Programme Officer (Labour Migration)

  • Added Date: Monday, 11 November 2019
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 13 November 2019

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Position Title : Programme Officer (Labour Migration)

Duty Station : Bangkok, Thailand

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P2

Type of Appointment : Fixed term, One year with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 13 November 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.

IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. Read more about diversity and inclusion at IOM at

Applications are welcome from first- and second-tier candidates, particularly qualified female candidates as well as applications from the non-represented member countries of IOM. For all IOM vacancies, applications from qualified and eligible first-tier candidates are considered before those of qualified and eligible second-tier candidates in the selection process.

For the purpose of this vacancy, the following are considered first-tier candidates:

  1. Internal candidates

  2. Candidates from the following non-represented member states: Antigua and Barbuda; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Cook Islands; Cuba; Djibouti; El Salvador; Fiji; Gabon; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People's Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Libya; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Montenegro; Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Samoa; Sao Tome and Principe; Seychelles; Solomon Islands; Suriname; The Bahamas; Timor-Leste; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu

Second tier candidates include:

All external candidates, except candidates from non-represented member states.


In the globalized economy, migrants make up important parts of the labour force in international supply chains. While the migration experience often leads to positive outcomes for workers and their families, many prospective migrants are subjected to unethical recruitment practices that may include excessive fees, low wages, unreasonable physical demands or excessive time spent in remote locations. Migrant workers are therefore vulnerable to abusive and exploitative recruitment and employment practices which places them among the estimated 11.7 million people in the Asia-Pacific subjected to various forms of forced labour. IOM works with governments and private sector stakeholders -- including multinational enterprises, their suppliers and labour recruiters – to help protect international and internal migrant workers throughout the labour migration process. This includes the Corporate Responsibility in Eliminating Slavery and Trafficking in Asia (CREST) initiative, which identifies businesses as a

critical partner in the fight against modern slavery and forced labour, with the private sector offering unique skills, knowledge and market leverage. Under this mandate, IOM Thailand is seeking a Programme Officer to work on its growing labour migration portfolio of projects funded by governments, corporate foundations and businesses.

Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission in Bangkok and the direct supervision of the Head of Labour Migration and Human Development Unit in Bangkok, the successful candidate will support and assist with the implementation and management IOM Thailand-led regional and national projects in partnership with the private sector that seek to enable private sector and regional actors to better protect the human and labour rights of migrant workers within supply chains across Asia.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Support the implementation and management of IOM Thailand-led regional and national labour migration projects, including those in partnership with the private sector.

  2. Supervise and train project-relevant IOM staff.

  3. Contribute to the development of resource mobilization for new projects by selecting and summarizing background information, assessing the local context for the planning and administration of individual projects, and drafting of project proposals.

  4. Brief Head of Unit on a regular basis; inform on programme matters and on current affairs that may have an impact on the work of IOM and propose course of action.

  5. Assist in developing and maintaining strong and regular liaison with the IOM partners, such as private sector entities, governmental authorities, diplomatic missions, and any other concerned agencies and working groups, aiming at coordinating and promoting new activities and facilitating the implementation of ongoing activities and fund raising for new initiatives.

  6. Monitor and follow up on the timely and quality preparation and submission of project reports according to IOM and donor formats as required and other relevant information materials according to the specific project needs.

  7. In coordination with the Resource Management Unit, support the financial management and accountability of projects in coordination with the Resource Management Unit forand timely and accurate donor reporting by maintaining and updating expenditure and other project-relevant records.

  8. In cooperation with the Monitoring and Evaluation and Research Officer, contribute to the development of appropriate monitoring tools to ensure effective design and implementation of projects and activities, including regular travel to field locations as required.

  9. Undertake duty travel relating to project/programme assessment, liaison with counterparts, information sharing, technical guidance, and new project/programme development, as required.

  10. Contribute to the collection, study, and sharing of relevant information/data on ethical recruitment and the role of businesses in tackling labour exploitation of migrant workers, for dissemination to colleagues and relevant stakeholders.

  11. Support the development and implementation of a project communication strategy, including preparation and distribution of specific communication materials and monitoring compliance of project partners with the project visibility guidelines.

  12. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Economics, Management, Sociology or a related field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience; or

• University degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional experience.


• Experience in developing and implementing programmes related to labour migration, international labour recruitment, and corporate sustainability and compliance, including in partnership with the private sector;

• Knowledge and understanding of labour migration issues and key players in South-East and South Asia, in particular in the fields of ethical recruitment, migrant worker protection, and other aspects of labour migration policies and practices;

• Strong knowledge of and commitment to gender equality and human rights;

• Demonstrated experience in project development, implementation, analysis and evaluation, including budget planning and monitoring;

• Experience in liaising with the private sector, governmental and diplomatic authorities and international organizations and any other concerned agencies and working groups;

• Previous working experience in the region is an advantage.


• Strong quantitative and qualitative research skills, proven experience in sociological field research an advantage.


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

For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Thai, Khmer, Lao, Burmese, 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 – behavioural indicators level 2

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.

Managerial Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2

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.

IOM’s competency framework can be found at this link. df

Competencies will be assessed during a competency-based interview.


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 confirmation.

This selection process may be used to staff similar positions in various duty stations. Recommended candidates endorsed by the Appointments and Postings Board will remain eligible to be appointed in a similar position for a period of 24 months.

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.

This vacancy is archived.

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