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International Organzation for Migration - IOM

International Organzation for Migration - IOM


Position: National Program Officer - Protection
Job Time: Full-Time
Job Type: Permanent
Place of Work: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Posted date: 1 year ago
Application Deadline: Submition date is over

Organizational Context and Scope

Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission and direct supervision of the Emergency & Post-Crisis (EPC) Programme Coordinator in IOM Ethiopia, the incumbent will be responsible for supporting the integration of protection needs in on-going responses and operations as well as contributing to the development of protection focused activities in line with IOM protection portfolio in EPC area work by IOM in Ethiopia.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities

 1.      Assist in the implementation of the IOM EPC Protection Mainstreaming strategy/action plan in coordination with all EPC sub-units and taking into account the external Protection coordination fora and programming, to ensure that IOM EPC programme design does no harm, that staff are well trained in protection principles.

 2.      Regularly participate in inter-agency protection fora (e.g. protection cluster or sector, child-protection & gender-based violence AoRs, and relevant task forces, etc.) and monitor the protection needs of internally displaced persons and affected communities and their systematic identification, reporting, and resolution particularly through specific and/or joint activities.

 3.    Input into IOM EPC project design and implementation: efficiently integrate protection-related indicators/questions/variables into assessments conducted by IOM (DTM and others) and participate in their analysis and treatment within IOM emergency programming. This includes the design and delivery of beneficiary surveys on protection-related indicators, together with EPC M&E and programme staff, to help monitor the protection-sensitivity of IOM projects and identify areas for improvement.

 4.      Coordinate the implementation of protection mainstreaming activities and contribute to the development of new ones with an eye to mobilize both financial and human resources to fill existing gaps; communicate and coordinate with appropriate IOM units and field offices, including with IOM regular programmes on-going in EPC. This includes the supervision of protection mainstreaming staff in Sub-Offices.

 5.      Train IOM EPC staff, , on key protection topics including protection standards and tools (IOM’s Principles for Humanitarian Action, IASC Protection Policy, Sphere Standards, Child Protection Minimum Standards, ICRC Professional Protection Standards, GBV Standard Operating Procedures; IASC GBV Guidelines; IASC Gender Handbook; WHO Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Researching, Documenting and Monitoring Sexual Violence in Emergencies; Camp Management Toolkit, etc.) as well as locally specific tools such as sub-national referral pathways.

 6.    Contribute to mainstreaming protection across all IOM EPC interventions in line with IOM's internal guidance on the issue (Please see IN-232 How to mainstream protection across IOM’s crisis response activities:

 7.      Participate in protection focused seminars and other meetings with governmental and non-governmental entities, as requested. Draft regular reports covering protection mainstreaming activities; prepare briefing, statistical/narrative reports and background information as required including specific information requested by Governments and other entities.

 8.      Perform such other duties as may be assigned.


Required Qualifications and Experience


  • Master’s degree in Law, Political or Social Sciences, Human Rights or a related field from an accredited academic institution,


  • Two years of relevant professional experience (for Bachelor’s degree holders).
  • Experience in the field of humanitarian response, internally displaced persons’ assistance and protection; experience in a crisis context as a protection officer or equivalent (specific focus on prevention and response to gender-based violence, protection and assistance to unaccompanied and separated children, assistance and protection of most at-risk groups in crisis contexts);
  • Knowledge of IOM’s sectors of assistance in crisis response and key inter-agency coordination mechanisms and standards;
  • Experience in liaising with governmental, diplomatic authorities, UN integrated missions, humanitarian and human rights actors as well as UN and civil society partners.


  • Fluency in English and Amharic (oral and written) is required.
  • Working knowledge of Oromifa and/or Somali is an advantage.

 Values and Competencies

The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following values and 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 maintain high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.

Professionalism: demonstrates the ability to work in a composed, competent, and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.


Core Competencies – behavioral indicators level 3

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

  • 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.



Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

The appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment and verification of residency, visa, and authorizations by the concerned Government, where applicable.

Only candidates residing in either the country of the duty station or from a location in a neighboring country that is within commuting distance of the duty station will be considered. In all cases, a prerequisite for taking up the position is legal residency in the country of the duty station, or in the neighboring country located within commuting distance, and work permit, as applicable.