Position Title: Programme Officer (Peace and Security)

Duty Station: New York, United States of America

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P2

Type of Appointment: Fixed term, one year 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.


The IOM Office to the United Nations (NYO) is tasked with maintaining and strengthening IOM’s relations with the United Nations (UN), diplomatic Missions, and non-governmental organizations, including through contributing to improving an overall understanding of migration issues, facilitating international policy dialogues on migration, and representing IOM and migration issues in conferences, meetings, and seminars. The NYO contributes to improving an understanding of IOM’s mandate and actions by engaging relevant governmental, UN and Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) stakeholders, in accordance with the IOM constitution, the IOM Strategy adopted in 2007 and relevant Council deliberations and resolutions.

Under the overall supervision of the Deputy Director of the NYO Office and the direct supervision of the Senior Policy and Programmes Officer (Peace and Security) in the Migration and Sustaining Peace Team, the Programme Officer (Peace and Security) will carry out substantive and administrative functions related to the core activities of the peace and security portfolio, in particular, supporting the Office’s efforts to strengthen institutional capacity to engage with the Peace and Security by covering files related to Prevention of Violent Extremism, Counterterrorism, Youth Peace and Security, Women Peace and Security as well as various country specific files. This will include a broad range of liaison, technical and representational tasks.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Support the Migration and Sustaining Peace Team’s efforts to strengthen IOM’s institutional capacity to honor its engagements, expand its knowledge of and support to implement UN Security Council Resolutions, UN Secretary General Agendas and other UN system wide priorities relating to Peace and Security. In particular assist with priority thematic files such as Counterterrorism, the Prevention of Violent Extremism, Youth Peace and Security, and Women Peace and Security, including through writing reports, notes for the file, supporting the development of tailored guidance for IOM Regional and Country Officers, the development of programmatic and policy documents, talking points and reports.
  2. Support the Migration and Sustaining Peace Team’s efforts to strengthen IOM’s institutional capacity to engage with the UN Peace and Security Pillar by covering priority meetings of the UN Security Council and General Assembly, as well certain geographic Integrated Task Force meetings by writing notes for the file, coordinating inputs with IOM regional and country offices, and helping to respond to information requests about IOM’s peace and security related programmes in priority countries from UN Secretariat entities and permanent representations.
  3. Contribute to identifying and developing areas of engagement for IOM on priority issues within the Peace and Security Pillar, with a focus on peace and security-related policies and processes, including by keeping abreast of UNSC, DPPA-DPO, Peacekeeping Operations, and Special Political Missions developments and UNSC member states positions and priorities.
  4. Participate in and report on other UN meetings, UN inter-agency mechanisms and meetings of interest to IOM’s peace and security portfolio, such as the General Assembly, the Peacebuilding Commission, the Special Committee for Peacekeeping Policy (C34), the Commission on the Status of Women, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), etc., as well as events sponsored by New York based, think tanks and foundations covering issues related to UN Peace and Security.
  5. Contribute to IOM policy discussions, with a focus on peace and security- related policies and processes, including providing technical inputs to internal documents, discussions, and processes in coordination with the IOM Headquarters (HQ), and relevant Regional Office (ROs) and Country Office (COs).
  6. Support the organization and knowledge management of the overall Migration and SustainingPeace Team, in close collaboration with other teams in the NYO and HQ, to ensure that resource mobilization data bases are up to date (e.g. PBF and TFHS) and that best practices and lessons learned are captured, and key documents are archived for reference.
  7. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


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


  • Experience in liaising with governmental representatives, diplomatic authorities, civil society organizations and UN entities;
  • Experience working in a multilateral system, preferable UN context, along with familiarity with the UN system and its main organs – including its agencies, funds and programmes;
  • Experience in the general area of migration, development, humanitarian crises – with a focus on peace and security-related matters;
  • Experience in organizing webinars/events in coordination with UN partners and demonstrable;
  • Experience in preparing presentations and a wide range of external outreach material.
  • Experience with strategic planning, coordination; drafting research and policy analysis;
  • Experience in knowledge management


  • Excellent knowledge of the broad range of migration related subject areas dealt with by the Organization, particularly forced and conflict-induced migration;
  • Excellent knowledge of the UN and bilateral donor programming, particularly the PeacebuildingFund and Trust Fund for Human Security;
  • Excellent knowledge of the key UN policies and resolutions related to Peace and Security, including the Secretary-General’s Sustaining Peace Agenda;
  • Knowledge of IOM guidance and policies related to Peace and Security, including on conflict sensitivity;
  • Advanced ability to draft research, analysis, and policy documents for diverse audiences.
  • Ability to work effectively and harmoniously within a team of colleagues from varies cultures and professional backgrounds.
  • Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan.


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 or Spanish 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.

Managerial Competencies – behavioural 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 leadership and professional potential.
  • Empowering others: Creates an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.
  • Building Trust: Promotes shared values and creates an atmosphere of trust and honesty.
  • Strategic thinking and vision: Works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.
  • Humility: Leads with humility and shows openness to acknowledging own shortcomings.

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 and who do not have prior experience outside the duty station’s country as staff member in the Professional category 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 PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 29 March 2023 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 application.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

For further information please refer to: www.iom.int/recruitment

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.

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