Switzerland: Senior Labour Migration & Integration Specialist

Organization: International Organization for Migration
Country: Switzerland
Closing date: 17 Aug 2017

Position Title : Senior Labour Migration & Integration Specialist

Duty Station : Geneva, Switzerland

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 : 17 August 2017

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, Botswana, Belize, Congo, Cabo Verde, Djibouti, Micronesia (Federated States of), Gabon, Gambia, Guyana, Iceland, Comoros, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Libya, Montenegro, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Maldives, Malawi, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Seychelles, Slovenia, Suriname, El Salvador, Swaziland,

Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the

Grenadines, Vanuatu, Samoa

  1. External female candidates.


Under the direct supervision of Head, Labour Mobility and Human Development (LHD) Division, the successful candidate will be responsible for daily management of the Labour Migration (LM) Unit which is the Headquarters (HQs) institutional focal point for providing strategic policy and technical guidance to IOM field missions and partners in this thematic area, in coordination with other relevant Departments, Regional Offices and Country Offices.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Establish IOM priorities and set parameters for its strategic vision on labour migration and mobility, ethical recruitment and private sector engagement.

  2. Coordinate the work of the Labour Migration Unit by providing policy and operational guidance in labour migration governance and facilitation, migrant worker rights protection, countering labour exploitation and promotion of labour mobility, including labour market integration and ethical recruitment, in coordination with other Divisions, Departments and partners.

  3. Initiate and prepare position papers, policy briefs and other strategic and operational guidance documents, in areas of thematic expertise for the organization and partners.

  4. Keep the Organization abreast of global trends in labour migration and mobility, including ethical recruitment, labour migration facilitation schemes, and labour market responsive migration policies and programming.

  5. Support and strengthen IOM-wide expertise in labour migration and mobility governance and facilitation, labour market integration, migrant worker rights protection, countering labour exploitation and ethical recruitment; provide technical oversight to RTSs and support Regional Offices (ROs) and Missions in their efforts to build the capacities of governments and other key partners from the private sector and the civil society through training workshops and webinars, delivering targeted technical assistance for the development of effective policies and approaches on labour mobility and ethical recruitment.

  6. Initiate and develop programmes and projects in the area of thematic expertise that are of a cross-regional and global nature, including by outreaching to relevant donors and partners, in coordination with relevant divisions and departments in Headquarters and under overall coordination with the LHD Division head.

  7. Review and endorse project proposals that fall within the Unit’s purview (e.g. of cross-regional or global nature) to ensure their quality as well as their consistency with the Organization’s mandate and policies.

  8. Develop and apply appropriate monitoring tools, in coordination with RTSs, to ensure effective implementation of programmes, projects and activities.

  9. Identify good practices arising from implementation of projects, ensure recording of such in the LHD Division knowledge management and communication instruments and disseminate these to Missions, Member and Observer States, and UN and civil society and private partners.

  10. Supervise implementation of projects that are the direct responsibility of the Unit (such as the International Recruitment Integrity System (IRIS)).

  11. Support the RTSs in conducting technical review of legislation and policies, plans of action, and national training curricula in relation to the thematic area, by providing them with experience of conducting similar work in other regions and countries.

  12. Participate and represent IOM in meetings with governments, international organizations, private sector and civil society partners to set common standards and promote cooperation.

  13. Perform such other related duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Political or Social Sciences, Migration Studies, International Relations, 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.


• Operational and field experience in migration related issues;

• Demonstrated extensive practical expertise in labour migration governance and facilitation in a national institution or an international entity, in particular with focus on promoting ethical recruitment and migrant worker rights protection;

• Considerable experience and knowledge on programme management;

• Hands-on policy or government regulatory experience andor experience in labour migration governance and facilitation, or labour market integration, is a distinct advantage;

• Experience in development and delivery of knowledge and capacity-building activities; and,

• Good knowledge of MS Office applications and other IT and communication skills.


Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of French or Spanish is an advantage.

Desirable Competencies:


• Accountability – takes responsibility for action and manages constructive criticisms;

• Client Orientation – works effectively well with client and stakeholders;

• Continuous Learning – promotes continuous learning for self and others;

• Communication – listens and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience;

• Creativity and Initiative – actively seeks new ways of improving programmes or services;

• Leadership and Negotiation – develops effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders;

• Performance Management – identify ways and implement actions to improve performance of self and others;

• Planning and Organizing – plans work, anticipates risks, and sets goals within area of responsibility;

• Professionalism – displays mastery of subject matter;

• Teamwork – contributes to a collegial team environment; incorporates gender related needs, perspectives, concerns and promotes equal gender participation;

• Technological Awareness – displays awareness of relevant technological solutions;

• Resource Mobilization – works with internal and external stakeholders to meet resource needs of IOM.


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.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 17 August 2017 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

For further information, please refer to:


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.

Posting period:

From 04.08.2017 to 17.08.2017

Requisition: VN 2017/171 (P) – Senior Labour Migration Specialist (P4) – Geneva, Switzerland (55138784) Released

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