Intern – Events and Training and Migration and Sustainable Development At International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Intern – Events and Training and Migration and Sustainable Development

Duty Station: Home based

Classification: Intern, Grade Other

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

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 12 February 2022

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

Migration is a core, cross-cutting dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Agenda. Mobile populations, whether internal, cross-border or displaced are a key target group for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Migration, including displacement, also has an impact on the achievement of the SDGs.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the principal multilateral framework guiding the development activities of the UN system and the international community more broadly. IOM’s entry into the UN System in 2016, brought the organization into the United Nations Sustainable Development Group, whose mandate is to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Moreover, the repositioning of the UN system to deliver on the 2030 Agenda, and the strong rooting that the Global Compact for Migration has in the 2030 Agenda both provide a strong impetus for IOM to integrate the UN’s multilateral development frameworks as a central pillar of its work; enhance its own role as a development actor; better connect IOM’s development and humanitarian portfolios; and strategically advance the global discussions on migration and development.

To this end, IOM has developed its first ever Institutional Strategy on Migration and Sustainable Development will guide the organization’s approach to meet this mandate and ensure that migration can be leveraged for sustainable development. To achieve this, IOM is currently working to ensure the organization is equipped with the necessary planning tools and capacities to contribute to positive development outcomes and contribute to the achievement of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to foster strong partnerships across the UN Development System and beyond to harness the expertise and capabilities of relevant actors on migration and sustainable development. One of these essential knowledge platforms is the newly relaunched M4D Net, the global hub on migration and sustainable development, which brings together practitioners and policymakers from around the world to exchange ideas, develop skills and consolidate partnerships.

Furthermore, IOM is implementing a Global Programme on Making Migration Work for Development (Phase III) funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and jointly implemented by IOM and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The main objective of the Programme is to enable the target governments to better govern migration to increase the human development outcomes and mitigate the risks for migrants, their families and communities at origin and destination. The Programme has a global focus with direct country level implementation in Ecuador, Morocco, Nepal, Serbia, Senegal and Tunisia and in association with Bangladesh, Jamaica, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova and the Philippines. The Programme is led by the Programme Management Unit from IOM and UNDP, based in Geneva and New York respectively.

The Programme aims to further solidify the results and achievements reached to date in the earlier phases of the Programme and helps translate policy-oriented and process-driven actions into concrete results on the ground. To achieve this, the programme will continue to support governments in the six target countries to apply a ‘whole-of-government’ approach to migration governance with a new focus on four main sectoral areas: (i) health; (ii) economic inclusion and employment; (iii) education and; (iv) social security and human rights, which will have a direct impact on enhancing the well-being of migrants, their families and their communities in the target localities. Specifically, migrants and communities will be able to see the positive development impacts that well-managed migration can bring. The Programme aims to support more coherent and results oriented policies and implementation mechanisms and develop stronger involvement of local authorities, private sector and diaspora in migration and development policies and practices. The results and lessons learnt from this phase will continue to be fed into global advocacy and fora, including relevant regional and global dialogues, to enhance the global understanding of how to effectively ensure policy coherence and good migration governance for development.

The intern will support the Migration and Sustainable Development Unit with organization of various internal and external events and capacity development activities, including online meetings, trainings and webinars, peer exchanges for IOM staff in the Country Offices as well as government and non-government stakeholders, incl. coordination support, administrative assistance and logistics to the above processes and the implementation of the Global Programme on Making Migration Work for Sustainable Development in particular.


The intern will work under the direct supervision of the Head, Migration and Sustainable Development Unit/Team Leader and in close coordination with the Migration and Sustainable Development Unit.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

The Intern will have the following duties and responsibilities:

Event management

1.Support in events planning by scheduling, facilitating coordination with speakers, panelists, interpreters, etc. for virtual events, in liaison with technical experts and service providers.

2.Coordinate and carry out logistical and technical preparations for online webinars and PeerExchange Groups and other events and trainings.

3.Prepare talking points, agendas, presentations and other materials and support with note-taking and follow-up after events including drafting reports and Notes for the File.

Training and capacity development

4.Support the PMU to provide training, awareness raising sessions and workshops to enable the usage of tools and lessons learnt in the development of regional policies or frameworks for enhanced migration governance.

5.Assist in preparing presentations and support the establishment of materials for global capacity building and training activities, including Peer Exchange Groups, and support Country Offices to develop training packages and deliver presentations to UN Country Teams and UN Agencies, government partners, implementing partners, etc. General programme support

6.Support the PMU with general administrative and coordination tasks to ensure the smooth operations of the global Programme, including liaising with Country and Regional Offices, preparing for Steering Committee meetings, and supporting the Programme team to track the implementation of workplans as needed.

7.Support the Programme Management Unit’s Monitoring and Evaluation Officer to carry out monitoring and evaluation processes, including taking notes during monthly monitoring calls with Country Offices providing inputs to the Global Results Matrix and preparing reports to the donor.

Training Components and Learning Elements

• The successful candidate will gain on-site experience in working in an international multicultural environment, within the United Nations system.

• The Intern will gain a better understanding of IOM’s work, as an inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and sustainable development, incl. cooperation with the government partners and UN agencies.

• The successful candidate will acquire technical knowledge in migration and sustainable development, migration and 2030 Agenda, GCM implementation and international development cooperation.

• The Intern can also access online training courses at the disposal of all IOM staff.

• The successful candidate will have the possibility to interact with the multi-stakeholder constituents, as well as with the internal and external partners involved in organization and implementation of capacity building, communications and knowledge sharing activities.

• The Intern will gain extensive experience working in an international and multi-cultural environment.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


University degree in Development Studies, Migration Studies, Social Science, Political Science, Anthropology, Economics, Business Administration or a related field from an accredited academic institution.


• Good level of knowledge and experience in sustainable development and migration issues, including policies, regional and international cooperation, and local development;

• Experience in supporting training and events. Experience providing support to global Programmes and/or complex processes and projects;

• Experience consolidating and analysing materials, drafting reports, presentations, information materials, etc.;

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


• Excellent writing skills, including ability to write content in a concise and clear manner;

• Strong analytical and organizational skills;

• Coordination skills and the ability to liaise with a wide range of partners and stakeholders in a respectful and timely manner;

• Ability to support planning, coordination and organization of workshops, trainings, awareness raising activities and other events at the regional or global levels, including direct communication with the stakeholders and partners;

• Ability to timely understand the Organization’s structure and portfolios;

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

• Proven ability to produce quality work accurately and concisely according to set deadlines.


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

For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Spanish and/or French is an advantage.

Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.


Eligibility and Selection

This internship opportunity is available as part of IOM’s Diversity and Inclusion Internship Program. A main condition is that applicants should be citizens of countries which are not part of the OECD-DAC. In other words, this internship position is open to applicants from the Global South. Interns will receive a monthly stipend.

IOM strongly encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, LGBTI+ individuals, persons belonging to indigenous or tribal peoples, or ethnic minorities. We strongly suggest you mention in your application your belonging to any of the aforementioned groups. All information will be treated confidentially.

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. e) are between 20 and 36 years of age.

• 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 12 February 2022

Accredited Universities are the ones listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database (

Required Competencies:

The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate the following values and 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.

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

Competencies will be assessed during a competency-based interview.


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. Subject to certain exemptions, vaccination against COVID-19 will in principle be required for individuals hired on or after 15 November 2021. This will be verified as part of the medical clearance process.

No late applications will be accepted.

How to apply

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 12 February 2022 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

IOM only accepts duly completed applications submitted through the IOM e-Recruitment system. The online tool also allows candidates to track the status of their application.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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Posting period:

From 30.01.2022 to 12.02.2022

No Fees:

IOM does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, processing, training or other fee). IOM does not request any information related to bank accounts.

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