Programme Officer (Labour Migration and Gender)

Position Title: Programme Officer (Labour Migration and Gender)

Duty Station: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P2

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

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 03 September 2023

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.


The AU-ILO-IOM-ECA Joint Programme on Labour Migration Governance for Development and Integration ( 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 (AU) 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.

Gender-responsiveness is one of the guiding principles of the JLMP. The programme recognizes that the needs of women, men, boys and girls differ and vary at different stages of migration. JLMP promotes advocacy for gender equality and equity, as well as equitable access to resources and decision making to empower each person to strive. It builds on a Gender Analysis and Gender Action Plan, which guide the inclusion of a gender-specific intervention framework in the JLMP in order to avoid exacerbating gender inequalities and ensure that women and men benefit on an equal basis from the programme.

This recruitment is in line with JLMP support of the efforts of the African Union Commission

(AUC) 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 Director, IOM Special Liaison Office in Ethiopia and the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator (JLMP) , and in close technical collaboration with the AU Women, Gender and Development Directorate, the JLMP Programme Support Unit (PSU) and JLMP Implementing Partners, the Programme Officer (Labour Migration and Gender) will support the 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 Regional Economic Communities (RECs).

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Encourage the integration of gender dimensions in labour and migration policies and frameworks, including the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) 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 projects.
  5. Coordinate the implementation of recommendations from the JLMP Gender Analysis and Gender Action Plan.
  6. Facilitate capacity building for JLMP target groups at the Regional Economic Communities and Member States, PSU and other stakeholders on gender-responsive labour migration management.
  7. Contribute to the development of knowledge products related to gender, migration, 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. Contribute to the development of policies, practical guidelines, advocacy tools and activities for the integration and mainstreaming of gender dimensions in migration.
  12. 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 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 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; and,
  • Experience in gender, gender mainstreaming migration and employment issues in Africa.


  • 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;
  • Good drafting/writing/reporting and analytical skills; and,
  • Strong interpersonal, networking and presentation skills.


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

For this position, fluency in English and French is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Arabic 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 five values:

  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: Respects and promotes individual and cultural differences. Encourages diversity and inclusion.
  • 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.
  • Courage: Demonstrates willingness to take a stand on issues of importance.
  • Empathy: Shows compassion for others, makes people feel safe, respected and fairly treated.

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 actions 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 leadership and professional potential.
  • Empowering others: Creates an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.
  • Building Trust: Promotes shared values and creates an atmosphere of trust and honesty.
  • Strategic thinking and vision: Works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.
  • Humility: Leads with humility and shows openness to acknowledging own shortcomings.

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 via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 03 September 2023 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:

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 2023 367 Programme Officer (Labour Migration and Gender) (P2) Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (58310661) Released

Posting: Posting NC58310662 (58310662) Released

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