Program Manager (Protection) At International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Program Manager (Protection)

Duty Station: Multiple Duty Stations

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P3

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 31 January 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.


Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission/Special Envoy of the respective duty station and in close coordination with relevant departments in Headquarters (HQs) and the Regional Office (RO), the successful candidate will be responsible for all aspects related to Protection as part of the IOM humanitarian response to crisis, including but not limited to technical assistance, planning and preparedness for protection and assistance of all persons through establishment of mechanisms for vulnerability and needs assessments, capacity building of government counterparts and/or implementing partners and NGOs on emergency preparedness, resource mobilization and representing the IOM in the inter-agency fora, especially Protection cluster coordination meetings and forums where the humanitarian response plans and operations are being discussed.

The successful candidate is expected to carry out the duties in accordance with the strictest ethical standards and with due respect for gender and socio-cultural sensitivities.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Lead and coordinate the development of IOM Protection activities with a view to enduring centrality of protection in line with IOM policies and procedures upholding the rights and dignity of all persons.
  2. Strengthen the mission’s capacity to deliver protection support (core protection activities include, but are not limited to, protection assessments, protection monitoring, case management (Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Trafficking in Persons (TIP)), and protection referrals. Identify staffing and training needs.
  3. Monitor, supervise and oversee the protection staff and closely coordinate with respective project Managers and RMOs responsible for the implementation and monitoring of programme activities of the IOM’s humanitarian response, to ensure consolidation and a harmonized response across thematic and geographical areas of intervention as well as IOM procedural standards and policies.
  4. Assess capacity for cooperation with national authorities, including local governments and CSOs and develop a brief strategy for engagement on protection and assistance areas.
  5. Support the mission with planning on cooperation with IO partners and development actors and ensure protection and assistance considerations are included and duly reflected in country level programming; especially targeting at risk and vulnerable populations and the promotion of migrants’ rights and assistance to migrants in a vulnerable situation including victims of violence, exploitation, abuse and trafficking, and migrant children.
  6. Represent IOM at relevant cluster meetings and coordinate with national and international humanitarian assistance authorities, agencies and organizations regarding the planning and implementation of activities, as per the Joint Operating Principles agreed at the Humanitarian Country Team and/or United Nations Country Team.
  7. Support project development efforts, promote coordination and visibility among the following entities: Regional Thematic Specialist (RTS) for Protection and Assistance Division (PAD) and Department of Emergencies (DOE); active Clusters such as Protection, Health and Mental Health and Psychosocial Support, Camp Coordination and Camp Management, Shelter, inter-cluster coordination group, as well as Child Protection and GBV sub-groups; Displacement Tracking Matrix and Emergency Event Tracking (EET); Immigration and Border Management; and any existing national commission or task force on combatting TIP in the country of operation.
  8. Act as thematic lead for Protection including Counter-Trafficking and provide thematic guidance on TIP risks, trends, identification of cases, and feasible interventions among IOM staff and coordination groups. Ensure protection and a person-centered approach is mainstreamed in ongoing projects, as well as a gender and age sensitive perspective is applied.
  9. Contribute to the development and timely dissemination of Sitreps, Talking Points, Key Messages, etc.
  10. Undertake travel duties, as required and in line with prevailing security restrictions, related to project implementation and oversight, staff training, and liaison with partners and the Sub-Offices, to coordinate, develop and/or support programme implementation.
  11. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Political or Social Sciences, Business Administration, Migration Studies, International Relations, Law 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.


• Minimum five years of relevant working experience in implementation and management of emergency response in hardship duty stations and emergency settings with complex operating environments preferred;

• Experience in the field of migration, including protection and assistance (including specific knowledge of GBV, Child Protection and Human trafficking);

• Experience in emergency operations and in liaising with governmental authorities, othernational/ international institutions and UN, IOM or INGOs.


• Understanding of complex social- political and cultural environments;

• Knowledge of humanitarian architecture, especially in relation to protection and relevant areas of responsibility;

• Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation;

• Excellent writing skills;

• Excellent people and communication skills and demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with stakeholders and partners;

• In depth knowledge of the broad range of migration related subject areas dealt with by theOrganization;

• In depth Knowledge of UN and bilateral donor programming; and

• Knowledge of IOM project development procedures (including PRIMA) and processes.


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

External applicants for all positions in the Professional category are required to be proficient in English and have at least a working knowledge of one additional UN Language (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese).

For all applicants, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Fluency in French, Spanish, Uzbek, Dari and/or Pashto 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 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.


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

Internationally recruited professional staff are required to be mobile. For this staff category, candidates will not be considered for placement in a duty station within their country of nationality.

Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice 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 31 January 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 18.01.2022 to 31.01.2022

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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