Protection Officer at International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Protection Officer

Duty Station: Niamey, Niger

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P2

Type of Appointment: Special short-term graded, six months with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 02 June 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.

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; Aruba (Netherlands); Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Congo (the); Cook Islands; Cuba; Curaçao; Fiji; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Libya; Madagascar; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Montenegro; Namibia; Nauru; Palau; 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.


Under the overall supervision of Senior Programme & Policy Liaison Officer, the direct supervision of the Protection Coordinator, the Protection Officer will be responsible and accountable for providing assistance in the implementation, monitoring and development of protection activities in IOM Niger Country Office (CO), including in emergency operations, with a focus on Counter Trafficking, Child Protection and Gender Based Violence. Additionally, the Protection Officer will be responsible to foster protection mainstreaming into other areas of intervention such as Assisted Voluntary Return & Reintegration, Emergency Responses, Immigration and Border Management, Transition and Recovery. The activities will be carried out in coordination with the United Nations coordinated humanitarian strategies and government counterparts.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Assist the Protection Coordinator in the development and management (financial, reporting, operational) of programmes and directly supervise and coordinate the projects assigned, in compliance with donor and IOM institutional requirements.
  2. Supervise the daily activities of protection team members in coordination with the ProtectionCoordinator and other Protection Officers; organize and assist the team in achieving their tasks, provide technical guidance and training, and ensure compliance to IOM guidelines, policy and standards.
  3. Facilitate protection mainstreaming (including GBV) and integration of cross-cutting issues(disability, AAP, gender) in IOM regular programmes and crisis response activities (including assistance to returnees). This shall include tip sheets, guidance notes, communication / awareness tools, protection checklists for specific measures in different sectors, good practices, and more.
  4. Supervise and coordinate the implementation of Niger Co’s GBViC action plan in consultation with relevant units.
  5. Participate in inter-agency protection fora/meetings (e.g., protection, child-protection,gender-based violence, health, relevant task forces) when needed and monitor the protection needs of mobile populations, as well as communities affected by mobility in coordination with the Protection Coordinator.
  6. In close coordination with the Protection Officer in Agadez and the Case Management FP in Niamey, oversee the response to individual cases of concern and coordinate case management mechanisms and reporting.
  7. Contribute to knowledge management and capacity development by providing technical expertise in the field of protection to colleagues and partners, implementing capacity building activities and producing briefs.
  8. Support developing and maintaining strong working relationships with government authorities and partners and facilitate the timely and qualitative information sharing.
  9. Contribute to the improvement of the Protection unit’s information management and communication capacities in coordination with IOM Communication and Data & Research Units.
  10. Undertake duty travels, in line with prevailing security restrictions, relating to project assessments, liaison with counterparts, and project implementation, as required.
  11. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Humanitarian Affairs, Political Science, Law, 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.


  • Experience in humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness, protection and human rights;• Experience in protection / GBV in emergencies and familiarity with related coordination mechanisms;
  • Experience with providing technical guidance and conducting capacity building on protection /GBV principles and approaches for various stakeholders (including non-Protection / GBV specialized staff, partners (e.g., national authorities, implementing partners, etc.);
  • Experience in project management and coordination;
  • Experience in liaising with governmental authorities, other national/international institutions, and NGOs; and,
  • Working experience with an operational UN agency or a major international NGO in the field of protection and assistance of refugees, internally displaced people, and/or migrants, is an asset.


  • Ability to supervise and lead multidisciplinary teams;
  • Ability to work in dynamic, fast pace environment; Ability to formulate relevant programmatic inputs;
  • Ability to work quickly and accurately and pay attention to detail;
  • Good writing skills with the ability to analyse complex problems and identify and propose clear, rapid solutions;
  • Good communication skills in multicultural environments;
  • knowledge of the broad range of migration-related subject areas dealt with by theOrganization;
  • Knowledge of international protection standards;
  • Knowledge of case management principles is an asset; and,
  • Strong IT skills and knowledge of data analytics programs is an asset.


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 and French is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of any local language 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.

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 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.


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


Posting period:

From 20.05.2022 to 02.06.2022

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.

Requisition: SVN 2022 149 Protection Officer (P2) Niamey, Niger (57579765) Released

Posting: Posting NC57579766 (57579766) Released


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