Protection Officer At International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Protection Officer

Duty Station: Tripoli, Libya

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P3

Type of Appointment: Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 02 March 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.

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; Aruba (Netherlands); Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Congo (the); Cook Islands; Curaçao; Fiji; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Madagascar; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Samoa; Sao Tome and Principe; Seychelles; Solomon Islands; Suriname; The Bahamas; Timor-Leste; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu

Second tier candidates include:

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


Under the overall supervision of the IOM Libya Chief of Mission (CoM) and direct supervision of the Senior Programme Coordinator (Protection), the successful candidate will be responsible for managing and overseeing the IOM Libya Protection Division (PxD), case management, Community based protection and capacity building teams, including strengthening, and developing ongoing activities, and expanding the existing program of work while developing synergies between programme units in the Country Office (CO).

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Manage the case management, Community based protection and capacity building teams, including overseeing and assessing programme implementation and reporting within the various sections of the teams.
  2. Identify and advise on programming and potential funding opportunities to strengthen existing and responsive programming within activities of purview and for the whole of IOM Libya PxD.
  3. Prepare and/or coordinate inputs for and submit interim and final project reports in a timely manner to donors in coordination with PDSU.
  4. Ensure compliance of PXD minimum safeguards and integration of specific measures within the voluntary humanitarian returns operated out of Libya for the protection of vulnerable migrants including Unaccompanied and separated children. To that end: a. Lead on IOM Joint counseling engagement in Libya with UNHCR; b. Lead on development and follow up of the Joint SOP and Panel on Best interest Determination between IOM, UNHCR and UNICEF in Libya.
  5. Develop and manage training and capacity building initiatives for internal and external stakeholders under relevant thematic areas covered by the capacity building team.
  6. Expand on the IOM Libya Community based protection portfolio to better identify protection needs in communities through regular protection monitoring, focus group discussions and building interlinks with existing programmes on the ground.
  7. Substantively support the review of current IOM protection interventions targeting both migrants and internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to ensure alignment with developments in overall UN strategic vision and objective.
  8. Participate in aligning the mission protection strategy along the six pillar approach in coordination with RO MENA PXD Division.
  9. Liaise with all relevant line Ministries, including the Ministry of Interior, Justice and Social Affairs, to ensure that proposed activities are understood, properly communicated and followed up.
  10. Represent IOM Libya PxD at the protection Sector meetings.
  11. Substantively support the PxD data, research and Policy unit to coordinate the collection, analysis dissemination and use of primary and secondary protection related data, especially for programming purposes.
  12. Backstop, monitor and assess budget and resource utilization of delegated projects in coordination with the Senior Programme Coordinator (Protection), and in consultation with Country Office’s Resources Management Unit and Project Development Support Unit (PDSU).
  13. Manage and undertake IOM advocacy efforts with Libyan Authorities and other relevant actors on the protection of migrants, alternatives to detention, increased and enhanced protection space for migrants and IDPs.
  14. Oversee the development of training and capacity building initiatives and tools for internal and external stakeholders under relevant thematic areas covered by the Protection Unit.
  15. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Law, Political, Social Sciences, Social Work or a related field from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience; or
  • University degree in the above fields with seven years of relevant professional experience.


  • Experience in the field of migration, IDPs and refugee assistance and protection (including specific experience on Migrants and Refugee Protection)
  • Experience in emergency operations and liaison with Governments, other UN and non-UNhumanitarian actors.
  • Experience in working in a multi-cultural environment; and,
  • Experience in team management and coordination


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). Working knowledge of Arabic and 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.


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.

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 endorsed by the Appointments and Postings Board 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 via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 02 March 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:

Posting period:

From 17.02.2023 to 02.03.2023

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: VN 2023 54 Protection Officer (P3) Tripoli, Libya (57979007) Draft

Posting: Posting NC57979008 (57979008) Released

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