Intern – Migration, Environment, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction – Program/Project Management At International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Intern – Migration, Environment, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction

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: 21 December 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

IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people. The Migration, Environment, Climate Change and Risk Reduction (MECR) Division in the Department of Peace and Development Coordination (DPDC) is the focal point for IOM policy and technical support to policies and programme development on the migration-environment-climate change nexus. The MECR Division has been at the forefront of operational, research, policy, and advocacy efforts, seeking to bring environmental migration to the heart of international, regional and national concerns, in collaboration with its Member States, observers and partners.

The Intern will contribute to the implementation of IOM’s Institutional Strategy on Migration, Environment and Climate Change, 2021-2030. This includes support to IOM’s policy, communication and research work related to migration, environment, climate change and disaster risk reduction (MECR).


The Intern will work under the overall supervision of the Head of MECR Division and the direct supervision of the MECR Programme Support Officer, and in cooperation with other colleagues in the Division, at IOM HQ and field Missions.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Support the implementation of the MECR Division Communication Strategy and 2022 Workplan, including the maintenance and update of the Environmental Migration Portal, its Newsletter, social media campaigns; assist in developing social media content; develop communication products.
  2. Carry out research on various thematic areas within the work of the MECR Division such as climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, human rights, sustainable development, children and youth, indigenous peoples, diaspora, water, oceans.
  3. Support the MECR Division with internal coordination with other departments/divisions/offices and contribute to engagements.
  4. Contribute to discussions with different external partners and stakeholders on MECR in the framework of existing consultation mechanisms.
  5. Support the organization of relevant meetings, conferences and workshops, including with logistics, note-taking and preparing background papers, presentations and submissions.
  6. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Training Components and Learning Elements

  • Familiarization with major themes in the global debate relevant to MECR.
  • Insight into multilateral political processes and frameworks.
  • Understanding of policy-making processes and IOM’s work on migration, environment, climate change and disaster risk reduction.
  • Interaction with IOM departments and offices at large, in particular in headquarters and with Regional Thematic Specialists based in IOM Regional Offices.
  • Understanding of the daily mechanisms of international organizations in the development and implementation of projects.
  • Exposure to the multicultural environment and procedural approach of an international,inter-governmental organization.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


Master’s degree in Migration Studies, Statistics, International Relations, Social Sciences, Development Studies, International Affairs or a related field from an accredited institution.


Practical experience multi-tasking, prioritizing and working independently.


  • Excellent writing skills (able to draft quickly, precisely and effectively for government and other audiences) in English;
  • Excellent editing skills (attention to detail and ability to review and edit documents) in English;
  • Excellent internet skills (expertise in web creation and understanding of web communication and social media);
  • Organizational skills (ideally experience in conference preparation and logistics) and attention to detail;
  • Knowledge of migration issues and in particular interest in migration, environment, climate and disaster matters;
  • Excellent command of English; French, Spanish or another language an advantage;
  • Team spirit and ability to multitask and perform under pressure.


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

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

In general, the Internship Programme aims at attracting talented students and graduates who:

  1. have a specific interest in, or whose studies have covered, areas relevant to IOM programmes and activities;
  2. are holding a scholarship for internship placements in international organizations and/or forwhom internship is required to complete their studies; or
  3. are sponsored by governmental/non governmental institutions and/or academia to work in specific areas relevant to both IOM and the sponsor.
  4. are either enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme(minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent) or have graduated in the last 12 months. e) are between 20 and 36 years of age.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted, and additional enquiries 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.

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

To apply, interested applicants are invited to submit their applications HERE via the IOM e-Recruitment system by 21 December 2022.

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 08.12.2022 to 21.12.2022

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 56 – Intern – Migration, Environment, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Homebased (57875871) Released

Posting: Posting NC57875872 (57875872) Released

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