Organization: International Organization for Migration
Position Title : Protection Officer
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 : 01 October 2018
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 environment. Applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged. For the purpose of the vacancy, the following candidates are considered as first-tier candidates:
1. Internal candidates
2. Qualified applicants from the following NMS countries:
Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Cook Islands, Cuba, Cabo Verde, Czech
Republic, Djibouti, Fiji, Micronesia (Federated States of), Gabon, Grenada, Guyana, Iceland, Kiribati, Comoros, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Saint Lucia, Lesotho, Libya, Montenegro, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Malawi, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Paraguay, Solomon Islands, Seychelles, Slovenia, Suriname, Sao Tome and Principe, Swaziland, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Vanuatu, Samoa
Under the direct supervision of the Emergency & Post-Crisis (EPC) Programme Coordinator, and the overall supervision of the Head of Programs, the incumbent will be responsible for integrating protection considerations in on-going response operations as well as contributing to the development of protection focused activities in line with IOM protection portfolio in crisis response, in IOM SLO in Ethiopia.
Core Functions / Responsibilities:
- Regularly participate in inter-agency protection fora (e.g. protection cluster or sector, child-protection sub-cluster, gender -based violence sub-cluster, Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse- PSEA- networks and relevant task forces, etc.) and monitor the protection needs of migrants, internally displaced persons and affected communities and their systematic identification, reporting and resolution particularly through specific and/or joint activities.
- Efficiently integrate protection related indicators/questions/variables into assessments conducted by IOM (DTM and others) and coordinate their analysis and treatment within IOM and other key protection actors.
- Plan and implement protection strategies in coordination with other colleagues and concerned protection actors. These could include, depending on the context, prevention and response to gender-based violence and/or other survivors of violence; prevention and response to child abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence (special attention to UASC and all children affected by forced migration); counter-human trafficking in crisis activities; humanitarian evacuations of trapped and endangered populations; protection considerations for humanitarian admission programmes and any other protection related area part of the IOM protection portfolio in crisis response.
- Coordinate the implementation of existing protection activities and contribute to the development of new ones with an eye to mobilize both financial and human resources to fill existing gaps; communicate and co-ordinate with appropriate IOM units and field offices, including with IOM regular programmes on-going in the Mission, the respective Regional Office and Headquarters (HQs) relevant counterparts.
- When needed and feasible, coordinate response to individual cases of IOM’s concern and refer or treat them as appropriate (e.g. screening, interview, counseling, referral or assistance depending on programme’s scope and implementing capacities).
- Build capacities or enhance existing ones among colleagues on both IOM protection commitments as well as international protection standards and tools (IOM’s Principles for Humanitarian Action, IASC Protection Policy, Sphere Standards, Child Protection Minimum Standards, ICRC Professional Protection Standards, GBV Standard Operating Procedures; IASC GBV Guidelines; IASC Gender Handbook; WHO Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Researching, Documenting and Monitoring Sexual Violence in Emergencies; Camp Management Toolkit etc.)
- Contribute to mainstreaming protection across all IOM crisis response interventions in line with IOM internal guidance on the issue (Please see IN-232 How to mainstream protection across IOM’s crisis response activities:https://www.iom.int/sites/default/files/our_work/DOE/humanitarian_emergencies/mainstream/IN- 232-How-to-mainstream-protection-in-IOM-crisis- esponse.pdf).
- Participate in protection focused seminars and other meetings representing the Organization at gatherings of governmental and non-governmental entities, as requested.
- Draft regular reports covering protection activities; prepare briefing, statistical/narrative reports and background information as required including specific information requested by Governments and other entities.
- Actively participate in inter-agency forums on PSEA and engage in prevention and response activities including joint complaint mechanisms.
- Perform such other duties as may be assigned.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
• Master’s degree in Law, Political or Social Sciences, Human Rights 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 the field of migration, internally displaced persons’ assistance and protection with at least 1-year experience in a crisis context as a protection officer or equivalent (specific
focus on prevention and response to gender-based violence, protection and assistance to unaccompanied and separated children, assistance and protection of most at risk groups in crisis contexts);
• Knowledge of IOM’s sectors of assistance in crisis response and key inter-agency coordination mechanisms and standards;
• Experience in liaising with governmental, diplomatic authorities, UN integrated missions, humanitarian and human rights actors as well as UN and civil society partners.
• Knowledge of the region is an advantage.
Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of French is an advantage.
• 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.
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.
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.
Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 01 October 2018 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.
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In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM only accepts online profiles duly completed.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. You can track the progress of your application on your personal application page in the IOM e-recruitment system.