Apply: IOM Regional Protection Officer

Deadline: 25 December, 2023

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) is seeking to fill the position of Regional Protection Officer.

IOM is the leading inter-governmental organisation in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental, and non-governmental partners.


  • Provide technical inputs and support to IOM staff, government, partners and other relevant actors in their development and implementation of protection assessments that enhance understanding of protection needs, risks and vulnerabilities and translate findings into tangible actions to inform policy programming and policy development and implementation
  • Evaluate training needs on protection in the region with a focus on IOM staff, government counterparts, partners and other relevant actors; recommend a capacity-building plan and support its implementation
  • Provide technical and administrative support for the coordination and functionality of the regional migrant protection working group in close consultation with relevant participants at the country and regional level
  • Participate in interagency regional protection forums and follow up on IOM’s contribution to relevant processes and joint initiatives
  • Support coordination of protection interventions across regional protection programmes to facilitate complementarity, and synergies, and avoid duplication
  • Assist in standardising the application of protection-related tools, guidelines and policies in protection programming, advocacy and policy development
  • Support the implementation of protection assistance and interventions, including case management, development of protection tools and guidance
  • Provide surge support to help advance targeted protection programming as well as protection mainstreaming in crisis/emergencies
  • Participate in the development of regional and country projects and programmes; review proposals and reports for consistency and accuracy; and facilitate information exchange on policy and operational aspects of the projects between IOM, partners, donors, and other stakeholders
  • In close collaboration with regional and country programme teams, coordinate assistance to individual cases of concern and facilitate the delivery of protection and assistance
  • Contribute to knowledge management by compiling and sharing information on protection tools and best practices
  • Undertake duty travel as needed in support of the implementation of various protection initiatives in the countries covered by the region
  • Perform such other duties as may be assigned


  • Master’s degree in International Law, Development Studies, Political Science, International Relations, Social Studies, or a related field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience
  • University degree in a related field with four years of relevant professional experience
  • Experience in protection (e.g., child protection, GBV, counter-trafficking, return and reintegration)
  • Experience in translating protection policies to activities (highly desirable)
  • Experience in working with teams, guiding and delivering training sessions
  • Experience working with donors and specialised international agencies
  • Experience in project management and monitoring and evaluation is an asset
  • Experience in regional coordination between different stakeholders (desirable)
  • Efficiency, flexibility, high level of professionalism and ability to work under pressure and adhere to strict deadlines
  • Ability to work effectively and harmoniously with colleagues from varied cultures and professional backgrounds
  • Ability to guide and support protection staff in country offices
  • In-depth communication and interpersonal skills, as well as excellent strategic and creative thinking
  • Demonstrated writing skills
  • Good understanding of regional migration trends and dynamics

To apply and for more information, click here.

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