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Mali: Protection Coordinator

Deadline for application: 
14 Jul 2019
Country(s) that the job is based in: 
International Organization for Migration
Job type: 

Position Title : Protection Coordinator

Duty Station : Bamako, Mali

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P3

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

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 14 July 2019

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; Bahamas; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Cook Islands; Cuba; Djibouti; El Salvador; Fiji; Gabon; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People's Democratic Republic (the); Lesotho; Libya; Marshall Islands; Mauritania; Micronesia (Federated States of); Montenegro; Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Paraguay; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Samoa; Sao Tome and Principe; Seychelles; Solomon Islands; Suriname; Timor-Leste; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu

Second tier candidates include:

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


Irregular migration across the Central Mediterranean route is extremely dangerous for migrants: crossing the Mediterranean to Italy is by far the deadliest route, with 1 death recorded for 35 arrivals (IOM, 2016). In addition, many migrants interviewed by IOM on their arrival to Italy reported that they were victim’s exploitative practices during their migratory journey along the routes of the Central Mediterranean.

To meet these challenges, the European Union (EU) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have developed the Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration in Africa (hereinafter “Joint Initiative”) which foresees varied interventions including protection and assistance for vulnerable and stranded migrants as well as victims of trafficking, capacity building for the authorities, support for sustainable reintegration in the communities of origin.

The Joint Initiative aims to strengthen the technical and material capacities of authorities and organizations involved in these areas so that they can ultimately take over the policies and programmes related to the protection and reintegration of migrants, with a view to improving the governance of migration in the region.

Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) and the direct supervision of the Program Manager, the successful candidate will act as a Protection Coordinator in Mali under the Joint Initiative, also responsible and accountable for developing and promoting IOM's migrants’ assistance strategy in Mali. S/he will work with government authorities and other counterparts to formulate and implement protection policies for victims of trafficking, smuggled migrants, unaccompanied minors, and migrants in distress in need of mental health support and community reintegration. Activities will be carried out in coordination with the United Nations (UN), local civil society organizations and government counterparts.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Manage the mission’s portfolio of counter-trafficking, anti-smuggling and psychosocial activities. Coordinate the implementation of existing protection activities and develop new ones. Maintain coordination with appropriate IOM units, field offices, Regional Offices (RO) and the Headquarters (HQs) on the implementation of psychosocial and counter-trafficking activities, as well as programs targeting vulnerable groups.
  2. Regularly participate in inter-agency protection fora (e.g. protection cluster, child-protection sub-cluster, gender-based violence sub-cluster, relevant task forces, etc.). Ensure that the protection needs of mobile populations and of communities affected by mobility are systematically reported within IOM and appropriately addressed through individual and/or joint activities with key counterparts.
  3. Efficiently integrate protection-related variables into all types of assessments conducted by IOM Mali. Coordinate their analysis and treatment within the Organization and with other key protection actors.
  4. Plan and implement protection strategies, including identification, referral, and assistance activities for children (special focus on unaccompanied and separated children), victims of human trafficking and exploitation, victims of gender-based violence, and/or other survivors of violence, exploitation and abuse, in coordination with other colleagues and concerned protection actors.
  5. In close collaboration with the CT and Protection and MHPSS Officers, oversee and manage case management for identification and referral of Victims of Trafficking (VOTs), and vulnerable migrants in varied mixed migration groups, and identify, screen, coordinate and ensure proper capacity development of partners in charge of shelters for migrants, in order to ensure the quality of services provided to beneficiaries.
  6. Coordinate protection activities in IOM Mali sub-offices by supervising, training and guiding protection focal points in sub-offices in Gao, Tombouctou, Mopti, and Kayes.
  7. Build capacities or enhance existing ones among field-based colleagues on both IOM protection modus operandi and internal guidelines, counter-trafficking IOM standards and practices as well as international protection standards (Sphere, Child Protection Minimum Standards, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Professional Protection Standards, etc.).
  8. Participate in protection-focused seminars and other meetings representing the Organization at gatherings of governmental and non-governmental entities, as requested.
  9. Prepare regular reports covering protection activities; prepare briefings, statistical/narrative reports, and background information as required including specific information requested by governments and other entities.
  10. Draft and coordinate cooperation agreements and Memoranda of Understanding with government entities, donors, UN partner agencies, NGOs, contractors and other stakeholders, in close coordination with the Office of Legal Affairs in the Headquarters.
  11. Support the expansion of IOM migrants’ assistance portfolio in Mali. Promote its effectiveness, coherence, and integrity with humanitarian and development activities.
  12. Undertake duty travels, in line with prevailing security restrictions, relating to project assessments, liaison with counterparts, and project implementation, as required.
  13. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Humanitarian Affairs and Law, Human Rights, 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 humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness, protection and human rights;
  • Experience in providing direct assistance to vulnerable individuals;
  • Experience in liaising with governmental authorities, other national/international institutions and NGOs, as well as in the region, is an asset;
  • Demonstrated record of supervising staff and coordinating administrative activities;
  • Good knowledge of project formulation, administration and evaluation techniques and practices;
  • 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 migrants;
  • Experience working in the field of counter-trafficking is an advantage.


  • Fluency in English and French is required.
  • Working knowledge of Spanish is an advantage.


Previous applicants do not need to re-apply.

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


Required 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 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 action 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 potential.
  • Empowering others & building trust: creates an atmosphere of trust and an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.
  • Strategic thinking and vision: works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.


  • 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.
  • 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.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 14 July 2019 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 04.07.2019 to 14.07.2019

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 2019/40 (P) - Protection Coordinator (P3) - Bamako, Mali (55811765) Released

Posting: Posting NC55811780 (55811780) Released

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