Project Officer (Protection) at International Organization for Migration

Position Title : Project Officer (Protection)

Duty Station : Djibouti, Djibouti

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 : 02 March 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.


Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission and the direct supervision of the Project Manager in Djibouti, the Project Officer (Protection) will be responsible for coordinating and implementing Protection-related project activities. They will facilitate the mainstreaming of Protection within IOM’s programmes in Djibouti and the strengthening of protection services within the Migrant Response Centre (MRC) in Obock. The Project Officer (Protection) is funded in the framework of the durable solutions for host communities, refugees and vulnerable migrants project funded by the European Union.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Coordinate and ensure the implementation and monitoring of protection-related activities in Djibouti, in close cooperation with relevant government and non-government stakeholders and IOM staff. Monitor operational and administrative aspects in close coordination with the programme manager.
  2. Provide technical support and guidance for the implementation of core protection activities such as protection assessments, protection monitoring, and case management (Gender Based Violence trafficking in persons, child protection).
  3. Work to integrate Protection with Mental Health and Psychosocial Support, Operations, Displacement Tracking Matrix and Health teams.
  4. Support capacity building activities by participating in training sessions in areas including Protection against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, counter-trafficking, protection mainstreaming, child protection, and case management for IOM staff, government, and non-government counterparts in Obock and Djibouti-city.
  5. Support the technical supervision and monitoring of protection activities at the MRC and ensure that they are implemented in line with IOM policies and procedures and other thematic established standards as applicable.
  6. Review and/or provide technical inputs for the development of relevant Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to be used at the MRC and for IOM partners if relevant. A particular focus should be given to case-management.
  7. In close cooperation and coordination with the MRC and protection staff, support the MRC in the management of a proper documentation, filing and registration system based on protection concerns and needs of beneficiaries.
  8. Provide technical inputs for the development of specific Protection activities targeting unaccompanied children in line with existing national child protection processes and in close coordination with government agencies.
  9. Review and recommend the reinforcement of existing referral pathways and coordination mechanisms and check that migrants’ needs are included both in Obock and the capital.
  10. Maintain relationships with national and international, governmental, and non-governmental partners and counterparts relevant for the implementation of the protection activities.
  11. Participate in relevant protection meetings and work closely with government agencies working on child protection, counter-trafficking, etc.
  12. Supervise project support staff recruited within the Migrant Protection and Assistance (MPA) unit to undertake specific activities and assist in building relevant internal capacities.
  13. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Social Science, International Relations, Regional Studies or a related field from an accredited academic institution and two years of relevant professional experience; or

• University degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional experience.


• Experience in case management and protection matters (counter-trafficking, child protection);

• Experience working in international organizations and the humanitarian community;

• Experience in working with child protection issues is preferred;

• Work experience in Africa is an advantage.


• Excellent and good communication, negotiation, and report writing skills, with ability to effectively communicate with a team;

• Effective resource management skills and strategic and creative thinking; and

• Excellent computer skills.


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 and French is required (oral and written).

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.

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 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, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 02 March 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 17.02.2022 to 02.03.2022

No Fees:

IOM does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview,

processing, training or other fee). 10M does not request any information related to bank accounts.

Requisition: VN 2022 46 Project Officer (Protection) (P2) Djibouti City, Djibouti (57422195) Released

Posting: Posting NC57422196 (57422196) Released

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