Research Project Assistant (Manila)

Closing date

Position Title: Research Project Assistant

Duty Station: IOM Philippines Country Office (Manila)

Classification: General Service Staff, Grade G5**

Type of Appointment: Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date: soon as possible

Closing Date: 30 October 2020

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 environment. Internal and external candidates are eligible to apply to this vacancy. For the purpose of the vacancy, internal candidates are considered as first-tier candidates.


Under the overall supervision of the Programme Manager and the direct supervision of the National Private Sector Engagement Officer, the successful will be responsible for supporting the private sector unit in the implementation of projects in the Philippines, which includes activities related to business and human rights, due diligence, private sector engagement and labour migration.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Perform desktop research in the area of business and human rights, international standards, laws and practices on responsible recruitment, country specific recruitment practices, due diligence, Modern Slavery and remediation.

  2. Collect and interpret data of potential and adverse risk related to recruitment in addition to country level risk analysis.

  3. Develop guidance notes, summary items and documentation on items as directed by the National Officer.

  4. In coordination with the National Officer, contribute to the development of IOM responsible recruitment due diligence toolkit for employers and recruitment agencies. This includes but is not limited to providing input and drafting of tools and guidelines based on IOM and international standards.

  5. Assist in preparing training course materials that are substantive, engaging, and motivating in the area of corporate responsibility and responsible recruitment due diligence. This includes the preparation of power points, workshop activities, facilitators guidelines and workshop activities.

  6. Support the delivery and roll out of training on business and human rights and due diligence to the private sector, internal stakeholders and Government counterparts.

  7. Support the development of systems and other functional specifications for excel.

  8. Provide technical and backstopping support to monitoring and evaluation activities.

  9. Draft and provide input into project reports for the donor.

  10. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience


  • Completed university degree in Humanitarian Affairs, International Studies, Political Science, Law, Human Rights, Development Studies or a related filed from an accredited academic institution preferred with at least three years of relevant work experience.
  • High school degree in the above fields with five years relevant professional experience.


  • With 3-5 years of experience in conducting qualitative and quantitative research, preferably on business and human rights.
  • At least 2 years of experience in supporting sustainability-related projects, from planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Knowledge in labor and human rights risks, including migrants’ rights and counter-trafficking.
  • Experience in liaising with governmental authorities, other national/international institutions and NGOs, as well as in the region.


  • Excellent computer skills, especially in Word & Excel;
  • Good financial management skills.


English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of a second official UN language is desirable.


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

Required 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: 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 1**

  • 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.


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 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 neighbouring 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 neighbouring country located within commuting distance, and work permit, as applicable.

The position involves onsite and/or offsite work (or a combination of both). The working modality will be further discussed during the interviews if candidate is available to work on-site and/or offsite.

How to apply

In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM will only accept applications which should include a cover letter (not more than one page) and résumé highlighting the required education and experience or a duly completed IOM Personal History Form. To access the form, please visit

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via not later than 30 October 2020. Position title and VN Number (VN 017 2020 – Research Project Assistant) should be specified in the SUBJECT field.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.