Policy Officer (Portal) At International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Policy Officer (Portal)

Duty Station: Berlin, Germany

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P2

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

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 28 February 2023

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.


Under the overall supervision of the Global Migrant Data Analyses Centre (GMDAC) Chief in Berlin and direct supervision of the Senior Knowledge Management Coordinator, and in collaboration with relevant units at GMDAC, and the Global Data Institute (GDI), the Policy Officer (Portal) will be responsible for compiling, describing, editing and providing information on the different issues around migration data. The successful candidate will contribute to several activities, including synthesizing data and information, drafting, editing and updating online knowledge products and related communications materials, participating in conceptualizing data visualizations, organizing and implementing webinars, assisting with presentations, and general support activities.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Draft, edit and/or update migration thematic and regional migration overviews to be displayed on the Migration Data Portal.
  2. Draft, coordinate and publish the monthly Portal Alert with approved updates on migration data in different sections (Did you know section, map, blogs, etc.) to help foster outreach and maintain the Portal Alert archive up to date.
  3. Search, find and recommend additional migration and migration data resources for the Portal.
  4. Closely work with other communcation colleagues like graphic designers and audiovisual communicators to help conceptualize and visualize migration topics and trends and to provide editorial input on infographics and videos.
  5. Provide inputs for the development of concept notes and strategic collaborations for the Portal and proposals for funding, and provide technical and process support for interim and final reporting activities.
  6. Coordinate and supervise interim Portal evaluation and other ongoing monitoring and evaluation activities likes surveys, feedback forms and tracking of progress on deliverable targets.
  7. Provide feedback on web development by contributing input to new layout, structure and design of the online Portal expansion.
  8. Provide technical guidance or answer inquiries from Portal users on migration data.
  9. Assist in planning and implementing webinars for promoting content on the portal.
  10. Coordinate the crisis spotlight pages on the Portal. Research, analyze, and document/highlight relevant migration and displacement data on a regular basis and update the pages accordingly.
  11. Provide administrative, logistical or technical support for liaison activities with partners, including within the Global Data Institute (GDI), IOM Regional and Country Offices (COs).
  12. Perform such any other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Journalism, Communications, International Relations, Political or Social Sciences 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 writing and editing information materials for various target audiences, with experience in communications an asset;
  • Competency and experience in developing public-facing written materials;
  • Experience in liaising with governmental authorities as well as with national and international institutions;
  • Experience and sound understanding of internal and international migration data issues globally and migration data sources and trends.


  • Ability to communicate data and complex information to different audiences, and experience in journalistic writing for non-technical audiences desirable.
  • Hands-on experience in the field of communications, including web administration and web content management via Drupal, email marketing and social media management.
  • Basic knowledge of graphic design and video production.
  • Basic knowledge of data analysis and visualization.
  • Knowledge of IOM Migration Data Strategy and IOM data resources.


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

External applicants for all positions in the Professional category are required to be proficient in English and have at least a working knowledge of one additional UN Language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, or Spanish).

For all applicants, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Fluency in German is an advantage.

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 (https://whed.net/home.php).

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.


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 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 via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 28 February 2023 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: www.iom.int/recruitment

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 2023 38 Policy Officer (Portal) (P2) Berlin, Germany (57973007) Released

Posting: Posting NC57973008 (57973008) Released

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