Senior Regional Thematic Specialist (Protection) at International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Senior Regional Thematic Specialist (Protection)

Duty Station: Pretoria, South Africa

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P4

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

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 08 September 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 direct supervision of Regional Director for IOM’s Regional Office for Southern Africa and in close coordination with the Protection Division at HQ, the Senior Regional Thematic Specialist ( Protection) will act as a regional thematic resource person and will monitor and analyze the regional thematic trends, developments of projects in the thematic areas of migrant protection and return & reintegration, as well as will supports regional thematic project development and implementation. The Incumbent will be responsible for defining the IOM strategic role in the Region on relevant thematic areas, representing IOM with donors, partners, and stakeholders, providing technical guidance to Country Offices under the Regional Office on regional programmes, and identifying and planning a coordinated response to the capacity development needs in the Region.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Act as a thematic resource person providing capacity development support, training, and general support to the Country Offices (COs) in the Region. Contribute to developing the capacities of IOM staff in the thematic area through a combination of formal training, on-the-job mentoring and coaching.
  2. Review, endorse, and track project proposals developed by COs in the Region, and provide regular updates to the concerned HQ Division on projects endorsed. Ensure that all endorsed projects are:
  3. consistent with the IOM Constitution, IOM’s Strategic Vision and the Organization’s policies, thematic guidelines and manuals and any relevant national and/or regional strategies;
  4. coherent, relevant, and feasible, and take into account good practices in the respective migration/thematic area(s);
  5. developed according to IOM’s project development procedures as established in the IOM Project Handbook.
  6. Identify emerging issues relevant to the thematic area and contribute to the development of thematic policy and reports. Monitor developments in the thematic area, in close collaboration with the Regional Policy and Liaison Officer (RPLO), where available, COs, and relevant HQ Departments.
  7. Develop regional and multi-country programmes and projects in the thematic area and identify anticipated synergies between thematic areas in close coordination with the Regional Project Development Officer (RPDO), where available.
  8. Provide advice to COs on resource mobilization. Review and endorse narrative donor reports submitted by COs, according to the procedures specified in the IOM Project Handbook.
  9. Participate in and actively contribute to IOM’s network of Regional Thematic Specialists (RTS)globally, analyze and share best practices with relevant HQ Divisions and COs.
  10. Develop regional thematic guidance notes, information sheets and policy documents in coordination with the RPLO, COs and relevant HQ Division(s).
  11. Provide thematic guidance to Project Managers through sharing information with the COs at the regional level and providing expert technical guidance and support upon request from the field in coordination with the RPLO.
  12. Ensure the delivery of quality thematic training to government authorities as required by COsin the Region.
  13. Support regional strategic planning exercises, and provide support for country level strategic planning, as required and in collaboration with the RTSs.
  14. Represent IOM in the Region by actively participating in conferences, workshops and meetings related to the thematic area of expertise, as required by the Regional Director.
  15. Provide thematic and administrative oversight to staff, interns and consultants recruited by the Regional Office for specific regional and thematic activities.
  16. Act as Officer-in-Charge in the absence of the Regional Director, as required.
  17. 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 and/ or Law, or a related field from an accredited academic institution with seven years of relevant professional experience; or
  • University degree in the above fields with nine years of relevant professional experience.


  • Experience in the field of migration issues, including operational and field experience, IOM project development, and management;
  • Demonstrated high level of expertise in the thematic area relevant to project development;
  • Experience in liaising with governmental authorities, other national/international institutions and NGOs;
  • Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation; and,
  • Experience of working with regional issues is a distinct advantage.


  • Demonstrated excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, and ability to think strategically;
  • Demonstrated competence in protection of vulnerable populations and first-hand experience in delivery of protection and assistance services to migrants;
  • Proven ability to work effectively and harmoniously within a team of colleagues from varied cultures and professional backgrounds; and, • High degree of responsibility and motivation.


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). Working knowledge of French and local languages 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 3

  • 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.


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 and who do not have prior experience outside the duty station’s country as staff member in the Professional category 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, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 08 September 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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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 2022 269 Senior Regional Thematic Specialist (Protection) (P4) Pretoria, South Africa (57726255) Released

Posting: Posting NC57726256 (57726256) Released


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