Private Sector Partnerships Officer at IOM

Position Title: Private Sector Partnerships Officer

Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade UG

Type of Appointment: Special short-term ungraded, nine months with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 04 May 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.

Internal and external candidates will be considered for this vacancy. For the purposes of this vacancy, internal candidates are defined as staff members holding a regular, fixed-term or short-term graded or ungraded contract, including Junior Professional Officers (JPOs), staff on Special Leave Without Pay (SLWOP), and staff members on secondment/loan released by the Organization, unless otherwise specified in their contract. Staff members holding a regular, fixed-term or short-term graded contract will not retain their contract type if appointed to an ungraded position.


IOM’s Donor Relations Division (DRD) seeks to strengthen and diversify IOM’s collaboration with donors and partners on IOM programmes and new strategic initiatives. It provides the field with institutional guidance and tools to identify donor priorities and match them with ongoing and future IOM programmes. It is also the Division responsible for the implementation of IOM’s Private Sector Partnerships strategy.

The Private Sector Partnerships (PSP) Unit of DRD provides Headquarters, Regional and Country Offices with assistance and expertise relating to initiating, establishing and maintaining partnerships with the private sector, in order to fully utilize the benefits of such partnerships.

The PSP Unit contributes to the development of strategies, policies, mechanisms and systems to ensure the interests of the Organization are served best. It leads the coordination of IOM’s due diligence process, carries out risk assessments on prospective private sector partners. The PSP Unit assists organizational units in circumstances requiring technical and operational assistance by coordinating and organizing joint programmes and initiatives targeting the private sector, taking into account that some situations may necessitate inter-regional and interdepartmental coordination. It additionally develops, implements and coordinates training activities, workshops, symposiums and learning products; carries out research and surveys, studies and publish reports related to private sector partnerships; and plans, develops and implements individual giving campaigns. The PSP Unit furthermore identifies possible private sector partners for the Organization through production of mapping reports, outlining strategic thematic areas of interest, compatibilities with IOM’s values and priorities; and supports the selection and nomination of Goodwill Ambassadors.

Under the overall supervision of the Chief, Donor Relations Division and direct supervision of the Head of the Private Sector Partnerships Unit, the successful candidate will contribute to the development of long-term partnerships with the private sector in order to advocate the work of IOM and mobilize resources to support IOM’s development and humanitarian programmes.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Works closely with the Head of PSP Unit in the implementation of IOM’s Private Sector Partnerships Strategy (2021-2023) and its Action Plan.
  2. Coordinates IOM’s due diligence process for private sector partners including the production of partnership risk assessments.
  3. Contributes to the identification, establishment and maintenance of relationships with private sector partners.
  4. Actively participates in the development, implementation and coordination of training activities and learning products for Headquarters, Regional and Country Office staff to better engage with the private sector.
  5. Assists Headquarters, Regional and Country Offices in developing their respective private sector partnerships plans in alignment with IOM’s Private Sector Partnerships Strategy (2021-2023) and its Action Plan.
  6. Supports the development of presentations, reports, analyses on IOM’s engagement with the private sector.
  7. Assist external communications, including contributing to the development of letters, e-mails, presentations, talking points, and visibility materials.
  8. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in International Relations, Business Administration, Marketing, Social Sciences, Law, Development Studies, or a related field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience; or

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


• Knowledge and practical experience with implementation of multi-stakeholder initiatives with international organizations, preferably involving the private sector;

• Experience in outreach and communication to companies, foundations, and individuals as well as private sector fora and platforms;

• Demonstrable experience of developing and delivering participatory trainings, workshops and panels;

• Experience in corporate communication an advantage.


• Demonstrated donor and stakeholder orientation, networking and relationship-building skills; with IOM and ideally in the field, is desirable.

• Ability to work independently and to meet tight deadlines.


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

For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of French 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.


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

• 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.

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.

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 04 May 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.

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Posting period:

From 21.04.2021 to 04.05.2021

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.

Requisition: CFA 2021 20 Private Sector Partnerships Officer (UG) Geneva, Switzerland (56945243) Released

Posting: Posting NC56945244 (56945244) Released

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