PSEA Support Officer – Switzerland

Position Title : PSEA Support Officer

Duty station: Geneva, Switzerland

Classification: Professional staff, UG grade

Type of appointment: Special short-term non-graduate, six months with possibility of extension

Estimated start date: As soon as possible

Closing date: September 19, 2022

Established in 1951, IOM is a sister organization to the United Nations and, as the lead UN agency in the area 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 this by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

Both internal and external candidates will be considered for this position. For the purposes of this vacancy, internal candidates are defined as staff members holding a regular, fixed-term or short-term contract, graduated or not, including junior professional staff (JPO), staff on special leave without (SLWOP) and staff seconded/loan members released by the Organization, unless otherwise specified in their contract. Holders of a regular, fixed-term or short-term graduated contract will not retain their type of contract if they are appointed to a non-graduated position.

The context:

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is part of the United Nations system as the principal intergovernmental organization promoting, since 1951, humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all, with 174 Member States and a presence in more than 100 countries. . IOM has been a leader in supporting inter-agency Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) efforts since the 2011 appointment of former IOM Director General William Lacy Swing as first Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) PSEA Champion. Since then, IOM has continued to strengthen PSEA efforts in humanitarian operations worldwide and is the only IASC member agency to maintain a dedicated team to support inter-agency PSEA efforts at countries, providing global advice and technical assistance, as well as capacity. and the development of tools for inter-agency PSEA programs in the country. As part of IOM’s Safe from the Start (Phase VIII) project, the incumbent will support key PSEA inter-agency deliverables, contributing to the overall project response.

Under the general supervision of the Deputy Director of the Operations and Emergencies Department of IOM, and under the direct supervision of the PSEA Project Manager (Inter-agency CB), the PSEA Support Officer will be responsible for supporting PSEA activities inter-agency implemented as part of the Safe program of the Start project.

Main functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Work with the Inter-Agency PSEA Project Manager to advance IASC PSEA strategic priorities and promote the mainstreaming and standardized institutionalization of PSEA good practices globally among relevant coordination mechanisms and working groups.
  2. Assist the PSEA Project Manager in identifying requests for technical assistance and help provide guidance to contribute to the development and strengthening of inter-agency PSEA initiatives in countries; and deploy to the country to provide support when requested.
  3. Support the improvement of the Inter-Agency PSEA Coordinator training program and assist the Inter-Agency PSEA Project Manager in organizing and facilitating trainings and other capacity building events.
  4. Assist the PSEA Inter-Agency Project Manager with IASC review and revision of the Inter-Agency Community Complaint Mechanism (IA-CBCM) model and guidance, including administration and analysis of results gathering evidence, organizing global events, writing results reports and policy papers, as well as helping to advance proposed follow-up actions as part of the IASC’s work to deploy IA-CBCM.
  5. Review and compile progress reports, collect lessons learned and best practices, and contribute to the drafting of talking points, case studies and guidance documents, in close coordination with relevant departments of the IOM.
  6. Promote good practice and support the integration of IASC PSEA tools and guidance developed under the Safe from the Start project into inter-agency PSEA programming in countries.
  7. Contribute to updating PSEA resources developed by IOM to incorporate user feedback and reflect the most recent policy developments and tools, including but not limited to the IOM’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) IOM on inter-agency PSEA and deployment package for PSEA coordinators.
  8. Participate in inter-agency PSEA technical forums, including the IASC PSEA Technical Advisory Group, and other meetings as required.
  9. Work in close coordination with the PSEAH team and other relevant departments, and liaise with relevant external stakeholders as requested.
  10. Undertake mission travel as required.
  11. Perform other duties as may be assigned.

Qualifications and experience required:


  • Master’s degree in law, political or social science, international affairs or a related field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience; Where
  • University degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional experience.


  • Experience with global sexual misconduct investigation mechanisms a distinct asset;
  • Experience in planning training events and/or workshops and developing materials;
  • Experience working with inter-agency humanitarian coordination mechanisms – IASC or UN coordination forums – and proven experience in liaising with various stakeholders including UN agencies, NGOs, donors, etc.


  • Thorough knowledge of PSEA policies, operationalization and responsibilities, including relevant IASC commitments and guidance documents and tools;
  • Excellent English writing skills and strong ability to write reports, policy papers and communication materials; excellent writing skills in another official UN language a distinct advantage;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a multicultural context.


The official languages ​​of IOM are English, French and Spanish.

External candidates for all Professional category positions must be fluent in English and have at least a working knowledge of one other UN language (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese).

For all applicants, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of French, Spanish, Arabic or other official UN languages ​​is an advantage.

Proficiency in the required language(s) will be specifically assessed during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.


Accredited universities are those listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database (

Required Skills :

Values – all IOM staff members must respect 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 the ability to work in a calm, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.

Basic skills – behavioral indicators

  • Team work: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and between units to achieve common goals and maximize results.
  • Give results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed results.
  • Knowledge management and sharing: continually seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
  • Responsibility: takes ownership for the achievement of organizational priorities and takes responsibility for own actions and delegated work.
  • Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex topics in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.

The IOM Competency Framework is available at this link.

Competencies will be assessed during a competency-based interview.


Internationally recruited professional staff should be mobile. Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy announcement is subject to confirmation of funding.

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 those hired from November 15, 2021. This will be verified as part of the medical clearance process.

Vacancies close at 11:59 p.m. local time Geneva, Switzerland on the respective closing date. No late applications will be accepted.

How to register

Interested candidates are invited to submit their application via PRISM, IOM’s online recruitment system, no later than 19 September 2022, by referring to this announcement.

IOM only accepts completed applications submitted through the IOM online recruitment system. The online tool also allows applicants to track the status of their application.

Only selected candidates will be contacted.

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Display period:

From 06.09.2022 to 19.09.2022

No charges:

IOM does not charge any fees at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, processing, training or other fees). IOM does not request any bank account information.

Requisition: CFA 2022 46 PSEA Support Officer (UG) Geneva, Switzerland (57735217) Released

Publication: Publication NC57735218 (57735218) released