Position Title: Associate Protection Officer

Duty Station: Doha, Qatar

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P1

Type of Appointment: Special short-term graded, six months with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 29 March 2023

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 www.iom.int/diversity.

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; Aruba (Netherlands); Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Congo (the); Cook Islands; Curaçao; Fiji; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Madagascar; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Samoa; 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.


Under the overall supervision of IOM Qatar Chief of Mission and direct supervision of Senior Protection Coordinator (Transit Centre), the Associate Protection Officer will be based in Camp As Sayliyah, Doha Qatar under the Assistance program, and will provide administrative and project implementation assistance for the protection unit. The Associate Protection Officer will also assist with the implementation and administrative aspects of the Assistance Program (AP), which is an L3 program, including external/internal reporting, the preparation of Donor relations and communications materials, content updating on the intranet and basic Operations tasks.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Maintain up-to-date knowledge of all AP implementation of activities and goals in Camp AlSayliyah, Qatar.
  2. Communicate with AP Coordinators and organize weekly team lead meetings to help cross departmental communication between Protection and other Units.
  3. Compile and provide technical information to support the establishment, review and adaptation of protection Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and other tools for protection Unit.
  4. Collect input from Coordinators and consolidate daily reports for CAS interagency meetings.
  5. In close coordination with the Coordinators, assist the Project Development Officer (PDO) in preparing the Weekly SitReps for MEC HQ and PRM by drafting specific sections of materials.
  6. Collect, review and generate daily, weekly and monthly updates, fact sheets, and relevant surveys from Coordinators, as well as reports related to areas of interventions.
  7. Closely coordinate with the Finance Officer for the submission of the Financial Report as essential part of the Interim Report by tracking budgets, expenditures and burn rates, and collecting or generating information and data.
  8. Track monitoring activities of the protection Programme Unit.
  9. Organize the administrative and logistical requirements of the protection unit, tracking progress and completion.
  10. Support the team in the preparation of meetings by drafting portions of PowerPoint presentations and agendas, attending meetings and taking notes, as necessary.
  11. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Humanitarian Affairs, Development Studies, Political Science, Social Science, International Relations, or a related field from an accredited academic institution; or
  • University Degree in the above fields with two years of relevant professional experience.


  • Experience in programme support in the fields of CCCM, Emergency and Humanitarian Response, Disaster Management, Shelter, or other relevant areas;
  • Experience working in post-conflict/emergency zones and in high-risk environments;
  • Experience in liaising with governmental authorities, donors, national and international institutions, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, local communities in a multi-cultural setting;
  • Experience with gender and issues around gender-based violence; and,
  • Familiarity with financial and administrative management, preferably in IOM or UN agencies.


  • Good knowledge of project development, management, and evaluation concepts and procedures;
  • Excellent managerial, communication, analytical, and organizational skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including negotiation, relationship management, influencing and networking;
  • Ability to work effectively and harmoniously in a team of colleagues of varied cultural and professional backgrounds; and,
  • Good level of computer literacy.


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 (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, or Spanish).

For all applicants, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Dari and Pashto is an advantage.

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


Accredited Universities are the ones listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database (https://whed.net/home.php).

Required Competencies:

Values – all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these five values:

  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: Respects and promotes individual and cultural differences. Encourages diversity and inclusion.
  • 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.
  • Courage: Demonstrates willingness to take a stand on issues of importance.
  • Empathy: Shows compassion for others, makes people feel safe, respected and fairly treated.

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 actions 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.


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 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


via the IOM e-Recruitment system by 29 March 2023.


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: www.iom.int/recruitment

Posting period:

From 16.03.2023 to 29.03.2023

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.

Requisition: SVN 2023 62 Associate Protection Officer (P1) Doha, Qatar (58023520) Released

Posting: Posting NC58023521 (58023521) Released