(CBI) Support Intern at International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Cash-based Interventions (CBI) Support Intern

Duty Station: Home based

Classification: Intern

Type of Appointment: Internship, three months

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Organizational Context and Scope:

Established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the leading international organization in the field of migration. IOM is committed to using the best modalities and mechanisms available to ensure effective and dignified assistance to people in need. As a signatory to the Grand Bargain commitments and recognizing the flexibility, efficiency and effectiveness of using cash-based interventions, IOM commits to institutionalizing and increasing the use of Cashed-Based Interventions (CBIs) as a modality of assistance across its humanitarian activities. IOM views CBI as a modality for project delivery where cash assistance (in one form or another) is provided to people in need of support (individuals, households or communities) to directly purchase and access goods or services. Depending on the context and the project requirement, CBIs could have several forms. They can be conditional or unconditional; restricted or unrestricted and could be delivered through hard cash, electronic cash transfer or vouchers. IOM today has a varied CBI portfolio, reaching close to one and a half million people in more than 50 countries under its humanitarian responses and looking forward to continuously increase the use of CBIs. A Key step towards this goal is the reinforcement of IOM’s institutional and operational capacity both at headquarters and field levels including the expansion of the CBI team.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

Under the direct supervision of the IOM Senior CBI Officer and the overall direction of the Head of the Preparedness and Response Division, the successful candidate will:

  1. Support in the compilation and analysis of statistical data from IOM missions implementing CBI in different contexts.
  2. Collect, organize and store relevant practical tools and guidance developed by different IOM missions. Contribute to the creation of harmonized standard tools with templates to be used by all missions implementing CBIs.
  3. Support in the content development and graphical production of reports, articles, technical guidance notes documents, presentations and brochures related to IOM CBI.
  4. Conduct evidence-based research and help exploring new and innovative technologies with potential to improve the delivery of CBIs.
  5. Support in drafting and revising project proposals prior to endorsement by the senior CBI Officer when required.
  6. Support in the planning, coordinating and documenting events (e.g. meetings, workshops, group field visits, etc). Keep track of related administrative and financial aspects.
  7. Attend meetings and other CBI-related forums; prepare talking points, briefings and meeting minutes when required.
  8. Support in compiling lessons learned and best practices from different Cash- Based interventions, and in producing harmonized pieces to be shared internally within IOM and/or externally.
  9. Perform such other duties as may be assigned by the direct supervisor or Head of PRD.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Advanced degree from an accredited academic institution in a field of study related to social sciences (e.g. humanitarian affairs, development studies, political science, international relations or a related field), or another field of studies with the equivalent combination of humanitarian work experience.


Strong and demonstrable interest in humanitarian work. In addition:

  • Experience in research projects is an advantage;
  • Computer literacy in standard MS office tools. Working knowledge of graphic and web design software is an advantage;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Ability to timely understand the Organization’s structure and portfolios;
  • Ability to work effectively and harmoniously in a team of colleagues of varied cultural and professional backgrounds;
  • Proven ability to produce quality work accurately and concisely according to set deadlines.


IOM’s official languages are English, French and Spanish. For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge in French and/or Spanish is an advantage.

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


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

  • 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: iom_revised_competency_framework_external.pdf

Eligibility and Selection:

In general, the Internship Programme aims at attracting talented students and graduates who:

a) Have a specific interest in, or whose studies have covered, areas relevant to IOM programmes and activities;

b) Are holding a scholarship for internship placements in international organizations and/or for whom internship is required to complete their studies; or

c) Are sponsored by governmental/non-governmental institutions and/or academia to work in specific areas relevant to both IOM and the sponsor;

d) are either students approaching the end of their studies and preparing a thesis, or recently graduated, who have less than two years of relevant working experience;

e) are between 20 and 36 years of age.

f) This internship programme will be supporting the Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. As this will be a teleworking opportunity and will be required to overlap with the duty station, please consider the time difference in the duty station prior to applying.

g) Depending on experience and location, IOM provides a small monthly stipend to help offset costs.


The appointment 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.

No late applications will be accepted.

How to apply

Interested candidates are invited to send their CV with cover letter (in PDF format and in one file) to prdopsinternship@iom.int, explaining their interest and suitability for the position no later than 6 June 2021 by indicating “CBI Internship Application” in the subject of the email. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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