Programme Officer (Gender, Labour Migration and Employment)

Country: Ethiopia
Organization: International Organization for Migration
Closing date: 24 Dec 2020

Position Title : Programme Officer (Gender, Labour Migration and Employment)

Duty Station : Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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 : 24 December 2020

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.

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

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; Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Cook Islands; Cuba; Fiji; Gabon; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People's Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Luxembourg; 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.


The AU-ILO-IOM-ECA Joint Programme on Labour Migration Governance for Development and Integration (better known as the Joint Labour Migration Programme, or JLMP) in Africa is a long-term joint undertaking among the four organizations in coordination with other relevant partners operating in Africa, development cooperation actors, private sector organizations and civil society representatives. It is an instrument dedicated to the implementation of the 5th Key Priority Area of the Declaration and Plan of Action on Employment, Poverty Eradication and Inclusive Development, which was adopted by the Assembly of Heads of States and Governments in January 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Its strategy focuses on intra-African labour migration and supports achievements of the First 2023 Ten Year Plan of the African Union Agenda 2063 and of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition, the JLMP is a critical instrument of implementing the AU Migration Policy Framework for Africa (MPFA) and Plan of Action (2018-2030) adopted by the AU Assembly in January 2018 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

In order to ensure a strong take-off, a three-year project - JLMP Priority Project (2018-2021) was developed with the overall objective to improve the governance of labour migration in order to achieve safe, orderly and regular migration in Africa as committed in relevant frameworks of the African Union (AU) and Regional Economic Communities (RECs), as well as relevant international human rights and labour standards and other cooperation processes.

This recruitment is in line with JLMP support of the efforts of the Commission to implement Aspiration 6 of Agenda 2063 as articulated in pillar two and three of the AU Strategy for Gender Equality & Women’s Empowerment (2018 – 2028) adopted at the 31st Summit of Heads of State and Government in July 2018. It will also contribute to achieving the potential benefits for women in the African Continental Free Trade Agreement owing to their increased participation in cross-border trade, value chains and public procurement.

Under the overall supervision of the IOM Special Liaison Office in Ethiopia Chief of Mission, the direct supervision of the JLMP Programme Coordinators at the African Union Commission (AUC) and IOM, and in close technical collaboration with the AU Women, Gender and Development Directorate, the JLMP Programme Support Unit (PSU) and JLMP Implementing Partners, the successful candidate will support research and programming in order to contribute to positioning the AUC in providing enabling policies, guidelines and structures to advocate with its Member States for the adoption of policy, legal and institutional measures that promote the creation and access to better and decent employment opportunities for disadvantaged male and female migrant workers in Africa and beyond the continent, in collaboration with the RECs.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Encourage the integration of gender dimensions in Labour migration policies and frameworks supported by JLMP including the EAC Regional Labour Migration Policy Framework and the development of the labour migration policy for other AU Member States.

  2. Contribute to the inclusion of gender considerations during the roll-out of the JLMP Training and Capacity Building Plan by JLMP partners.

  3. Recommend the integration of gender-related concerns in JLMP technical documents such as concept notes, project proposals, workplans, log frames and policy papers.

  4. Analyze gender integration in JLMP including during the Mid-Term Evaluation of the JLMP Priority project.

  5. Conduct a gender analysis of the JLMP with recommendations for enhancing gender responsiveness of JLMP interventions.

  6. Facilitate capacity building for JLMP target group at the Regional Economic Communities and Member States, PSU and Labour Migration Advisory Committee members on gender-responsive labour migration management.

  7. Contribute to the development of knowledge products related to gender, labour migration and employment.

  8. Participate in a gender impact assessment of JLMP.

  9. Contribute to the development of tools for monitoring and reporting the implementation of global commitments towards gender equality and equity.

  10. Research and recommend gender sensitive indicators to support planning, monitoring and evaluation of the JLMP and to capture the impact on final beneficiaries.

  11. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Gender studies, Law, Political Sciences, Social Sciences, Development Studies or related field with two years of relevant experience 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 gender, gender mainstreaming and employment issues in Africa;

• Experience and ability to interact with senior officials (Government and REC officials and representatives of multilateral and bilateral agencies);

• Experience and ability to navigate political processes in highly sensitive settings;

• Previous experience working with international organizations and UN Agencies would be an advantage;

• Demonstrable work experience in Africa, particularly with the AU and RECs relevant to Migration, labour migration, diaspora and development, and migration governance.


• Good understanding of the migration landscape and migration and labour migration frameworks, protocols, and policies in Africa;

• Good understanding of labour migration issues in Africa (program/policy development, capacity building, implementation, M&E, etc.) at national and international levels;

• Demonstrate strong research, communication, and facilitation skills;

• Excellent drafting/writing/reporting and analytical skills;

• Strong interpersonal, networking and presentation skills.


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

For this position, fluency in English and French (oral and written). Working knowledge of Spanish 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.

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 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.

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 via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 24 December 2020 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 11.12.2020 to 24.12.2020

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 2020 277 Programme Officer (Gender, Labour Migration and Employment) (P2) Addis

Ababa, Ethiopia (56770471) Released

Posting: Posting NC56770472 (56770472) Released


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