Project Assistant at International Organization for Migration

Open to Internal and External Candidates

Position Title: Project Assistant


Duty Station: Washington DC, United States


Classification: G5


Type of Appointment: Fixed term, one year


Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible


Reference Number: VN US10-21-004


Closing Date: June 10, 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. Internal and external candidates are eligible to apply to this vacancy. For the purpose of the vacancy, internal candidates are considered as first-tier candidates.

Please be advised that this is a local position and as such only US citizens and residents will be considered


The US TIP Program reunifies family members with victims of trafficking in the United States and provides voluntary return and reintegration for trafficking survivors who wish to repatriate to their countries of origin.

Under the direct supervision of the US TIP Program Coordinator, and the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission of IOM Washington, DC, the Project Assistant will provide support to the US State Department funded “Return, Reintegration, and Family Reunification Program for Victims of Trafficking in the United States” (US TIP Program).

The Project Assistant will need to be highly knowledgeable about counter-trafficking and have experience with direct-assistance for vulnerable migrants within the United States.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Provide day-to-day implementation support to the US TIP Program:
  2. Help in responding to program inquiries from US-based NGOs, social service providers, faith-based groups, legal aid societies and law enforcement interested in program services;
  3. Assist in determining referral eligibility based on program criteria;
  4. Facilitate new case entries into program database;
  5. Manage expectations of referring organizations and clients about next steps;
  6. Communicate with IOM Missions and provide guidance to colleagues on US consular processing;
  7. Support with liaison efforts with the relevant Embassies and government entities, when necessary, to address challenges with reunifications;
  8. Offer assistance to IOM Missions implementing reintegration plans;
  9. Coordinate with IOM Missions to arrange international travel;
  10. Assist in keeping project records organized and case data current;
  11. Assist with monitoring and strategic program planning:
  12. Support Program Coordinator with report and proposal development;
  13. Track case development and prompt IOM Missions for status updates;
  14. Train IOM staff on US TIP Program SOPs for minor accompaniment;
  15. Conduct outreach to US-based agencies to ensure awareness of services;
  16. Facilitate focus group discussions of counterparts with program donor
  17. Support the Unit by attending relevant meetings, trainings, and conferences on trafficking and report back to the office on such events;
  18. Undertake duty travel as requested;
  19. Perform other such duties, as may be assigned

Required Qualifications and Experience


Completed Bachelor’s degree, preferably in case management, social services, social science or a related field with three years of professional experience.


  • Familiarity with HHS and/or OVC-funded services for vulnerable populations within the United States
  • Experience offering trainings on direct assistance implementation
  • Casework background for human trafficking survivors
  • Experience with USG donors, IOM, US-based NGOs, and government officials


· In-depth knowledge of counter-trafficking and related social services

· Understanding of internal and international migration issues

· Attention to detail for case tracking and financial records


For this position, fluency in English and Spanish (oral and written) is required.

Required Competencies


  • 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

  • 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.


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.

How to apply

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit a letter of interest and up-to-date curriculum vitae to, quoting reference: VN US10-21-004_ReliefWeb by June 10, 2021, at the latest.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Posting period:

From 05.28.2021 to 06.10.2021

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