Intern – Accountability to Affected Populations

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Organization: International Organization for Migration
Closing date: 18 May 2022

Position Title: Intern – Accountability to Affected Populations

Duty Station: Homebased

Classification: Intern, Grade Other

Type of Appointment: Internship, six months with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 18 May 2022

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.


Background Information

Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) is an active commitment by organizations engaging in direct assistance to populations in need of aid, to use power responsibly by taking account of, giving account to, and being held to account by the people they seek to assist. It requires organizations to involve people affected by crisis and other destabilizing factors in key decisions and processes that impact them and have effective communication and feedback channels that engage all sectors in a community, especially those most vulnerable and marginalized. AAP promotes people-centered approach that reinforces the broader accountability of the organization to all stakeholders including donors, governments, and Member States.

The development of the IOM AAP Framework was initiated in 2017 through extensive consultations involving staff from country missions, regional offices and headquarters and was piloted at the second half of 2018. IOM is committed to achieve accountability to the people it is tasked to assist as agreed and endorsed by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee in 2011 and as signatory to the Grand Bargain in the margins of the 2015 World Humanitarian Summit. AAP as a support process to organizational accountability and transparency is part of the core commitments of IOM to Member States, donors, UN partners and other stakeholders, and most importantly to the displaced and their host communities and migrants that IOM serves and assists. IOM will ensure the corporate implementation of the Framework with an enhanced visibility of AAP in strategic documents and corporate processes and its inclusion in institutional trainings to strengthen IOM’s credibility as an accountable, transparent, and people-centered Organization.


The Intern will work under the direct supervision of the Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) Policy and Project Advisor and the overall supervision of the Senior Migration Crisis Analyst, the successful candidate will be supporting the awareness raising and implementation of the AAP Framework in the Organization.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Support the institutional advocacy on AAP and people-centered approach by assisting in the rollout of AAP trainings and awareness-raising activities, including the drafting of communication products using multi-media platforms in coordination with relevant stakeholders and the Media and Communications Division.
  2. Assist in the literature review and the maintenance of knowledge-sharing platforms particularly the AAP One-stop stop and its linkages with the Intranet, IOM websites, and similar online platforms.

  3. Provide coordination and logistical support on AAP-related launches and events, awareness-raising and knowledge management products, and communications internally with relevant divisions and units, regional offices, and country missions.

  4. Assist in data analysis and data management particularly in the preparation of project monitoring reports and annual institutional questionnaire results.

  5. Provide administrative and logistical support as assigned.

  6. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Training Components and Learning Elements

• The successful candidate will gain experience in working in an international multicultural environment within the United Nations System.

• Gain experience in organization, management, and cross-thematic coordination activities.

• Gain a better understanding of IOM’s work as an international organization in the field of migration and work on formulating and editing institutional workplans, priorities, and policies.

• The successful candidate will acquire technical knowledge in policy and programme particularly in humanitarian action and crisis-related operations.

• The intern can also access online training courses at the disposal of all IOM staff.

• The intern will have the possibility to interact with IOM staff within Headquarters and IOM Missions.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


Completed advanced university degree preferably in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action, International Law, International Relations, Development Communications, Anthropology, Social Sciences, or a related field from an accredited academic institution.


• Experience in project reporting and delivering communication strategies using multiple platforms including digital media, preferably in international organizations;

• Experience in research and literature review particularly in the field of forced migration, conflict and protection of vulnerable groups, international human rights, natural disasters and climate change resilience, development, or humanitarian action;

• Experience in data management and analysis preferably with concrete products including graphs and charts.


• Excellent knowledge in using Microsoft Office and other media software used for presentations and editing including Excel sheet, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, Adobe, and etc.;

• Excellent communication skills, verbal and in writing;

• Good level of coordination and diplomacy skills.


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

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


Eligibility and Selection

The Internship Programme aims at attracting talented students and graduates who have a specific interest in, or whose studies have covered, areas relevant to IOM programmes and activities. Interns must be between 20 and 36 years old and should have less than two years of relevant working experience. The Internship Programme is open to candidates of any nationality.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted, and additional enquiries will only be addressed if the candidate is shortlisted.

A monthly stipend will be paid by IOM for this six-month full-time internship. Transportation, lodging, visa, and expenses for the internship are the responsibility of the intern, at the exception of travel for duty.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

Application Procedure

Interested candidates are requested to submit a CV (two pages maximum) and a one-page cover letter via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system. Submissions will be accepted in French or in English.

Application deadline: 03 May, 2022.

Accredited Universities are the ones listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database


Required Competencies:

The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate the following values and 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 – 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.


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. Subject to certain exemptions, vaccination against COVID-19 will in principle be required for individuals hired on or after 15 November 2021. This will be verified as part of the medical clearance process.

No late applications will be accepted.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 18 May 2022 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.

For further information please refer to:

Posting period:

From 05.05.2022 to 18.05.2022

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: INT 2022 41 – Intern – Accountability to Affected Populations – Homebased (57549659) Released

Posting: Posting NC57549660 (57549660) Released



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