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Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI) Officer (Human Resources)

International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI) Officer (Human Resources)

Job Code: VN 2024 47

Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland

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: 04 February 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 www.iom.int/diversity.

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; Dominica; Fiji; Grenada; 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; Saint Lucia; Solomon Islands; Suriname; The Bahamas; Tonga; Tuvalu; Uzbekistan; Vanuatu

Second-tier candidates include:

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


As an international organization, IOM recognizes that the benefits of employing a wide range of people from different genders, backgrounds, beliefs, cultures, ethnicities, and other characteristics are vast – especially since IOM’s workforce needs to reflect the diversity of people on the move that the Organization serves and to have the knowledge and understanding to serve them and Member States from around the world, effectively and with sensitivity.

An inclusive culture ensures that all staff feel valued and appreciated by their managers and the Organization – enabling them to perform to the best of their ability. IOM recognizes the importance of having a diverse workforce and an inclusive working environment and is an organization that champions non-discrimination in all its forms (such as based on age, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex characteristics, HIV status, disability status, nationality, race, and ethnicity or other characteristics).

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion Officer, and the overall supervision of the Chief, Integrated Talent Management Unit, the successful candidate will be responsible for developing and supporting diversity, equality, and inclusion activities within the Organization. The Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion Officer will provide expert advice and support to colleagues on a wide range of equality and diversity issues related to the workplace. The Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion Officer will work with a variety of stakeholders across the Organization to launch, develop, and implement a range of initiatives. Activities will be coordinated closely with the Office of the Director General, the Human Resources Policy and Advisory Services Units in HQ and Panama, the Manila Human Resources Office (MHRO), and the Gender and Diversity Coordination Unit (GDC).

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Provide technical expertise and develop and implement initiatives, programmes, and tools to support a diverse workforce and an inclusive work environment within IOM, by ensuring a strategic inclusion of DEI in relevant management processes.
  2. Review organizational and human resources practices, policies, and procedures with a view to supporting diversity, equality, and inclusion within IOM, and make proposals to improve relevant areas.
  3. Lead the development of DEI-focused strategies and action plans in order to promote a more inclusive diverse, equitable, and inclusive working environment by considering existing relevant internal and external strategic documents (such as, but not limited to IOM Strategic Plan, UN-SWAP, UNDIS, etc.).
  4. Review information and data on workforce diversity and inclusion, monitor and evaluate DEI-related activities that are being implemented, and inform relevant colleagues accordingly, so that corrective action may be taken as necessary.
  5. Act as a focal point in the Organization to work with internal and external stakeholders on diversity, equality, and inclusion issues related to the workplace.
  6. Work with the staff development and learning and other relevant units to contribute to the development of learning and training opportunities linked to diversity, equality, and inclusion in the workplace.
  7. Develop content and conduct seminars, workshops, and trainings on diversity, equality, and inclusion issues as required.
  8. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Political or Social Sciences, 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.


  • Demonstrated professional experience of having undertaken substantive DEI work (people management/organizational culture) such as the development and implementation of DEI initiatives, programmes, and tools;
  • Strong coordination experience within the UN system and amongst interagency partners;
  • Experience in developing and facilitating DEI training, in particular capacity-building, and communication materials to promote behavioural and/or organizational culture change; • Demonstrated ability to work across a wide variety of sectors/teams on cross-cutting themes; • Good written and oral communication skills, effective in representation and liaison with external partners;
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, including the ability to advise and influence senior management;
  • Experience in policy and proposal development and the creation of standard procedures and tools; and,
  • Ability to organize work, work independently and prioritize work under pressure, coordinate multiple tasks, maintain attention to detail, and coordinate with a variety of stakeholders.


  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of the DEI-related strategies, policies, rules and regulations in the UN system;
  • Experience applying DEI approaches to human resources and people management in large, international organizations;
  • Strong conceptualization, analytical, and writing skills;
  • Strong communication, organizational, and interpersonal relationship skills;
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure with minimum supervision; and,
  • In-depth knowledge of mainstreaming best practices and partnership models to ensure coordination of the same across a diversified range of actors.


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 is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish) 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, and 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.

https://www.iom.int/sites/default/files/about-iom/iom_revised_competency_framework_external.p 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 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.

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 in 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 04 February 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: www.iom.int/recruitment

Posting period:

From 22.01.2024 to 04.02.2024

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.

deadline: 4-Feb-24

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