Policy Programming Officer

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
International Organization for Migration (IOM) – Ethiopia

Policy Programming Officer at IOM

Application Deadline: August, 10/2022

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) Special Liaison Office (SLO) to the African Union Commission (AUC) and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), has for the last two decades partnered with the AUC in addressing mutual priorities on migration in Africa. Both organizations advocate the role of migration in the continent’s development and integration agenda, and the subsequent need to enhance migration governance for safer, more orderly, and humane migration practices. In this regard, IOM works closely with various AUC departments, including Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development (HHS), Political Affairs, Peace and Security (PAPS), Economic Development, Trade, Industry and Mining (ETIM) and Citizens and Diaspora, among others, for the evolution and advancement of migration discourse and strategic policy development and programming for the Continent.


Since 2016, IOM has been collaborating with the AUC on its continent-wide initiative to facilitate free movement of persons in Africa, particularly through the popularization of the Protocol to the Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community Relating to the Free Movement of Persons, Right of Residence – also known as the Free Movement of Persons Protocol (FMP).


The FMP was adopted in 2018 with 32 Member State signatories and is defined as “the right of nationals of a Member State to enter, move freely and reside in another Member State in accordance with the laws of the host Member State and to exit the host Member State in accordance with the laws and procedures for existing that Member State”.


Under the overall supervision of the Director IOM Special Liaison Office Addis Ababa and direct supervision of the Migration Policy Officer (Project Support); as well as the technical supervision of the Head of the Division for Humanitarian Affairs, Division of the African Union Commission’s (AUC) Department of Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development (HHS) and Senior Programme Officer (FMP), the Policy Programming Officer (Free Movement of Persons Protocol (African Union)) based in the AUC, will provide assistance to IOM and the AUC in actualizing the ratification and implementation of the FMP in Africa.


They will provide programme support and monitoring of the underlying activities of the FMP project, while consistently identifying policy interventions within other regional integration frameworks, as guided by the AUC. They will further support with regular planning, tracking and evaluation of the programme.


Core Functions / Responsibilities:


1. Develop policy analysis and advice in relation to ongoing socio-political contexts within AU member states, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and the continent at large, and its impacts on the popularization, ratification process, and successful implementation of free movement of person Protocol in Africa, ensuring coherence with regional and global frameworks such as the Migration Policy Framework for Africa, the Global Compact for Migration, AU Agenda 2063, and Agenda 2030.


2. Coordinate and provide technical assistance to Member states, RECs and other relevant stakeholders towards efforts geared at ratification and implementation of the FMP.


3. Develop technical papers, including policy, background documents, reports based on evidence-based findings, and lessons learned, including establishing an ongoing learning and feedback mechanism.


4. Monitor and evaluate the progress of AUC-IOM joint project on FMP as well as MS ratification and implementation progress.


5. Assess progress on implementation, outputs, and outcomes, drafting of reports on evidence-based findings, lessons learned, reviewing, and revising project content and outputs of the joint project.


6. Build and consolidate partnerships through networking and identify relevant stakeholders to the successful realization of the project objective.


7. Review relevant policy documents conduct desk research and literature reviews, collecting and compile data from various sources that will feed into the successful implementation of the project.


8. Provide policy advice and support to the office of the FMP Special Envoy and FMP Champion as requested.


9. In close collaboration with IOM’s Special Liaison Office, provide support to the implementation of the joint IOM – AUC project on accelerating the implementation of the Free Movement of Persons Protocol, which will outline the continental and regional processes necessary to accelerate ratifications and implementation of the FMP and its roadmap.


10. Work closely with IOM/SLO on all relevant policy revisions and analyses related to the project objective, throughout the project phase.


11. Participate in regular team meetings with IOM/SLO to synergize FMP activities implemented at IOM and AUC levels, including by advising IOM how it can better support the African Union and the RECs in advancing the FMP agenda.


12. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.


Required Qualifications and Experience:




Master’s degree in Social Sciences, Political Science, Law, International Relations, Conflict Studies, Economics, Development Studies, 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.



Experience in liaising with government authorities, other national/international institutions, and NGOs;

Valid experience with research, analysis, and policy networks;

Experience in drafting research papers and briefing notes for officials of governmental institutions or intergovernmental organizations;



Extensive knowledge of migration policy planning and implementation.

Proven capacity in establishing and sustaining relationships with diverse stakeholders;

Familiarity with the African Union, African Union Commission, African Union organs and African Union Member States;

Extensive knowledge in project implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting;

Familiarity with high-level impact Monitoring and Evaluation tools;

Proven technical expertise and knowledge in regional integration, and migration, including admission and stay frameworks, and other related fields;

Ability to undertake research and strategic dialogue on issues in relation to free movement migration, immigration or similar fields;

Demonstrate effective ability to work with a diverse team, teamwork, as well as the ability to work independently;

Excellent writing and verbal communication skills;

Strong research and analytical skills;

Strong reporting and monitoring skills;

Ability to provide input into policy discussions and decisions;

Ability to interpret basic data for comprehensive analysis and policy development.



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


External applicants for all positions in the Professional category are required to be proficient in English and have at least a working knowledge of one additional UN Language (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese).


For all applicants, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of French and/or Spanish, and other AU languages (Arabic, Portuguese) is an advantage.


The proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.


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 maintain high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.


• Professionalism: demonstrates the ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.


Core Competencies – behavioral 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.

Managerial Competencies – behavioral indicators level 2


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 & 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 realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.

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




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. 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. Subject to certain exemptions, vaccination against COVID-19 will in principle be required for individuals hired on or after 15 November 2021. This will be verified as part of the medical clearance process.


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 using the below apply button, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 10 August 2022 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 applications.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted


No Fees:

IOM does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, processing, training or other fees). IOM does not request any information related to bank accounts.

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