Diversity and Inclusion Officer

from International Organization for Migration
Closing date: 23 Jan 2017

Position Title : Diversity and Inclusion Officer

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 January 2017

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and 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 environment. Applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged. For the purpose of the vacancy, the following candidates are considered as first-tier candidates:

1. Internal candidates

2. Qualified applicants from the following NMS countries:

Antigua and Barbuda, Benin, Bahamas, Botswana, Belize, Congo, Cabo Verde, Djibouti, Micronesia (Federated States of), Gabon, Gambia, Guyana, Iceland, Cambodia, Comoros, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Libya, Montenegro, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Mauritania, Maldives, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Seychelles, Slovenia, Suriname, El Salvador, Swaziland, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, United Republic of Tanzania, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Vanuatu, Samoa


As an international organization, IOM recognizes that the benefits of employing a wide range of people from different genders, backgrounds, beliefs, cultures, and ethnicities are vast – especially since IOM staff need to have the knowledge and understanding to serve their beneficiaries and Member States from around the world, effectively and with sensitivity.

An inclusive culture ensures that all staff feel valued and appreciated by their managers and the

Organization – enabling them to perform to the best of their ability.

Between July and November 2015, IOM looked deeper into the issues of diversity and inclusion. A workforce assessment, global staff survey, interviews with key staff, and focus group discussions were conducted to evaluate the current state of diversity and inclusion within the Organization, and to provide a comprehensive response to gaps in gender parity and geographical representation. The key research findings and recommendations have been incorporated into a diversity and inclusion plan, with key outcomes, outputs, and indicators.

IOM is an inclusive working environment promoting diversity on a variety of areas including but not limited to gender, age, sexual orientation or gender identity, sex characteristics, HIV status, persons with disabilities, nationality, among other elements

Under the direct supervision of the Head, Talent Management, and the overall supervision of the

Director of Human Resources, the successful candidate will be responsible for developing and

supporting diversity and inclusion activities within the Organization.

The Diversity and Inclusion Officer will provide expert advice and support to colleagues on a wide range of equality and diversity issues. The Diversity and Inclusion Officer will work with a variety of stakeholders across the Organization to launch, develop, and implement a range of initiatives.

Activities will be coordinated closely with the Office of the Director General, the Human Resources Policy and Advisory Services Unit in HQ and Panama, the Manila Human Resources Office (MHRO), and the Gender Coordination Unit (GCU).

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Provide technical expertise and develop initiatives and tools to support a diverse workforce and an inclusive work environment within IOM;

  2. Review (human resources) practices and procedures with a view to support diversity and inclusion within IOM, and make proposals to improve relevant areas;

  3. Act as the secretariat to the senior D&I Steering Group which will guide and champion organizational initiatives around diversity and inclusion;

  4. Develop a communications plan and partner with internal and external communication colleagues to ensure consistent messaging and regular organization-wide communication on diversity and inclusion to relevant stakeholders;

  5. Work with the staff development and learning and other relevant units to contribute to the development of learning and training opportunities linked to diversity and inclusion;

  6. Maintain and review up-to-date information and statistics on diversity and inclusion;

  7. Conduct follow-up surveys. Monitor and evaluate activities that are being implemented to improve diversity and inform relevant colleagues accordingly, including the Steering Committee so that corrective action may be taken as necessary;

  8. Act as focal point in the Organization to work with internal and external stakeholders on diversity and inclusion issues;

  9. Develop content and conduct seminars, workshops and trainings on diversity and inclusion issues as required;

  10. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Political or Social Science, Business Administration, International Relations, Law or a related field from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience; or

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


• Working experience in Change Management;

• Strong analytical thinking and change management;

• Demonstrated leadership skills, including the ability to influence senior management and exceptional interpersonal, written and oral communication skills;

• Demonstrated ability to work on complex issues, as well as handle competing priorities, both in a team and independently.


Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of French and/or Spanish is an advantage.

Desirable Competencies:


• Accountability – takes responsibility for action and manages constructive criticisms;

• Client Orientation – works effectively well with client and stakeholders;

• Continuous Learning – promotes continuous learning for self and others;

• Communication – listens and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience;

• Creativity and Initiative – actively seeks new ways of improving programmes or services;

• Leadership and Negotiation – develops effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders;

• Performance Management – identify ways and implement actions to improve performance of self and others;

• Planning and Organizing - plans work, anticipates risks, and sets goals within area of responsibility;

• Professionalism - displays mastery of subject matter;

• Teamwork – contributes to a collegial team environment; incorporates gender related needs, perspectives, concerns and promotes equal gender participation;

• Technological Awareness - displays awareness of relevant technological solutions;

• Resource Mobilization - works with internal and external stakeholders to meet resource needs of IOM.


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.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 23 January 2017 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

For further information, please refer to:


In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM only accepts online profiles duly completed.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. You can track the progress of your application on your personal application page in the IOM e-recruitment system.

Posting period:

From 10.01.2017 to 23.01.2017

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