Regional Policy and Liaison Support Officer

Position Title : Regional Policy and Liaison Support Officer

Duty Station : Pretoria, South Africa

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 : 11 June 2020

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. Candidates from the following non-represented member states: Antigua and Barbuda; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Cook Islands; Cuba; Djibouti; Fiji; Gabon; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Libya; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Montenegro; Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Papua New Guinea; 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.


The IOM Regional Office for Southern Africa is located in Pretoria, South Africa, and supports

15 countries in the region, 14 of which have IOM offices.

IOM’s work in Southern Africa is aimed at helping Member States in the region address a broad range of migration issues, not only in Southern Africa, but globally, through projects providing direct assistance to migrants and building the capacity of governments to better manage migration. IOM Regional Office in Southern Africa also serves as an organizational focal point for regional bodies such as Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Southern African Development Community (SADC), Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), Pan-African Parliament (PAP), New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), etc.

Under the overall supervision of the Regional Director (RD) and direct supervision of the Regional Policy and Liaison Officer (RPLO), in coordination with relevant units within the Regional Office (RO) and Country Offices (CO), and Headquarters (HQ), the successful candidate will provide backstopping assistance for IOM’s engagement with the UN both at the national and regional levels and assistance to support advocacy, policy and strategic engagements with governments and other partners in coordination with Chief of Missions (CoMs) and Head of Offices (HoOs).

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. In close collaboration with the RPLO, assist in providing coordinated support and guidance to COs on issues related to their engagement with the UN system, notably to those participating in the development of Common Country Analysis (CCAs) and UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks (UNSDCFs).
  2. Support the activities of the Regional and National components of the UN Migration Network by facilitating internal cross-sectoral coordination involving the RO, COs, IOM HQ and other entities.
  3. Support other activities related to Global Compact for Migration (GCM) implementation at the regional and national levels in Southern Africa; draft and disseminate summaries and updates related to the GCM among COs as needed.
  4. Assist with the preparations of key high-level regional events including Regional Consultative Process (RCPs), such as the Migration Dialogue for Southern Africa (MIDSA) meeting, the Regional COM / HOOs strategic Planning Retreat, etc.
  5. Undertake focused research on issues relating to migration policy trends to support preparations of policy briefs, talking points, presentations and other advocacy materials. Similarly, in collaboration with relevant colleagues, coordinate talking points, presentations and other written materials to support the senior management team’s engagement with external partners.
  6. Support RO Pretoria’s engagement with Regional bodies, namely COMESA, SADC, IOC, PAP, NEPAD, African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), etc.
  7. Support the Office of the RD in compiling and updating activity profiles of COs in view to facilitate effective engagement with governments and other development partners.
  8. Assist with the implementation of regional programmes such as the African Regional Migration Program (ARMP), Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), etc. on issues and activities relating to policy and advocacy in creating enabling environment to address socio-cultural norms and policy reforms and the timely dissemination of data and information to governments, member states and partners.
  9. Participate in various inter-agency and inter-governmental platforms at the regional and continental levels as needed and contribute to the strategic engagement of IOM in these processes.
  10. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Political Science, International Relations, Law, Migration studies or a related field from an accredited academic institution1 with two years of relevant professional experience; or

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


• Solid experience working with the UN system at the country level and familiarity with United

Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF)/UNSDCF processes;

• Experience in working with IOM or other UN agencies is desirable;

• Experience in planning and organizing high level events, workshops and trainings;

• Experience liaising with governmental authorities, other national/ international institutions and

Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) is an advantage.


• Demonstrated drafting skills;

• Good understanding of regional migration trends and dynamics.


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

For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of French, Spanish and/or Portuguese is an advantage.


1 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 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.

IOM’s competency framework can be found at this link. df

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.

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 11 June 2020 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 29.05.2020 to 11.06.2020

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.

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