Coordination and Liaison Officer (Humanitarian, Peace and Security (HPS)

Closing date

Position Title : Coordination and Liaison Officer (Humanitarian, Peace and Security (HPS))

Duty Station : New York, United States of America

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 : 19 October 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. Candidates from the following non-represented member states:

Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba (Netherlands); Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Congo (the); Cook Islands; Cuba; Fiji; Gabon; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People's Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Libya; 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.


The IOM Office to the United Nations (UN) in New York (IOM UN Office) is tasked with maintaining and strengthening IOM's relations with the United Nations, diplomatic Missions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including through contributing to improving understanding of migration issues, facilitating international policy dialogues on migration and representing IOM and migration issues in conferences, meetings and seminars. IOM UN Office works towards contributing to improving understanding of IOM's mandate and action by relevant governmental, UN and NGOs stakeholders, in accordance with the Constitution and relevant Council deliberations and resolutions. IOM UN Office coordinates with the Office of the Director General, Department of International Cooperation and Partnerships (ICP), the Department of Operations and Emergencies (DOE) and the Department of Migration Management (DMM) and keeps them apprised of relevant developments.

Under the overall supervision of the Director of the IOM Office to the UN and the direct supervision of the Senior Liaison and Policy Officer (Humanitarian Affairs), and in coordination with relevant Divisions of IOM Headquarters (HQ) and DOE, the successful candidate will contribute to the Office's engagement and outreach efforts with the UN system and Membership.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Support the Senior Liaison and Policy Officer (Humanitarian Affairs) to develop the Humanitarian, Peace and Security Unit’s (HPSU’s) annual workplan and to manage and maintain HPSU’s calendar and planning of engagement. Provide counsel, in close coordination with all HPSU members, on strategic objectives, opportunities/priorities for IOM’s engagement, liaison strategies and outreach activities, including with academic institutions, foundations, think-tanks and research institutions in New York.

  2. Contribute to the managing IOM’s engagement in humanitarian-related resolution negotiations by developing, in coordination with other HPSU colleagues and DOE, technical inputs and institutional positions to formulate advice for Member States and advocate for the adequate and appropriate reflection of human mobility, displacement and protection-related issues in General Assembly and Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) resolutions.

  3. Monitor and keep abreast of Security Council deliberations on matters pertaining to the human rights of migrants and all other thematic or cross-cutting Council agenda items relevant to IOM’s mandate.

  4. In close coordination with the Senior Liaison and Policy Officer (Humanitarian Affairs), manage IOM’s institutional strengthening Migration Resource Allocation Committee (MIRAC) project on “EXPANDING IOM’S ENGAGEMENT WITH THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL”, its deliverables and assigned support staff.

  5. Contribute to the coordination of IOM’s engagement in the General Assembly and its committees (particularly the Third Committee) and the relevant segments and commissions of the ECOSOC, including the Commission on the Status of Women.

  6. Monitor the activities and agenda of the principal organs of the United Nations, with a specific mandate on Humanitarian affairs, by regularly sharing briefings and updates to ensure timely coordination and advice on necessary follow-up actions.

  7. Perform the preparation and dissemination of IOM and, specifically, the Humanitarian, Peace and Security Unit’s (HPSU) internal and external information and communication materials, including keeping the Unit’s webpage up to date.

  8. Provide inputs to the relevant reports, including those of the Secretary General, and provide strategic internal guidance on highlighting IOM’s policy and programmatic contributions.

  9. Develop, plan and coordinate effective knowledge management practices for HPSU, ensuring that the Unit’s contributions to UNHQ processes or initiatives are recorded and tracked.

  10. Prepare, review or provide inputs to the statements, talking points, position papers and other documents and publications, as required.

  11. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Law, Political Science, International Relations, Social Sciences, 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.


• Experience in interfacing with governmental and diplomatic authorities and donors, as well as with both local and international partner institutions and NGOs;

• Experience at an international level with specialized international agencies (United Nations Agencies, International Organizations, and International Non-Government Organizations) is required;

• Experience serving as an institutional liaison, including tracking and reporting on developments and discussions, representing institutional interests, and providing timely reporting to relevant internal stakeholders;

• Experience in organized collaboration and communication with colleagues operating in diverse contexts, across multiple time-zones, and functional areas required; and,

• Experience in complex crisis operations, preparedness and response.


• Familiarity with liaison and outreach strategies at different levels and with a variety of stakeholders;

• In-depth knowledge of the broad range of migration related subject areas dealt with by the

Organization with special focus on its crisis preparedness and response;

• Familiarity with collection and analysis of information concerning major humanitarian crises, operational overview of responses to natural disasters and conflict situations;

• Familiarity with basic communication/information sharing tools (newsletters, presentations, digital media; and,

• Knowledge of UN and bilateral partners Mission and political agenda.


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 one additional UN Language (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or

Chinese) and advantage.

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


1 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 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.

Managerial Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2

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 19 October 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 06.10.2021 to 19.10.2021

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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