Position Title: Policy Officer (Gender and Diversity)

Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P3

Type of Appointment: Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 02 February 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; 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 Gender and Diversity Coordination Unit aims to ensure that considerations of Gender, Diversity and Social Inclusion are mainstreamed in IOM policies and programmes through the provision of technical guidance, raising awareness on gender equality and diversity inclusion and building the capacity of IOM workforce to be better equipped to incorporate such perspectives to prevent perpetuating existing inequality and discrimination in their everyday work.

Under the direct supervision of the Head, Gender and Diversity Unit and in close coordination with the Gender Specialist and the Senior Diversity Equity and Inclusion Specialist, the Policy Officer (Gender and Diversity) will be responsible for the research and development of Gender and Diversity policies and strategies, providing advice on integration of gender and diversity consideration into IOM policies and institutional documents, and substantively supporting the unit in achieving its workplan.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Prepare policies, procedures and guidelines on Gender and Diversity matters.
  2. Research, assess and keep abreast of best practices and trends on gender and diversity issues, including in the private sector, other inter-governmental and international organization.
  3. Evaluate existing policies and strategic frameworks, particularly those related to migration, gender and diversity, and propose strategic changes in accordance with identified best practices.
  4. Substantively support continuous dissemination, awareness raising, capacity building efforts, and tools to strengthen knowledge of and adherence to, IOM’s Policies and guidance on Diversity, Equality and Inclusion, particularly the IOM Gender Equality Policy.
  5. Enhance an organization-wide understanding of IOM’s approach to gender and diversity considerations that are comprehensive and principled, aligned to the strategic vision and IOM’s global commitments.
  6. Develop training and communication materials on gender and diversity issues, tailoring messages and visuals based on the target audience and the selected platform/medium.
  7. Support the Head of Gender and Diversity Unit to strategically engage with interagency partners and forums on gender equality and diversity inclusion issues.
  8. Initiate and strengthen liaison with relevant HQ departments/units and country missions on gender equality and diversity inclusion issues and policies.
  9. Draft and/or prepare inputs for position papers and reports for presentation to IOM SeniorManagement, Member States and Inter-Agency fora.
  10. Represent IOM in working groups, meetings, conferences, consultations with other agencies and partners on gender and diversity matters.
  11. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Public Policy, Business Administration, International Relations, Law 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 with gender equality, diversity inclusion and migration issues;
  • Experience in coordinating with entities across the UN system on gender, diversity and/or social inclusion topics;
  • Demonstrated experience in the development of policy documents, background papers, strategy documents, etc., related to the thematic area of gender and diversity;
  • Strong analytical thinking and work experience in change management.


  • Familiarity with global frameworks on Gender and Diversity such as UNSWAP and UNDIS a distinct advantage;
  • Skills in report drafting, data analysis and interpretation required. Ability to convene, consulting with diverse stakeholders and summarizing feedback are critical.


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 either French, Spanish or Arabic 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 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.


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. 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

To apply, interested applicants are invited to submit their applications HERE via the IOM e-Recruitment system by 02 February 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 20.01.2023 to 02.02.2023

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: VN 2023 12 Policy Officer (Gender and Diversity) (P3) Geneva, Switzerland (57935142) Released

Posting: Posting NC57935143 (57935143) Released