Legal Officer (Data Protection) at International Organization for Migration

Position Title : Legal Officer (Data Protection)

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 : 23 February 2022

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

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; Cuba; Curaçao; Fiji; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Libya; Luxembourg; Madagascar; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Montenegro; 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 Office of Legal Affairs (LEG) provides advice and input to the Director General (DG) and other stakeholders on all legal issues facing the Organization and their related policy implications. The objective of LEG is to ensure that the functioning of the Organization is within its mandate and in accordance with international law. LEG provides legal support to all activities and programmes of the Organization, thereby contributing to the achievement of all aspects of the IOM strategy and vision. Within LEG, LEGPS (Institutional Law and Programme Support Division) is responsible for all institutional law issues and for providing programme support. These include privileges and immunities, constitutional issues, policymaking bodies, State observership and membership applications, data protection, legal aspects of prevention of sexual abuse and exploitation (PSEA), delegation of authority, financial regulatory issues as well as any formal legal advice on organizational policies in areas of migration governance and humanitarian activities and advice on the legal aspects of IOM’s mandate and the international law, including international migration law, principles applicable to its migration activities.

Under the overall supervision of the Division Head, Institutional Law and Programme Support, Department of Legal Affairs and the direct supervision of the Senior Legal Officer, Institutional Law and Programme Support, Department of Legal Affairs, the successful candidate will provide timely, accurate advice, and ensure the functions of the Office of Legal Affairs are efficiently carried out.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Provide advice, recommendations and support for the launch of the IOM Data Protection and Privacy Programme, its continued advancement and successful completion.
  2. Provide in-house legal advice on issues relating to data protection and other areas relevant to LEGPS’ area of work.
  3. Prepare, review and approve various types of data processing agreements and other agreements relevant to LEGPS’ area of work in a timely manner, taking into account IOM’s legal status, IOM’s contract templates and the organizational policies, regulations and rules.
  4. Provide legal advice on development of policies and procedures related to data protection and other areas relevant to LEGPS’ work.
  5. Develop and conduct trainings on data protection matters and other areas relevant to LEGPS’ area of work.
  6. Review and provide comments to various organizational policies, papers and other documents related to the work of LEGPS.
  7. Conduct research on public international law and data protection matters, identifying trends and systematic issues, and assist in developing appropriate recommendations in-house.
  8. Attend internal and external meetings and conferences relevant to the LEGPS’ work, including on data protection.
  9. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Law from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience; or

• University degree in Law with seven years of relevant experience.

• Data protection certification, such as through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), an advantage.


• A total of five or seven years (depending on the education qualification, see above), of which at least three years of provision of data protection-related advice.

• The following experience will be considered an advantage:

a) Experience in the legal department of an intergovernmental organization;

b) Experience in providing legal advice on privileges and immunities of an intergovernmental organization;

c) Experience in analysing a range of legal instruments and undertaking research on a variety of legal issues, preparing comments and preliminary opinions, and drafting legal documents.


• Proven research skills;

• Knowledge of public international law, in particular law of international organizations;

• Knowledge of data protection law.


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 is an advantage.

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


1 Accredited Universities are the ones listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database


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

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 23 February 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 application.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

For further information please refer to:

Posting period:

From 10.02.2022 to 23.02.2022

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 2022 42 Legal Officer (Data Protection) (P3) Geneva, Switzerland (57406440) Released

Posting: Posting NC57406441 (57406441) ReleasedCountry




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