Intern at International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Intern (Climate-Conflict-Mobility Nexus)

Duty Station: Home based

Classification: Intern

Type of Appointment: Internship, three months

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Organizational Context and Scope:

Disasters and slow-onset environmental change, influenced by climate change as well as other human induced factors, have severe and cumulative impacts on peoples’ livelihoods, security, well-being and resilience, especially those highly dependent on local natural resources (e.g farmers, herders, fishers) and with strong biocultural interdependencies (e.g Indigenous Peoples). In fragile and conflict-affected contexts, climate-related disasters and environmental change can further aggravate both the risk and existing dynamics of violent conflict. Often interlinked in complex ways, these situations have diverse mobility outcomes, resulting in mainly internal, short and long-term movements, of individuals, households and communities, and sometimes in “trapped populations” unable to move. The interplay of disasters, environmental change, conflict and mobility shift humanitarian needs and undermine ongoing peacebuilding and sustainable development efforts.

As part of an ongoing iniative to strengthen institutional awareness and knowledge about the climate-conflict-mobility nexus, IOM is examining the intersection and combined effects of disasters, environmental change, conflict and mobility on affected communities. This includes considering how IOM can more effectively adopt integrated; inclusive; conflict-, environment-, and gender-sensitive; and context-specific policies and interventions. This will build off of IOM’s previous research initiatives on the topic, and will aim to strengthen IOM’s leadership role particularly from an operational perspective.

IOM’s Transition and Recovery Division (TRD), part of the Department of Operations and Emergencies (DOE), is responsible for supporting member states and their populations to prevent and address crises and progress towards solutions for recovery and resilience as it relates to displacement and other internal or transnational mobility dimensions of crises. The intern will work within the TRD to support IOM’s work on the climate-conflict-mobility nexus.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

  1. Data collection: Compile research, news articles, briefings, resolutions, etc. related to the climate-conflict-mobility nexus through internal and external sources. This could include but is not limited to establishing contact with relevant IOM field missions, research institutions, think-tanks, etc. Establish processes for future data to continue to be collected through news alerts, listserve memberships, or other means.
  2. Repository creation/management: Organize collected data into a central online repository, with categories and links to be identified together with the Programme Advisor.
  3. Data analysis: Provide weekly updates to the core team summarizing data collected and identifying potential links to other data sources.
  4. Editorial and publication assistance: Support with the drafting, editing, and/or reviewing of documents as needed, including with basic graphic design if possible. This could include but is not limited to the development of public information tools, research papers, desk reviews, information tracking tools, and briefing notes.
  5. Event planning and logistics: As needed, prepare and organize IOM’s participation in thematic meetings and events, such as briefings and panel discussions relevant to the topic. Assist in the development of meeting agendas, coordinate with participants and prepare meeting background notes and talking points.
  6. Division planning: Support TRD in the development of an analytical framework, programmatic guidance note, stakeholder engagement plan, and other planning tools as necessary.
  7. Interdepartmental coordination: Support TRD’s communication and coordination with other units and divisions within IOM, including with the Migration, Environment, and Climate Change (MECC) division.
  8. Administrative support: Provide support as needed with the creation/management of online databases, note-taking at relevant meetings, creation/management of email lists, disseminating/collecting information from missions, and other such tasks.
  9. Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Completed a bachelor’s degree in political or social sciences, international relations, law or a related field. Master’s degree in related field an advantage


  • Familiarity with concepts and issues related to the climate-conflict-mobility nexus
  • Advanced research, writing, outreach and communications skills
  • Ability to collect, organize, and analyse data
  • Experience managing a data repository is an advantage
  • Computer/software literate (Microsoft Office, Publisher, Sharepoint, etc.)
  • Experience in graphic design an advantage
  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural setting


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 to, no later than 12 June 2021 by indicating “Intern (Climate-Conflict-Mobility Nexus) Application” in the subject of the email. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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