IOM Policy Officer - International Migration Law - Jobs in Ethiopia

IOM Policy Officer - International Migration Law - Jobs in Ethiopia

To enhance the African Union Commission’s (AUC) capacity to conduct its migration work, the
IOM has entered into an agreement with the AUC to provide the regional organization with
professional staff to strengthen its Migration governance capacity within the Labour,
Employment and Migration Division of the AUC’s Social Affairs Department, support the
Commission’s work on migration related issues relevant to the African context, such as
migration law and non-discrimination.

Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission to Ethiopia and Representative to the
African Union, IGAD and UNECA, the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator in IOM
and in close and constant collaboration with the International Migration Law (IML) Unit in
Headquarters (HQs) the successful candidate will be responsible for the Migration Unit’s work
on migration law, legal protection and non-discrimination.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  • Lead, with the support of and in close collaboration with the IML Unit in IOM HQs, the AUC’s work to assist AU member states, sub regional entities and continental bodies in developing legislative, regulatory and policy frameworks to better govern migration in Africa.
  • Conduct research on international, regional and national migration legislation.
  • Promote international and regional instruments related to migration and the rights of migrants.
  • Draft papers on legal and judiciary migration governance.
  • Coordinate, with the IML Unit at IOM HQs, the preparation of responses to ad-hoc requests
    from AU member states, sub regional and continental bodies on legal migration governance
  • Establish, in collaboration with the IML Unit and Migrant Protection and Assistance Division
    (MPA) at IOM HQs, appropriate standards of conduct for officials who deal with migrant
    smuggling situations and implement standard operating procedures in providing assistance to
    migrants whose lives and safety are in danger.
  • Assist, in collaboration with the IML Unit and MPA Division at IOM HQs, in developing
    assistance and protection mechanisms to trafficked persons, including medical care, psychological assistance, reflection and recovery periods, education, reintegration and/or resettlement programmes, paying for travel expenses, legal assistance, access to compensation
    and remedies and accommodation.
  • Support initiatives to identify and assist vulnerable migrants and displaced persons through
    child-oriented, gender- sensitive and culturally appropriate approaches, in coordination with the
    IML Unit and MPA Division in IOM HQs.
  • Represent the AUC at regional and continental conferences, workshops, seminars and
    meetings on migration law and governance.
  • Keep abreast of, analyse and provide advice on developments related to migration law and
    governance in Africa.
  • Work closely with relevant AUC departments on migration law related issues, in particular
    the Office of the Legal Counsel.
  • Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

    Required Qualifications and Experience:
  • Master’s degree in Law, International migration law; from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience; or
  • University degree in the above fields with seven years of relevant professional experience.

  • At least 5 years of working experience in migration law, Non-discrimination and protection of rights of migrants, preferably for a national government or intergovernmental organization;
  • At least 5 years of working experience with national and regional institutions responsible for
    the promotion and protection of the rights of the migrants, including judiciary institutions,
    parliaments, international partners, civil society organizations (CSOs) and
    organisation (NGOs), etc;
  • At least 5 years of in-depth knowledge of migration laws, protection of the rights of migrant, non-discrimination, especially migration governance in the African context;
  • Knowledge of international migration law;
  • Experience in drafting research papers and briefing notes for officials if governmental
    institutions or intergovernmental organizations;
  • Experience in team wok;
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment.

  • 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.
  • 1 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.

    How to Apply:
  • Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via Prism, IOM e-Recruitment
    system, by 18th July 2019 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:
  • 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
  • For more information and job application details, see; IOM Policy Officer - International Migration Law - Jobs in Ethiopia

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