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INT 2017 24 - Intern - Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Support Unit - Geneva, Switzerland 


Position Title :Intern - Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Support Unit

Duty Station :Geneva, Switzerland

Classification Intern, Grade OTHE

Type of Appointment : Internship, Six months Estimated Start Date :As soon as possible

Closing Date : 20 September 2017

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. Context:

The Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) is a voluntary, inter-governmental, non-binding and informal consultative process open to all Member States and Observers of the United Nations. Its purpose is to address the multi-dimensional aspects, opportunities and challenges related to international migration and its inter-linkages with development, to bring together government expertise from all regions, to enhance dialogue, cooperation and partnership and to foster practical and action-oriented outcomes at the national, regional and global levels. As host agency, IOM provides administrative support for the GFMD Support Unit (SU), which nevertheless remains strictly independent of IOM.

The GFMD Support Unit (SU) was established in 2008 to provide administrative, logistical, and financial support to the Chair-in-Office of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD). The Governments of Germany and Morocco serve as the current GFMD Co-Chairs, beginning 1 January 2017 until 31 December 2018.

Under the 2017-2018 Co-Chairmanship, the SU is tasked, inter alia, to provide frontline services to ensure the successful organization of GFMD preparatory meetings, thematic workshops, the GFMD Summit meeting and other activities described in the GFMD Chair’s work plan. The SU also administers the GFMD Platform for Partnerships and supports ongoing efforts to prepare the GFMD contribution and consider a possible role for the GFMD in the Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration. As well, the SU provides technical and logistical support to meet the GFMD communication requirements.

To help with the implementation of the GFMD 2017-2018 work plan and meet the evolving requirements of the GFMD 2017-2018 Co-Chairmanship, the GFMD SU is hiring an intern to discharge, under the direct guidance and supervision of the Head of the SU, the following duties and responsibilities from 25 September 2017 to 24 March 2018:

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

1. Assist with the organization of the third GFMD 2017-2018 preparatory meetings in Geneva to be held in October and November 2017, as well as in the first half of 2018 (date to be determined later), by:

a. Following up with GFMD Focal points to maximize the participation and registration of Page 1 / 4Member States and GFMD Observers; and

b. Providing information and logistical support for GFMD funded delegates. c. Maintaining the participants’ registration lists;

d. Conveying official invitation, practical reminders and other updates to GFMD focal points and registered delegates;

e. Securing the distribution of documents and other information materials among participants; f. Helping with overall logistics, preparation of reports, note-taking, transcribing records of proceedings, and performing other related tasks during and after the meetings.

2. Support the organization of GFMD 2017-2018 Roundtables which will begin in early 2018, by: a. Following up with RT team members on their policy and practice inputs for the draft RT background papers and compiling these for uploading on the GFMD Policy and Practice database; and

b. Note-taking, transcribing the record of proceedings and preparing summary reports of RT discussions.

3. Provide administrative and logistical support to the GFMD ad hoc Working Groups on 2030 Agenda and the ad hoc WG on GFMD Communications.

4. Assist in updating the GFMD Platform for Partnerships, by:

a. Compiling national programs and policies that have been submitted from various sources (e.g. inputs to the Roundtable background papers, reports of May thematic workshop and the Berlin Summit); and

b. Ensuring, in coordination with the GFMD web administrator, that programs and policies are uploaded on the GFMD Platform for Partnerships.

5. Perform basic administrative duties (answering phone calls, checking mails and emails, photocopying, procuring office supplies, etc.).

6. Undertake other tasks that may be requested by the Head of the Support Unit, in accordance with the requirements of the GFMD 2017-2018 Co-Chairs Germany and Morocco. Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Bachelor’s degree in Political or Social Sciences, Development Studies, Migration Studies or a related field from an accredited academic institution;

• Master’s degree in the above fields desirable.


• Experience in liaising with government actors, on a national or international level; • Experience in liaising with international organizations, preferably in the UN context; • Experience in drafting reports;

• Ability to draft correspondence and communicate effectively in English. • Knowledge of migration issues.

Page 2 / 4Languages

Fluency in English is required (preferably native speaker). Working knowledge of French and Spanish is an advantage.

Desirable Competencies:


• Accountability – takes responsibility for action and manages constructive criticisms • Client Orientation – works effectively well with client and stakeholders • Continuous Learning – promotes continuous learning for self and others • Communication – listens and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience • Creativity and Initiative – actively seeks new ways of improving programmes or services • Performance Management – identify ways and implement actions to improve performance of self and others.

• Planning and Organizing - plans work, anticipates risks, and sets goals within area of responsibility;

• Professionalism - displays mastery of subject matter

• Teamwork – contributes to a collegial team environment; incorporates gender related needs, perspectives, concerns and promotes equal gender participation.

• Technological Awareness - displays awareness of relevant technological solutions. Other:

Personal Development

The incumbent will acquire technical knowledge in the Global Forum on Migration and Development Support Unit (SU) . He/She will also gain in-site experience in working with an international organization.

Carte de Legitimation

The Organization will obtain the ‘carte de legitimation’ for the duration of the internship for the selected candidate


• Applicants must upload in IOM e-Recruitment a single document consisting of a cover letter and resume/CV.

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

• Depending on experience and location, IOM provides a small monthly stipend to help offset costs; please consider the cost of living in Geneva prior to applying. • Previous candidates do not need to re-apply for this vacancy.

• No late applications will be accepted.

How to apply:

Page 3 / 4Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 20 September 2017 at the latest, referring to this advertisement. For further information, please refer to: In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM only accepts online profiles duly completed.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. You can track the progress of your application on your personal application page in the IOM e-recruitment system.

Posting period:

From 14.09.2017 to 20.09.2017

Requisition: INT2017/24-Intern-Global Forum on Migration&Dev(GFMD)Sup Unit-Geneva,Switzerland (55178931) Released

Posting: Posting NC55178932 (55178932) Released

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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: IOM - International Organization for Migration
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: OTHE
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security policy
  • Closing Date: 2017-09-20

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