JPO – Project Officer (Immigration and Visas) (for Dutch nationals only)

International Organization for Migration

Position Title: JPO – Project Officer (Immigration and Visas) (for Dutch nationals only)

Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P2

Type of Appointment: JPO, One year with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 14 September 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.


Within the Department of Programme Support and Migration Management (DPSMM), Immigration and Border Management (IBM) Division, the Immigration and Visas (IV) Unit provides, at the request of and in agreement with Member States, admission, consular and regularization policy guidance and technical and operational solutions as well as advice and technical solutions on readmission cooperation. The work of the unit focusses on facilitating safe, regular and orderly migration through the provision of migration services and policy support, in alignment with the IOM Constitution.

Under the direct supervision of Head of the IV Unit and in close coordination with the Team members of the Unit, the successful candidate will provide cross-cutting support to the IV Unit’s policy and project development efforts and technical support to programmes.

The successful candidate will assist in developing the IV Unit’s programme strategy and analysing strategic initiatives; provide policy and technical project support to the programme’s project portfolio; support project development efforts; and contribute to furthering IV’s thought leadership with respect to developments in the visa and readmission policy field, along with other tasks as needed. The successful candidate may also be called upon to support IBM wide activities, and cross-Division engagement.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Support the Head of IV Unit in the formulation and analysis of strategic initiatives in support of enhanced operational effectiveness, new projects, and partnership opportunities, with a focus on leveraging innovative solutions and technologies in the field of regular migration.
  2. Assist in overseeing the daily activities of the global projects managed from HQ, helping to ensure efficient operations and adherence to donor requirements.
  3. Support Head of Unit in streamlining readmission capacity-development guidance and implementation support with concerned parties in HQ, ROs and COs.
  4. Support in the planning, design and delivery of project activities across the unit’s project portfolio, liaising with internal and external stakeholders as needed.
  5. Assist with project monitoring, promoting good project governance and enhanced collaboration, reviewing reports and operational updates, and taking corrective measures, when necessary, in coordination with Unit management.
  6. In close coordination with the Head of Unit and in support of relevant regional and country offices, support the development of strong working relationships with relevant government entities such as foreign affairs ministries, immigration departments and the procurement agencies of Member States, with the aim of securing new immigration and visas; regularization and readmission related project opportunities.
  7. Support the drafting of project proposals building upon the institutional capacity to process migrants, enrol biometrics, and support the development of innovative new case management tools, amongst other solutions.
  8. Oversee the alignment of immigration and visa, regularization and read mission related projects with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, focusing on the targets and indicators in support of safe, orderly and regular migration (10.7).
  9. Draft tools that comprise visa policy toolkits and consular manuals, along with information and guidance materials for both internal and external use in conjunction with IOM Immigration and Border Management Specialists and other relevant divisions.
  10. Undertake duty travel to perform field-based immigration and visa and read mission related project assessments, provide project management support, or assist with project development, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation tasks, as required.
  11. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Coaching and learning elements

As an integral part of the IBM IV Unit, the Junior Professional Officer will:

  • Gain experience in a UN Organization, including management and international activities, as well as understanding the dynamics of regional and international migration initiatives.
  • Enhance project management and analytical skills in the context of global programmes and initiatives.
  • Participate in the development of programs, projects, trainings and workshops related to different migration areas.
  • Gain experience in migration policies of the region and of relevant migration governance strategies and responses.
  • Gain experience in working with governmental, non-governmental and United Nations institutions.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in International (Human Rights) Law; International Relations, Political or Social Sciences, Migration, Business Administration, or a related field from an accredited academic institution with minimum two years and maximum four years of relevant professional experience; with the legal degree being a distinct advantage.


  • Working experience within the UN system should not exceed 50% of the relevant workingexperience;
  • All paid full-time work experience after obtaining a Bachelor’s degree will/can be considered;
  • Experience in project management and operations;
  • Experience in working for or with government authorities in any of immigration related fields;• Experience and capacity to conduct legal analysis and produce policy and legal content documents;
  • Experience conducting analysis and formulating recommendations;
  • Some experience working in complex, multi-stakeholder environments;
  • Experience in conceptualizing and developing projects or programmes;
  • Experience conducting research;
  • Experience in the field of visas and readmission is an advantage.


  • Advanced English writing and communication skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Proven ability to collect, analyse, and synthesize data across multiple sources;
  • Excellent research and analytical skills;
  • Strong interpersonal, and presentation skills;
  • Advanced proficiency with full Microsoft Office Suite; knowledge of other analytical or projectmanagement tools is a plus.


IOM’s official languages are English, French and Spanish.

For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of French and/or Arabic 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.


This post is opened in the context of the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) scheme sponsored by the Government of the Netherlands and is addressed exclusively to PEOPLE WITH THE DUTCH NATIONALITY.

For criteria visit the website of Nedworc Foundation. Junior Professional Officer Programme Nedworc Foundation: Please read the criteria and FAQ section carefully before considering applying.

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

Required Competencies:

The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate the following values and competencies:


  • 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. For this staff category, candidates who are nationals of the duty station’s country cannot be considered eligible.
  • The appointment is subject to funding confirmation.
  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment 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 HERE, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 14 September 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:

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: JPO 2022 07 (P) – JPO – Project Officer (Immigration and Visas) (for Dutch nationals only) Geneva, Switzerland (57571360) Released

Posting: Posting NC57571361 (57571361) Released

Closing date: 9/14/2022