Intern – Land Property and Reparations Division – DOE

  • Added Date: Friday, 11 January 2019
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 25 January 2019

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Position Title : Intern – Land Property and Reparations Division – DOE

Duty Station : Geneva, Switzerland

Classification : Intern, Grade OTHE

Type of Appointment : Internship, Three months with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 25 January 2019

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.


Background Information

The Land, Property and Reparations Division (LPR) of the IOM’s Department of Operations and Emergencies (DOE), is responsible for providing expert advice, technical assistance, capacity building and operational support to states, societies and partners engaged in development and implementation of programmes and initiatives related to reparations for victims of human rights violations and other transitional justice measures, as well as restitution of Housing, Land and Property (HLP) rights for displaced population.

In order to respond to the rising demand for its products and services the LPR Division intends to hire an intern for an initial period of 3 months. The intern will support the work of the division across variety of topics related to transitional justice and reparations and conduct tasks ranging from research, analysis, drafting of policy and operational documents to providing daily administrative and logistical support for the Division.


The Intern will work under the guidance and supervision of the Global LPR Focal Point, and in cooperation with other colleagues of the LPR Division, relevant Field Offices and IOM Headquarters.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Global LPR Focal Point, and in accordance with the overall direction of the Director of DOE the successful candidate will have the following duties and responsibilities:

  1. Follow media and other sources to identify and map stakeholders, events, initiatives, developments and publications relevant to transitional justice, reparations and HLP.

  2. Monitor and identify relevant funding opportunities such as calls for proposals related to the topics of transitional justice, reparations and HLP.

  3. Support the LPR team in development and production of research, policy, training and other materials.

  4. Support the LPR team in conducting research in variety of topics relevant for the Division

  5. Provide logistical, administrative and other support in preparations for the IOM hosted “Reparations Week” scheduled to take place in June 2019.

  6. Support the LPR team in regards to visibility and social media engagement.

  7. Provide general administrative and logistic support for the division.

  8. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Training components and learning elements

The successful candidate will have a unique opportunity to interact with a team of experienced transitional justice, reparations and restitution professionals, contribute toward the development of interesting local and global initiatives and gain in-depth experience on practical aspects of implementing reparations and other transitional justice mechanisms.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Transitional Justice, Law, Human Rights or any related field from an accredited academic institution.


• Capability to draft research, policy and other types of papers;

• Strong organizational skills;

• Ability to work effectively and harmoniously in a team of colleagues of varied cultural and professional backgrounds;

• Practical experience of how to multi-task, prioritize and work independently;

• Can proficiently use MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point);

• Can engage in various Social Media platforms.


Fluency in English language is required. Working knowledge of French, Spanish or Arabic language can be an advantage.


Eligibility and Selection

In general, the Internship Programme aims at attracting talented students and graduates who:

a) have a specific interest in, or whose studies have covered, areas relevant to IOM programmes and activities;

b) are holding a scholarship for internship placements in international organizations and/or for whom internship is required to complete their studies; or

c) are sponsored by governmental/non-governmental institutions and/or academia to work in specific areas relevant to both IOM and the sponsor.

d) are either students approaching the end of their studies and preparing a thesis, or recently graduated, who have less than two years of relevant working experience.

• Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted, and additional enquiries will only be addressed if the candidate is shortlisted.

• Depending on experience and location, IOM provides a small monthly stipend to help offset costs.

• Please consider the cost of living in Geneva prior to applying.

• Applications must be submitted by 25 January 2019.

Desirable Competencies:


• 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

• 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.


The appointment is subject to funding confirmation.

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

No late applications will be accepted.

This vacancy is archived.

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