Government Relations Officer, Remote position, Syria/MENA Program, L6

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 21 January 2020
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 21 February 2020

Organization profile

Every year, millions of people around the world go missing as a result of conflict, human rights abuses, disasters, organized crime, irregular migration, and other causes. This is a complex global challenge that can be tackled effectively through cross-cutting programs that address a variety of difficult, interconnected issues.

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) is the only international organization tasked exclusively to work on the issue of missing persons. It works with governments and other stakeholders, including families of the missing, to help them develop and maintain successful missing persons processes. To learn more about ICMP click here.

Syria/MENA Program ICMPs Syria/MENA program aims to establish the foundations for an effective and sustainable mechanism to address the issue of the missing in a future post-conflict Syria. The program focuses on the following:

  • Contributing to increased understanding among victims, civil society and key stakeholders regarding processes, standards and rights of victims and survivors who are involved in accounting for missing persons;
  • Establishing the conditions to launch a participative process of data collection that empowers and engages families of the missing; and
  • Increasing the capacity of Syrian families, legal experts and other stakeholders to foster an impartial and law-based approach to accounting for missing persons in post-conflict Syria.

The primary beneficiaries of the Syria/MENA program are families, in particular women, with relatives missing from the conflict, who are currently displaced in neighbouring countries and, also where possible, those who are still in Syria.

Position Background

Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Senior Government Relations Officer, the Government Relations Officer duties and responsibilities will include, but will not necessarily be limited to, the following:

  • Identifying, cultivating and maintaining as appropriate, relations with governmental institutions, and relevant institutions working on the issue of the missing, including relevant legislative and political institutions;
  • Cultivate and provide access to ICMP leadership to relevant power players in the Middle-East region;
  • Provide analysis and advice on political and other issues that affect implementation of program activities, and support as interlocutor with regional government officials and decision makers, as well as international organizations active in the missing persons issue;
  • Draft reports, letters and other documents to support the implementation of day-to-day activities of the MENA\Syria program and coordinate with ICMP staff in the implementation of strategic goals and program activities;
  • Ensure ICMP is present in all relevant policy dialogues and opportunities that impact and affect the issue of missing persons, as well as opportunities for the development of a comprehensive system to address the issue of missing persons in the region, and as related to the rights of families of the missing;
  • Provide support to and collaborate with political actors and civil society organizations directly engaged in missing persons issues and assisting them in developing their professional capacities;
  • Create, develop and maintain an up-to-date stakeholder map for the Middle-East, which identifies key political stakeholders;
  • As necessary, give briefings and presentations on topics related to ICMP’s activities in the region;
  • Provide assistance in the implementation of the ICMP’s HQ initiatives and activities as necessary;
  • Prepare presentation materials as needed;
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Education in diplomacy, international relations, public administration, social sciences or other relevant qualifications
  • Minimum six years of relevant related experience
  • Sound knowledge of the local legislation, government entities and the political climate in the Middle-East
  • In-depth understanding of the policy and legislation and its application to the issue areas
  • Understanding of the institutional structure in the region related to missing persons from the Syrian conflict
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a highly political environment and in an international environment
  • Understanding of the Syrian conflict and the region, as well as work experience related to Syria and the region is desirable
  • Strong communication skills
  • Discretion, tact and professionalism
  • Solution focused. Action oriented.
  • Excellent verbal presentation and advocacy skills
  • Additional Requirements
  • * Professional fluency in English, and Turkish. Knowledge of Kurdish and Arabic is an asset.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft applications, including Word, Excel and Power Point.
  • * Proven ability to interact positively with colleagues regardless of culture, nationality or gender.
    • Ability to travel at short notice and to work flexible hours including weekends and evenings.
    • Commitment to the underlying objective of helping the authorities and families of the missing to account for missing persons in an impartial and transparent manner.


This is a full-time position with a competitive base salary at the LES 6 level on the ICMP Syria/MENA or Iraq salary scale, generous paid leave and extensive health insurance benefits for the incumbent and any eligible dependent. The position will be home-based.

This position is not eligible for expatriate allowances.

Expected start date: as soon as possible.

Review of applications will begin on 25 January 2020; however, the position will remain open until filled.

ICMP is committed to maintaining an environment of mutual respect, where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants. ICMP believes that diversity and inclusion among our staff are critical to our success as a global organization, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented individuals from a thoroughly diverse range of candidates. ICMP is proud to be part of the International Gender Champions network.

This vacancy is archived.

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