Switzerland: Shelter and Settlements Support Intern – Paid Internship

By International Organization for Migration Organization: International Organization for Migration
Country: Switzerland
Closing date: 19 Oct 2018


Established in 1951, International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and 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 has played a major role in humanitarian shelter operations for many decades. IOM’s unique position as an intergovernmental organization allows it to work at scale in both natural disasters and conflict / complex contexts. In this capacity IOM works in both operations and coordination, and plays a strong role working with partners in support of national authorities. Since 2005, IOM has implemented Shelter and NFI projects in more than 40 countries.

Over the course of 2016, IOM’s Shelter and NFI programmes reached over 5.2 million individuals affected by various types of disasters, working in 52 countries overall. Additionally, IOM had a significant coordination role under both formally activated clusters and in country shelter coordination mechanisms in 24 countries. IOM also takes an active role in the Global Shelter Cluster and the shelter sector at the global level.


  1. Support the management and implementation of the shelter component of the PRM-funded program on gender-based violence risk mitigation mainstreaming, supporting the implementation of various field workshops.
  2. Support in the content development and final graphical production of tools, documents and if required audiovisual presentations relating to Shelter and Settlements.
  3. Support global capacity building efforts within shelter and settlements.
  4. Provide surge support to field staff as and when required.
  5. Support in the wider dissemination of lessons learnt from Shelter Projects 2015-2016
  6. Provide assistance in drafting project/programme proposals according to IOM and donor formats, as well as policies and tools for IOM shelter programme staff.
  7. Liaise with IOM’s field colleagues, donors and partners on relevant shelter issues, tools and initiatives.
  8. Develop best practices and lessons learned, and define platforms for the comparison of experiences and contributions to policy, innovation, and strategic thinking.
  9. Assist the shelter team in the development of humanitarian strategies and resources, including database maintenance and information management.
  10. Support the capturing, storing and sharing of humanitarian knowledge; analyse information received from IOM’s field offices.
  11. Review project proposals from field missions as part of the endorsement process when required.
  12. Generate a number of relevant documents for IOM’s field offices and Shelter Cluster stakeholders.
  13. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.


Qualifications and Experience

  • Strong and demonstrable interest in shelter and settlements in humanitarian response and recovery.

  • Advanced degree from an accredited academic institution in a field of study related to shelter and settlements, urban planning, architecture or other relevant social sciences (e.g. humanitarian affairs, development studies, political science, international relations or a related field), or the equivalent combination of humanitarian and construction related work experience in a related area.

  • Excellent analytical and drafting skills.

  • Excellent design skills, including relevant software (for example, Adobe Creative Suite), or potentially web based presentation skills.

  • Excellent communication skills in English (oral and written); good knowledge of oral and written French preferred; knowledge of other languages (e.g. Spanish, Arabic) is an asset.

  • Demonstrated expertise and prior experience in working on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) issues is an asset.

  • Personal commitment, results focused, efficiency, flexibility; ability to work effectively and harmoniously in a team.

Personal Development

The incumbent will acquire practical insights into the shelter and settlements sector and the cluster system, and will gain in-site experience working in an international multi-cultural environment, with an intergovernmental organization.


Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English; working knowledge of French, Spanish and/or Arabic is advantageous.

How to apply:

Candidates meeting the qualifications are invited to e-mail their CV with a cover letter (in PDF format and in one file) to ShelterRecruitment@iom.int, explaining their interest and suitability for the position.

ELIGIBILITY AND SELECTION: Students approaching the end of their studies and preparing a thesis, or recently graduated, who have less than two years of relevant working experience.

NOTE: Due to the high number of applications, please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.