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IOM-Protection Specialist-P3-Home Based

Home Based, Home Based

I. Position Information

Position title
Position grade & duration
Duty station
Protection Specialist
Equivalent P3, 6 months
Reports directly to  Senior Protection Officer

Vacancy-specific information

Estimated start date March 1, 2021
Posting channel Internal and External

II. Organizational Context and Scope

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. With 173-member states, a further 8 states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, 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.
Throughout the past years, IOM has strengthened its institutional policies and commitments on protection in humanitarian settings. In 2016, the IOM Council approved the IOM’s Principles for Humanitarian Action. Chapter IV of the Principles is entirely dedicated to IOM’s commitments to protection.
IOM places protection at the centre of its humanitarian action[1]. Indeed, IOM is committed to the IASC Statement on the Centrality of Protection and to implementing the IASC Policy on Protection in Humanitarian Action. Thus, IOM has significantly enhanced its protection programming, whilst increasing its protection workforce and building its capacity. These efforts culminated in the 2019 elaboration of a Protection in Humanitarian Action (PiHA) framework which aims to provide the Organization with a strategic, predictable and consistent approach to protection.
Embedded in its broader approach to Protection, IOM’s interventions have been designed to reduce vulnerabilities to protection risks, including GBV and Child Protection (CP), by building the capacity of field practitioners to identify, prevent and mitigate risks; providing innovative tools to improve the management of sectoral responses and coordination of service provision in response to identified risks; enhancing operational collaboration between IOM sectors and specialized Protection, GBV and Child Protection actors; and improving the participation of women and girls affected by displacement crises. Building on knowledge and good practice, IOM launched and rolled out its Institutional Framework to address GBV in Crises (the GBViC Framework) in 2018.
Against this backdrop, IOM is looking to develop further tools, guidance and capacity building materials to provide harmonized tools to its global protection force which are adapted to the specificities of IOM programming and to the new contextual challenges faced by field practice. 

III. Responsibilities and Accountabilities

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Protection Officer of the department of operations and emergencies (DOE) at headquarters, and in liaison with selected IOM sectors and operations, the successful candidate will develop the following deliverables:
  1. In close coordination and consultation with colleagues of selected IOM sectors of intervention, update IOM's Protection Mainstreaming training package to be used in a face-to-face format as well as an online modulable format. Focusing on field-oriented and pragmatic messages targeting non-protection specialists, update the general content and exercises, integrate elements of mainstreaming CP (child protection), DI (the inclusion of diabilities), AAP (accountability to affected population), GBV (gender-based violence) and other sector specific content. Integrate interactive sessions (case studies, quizzes, group work). Integrate and adapt additional modules on Protection in Disaster, DRR and Preparedness. Include cross-references to applicable or relevant IOM guidance.
  1. Update and complement Protection trainings and adapt them to online format for e-learning, integrate all trainings and guidance materials into a toolkit and repository of materials.
  1. Where required and relevant, participate to the Global Protection Cluster (GPC), AoRs, Alliance CPHA and other relevant technical task teams to ensure the content is up to latest standards and principles.
  1. Review internal instruction and other guidance on protection mainstreaming and update or complement where relevant. Elaborate sector specific tools and field-oriented guidance on protection mainstreaming (e.g. checklists, decision trees, companion guides, etc. as appropriate), in close collaboration with relevant units and sectors of intervention.
  1. Organize pilot testing of the training and collect feedback for further adjustments. (Pilot testing can be conducted online if necessary, in adapted forms such as a series of webinars). Create dissemination and visibility materials.
  1. Updated protection mainstreaming package (powerpoint, facilitators notes, handouts, role plays, quizzes, group work and other interactive content)
  2. Update and complement protection trainings packages (powerpoint, facilitators notes, handouts, role plays, quizzes, group work and other interactive content)
  3. Online format of synthesized protection and protection mainstreaming trainings (online content including illustrations, and interactive group work, quizzes and case studies)
  4. Updated guidance and tools adapted to each thematic field or sector (number and format to be determined)
  5. Organize and co-facilitate the pilot testing of the modules of the training packages (possibly via a series of webinars), and integrate feedback to adapt the content and tools.
  1. Perform any other duties as required in support of the DOE Protection team.
Mission-specific tasks (Please write here the tasks which are not part of the referred SVN/VN above and which need to be incorporated into the VN/SVN)

IV. Required Qualifications and Experience


  • Master’s degree in law, political science, human rights, international relations, cooperation and development, humanitarian action or a related field from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience; or
  • University degree in the above fields with seven years of relevant professional experience.


  • A minimum of five years of professional experience in the humanitarian and development fields relating to migration, refugee, internal displacement, showing increasing levels of responsibility. Professional experience should include field-work in multiple duty stations. 
  • Demonstrated technical and operational expertise in the implementation of relevant protection programmes such as Protection Mainstreaming, Community-based protection, Protection analysis and assessments, Protection monitoring, Case Management, Child Protection.
  • Demonstrated experience in the elaboration of guidance and capacity building materials and the facilitation of trainings and workshops.
  • Experience working within the humanitarian protection sector, and knowledge of its architecture.
  • Experience in coordinating activities with various stakeholders both at global level and in the field.
  • Knowledge and experience on innovative technology used for humanitarian and development works.

V. Languages

(specify the required knowledge)
Fluency in English is required.
Working knowledge of French and/or Spanish is an advantage.

VI. Competencies[2]

The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following competencies:
  • Excellent facilitation skills - Ability to convey and impart knowledge and messages to varied audiences in engaging, simple and clear manner.
  • Communication – listens and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience
  • 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;
  • Creativity and Initiative – actively seeks new ways of improving programmes or services
  • Personal commitment, flexibility and ability to work effectively and harmoniously with colleagues from various cultures and professional backgrounds. 
  • Candidate must be familiar with the UN system
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Resource Mobilization - works with internal and external stakeholders to meet resource needs of IOM ( optional depending on position level)
Internals of the Organization and NMS candidates, as well as external female candidates, will be considered as first-tier candidates. This vacancy is also open to second-tier candidates.
The appointment is subject to funding confirmation.
Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.
[1] IOM’s Principles for Humanitarian Action, Chapter IV.
[2] Competencies should be drawn from the Competency Framework of the Organization.
[3] Indicate in this box if there is any differing provision of process because the position is in a specific program or to address emergency situations. For example, if donor approval is required: “The recruitment process for this vacancy will be subject to PRM review, as part of the USRAP process”.
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