Solid knowledge of regional socio-political dynamics, an understanding of continental and regional migration dynamics; sound appreciation of sensitivities and regional norms;

  • Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation; and,

  • Proven expertise in migration policy development and collaboration with other international organisations and network/partnership building.


  • Diplomatic skills to enable effective representation of IOM in high-level interactions with clients;

  • Maturity of judgement to ensure appropriate management of sensitive issues and correct interaction with and advice on interfacing with senior level stakeholders as appropriate;

  • Excellent relationship-building skills to support effective partnerships with stakeholders, including donors;

  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills; a logical thinker with intellectual curiosity and the ability to think strategically;

  • Proven understanding of a wide range of migration issues, trends and policies, and a skillset to identify emerging trends and political developments that can impact on the core mandates and their execution;

  • Excellent communication skills, including first rate drafting skills, in particular ability to draft policy papers of publishable quality on varied topics; and,

  • Good level of computer literacy.


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

  • For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of either French or Portuguese is an advantage.

  • Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.

    How to Apply

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