Project Officer (Capacity Building)

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

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Position Title : Project Officer (Capacity Building)

Duty Station : Geneva, Switzerland

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P2

Type of Appointment : Special short-term graded, Nine months 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.


Humanitarian crises such as armed conflicts and natural disasters can lead to an increase in trafficking in persons. Crises can exacerbate vulnerabilities of the affected populations to pre-existing forms of trafficking and to new, crisis-induced forms of trafficking. Traffickers thrive on the widespread human, material, social and economic losses caused by crises; the inability of families and communities to protect their children; negative coping mechanisms adopted by those affected by the crisis; and the general erosion of the rule of law and the breakdown of social safety nets and other protection systems. Internally displaced persons and refugees may also be preyed upon in planned and spontaneous displacement settings, including in the context of protracted displacement. Yet, the issue of trafficking in persons is frequently overlooked in emergency responses.

The issue has recently gained traction on the international agenda and there is a growing recognition by States and other humanitarian actors alike that responding to trafficking should be part of emergency humanitarian programming. In order to do so, it is important that existing anti-trafficking prevention and protection models and related policies and guidance be adapted to humanitarian settings, and that national and international humanitarian actors are trained to better respond to the needs of trafficked victims and other crisis-affected populations.

IOM has taken significant steps to support preparedness and encourage a system-wide response to trafficking in persons from the outset of an emergency, through fieldwork and engagement with the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (UN IASC) Cluster System, relevant UN agencies and other humanitarian actors, and members of Alliance 8.7.

This role will assist with the further development, refinement, and roll-out of capacity development materials to support institutionalization and sustainability of Counter-Trafficking (CT) in humanitarian settings materials and activities.

Under the overall supervision of the Migrant Protection and Assistance Specialist, and the direct supervision of the Counter-Trafficking in Humanitarian Settings Specialist, the successful candidate will assist with implementing counter-trafficking in humanitarian settings capacity-development activities.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Building on lessons learned and modules developed to date, contribute to the development of a series of 6 new e-learning modules on counter-trafficking in humanitarian settings, in line with IOM’s 5-Step e-Learning Framework. This will include proposing learning objectives, key messages, and out-lining design specifications; assisting with the development of story boards, case studies and other learning methodologies; and preparation of a list of resources to accompany the training materials.

  2. Liaise with all service providers engaged in e-module development, such as web designers, graphic designers, editors, and translators.

  3. Coordinate the process of validation of e-learning materials with internal and external stakeholders, as required.

  4. Conduct face-to-face trainings on CT in Crisis for internal and external audiences.

  5. Provide technical backstopping and guidance to IOM country offices implementing counter-trafficking in humanitarian settings programmes, with a particular focus on supporting use and roll-out of training modules in country, and improving the capacity of country offices to integrate best practices, lessons learned, and current approaches to CT in Crisis into their country programmes.

  6. Monitor the use of training materials, and the coordination of pre- and post- training assessments and tracer surveys to track and evaluate the effectiveness of training and capacity building activities.

  7. Monitor specific aspects of project implementation, identify problems and propose action to expedite the delivery of inputs. Analyze progress and implementation reports, and identify and document significant project events, decisions, problems or deviations.

  8. Undertake duty travel, as necessary.

  9. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Migration Studies, Humanitarian Studies, Human Rights, Development Studies 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.


• Good counter-trafficking and migrant protection and/or protection knowledge in emergency settings;

• Proven capacity to develop and deliver technical training to differing audiences;

• Experience in liaising with the humanitarian community, including United Nations (UN) agencies, other international agencies, non-governmental organizations, governmental authorities and other national/international institutions, during emergency settings and during ordinary times, as well as academic institutions;

• Experience in working in crisis settings is required.


• Good communication skills;

• Good multimedia presentation skills;

• Good presentation skills.


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

For this position, fluency in English and French is required (oral and written). Fluency in Arabic 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.

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.

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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