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IOM-CT in Crisis specialist -P3-Port of Spain, Trinidad

Port of Spain, __
Duration 1 May 2020 – 31 August 2020  
II. Background    
Established in 1951, IOM is leading inter-governmental organization providing services to governments and migrants in the field of migration. With 173 member states and offices in more than 100 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all.  
As of October 2019, approximately 4.5 million people have fled from Venezuela as a result of the political and socio-economic turmoil. Given the large number of arrivals, largely into Venezuela’s neighbouring countries, national capacities have been overburdened and unable to adequately meet the needs of the refugees and migrants. In such a situation, many migrants find themselves in situations of vulnerability and at risk of exploitation, abuse or trafficking in persons, particularly children, and women and other groups who undertake these journeys from Venezuela, given the insecurity, lack of infrastructure, breakdown of social structures, change in gender roles, limited access to economic opportunities and proliferation of trafficking and smuggling networks.  
IOM pursues top-down and bottom-up approaches to integrate counter-trafficking (CT) activities in humanitarian responses so that victims of trafficking receive assistance and risks to potential victims are stymied. CT initiatives by IOM in humanitarian settings include specialized tools for the humanitarian community and IOM staff, data analysis and research, collaborating with partners to identify and assist victims of trafficking, advocating among the humanitarian and donor community about trafficking networks that deliberately target crisis-affected men, women, boys and girls who are suffering and desperate for a respite, a livelihood, and a way out of the upheaval.
The successful candidate will undertake all necessary tasks to support IOM Trinidad to enhance protection and assistance for victims of trafficking in Trinidad and Tobago.
She/he will work under the direct supervision of the IOM Head of Office, in close collaboration with the Venezuela Response regional protection team based in Panama, and the IOM MPA RTS based in Costa Rica.  
III. Responsibilities and Accountabilities  
The successful candidate will be responsible to:
  • Provide ongoing support to the IOM Migrant Protection team at IOM Trinidad providing direct assistance to victims of trafficking, towards strengthening and improving the assistance provided (case management system, data management, conducting psychosocial activities, monitoring, etc.)
  • Activities to expand referral options for victims of trafficking in Trinidad and Tobago to enhance options for life skills training, livelihood options, and other key support to help survivors be less dependent upon the IOM assistance, particularly Venezuelan survivors who must remain in the country for long periods – this will include outreach with partners in the government, civil society, and the UN, training of non-specialized partners on human trafficking, and other actions
  • Targeted actions to expand integration opportunities for IOM beneficiaries in the country – access to social services, documentation, legal work permits, education, health, language classes, skill certifications, etc. – through the identification and analysis of barriers, consultations and outreach with governmental partners, and the development of proposals to further address these needs in dedicated future proposals
  • Development of a proposal to expand / establish CT specific safe shelter options (e.g., establishing safe houses) and related fund-raising in close collaboration with the MPA RTS and HOO, including relevant consultations    
  • Support the HOO in ongoing liaison with the CT Unit and other key CT partners and donors to help identify needs and as part of ongoing advocacy for future funding
  • Support in ongoing internal communication between the national counter-trafficking response efforts supported by IOM and the R4V platform response and specialists, in close coordination with the MPA RTS
  • Any other tasks as required
IV. Required Qualifications and Experience  


  • Master’s degree in humanitarian affairs, development studies, political sciences, gender studies or other relevant fields from an accredited academic institution with 5 years of relevant professional experience; or
  • University degree in the above fields with 7 years of relevant professional experience.


  • Extensive experience working with victims of human trafficking (in humanitarian settings a plus)
  • Experience in working with case managers, service providers and governmental counterparts involved in child protection, GBV, and TIP responses
  • Solid knowledge of Protection/GBV/CT coordination mechanisms;
  • Experience providing technical guidance, capacity building and/or mentoring on protection/GBV/CT principles and approaches.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish working relationships with governmental authorities, other national/international institutions and NGOs;
  • Strong planning, coordination and people management skills;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including ability to work in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Demonstrated analytical, writing and reporting skills;


V. Languages  

(specify the required KNOWLEDGE)                                        Advantageous

Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
Knowledge of SPANISH is considered an asset.  
VI. Competencies    
The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following values and competencies:
  • Inclusion and respect for diversity – respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
  • Integrity and transparency – maintain 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):
  • 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):
  • 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 and 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 meet the agencies goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.


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