Protection Officer (P2) Agadez, Niger

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International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Protection Officer

Duty Station: Agadez, Niger

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P2

Type of Appointment: Special short-term graded, 6 months with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 13 June 2024

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. Read more about diversity and inclusion at IOM at

Applications are welcome from first- and second-tier candidates, particularly qualified female candidates as well as applications from the non-represented member countries of IOM. For all IOM vacancies, applications from qualified and eligible first-tier candidates are considered before those of qualified and eligible second-tier candidates in the selection process.

For the purpose of this vacancy, the following are considered first-tier candidates:

  1. Internal candidates
  2. Candidates from the following non-represented member states:

Antigua and Barbuda; Barbados; Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Congo (the); Cook Islands; Fiji; Guinea-Bissau; Holy See; Iceland; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Madagascar; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Samoa; Sao Tome and Principe; Solomon Islands; Suriname; The Bahamas; Tonga; Tuvalu; Uzbekistan; Vanuatu

Second tier candidates include:

All external candidates, except candidates from non-represented member states.


Under the overall supervision of the Senior Programme Coordinator (Migrants Protection and Assistance) and the direct supervision of the Protection Coordinator, the Protection Officer will be responsible and accountable for providing assistance in the implementation, monitoring and development of protection activities in the Agadez Region, Niger, including case management, Counter Trafficking, Child Protection and risk mitigation of Gender Based Violence. The Protection Officer will also be responsible for encouraging protection mainstreaming into other areas of intervention (Emergency Responses, Immigration and Border management, Transition and Recovery). Activities will be carried out in coordination with the United Nations coordinated humanitarian strategies and government counterparts.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. In close cooperation with the other Protection Officers (Niamey) and the rest of the team, coordinate protection activities in the region of Agadez.
  2. Provide technical, administrative and logistical support to assist the Protection Coordinator in the development and management (financial, reporting, operational) of programs in the region of Agadez and supervise the implementation of projects assigned, in compliance with donor and IOM institutional requirements.
  3. Supervise the daily activities of protection team members in Agadez in close coordination with the Protection Coordinator and the other Protection Officers: organize and assist the team in achieving their tasks, provide guidance and training, and check compliance to IOM guidelines, policy and standards, promptly notifying the supervisor of any issues.
  4. Facilitate protection mainstreaming (including GBV risk mitigation) and integration of cross-cutting issues (disability inclusion, accountability to affected populations (AAP), gender mainstreaming and Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Sexual Harassment) in IOM regular programmes (including assistance to returnees). This shall include the provision of tip sheets, guidance notes, communication/awareness tools, protection checklists for specific measures in different sectors, good practices, and more.
  5. Supervise and monitor the implementation of IOM Niger Gender Based Violence in Crisis action plan in the region of Agadez in close coordination with relevant colleagues and units.
  6. Participate in inter-agency protection fora/meetings (e.g. protection, child-protection, gender-based violence, health, relevant task forces.) when needed and monitor the protection needs of mobile populations as well as communities affected by mobility in close coordination with the Protection Coordinator based in Niamey.
  7. Contribute to knowledge management and capacity development by providing technical inputs in the field of protection to colleagues and partners, implementing capacity building activities and producing briefs.
  8. Maintain strong working relationships with government authorities and partners and facilitate timely and qualitative information sharing.
  9. Contribute to improving the Protection Unit information management and communication capacities in close coordination with IOM Communication and Data and Research Units by providing technical inputs for the development of sound data collection and analysis tools as well as communication material.
  10. Undertake duty travels, in line with prevailing security restrictions, relating to project assessments, liaison with counterparts, and project implementation, as required.
  11. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Humanitarian Affairs, Political Science, Law, Human Rights, Development Studies or a related field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience; or,
  • University degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional experience.


  • Experience in humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness, protection and human rights;
  • Experience in protection/GBV in emergencies and familiarity with related coordination mechanisms;
  • Experience with providing technical guidance and conducting capacity building on protection/GBV principles and approaches for various stakeholders (including non-Protection/GBV specialized staff, partners (e.g., national authorities, implementing partners, etc.);
  • Experience in project management and/or coordination;
  • Experience in liaising with governmental authorities, other national/international institutions and NGOs;
  • Experience coordinating case management activities; and,
  • Working experience with an operational UN agency or a major international NGO in the field of protection and assistance of refugees, internally displaced people, and/or migrants, is an asset.


  • Ability to supervise multidisciplinary teams;
  • Ability to work in dynamic, fast pace environment;
  • Ability to formulate relevant programmatic inputs;
  • Ability to work quickly and accurately and pay attention to detail;
  • Excellent writing skills with the ability to analyses complex problems and identify and convey clear, rapid solutions;
  • Excellent communication skills in multicultural environments;
  • Knowledge of the broad range of migration-related subject areas dealt with by the Organization;
  • Knowledge of international protection standards;
  • Knowledge of case management principles an asset; and,
  • Strong IT skills and knowledge of data analytics programs is an asset.


IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish. All staff members are required to be fluent in one of the three languages.

For this position, fluency in English and French is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of at least one local language is desirable.

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


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

Required Competencies:

Values – all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these five values:

  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: Respects and promotes individual and cultural differences. Encourages diversity and inclusion.
  • 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.
  • Courage: Demonstrates willingness to take a stand on issues of importance.
  • Empathy: Shows compassion for others, makes people feel safe, respected and fairly treated.

Core Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2

  • 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 actions and delegated work.
  • Communication: Encourages and contributes to clear and open communication. Explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.

Managerial Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2

  • Leadership: Provides a clear sense of direction, leads by example and demonstrates the ability to carry out the Organization’s vision. Assists others to realize and develop their leadership and professional potential.
  • Empowering others: Creates an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.
  • Building Trust: Promotes shared values and creates an atmosphere of trust and honesty.
  • Strategic thinking and vision: Works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.
  • Humility: Leads with humility and shows openness to acknowledging own shortcomings.

IOM’s competency framework can be found at this link. df

Competencies will be assessed during a competency-based interview.


Internationally recruited professional staff are required to be mobile.

Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

This selection process may be used to staff similar positions in various duty stations. Recommended candidates will remain eligible to be appointed in a similar position for a period of 24 months.

The list of NMS countries above includes all IOM Member States which are non-represented in the Professional Category of staff members. For this staff category, candidates who are nationals of the duty station’s country cannot be considered eligible.

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

Vacancies close at 23:59 local time Geneva, Switzerland on the respective closing date. No late applications will be accepted.

How to apply

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications HERE by 13 June 2024 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 31.05.2024 to 13.06.2024

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: SVN 2024 137 Protection Officer (P2) Agadez, Niger (58893806) Released

Posting: Posting NC58893807 (58893807) Released

Posting Channel: Internal Candidates

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