Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and 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 environment. Applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged. For the purpose of the vacancy, the following candidates are considered as first-tier candidates:
1. Internal candidates
2. Qualified applicants from the following NMS countries:
Antigua and Barbuda, Benin, Bahamas, Botswana, Belize, Congo, Cabo Verde, Djibouti, Micronesia (Federated States of), Gabon, Gambia, Guyana, Iceland, Cambodia, Comoros, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Libya, Montenegro, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Mauritania, Maldives, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Seychelles, Slovenia, Suriname, El Salvador, Swaziland, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, United Republic of Tanzania, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Vanuatu, Samoa
The ongoing conflict in Syria, which is dynamic, complex and multifaceted, has become the world’s largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. The country is experiencing a continuous deterioration of the humanitarian situation in country, characterized by poor access to basic goods and services, large scale displacements, increasing vulnerabilities of population in need, damages to key infrastructure and restricted movement of goods and people, with large regions not being accessible. While the UN Security Council Resolutions 2165 and 2191 enabled some cross border assistance into Syria, there is still an estimated 4.8 million Syrians who continue to live without regular access to food or medical care inside hard to reach or besieged areas, with needs increasing. According to the figures of the 2016 Syria response plan, there are 5.1 million IDPs in Syria of which 5.6 million are children, and 13.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.
Most of the current IOM cross-border activities focus on NFI distribution, with protection activities only at an embryonic stage. GBV survivors, child labour cases, child and early marriages as well as trafficking cases remain under-identified, under-reported and under-addressed, and have been identified as areas of current and future work. Of particular concern are unspecified numbers of unaccompanied and separated children who are displaced and separated from their families for various reasons and do not get tracked nor assisted properly by the current operations inside Syria. In addition, the child protection concerns which could have links with trafficking incidents are early and forced marriage, child labour, and child recruitment by all armed forces involved in the conflict. No comprehensive data exists on numbers of children affected by these occurrences, but anecdotal evidence suggests that as the humanitarian situation in Syria deteriorates, increasing families are resorting to or fall prey to such measures/abuses.
Children are separated from their families due to conflict and displacement, left behind by parents who might seek treatment from injury elsewhere, or are sent to other areas to seek work. There is a mismatch between the increasing accounts of unaccompanied and separated children inside Syria and the few numbers of identified unaccompanied and separated children among the refugee population in Turkey. Against this backdrop, IOM wishes to recruit a protection officer able to enhance protection related activities of the IOM cross-border team.
Under the overall supervision of the Head of Sub-Office in Gaziantep and the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator, the successful candidate will contribute to the integration of protection considerations in on-going response operations as well as to the development of protection focused activities.
Core Functions / Responsibilities:
Required Qualifications and Experience:
Languages: Fluency in English and working knowledge of Arabic is required. Working knowledge of Turkish is an advantage.
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.