Liaison Officer (Humanitarian, Development, Peace and Security) at International Organization for Migration

Regional Protection Officer at International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Liaison Officer (Humanitarian, Development, Peace and Security)

Duty Station: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P3

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

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 04 June 2023

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.


Under the direct supervision of the Senior Liaison Officer and overall guidance of the Director for the Special Liaison Office in Addis (SLO) to the African Union (AU) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the successful candidate will be responsible for supporting the Senior Liaison Officer in executing the liaison functions with the AU Commission.

At the World Humanitarian Summit in September 2016, the Secretary General launched the Commitment to Action on ‘Transcending humanitarian-development divides: Changing People’s

Lives: From Delivering Aid to Ending Need, along with UN agencies which was endorsed by the World Bank and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to implement a “New Way of Working” that meets people’s immediate humanitarian needs, while at the same time reducing risk and vulnerability, through more effective collaboration across the humanitarian–development–peace nexus (HDPN). IOM’s engagement in this triple nexus is supported by its broad mandate and decades of operational experience across the spectrum of the HDPN.

The Special Liaison Office in Addis aims to operationalize these commitments at the continental level in its engagement with the AU and UN through concrete initiatives to work more coherently across humanitarian, development and peacebuilding efforts and support the strengthening of the humanitarian-development-peace nexus in its existing and future engagements with the AU and other Partners.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Keep abreast, analyze and provide advice on migration related developments and provide technical support in the development of joint continental programmes on Migration and across the Humanitarian, Development Peace spectrum.
  2. Provide analysis of and advise on the implications of key AU documents, decisions and prepare briefs for participation in key meetings at the AU and at international levels.
  3. Support ongoing efforts in operationalizing the HDPN at SLO, the AU and with engagements with other partners and strengthening the coherence across humanitarian, development and peace efforts.
  4. Provide technical expertise as needed to the AU in addressing HDPN (including in the development of HDPN frameworks) in its humanitarian, peace and development initiatives, programmes, as well as the creation of linkages in HDPN across key frameworks including the AU Humanitarian Architecture, the APSA-AGA, among others.
  5. Ensure linkages to the IOM migration and sustainable development framework should be highlighted because of our focus on the humanitarian and development agenda. Lack of implementation of the SDG is the main driver of instability in the continent. We should have this aspect underlines more clearly in the PD.
  6. Advocate for the alignment of the AUC, RECs and UN system agendas across the HDPnexus, in close collaboration with the IOM Regional Offices.
  7. Provide technical expertise to the AU Humanitarian Architecture and its efforts in addressing root causes of humanitarian crises and developing durable solutions for displacements; and the review and reform of the humanitarian financing architecture in view of efforts to review financing in the context of HDPN in the continent
  8. Lead IOM’s engagement as related to the support in the operationalization of the AU Humanitarian Agency, as well as and its linkages with relevant AU agencies/organs.
  9. Support and monitor the implementation of international and continental frameworks on humanitarian, peace and development and their nexus at the AU and in the work undertaken by SLO.
  10. Support SLO programming in line with the Migration Crisis Operational Framework (MCOF) and programming geared towards laying the foundation for durable solutions, lasting peace and sustainable development including through transition and recovery programming.
  11. Produce policy briefs papers with a view to enhance evidence based research in the field of immigration policy, HDPN, among others, and contribute in the formulation of policy and programmes.
  12. Perform related duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in International Relations, Political Science, Humanitarian Affairs, Economic Development, Business or Public Administration, International Studies or a related field from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience; or,
  • University degree in the above fields with seven years of relevant professional experience.


  • Experience in programme conceptualisation, development, monitoring, reporting and evaluation;
  • Experience in programme development and capacity-building activities;
  • Experience in liaising with governmental and diplomatic authorities as well as with national and international institutions;
  • Familiarity with financial and business administration;
  • Sound and proven understanding of internal and international migration issues in the region and continental;
  • Experience in organizing consultations, workshops and seminars with high level stakeholders;
  • In depth knowledge of the broad range of migration related subject areas dealt with by the Organization; and,
  • Knowledge of UN, African Union and multilateral donor programming.


  • Proven ability to establish and maintain strong working relations with relevant Government counterparts, regional, continental and international organizations and private sector entities;
  • Excellent leadership, coordination, and information management skills;
  • Detailed knowledge of the UN System, NGOs and other regional, continental and international organizations/institutions;
  • Knowledge of migration data, labour migration patterns in Africa and ability to negotiate with government, regional and continental bodies;
  • Good knowledge of human and financial resources management;
  • Strong conceptualization, analytical and writing skills;
  • Strong communication, organizational and interpersonal relationship skills;
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure with minimum supervision; and,
  • Ability to establish and maintain partnerships with development partners, government counterparts, UN agencies, African governments, regional and continental entities and other relevant stakeholders.


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

For this position, fluency in English and working knowledge of French is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of any either AU or UN Official Languages and/or language(s) identified by the Special Liaison Office is an advantage.

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


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 five values:

  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: Respects and promotes individual and cultural differences. Encourages diversity and inclusion.
  • 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.
  • Courage: Demonstrates willingness to take a stand on issues of importance.
  • Empathy: Shows compassion for others, makes people feel safe, respected and fairly treated.

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 actions 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 leadership and professional potential.
  • Empowering others: Creates an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.
  • Building Trust: Promotes shared values and creates an atmosphere of trust and honesty.
  • Strategic thinking and vision: Works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.
  • Humility: Leads with humility and shows openness to acknowledging own shortcomings.

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.

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. 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.

Vacancies close at 23:59 local time Geneva, Switzerland on the respective closing date. No late applications will be accepted.

How to apply

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications HERE via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 04 June 2023 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:

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.

Requisition: VN 2023 214 Liaison Officer (Humanitarian, Development, Peace and Security) (P3) Addis

Ababa, Ethiopia (58149143) Released

Posting: Posting NC58149144 (58149144) Released


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