Intern at International Organization for Migration

Organizational Context and Scope:

Background Information

IOM’s Department of Operations and Emergencies (DOE), coordinates IOM’s participation in humanitarian responses and provides migration services in emergencies or post-crisis situations to address the needs of individuals and uprooted communities, thereby contributing to their protection. It provides technical support to efforts in the field, particularly in responding to forced migration and massive population movements, including protracted internal and cross-border displacement and refugee situations.

In order to respond to increasing needs for capacity building programming and the demands for adaptation of training materials into an online format, DOE intends to hire an intern for an initial period of 3 months, with the possibility of extension for up to 6 months. The intern will support the work of the department in designing new training materials for senior IOM field staff to manage and respond to a humanitarian crisis.


The Intern will work under the guidance and supervision of the Senior Operations Coordinator for DOE and over all supervision of the DOE Director, and in cooperation with other DOE colleagues, relevant Field Offices and IOM Headquarters.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Senior Operations coordinator, and in accordance with the overall direction of the Director of DOE the successful candidate will have the following duties and responsibilities:

  1. Coordinate and Facilitate the administrative needs for hosting online capacity building exercises for the Senior Emergency Leadership and Coordination (SELAC) training.
  2. Follow up with the SELAC development team on action plans and support the team delivering on time, and provide editorial support to the training materials.
  3. Support in adapting SELAC materials into an interactive, online training and participate in the creative discussions on the design of the material.
  4. Provide administrative support to the development and revision of training modules, to ensure a cohesive presentation for the overall online training package.
  5. Conduct other tasks as requested.

Training components and learning elements

The selected intern will be able to participate in developing the SELAC program, which is a capacity building program targeting Senior IOM staff working in Emergency responses.

The selected intern will have the chance to gain familiarity with the United Nations and IOM emergency response procedures.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • University degree in Political or Social Sciences, International Relations, or a related field from an accredited academic institution; Graduate degree or currently in pursuit of graduate degree preferred.


  • Strong organizational skills required, experience working on large projects with multiple collaborators a plus;
  • Ability to work effectively and harmoniously in a team of colleagues of varied cultural and senior professional backgrounds;
  • Practical experience to multi-task, prioritize and work independently;
  • Can proficiently use MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point);
  • Familiarity with online learning or capacity building programmes an added value.


IOM’s official languages are English, French and Spanish. For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge in French, Spanish or Arabic 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 to, no later than 6 June 2021 by indicating “SELAC Internship Application” in the subject of the email. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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