National Program Officer – Migrant Protection

at International Organzation for Migration - IOM
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted July 15, 2021
Category Business Administration
Business Development
Facility Management
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


Vacancy No.:IOM-SVN/0087/2021
Position Title:National Program Officer - Migrant Protection
Position Grade:NO-A
Duty Station:Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Type of appointment:SST, Six months with possibility of extension
Estimated Start Date:As soon as possible
Closing Date:July 21, 2021

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and 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.


Under the overall supervision of the IOM-SLO Addis Ababa Chief of Mission and Head of Programs, and the direct supervision of the EU-IOM Joint Initiative on Migrant Protection and Reintegration in East and Horn of Africa (Joint Initiative) Programme Coordinator, the incumbent will be responsible for advancing the program’s migrant protection portfolio, which includes addressing the rights and needs of migrants in a situation of vulnerability, including migrant children and victims of trafficking and exploitation. The incumbent will support the implementation of general migrant protection activities in accordance with the Program objectives of the Joint Initiative and in consultation with relevant internal and external stakeholders. In particular, s/he will:

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  • Support the designing, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of migrant protection intervention within the framework of the program in Ethiopia.
  • Facilitate the mainstreaming of migrant protection into reintegration activities by encouraging and providing guidance for the provision of adequate assistance for vulnerable migrants, such as victims of trafficking, unaccompanied migrants, migrants with psycho-social and/or physical health concerns, and other needs.
  • Monitor protection services provided for returnees at the transit center is up to standard and comply with the organization's requirement and report any discrepancies and provide recommendations to the supervisor;
  • Participate in the development of minimum standards for migrant protection and provide technical support for the implementation of such standards.
  • Participate in (joint) assessments and identify protection concerns in relation to returnees and present possible solutions for these concerns.
  • Participate in identification and assessment of protection partners and service providers who work closely with migrants and assist the development of effective referral mechanisms to improve protection services for returnees, potential migrants, and their community and also monitor the situation and progress of returnees.
  • Explore, research and share suitable reintegration packages (individual/group or community-based) for vulnerable migrants which are in line with the project's comprehensive approach to sustainable reintegration.
  • Organize training and capacity-building programs to improve the knowledge and capacity of government and non-government actors on migrant protection and assistance.
  • Represent the Reintegration Facility program and promote its activities and strategy in relation to migrant protection with relevant government bureaus, strategic partners, civil society, and other relevant bodies;
  • Monitor new developments in this area in close collaboration with other Units, Regional Offices, Country Offices, and relevant HQs Departments and Divisions;
  • Support and monitor government and community-based protection networks in the program implementation areas,
  • Perform other such duties as may be assigned.

Job Requirements

Educational Qualification

  • Masters or Bachelor’s degree in Social Science, Law, Refugee and Migration Studies, International Relations, Psychology, or a related field from an accredited academic institution.


  • A minimum of Six and Eight years of relevant professional working experience is required for Master's and Bachelor's holders respectively.
  • Professional experience in implementation and/or monitoring Migrant Protection activities.
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain strong working relations with relevant Government and Non-Governmental counterparts, international organizations, civil society, or private sector entities.
  • Experience in the area of migration, refugees, and reintegration of migrants and victims of trafficking.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Windows and MS Office applications.


  • Thorough knowledge of spoken and written English is required.
  • Knowledge of local languages like Somali and Oromiffa is an advantage.



The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following competencies:


  • Accepts and gives constructive criticism
  • Follows all relevant procedures, processes, and policies
  • Meets deadline, cost, and quality requirements for outputs
  • Monitors own work to correct errors
  • Takes responsibility for meeting commitments and for any shortcomings

Client Orientation

  • Identifies the immediate and peripheral clients of own work
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with clients
  • Identifies and monitors changes in the needs of clients, including donors, governments, and project beneficiaries

Continuous Learning

  • Contributes to colleagues' learning
  • Demonstrates interest in improving relevant skills
  • Demonstrates interest in acquiring skills relevant to other functional areas
  • Keeps abreast of developments in own professional area


  • Actively shares relevant information
  • Clearly communicates, and listens to feedback on, changing priorities and procedures
  • Writes clearly and effectively, adapting wording and style to the intended audience
  • Listens effectively and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience

Creativity and Initiative

  • Proactively develops new ways to resolve problems

Leadership and Negotiation

  • Convinces others to share resources
  • Presents goals as shared interests

Performance Management

  • Provides constructive feedback to colleagues
  • Provides fair, accurate, timely, and constructive staff evaluations
  • Uses staff evaluations appropriately in recruitment and other relevant HR procedures

Planning and Organizing

  • Sets clear and achievable goals consistent with agreed priorities for self and others
  • Identifies priority activities and assignments for self and others
  • Organizes and documents work to allow for planned and unplanned handovers
  • Identifies risks and makes contingency plans


  • Correctly applies knowledge of specialized IT disciplines
  • Masters subject matter related to responsibilities
  • Identifies issues, opportunities, and risks central to responsibilities
  • Incorporates gender-related needs, perspectives, and concerns, and promotes equal gender participation
  • Persistent, calm, and polite in the face of challenges and stress
  • Treats all colleagues with respect and dignity
  • Works effectively with people from different cultures by adapting to relevant cultural contexts
  • Knowledgeable about and promotes IOM core mandate and migration solutions


  • Actively contributes to an effective, collegial, and agreeable team environment
  • Contributes to, and follows team objectives
  • Gives credit where credit is due
  • Seeks input and feedback from others
  • Delegates tasks and responsibilities as appropriate
  • Actively supports and implements final group decisions
  • Takes joint responsibility for team's work

Technological Awareness

  • Learns about developments in available technology.
  • Proactively identifies and advocates for cost-efficient technology solutions.
  • Understands applicability and limitation of technology and seeks to apply it.



Internals of the Organization and NMS candidates, as well as external female candidates, will be considered as first-tier candidates. This vacancy is also open to second-tier candidates.

The appointment is subject to funding confirmation.

The appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.



Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

The appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment and verification of residency, visa, and authorizations by the concerned Government, where applicable.

Only candidates residing in either the country of the duty station or from a location in a neighboring country that is within commuting distance of the duty station will be considered. In all cases, a prerequisite for taking up the position is legal residency in the country of the duty station, or in the neighboring country located within commuting distance, and a work permit, as applicable.


Applying Instructions

Interested candidates are invited to submit their application/ motivation letter enclosed with an only detailed CV written in English via our e-mail address RECADDIS@IOM.INT, by July 21, 2021, at the latest, referring to the position title and Vacancy number in the subject line of your email; no photocopies of educational/training certificates are required at this stage; an applicant who doesn`t follow the required application procedure will automatically be disqualified from the competition.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

We strongly encourage qualified women to apply!


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