Intern – Project Development At International Organization for Migration

Position Title : Intern – Project Development

Duty Station : Home based

Classification : Intern, Grade Other

Type of Appointment : Internship, six months

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 02 May 2021

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 International Organization for Migration (IOM) – the UN Migration Agency occupies the leading role in supporting Member States in migration management. In Djibouti, IOM implements a wide range of programmes which aim at providing assisting to vulnerable migrants and strengthening the capacity of the Government to respond to migration challenges in the country.


Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) and in coordination with the Programme Managers, and relevant Headquarters (HQs) and Regional Office (RO) units in Nairobi, the successful candidate will provide support in the areas of Programme Development and Reporting for IOM Djibouti mission.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Support the design and development of new programs, projects and activities on humanitarian emergencies and community stablization in close coordination with the relevant colleagues, ensuring compliance with donor interests and requirements.
  2. Ensure processing, endorsement and submissions of project proposals, donor reports, partner agreements (Service Agreements, MoUs, LoAs and other types of contracts) and any other relevant documents, in line with specific internal requirements and procedures.
  3. Assist on relevant fund-raising activities and contribute to Mission’s fundraising efforts; compile and analyze information on donor policies and priorities for the country, identify new funding opportunities.
  4. Through close cooperation with the Monitoring & Evaluation Officer observe projects’ compliance with the objectives set in project documents and budgets, M&E frameworks and work plans, and ensure overall compliance with donors’ contractual requirements, interests and expectations.
  5. Guide and support capacity building and training activities in the field of programme development for government officials and IOM staff in the country through workshops and seminars.
  6. Undertake regular duty travel around the country.
  7. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Training Components and Learning Elements

It is expected that the selected intern will:

• Be exposed to the activities of IOM in Djibouti.

• Gain understanding about the IOM and the UN System and its processes.

• Learn technical skills described in this Post Description.

• Be able to prove their dedication, skills and capacity to work in an international setting as part of a diverse and international team.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


University degree in Political or Social Sciences, Migration Studies, International Relations, Law, or a related field from an accredited academic institution.


• Experience in working in the humanitarian/development sectors;

• Experience in managing Microsoft Office package;

• Knowledge on East and Horn of Africa is an advantage.


• Excellent communication, negotiation skills and report writing skills;

• Effective resource management skills and strategic and creative thinking;

• Work experience in the region is an asset.


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

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

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 position is available for 2021 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.

In 2021 Diversity Internships will be done remotely (teleworking). Interns will receive a monthly stipend, plus an amount to cover office and internet costs.

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.

If you would like to explore all vacancies that are part of the ‘Diversity and Inclusion Internship Program 2021’, please go to:

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.

This internship programme will be supporting the mission in IOM Djibouti. As this will be a teleworking opportunity and will be required to overlap with the duty station, please consider the time difference in the duty station prior to applying.

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

1 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.

No late applications will be accepted.

How to apply

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 02 May 2021 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.

For further information please refer to:

Posting period:

From 12.04.2021 to 02.05.2021

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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