Senior Advisor (Migrant Protection and Assistance)

Country: Ethiopia
Organization: International Organization for Migration
Closing date: 2 Jun 2021

Position Title : Senior Advisor (Migrant Protection and Assistance)

Duty Station : Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P5

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

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 02 June 2021

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. External female candidates:

  3. Candidate 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 of IOM and female candidates.


Since 1995, IOM has been working in partnership with the Government of Ethiopia, the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD), the African Union (AU), migrants, and other stakeholders to uphold the rights and needs of migrants, promote the benefits and address the challenges of migration, and mitigate the related risks to the advantage of all. Current international, regional and national dialogues on migration management reflect a consensus that comprehensive migration management policies need to address the root causes of migration amongst which is poverty.

To enhance the African Union Commission’s (AUC) capacity to implement its migration policies, IOM has entered into an agreement with the AUC to provide the regional organization with professional staff to strengthen the leadership and policy orientation capacity at highest level in the Cabinet of the Commissioner for Social Affairs, with a Migrant Protection and Assistance Advisor.

Under the direct and overall supervision of the Head of Special Liaison Office (SLO), and Chief of Mission, the successful candidate will be responsible for the below listed responsibilities:

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Provide strategic advice and direct support to the Office of the Commissioner on migrant protection and assistance policies and strategies, including coordination with key partners, and relevant AUC Departments.

  2. Provide advice and guidance to the Department of Social Affairs in enhancing the capacity of AU Member States on resource mobilization and partnership building for ensuring sustainable funding of migrant protection and assistance policies and programmes, in line with international and continental strategic frameworks.

  3. Support enhancing and mainstreaming of migrant protection and assistance policies in AU Member States specifically for vulnerable migrants, including unaccompanied migrant children, and return and reintegration.

  4. Provide strategic advice and technical support on promoting migrant protection and assistance for AU Member States through advocacy and technical assistance on capacity development programmes for governmental and non-governmental entities.

  5. Provide advice in developing and implementing Monitoring & Evaluation mechanisms on the Migration Policy Framework for Africa (MPFA) with regards to migrant protection assistance as well as knowledge management systems on migrant protection and assistance within the Department of Social Affairs.

  6. Guide and provide support the Department of Social Affairs in the planning and implementation of results monitoring framework in consultation with Regional Economic Communities (RECs), Member States, regional dialogues and partners on topics related to migrant protection and assistance.

  7. Provide support to the Department of Social Affairs in organizing biennial consultative and planning of social forum with the RECs.

  8. Support institutional capacity development of RECs on migration protection and assistance.

  9. Provide overall guidance to Child Protection Unaccompanied Migrant Children Officer and Migrant Return, Readmission, and Reintegration Officer in coordination with Head of Division for Labour, Employment, and Migration. This will focus on project development, implementation, research & analysis and liaison work on based on AU institutional policy frameworks on provision of assistance to migrants.

  10. Oversee the development process of responses to development and migration related inquiries from the Commissioner of Social Affairs, and other stakeholders.

  11. Prepare policy papers on issues of migrant protection and assistance in the African continent, with the aim of disseminating updated information through regular publications and/or information bulletins.

  12. Prepare responses to ad-hoc requests from AU member states, sub regional and continental bodies on issues of migrant protection and assistance.

  13. Keep abreast of, analyze and provide advice on developments related to migrant protection and assistance globally and in the region.

  14. Direct the representation strategy of the AUC at regional and continental conferences, workshops, seminars and meetings on migrant protection and assistance.

  15. Brief the Commissioner and Director of Social Affairs on developments related to migrant protection and assistance policies as required.

  16. Work closely with relevant AUC departments on coordination of migrant protection and assistance related issues.

  17. Perform any other duties as requested by H.E the Commissioner of Social Affairs.

  18. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Law, Social Development Studies, or a related field from an accredited academic institution with ten years of relevant professional experience; or

• University degree in the above fields with twelve years of relevant professional experience.


• Proven experience in migrant protection and assistance policies and strategies, migration affairs and development, preferably for an African Institution, or intergovernmental organization in Africa or Europe;

• Experience in project planning, coordination, development, management, monitoring and evaluation;

• Proven experience in managing staff, preferably in the position of a Director, liaising with governmental authorities and other national/international institutions with proven record;

• Experience in an International level of direct donor liaison;

• Extensive experience in public relations, as well as in liaising with governmental and diplomatic authorities and institutional institutions.


• Proven liaison and negotiation skills;

• Excellent written and oral communications skills;

• Sound knowledge of programme development, management, capacity building methodologies and operational strategies;

• Familiarity with administration and financial matters;

• Sound strategic and creative thinking;

• Effective resource management skills;

• Personnel commitment, efficiency, flexibility, drives for results, and open management style; Ability to supervise and direct staff;

• Demonstrated ability in leading multicultural teams and in mentoring and coaching individuals;

• Ability to work in a multicultural environment;

• In depth knowledge of international legal frameworks and policies on migration;

• Working knowledge of international institutions such as the European Union and the AU.


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 or 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 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.

Managerial Competencies – behavioural indicators level 3

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.


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.

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 02 June 2021 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 20.05.2021 to 02.06.2021

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 2021 110 Senior Advisor (Migrant Protection and Assistance) (P5) Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (57008040) Released

Posting: Posting NC57008041 (57008041) Released


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