Senior Governance and Protection Officer (PSEAH)

Closing date

Position Title : Senior Governance and Protection Officer (PSEAH)

Duty Station : New York, United States of America

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P4

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

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 17 June 2021

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 work environment. Read more about diversity and inclusion at IOM at

Applications are welcome from first- and second-tier candidates, particularly qualified female candidates as well as applications from the non-represented member countries of IOM. For all IOM vacancies, applications from qualified and eligible first-tier candidates are considered before those of qualified and eligible second-tier candidates in the selection process.

For the purpose of this vacancy, the following are considered first-tier candidates:

  1. Internal candidates

  2. External female candidates:

  3. Candidate from the following non-represented member states:

Antigua and Barbuda; Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Cook Islands; Cuba;Fiji; Gabon; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People's Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Luxembourg; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Montenegro; Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Samoa; Sao Tome and Principe; Seychelles; Solomon Islands; Suriname; The Bahamas; Timor-Leste; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu

Second tier candidates include:

All external candidates, except candidates from non-represented member states of IOM and female candidates.


Over the past few years, IOM has made great strides toward its zero-tolerance policy on the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA). Likewise, significant progress has also been made toward addressing sexual harassment (SH).

The Organization has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and abuse by all personnel employed by IOM worldwide, whether internationally or locally recruited, regardless of the type or duration of contract. IOM’s zero tolerance policy also extends to IOM third party contracted staff, suppliers, service providers and implementing partners. With 15,300 staff and over 6,000 related personnel, operating in 450 offices, and 165 countries throughout the world, the impact of sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment on victims and within IOM’s operating environments, and the reputational risk it poses for the Organization, needs to be addressed.

The issue of SEA and SH continues to gain momentum not only within the UN and Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) common systems but also amongst governments, institutional partners, media and the general public.

Under the overall supervision of the global Senior Coordinator for the Prevention and Response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Sexual Harassment (PSEAH) and the administrative and technical supervision of the Senior Liaison and Policy Officer based in New York, the successful candidate will provide strategic and technical leadership toward the development of IOM PSEAH policies, strategic frameworks, practical tools and guidance and provide support to regional and country office PSEAH approaches. Furthermore, the candidate will represent IOM in various UN New York related fora and support the building of strategic partnerships with entities working on PSEAH and related protection-related issues.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. In close coordination with various internal and external stakeholders, including IOM’s Office of the Director General (ODG), Department of Emergencies and Operations (DOE), Gender Coordination Unit (GCU), and Legal (LEG) and Human Resources Management (HRM) Divisions, as well as United Nations (UN) agencies and Non-Governmental Organizational (NGO) Partners, provide technical and strategic support to IOM’s PSEAH work globally.

  2. Lead on the development of a PSEAH communication strategy and workplan to strengthen IOM Regional and Country Offices engagement on PSEAH issues; collect lessons learned and good practices to strengthen PSEAH efforts.

  3. Lead on the development and review of IOM proposals that promote the prevention of and response to sexual exploitation and abuse and develop guidance toward the mainstreaming of PSEA within programming.

  4. Assist in the dialogue with donors and embassies and provide accurate information by organizing regular briefings, bilateral meetings and missions. Prepare reports as appropriate.

  5. Develop Victim Assistance Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for IOM missions applicable to both humanitarian and development contexts and provide support to roll out SOPs, in line with a victim-centred approach.

  6. Provide in-country support to IOM Country Offices to fulfil their obligations to prevent and response to SEAH, including but not limited to support to Accountability Affected Populations (AAP) and Community-Based Complaints Mechanisms.

  7. Support the management and development of an operational network of PSEA(H) focal points to strengthen technical capacity development globally with a particular focus on support to high-risk missions.

  8. Develop and coordinate a SEA risk management approach, thereby reducing threats and strengthening prevention strategies within programming.

  9. Develop PSEAH tools, guidance, background notes, and SOPs, as well as contribute to policy documents linked to PSEAH.

  10. Ensure close synergies with gender-based violence (GBV), AAP, gender, protection, and other IOM internal and external programming.

  11. Contribute to the development and delivery of PSEAH trainings, as well as the development of information, communication and education (IEC) materials to promote behavior change.

Other protection related support:

  1. Identify and develop areas of engagement for IOM on human rights and protection-related issues, particularly as they relate to UN HQ policies and processes, advise and make recommendations to relevant departments and offices to further the impact and relevance of IOM’s work.

  2. Monitor and keep abreast of Security Council deliberations on matters pertaining to the human rights of migrants, conflict-related sexual violence, children and armed conflict, and women, peace and security, keeping IOM HQ protection colleagues regularly updated.

  3. Assist in managing IOM’s engagement in humanitarian-related resolution negotiations by developing, in coordination with IOM HQ, technical inputs and institutional positions to advise Member States and advocate for the adequate and appropriate reflection of protection-related issues in General Assembly and Economic and Social Council resolutions.

  4. Ensure IOM HQ, and especially Protection (including child protection), GBV and PSEA teams are kept abreast of updates and initiatives related to Protection, Child Protection, GBV and PSEA. Ensure close coordination.

  5. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Law, International Relations, Development Studies and Planning or a related field from an accredited academic institution with seven years of relevant professional experience; or

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


• Professional experience in the fields of sexual exploitation and abuse, protection, gender-based violence, gender mainstreaming and/or humanitarian affairs;

• Demonstrated technical experience in SEA Prevention and Response/ Gender Based Violence and/or Accountability to Affected Populations;

• Extensive coordination experience within the UN system and amongst interagency partners, including governments, NGOs, and communities;

• Experience in policy development and the creation of standard operating procedures and tools;

• Experience in developing and facilitating training, capacity-building, and communication materials to promote behavior change.


• Knowledge of UN and IOM PSEAH protocols and norms;

• Knowledge of the UN system and architecture;

• Knowledge of Protection Standards and International Humanitarian Law;

• In depth knowledge of mainstreaming best practices and partnership models to ensure coordination of the same across a diversified range of actors.


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

External applicants for all positions in the Professional category are required to be proficient in English and have at least a working knowledge of one additional UN Language (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese).

For all applicants, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Spanish or French is an advantage.

Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.



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

Required 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 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 – behavioural indicators level 3

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.

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.

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

This selection process may be used to staff similar positions in various duty stations. Recommended candidates endorsed by the Appointments and Postings Board will remain eligible to be appointed in a similar position for a period of 24 months.

The list of NMS countries above includes all IOM Member States which are non-represented in the Professional Category of staff members. For this staff category, candidates who are nationals of the duty station’s country cannot be considered eligible.

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

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 via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 17 June 2021 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:

Posting period:

From 04.06.2021 to 17.06.2021

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.

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