Director, Protection Division

International Organization for Migration

Place Title : Director, Safety Division

Obligation Station : Geneva, Switzerland

Classification : Skilled Employees, Grade D1

Kind of Appointment : Fastened time period, one yr with risk of extension

Estimated Begin Date : As quickly as attainable

Closing Date : 08 April 2024

Established in 1951, IOM is a Associated Group of the United Nations, and because the main UN company within the subject of migration, works intently with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental companions. IOM is devoted to selling humane and orderly migration for the advantage of all. It does so by offering providers and recommendation to governments and migrants.

IOM is dedicated to a various and inclusive work setting. Learn extra about range and inclusion at IOM at

Purposes are welcome from first- and second-tier candidates, notably certified feminine candidates in addition to purposes from the non-represented member international locations of IOM. For all IOM vacancies, purposes from certified and eligible first-tier candidates are thought of earlier than these of certified and eligible second-tier candidates within the choice course of.

For the aim of this emptiness, the next are thought of first-tier candidates:

  1. Inner candidates
  2. Exterior feminine candidates:
  3. Candidate from the next non-represented member states:

Antigua and Barbuda; Barbados; Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Congo (the); Cook dinner Islands; Dominica; Fiji; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Holy See; Iceland; Kiribati; Lao Individuals’s Democratic Republic (the); Madagascar; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Solomon Islands; Suriname; The Bahamas; Tonga; Tuvalu; Uzbekistan; Vanuatu

Second tier candidates embrace:

All exterior candidates, besides candidates from non-represented member states of IOM and feminine candidates.


Beneath the general supervision of the Director Basic and direct supervision of the Deputy Director Basic for Operations, the Director, Safety Division is liable for main on the Group’s overarching targets on safety according to the next targets of the brand new IOM’s Strategic Plan:

  • Goal 1: Saving lives and defending individuals on the transfer;
  • Goal 2: Driving options to displacement; and,
  • Goal 3: Facilitating pathways for normal migration.

The Safety Division ensures that safety is a cross-cutting precedence of the Strategic Plan as an enabler of Goal 3 for facilitating pathways for normal migration and that IOM adheres to the best requirements of safety mainstreaming, and accountability to affected populations throughout its operations and programmes.

In keeping with the Inter-Company Standing Committee (IASC) definition and Principals’ assertion on the Centrality of Safety in Humanitarian Motion, IOM is dedicated to putting safety on the core of all its actions, and work with companions and stakeholders in direction of widespread safety outcomes. The Safety Division helps this dedication by offering strategic steerage, technical assist, capability constructing and coordination on safety points, each internally and externally.

The Safety Division additionally oversee specialised safety providers alongside the migration journey embedding a “resolution lens from the beginning”, corresponding to youngster safety measures, actions to mitigate the danger of and reply to gender-based violence and human trafficking, and psychological well being psychosocial assist (MHPSS). Particular interventions additionally embrace search and rescue, options to immigration detention; incapacity inclusion in addition to supporting moral recruitment, social safety thereby facilitating multistake holder safety of migrant employees and linking to alternatives for Secure, Orderly and Common migration can even be strengthened.

The Safety Division additionally promotes gender equality, the empowerment of girls and ladies, and variety in all settings, protected and safe assortment of intercourse, gender, age, ethnicity, and incapacity associated knowledge the place related, and maintain proof as central to inclusive and accountable humanitarian and growth programming to affected populations (AAP). Particularly, the Safety Division will assist the dedication to gender equality and the empowerment of girls and ladies, and to the implementation of the United Nations System-wide Motion Plan on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Girls (UN-SWAP).

Core Capabilities / Tasks:

  1. Present strategic path, substantive inputs, and steerage to the Safety Division, according to IOM’s Strategic Plan, imaginative and prescient, mission, and values.
  2. Implement IOM’s World Safety Technique, insurance policies, and requirements, and guarantee their alignment with worldwide humanitarian and human rights regulation and greatest practices.
  3. Direct, facilitate and develop holistic approaches to safety and options, drawing on improved community-based responses and on better information and nearer work with Internally Displaced Individuals, migrants, refugee, and host communities.
  4. Develop institutional positioning, modern insurance policies, and steerage for the safety of migrants and displaced individuals and cross-cutting theme (AAP, Gender, and Variety) whereas guaranteeing alignment with world requirements.
  5. Increase partnerships and promote IOM’s visibility together with via IASC illustration, Name to Motion on Safety, Grand Discount Workstreams, UN businesses and different networks concerning safety for migrants and IDPs and facilitate sustainable options.
  6. Direct and lead IOM’s commitments on Safety and Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) framework and techniques, the Human Rights together with Human Rights Due Diligence Coverage and Operational Framework, and entry to protection-sensitive pathways and empowerment for migrants of all gender and variety teams via the COMPASS initiative (Cooperation on Migration and Partnerships to Obtain Sustainable Options initiative).
  7. Strengthen assist on specialised safety providers for migrants and IDPs specialised safety providers alongside the migration journey embedding a “resolution lens from the beginning”, corresponding to youngster safety measures, actions to mitigate the danger of and reply to gender-based violence and human trafficking, and psychological well being psychosocial assist (MHPSS)
  8. Keep abreast of key developments associated to Grave Violations of Human Rights in opposition to Migrants and advise senior management on the plan of action.
  9. Improve visibility and lift the profile of IOM’s work as a reputable safety actor with robust illustration in World Fora with Member States, notably the Standing Committee on Programme and Finance and IOM’s Council.
  10. Lead and handle the safety employees and groups, and guarantee their capability constructing, efficiency administration, and well-being.
  11. Liaise and coordinate with IOM’s safety companions, and promote the rules of partnership, accountability, and complementarity.
  12. Foster and strengthen collaboration and coordination with different Divisions and stakeholders, corresponding to operations, advocacy, communication, and fundraising, and make sure the integration of safety throughout our applications and actions.
  13. Characterize IOM in numerous boards and platforms, and advocate for the safety of weak and marginalized teams, and for the respect of their rights and dignity.
  14. Monitor and consider the standard and impression of IOM’s safety work and guarantee studying and innovation in safety.
  15. Handle the Safety Division’s finances and assets and guarantee accountability and transparency.
  16. Carry out such different duties as could also be assigned.

Required {Qualifications} and Expertise:


  • Grasp’s diploma in Worldwide Human Rights Legislation, Political Science, Social Science, or a associated subject from an accredited educational establishment with fifteen years of related skilled expertise.


  • A minimum of fifteen years of expertise in humanitarian and human rights work, with a deal with safety points corresponding to gender-based violence, youngster safety, and displacement, together with seven years in managerial capability; and,
  • Expertise in working in numerous areas and contexts, and in main and managing safety groups and tasks for numerous organizations.


  • Glorious information of worldwide humanitarian and human rights regulation and requirements, and of safety rules and approaches;
  • Robust management and administration abilities, and the power to encourage and encourage others;
  • Glorious communication and interpersonal abilities, and the power to work successfully with various stakeholders;
  • Articulate and possess robust advocacy and public talking abilities; and,
  • Robust analytical and problem-solving abilities, and the power to assume strategically and creatively.


IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish. All employees members are required to be fluent in one of many three languages.

For this place, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working information of one other official UN language (Arabic, Chinese language, French, Russian, and Spanish) is a bonus.

Proficiency of language(s) required can be particularly evaluated through the choice course of, which can embrace written and/or oral assessments.


Accredited Universities are those listed within the UNESCO World Larger Schooling Database (

Required Competencies:

Values – all IOM employees members should abide by and display these 5 values:

  • Inclusion and respect for range: Respects and promotes particular person and cultural variations. Encourages range and inclusion.
  • Integrity and transparency: Maintains excessive moral requirements and acts in a fashion in line with organizational rules/guidelines and requirements of conduct.
  • Professionalism: Demonstrates means to work in a composed, competent and dedicated method and workout routines cautious judgment in assembly day-to-day challenges.
  • Braveness: Demonstrates willingness to take a stand on problems with significance.
  • Empathy: Exhibits compassion for others, makes individuals really feel protected, revered and pretty handled.

Core Competencies – behavioural indicators stage 3

  • Teamwork: Develops and promotes efficient collaboration inside and throughout items to realize shared targets and optimize outcomes.
  • Delivering outcomes: Produces and delivers high quality ends in a service-oriented and well timed method. Is motion oriented and dedicated to reaching agreed outcomes.
  • Managing and sharing information: Constantly seeks to study, share information and innovate.
  • Accountability: Takes possession for reaching the Group’s priorities and assumes duty for personal actions and delegated work.
  • Communication: Encourages and contributes to clear and open communication. Explains advanced issues in an informative, inspiring and motivational method.

Managerial Competencies – behavioural indicators stage 3

  • Management: Gives a transparent sense of path, leads by instance and demonstrates the power to hold out the Group’s imaginative and prescient. Assists others to appreciate and develop their management {and professional} potential.
  • Empowering others: Creates an enabling setting the place employees can contribute their greatest and develop their potential.
  • Constructing Belief: Promotes shared values and creates an environment of belief and honesty.
  • Strategic considering and imaginative and prescient: Works strategically to appreciate the Group’s targets and communicates a transparent strategic path.
  • Humility: Leads with humility and reveals openness to acknowledging personal shortcomings.

IOM’s competency framework might be discovered at this hyperlink.

Competencies can be assessed throughout a competency-based interview.


Internationally recruited skilled employees are required to be cell.

Any provide made to the candidate in relation to this emptiness discover is topic to funding affirmation.

This choice course of could also be used to employees comparable positions in numerous responsibility stations. Beneficial candidates endorsed by the Appointments and Postings Board will stay eligible to be appointed in an analogous place for a interval of 24 months.

The listing of NMS international locations above consists of all IOM Member States that are non-represented within the Skilled Class of employees members.

Appointment can be topic to certification that the candidate is medically match for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa necessities, and background verification and safety clearances. Topic to sure exemptions, vaccination in opposition to COVID-19 will in precept be required for people employed on or after 15 November 2021. This can be verified as a part of the medical clearance course of.

Vacancies shut at 23:59 native time Geneva, Switzerland on the respective cut-off date. No late purposes can be accepted.

Find out how to apply

To use, candidates are invited to submit their purposes HERE through the IOM e-Recruitment system by 08 April 2024.

IOM solely accepts duly accomplished purposes submitted via the IOM e-Recruitment system. The net instrument additionally permits candidates to trace the standing of their utility.

Solely shortlisted candidates can be contacted.

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Posting interval:

From 26.03.2024 to 08.04.2024

No Charges:

IOM doesn’t cost a payment at any stage of its recruitment course of (utility, interview, processing, coaching or different payment). IOM doesn’t request any data associated to financial institution accounts.

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