Current Hiring Practices and Trends in the Development Sector
- BY David Mackenzie
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 environment. Applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged. For the purpose of the vacancy, the following candidates are considered as first-tier candidates:
Gender-based violence (GBV) is one of the most widespread but least-recognized human rights abuses, affecting both individuals and communities in the complex settings where IOM operates. Displacement, among many factors during a crisis, can exacerbate GBV-related risks. Activities and interventions to prevent and respond to GBV must be undertaken from the earliest stages of an emergency in a coordinated manner. As life-saving core emergency humanitarian actions, timely GBV interventions can remedy, mitigate or avert direct loss of life, physical and psychological harm or threats to a population and/or protect their dignity. In line with the commitments to the global Call to Action on Protection Against Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies, and in accordance with the IASC Guidelines for Integrating Gender-Based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Action (2015), IOM has been working to improve GBV prevention, risk mitigation and response in its crisis operations worldwide.
Multiple outbreaks of unrest in October 2016 and August 2017 in the Rakhine State of Myanmar triggered large influxes of Rohingyas crossing into Bangladesh through the borders in Teknaf and Ukhiya upazilas of Cox’s Bazar. Approximately 600,000 Rohingyas have crossed into Bangladesh since 25 August 2017, increasing the total Rohingya population residing in Cox’s Bazar town, Ramu, Teknaf, and Ukhia to over 800,000. Over half of the new arrivals are still living in spontaneous settlements with little access to aid, including shelter, food, clean water, and sanitation. Having no access roads to, or necessary drainage in, these spontaneous settlements compounds the challenge of reaching the new arrivals with necessary aid. IOM is working on improving road access and service provision.
The Government of Bangladesh (GOB) is working closely with IOM and other agencies to establish a new 3,000 acre site. As of now, this site is undeveloped and has no available services or capacity. Site planners and engineers are working on access roads and layout of this large site to allow provision of services. Until then, services and assistance are still required in the spontaneous settlements throughout Cox's bazar.
IOM’s response is currently concentrating on shelter and NFI provision, water sanitation and hygiene, site management, gender-based violence and counter human trafficking, communication with affected communities and coordination and assessment.
IOM also conducts the Needs and Population Monitoring (NPM) on behalf of the Inter-Sector Coordination Group, providing monthly assessments on the presence and demographics of displaced persons, population movement dynamics and rapid assessments of sectoral needs.
In addition to scaling up its current operations, IOM wishes to strengthen and make more comprehensive its protection response, build on other sectors’ programmes and ensure protection considerations are mainstreamed in IOM’s current operations.
Under the overall supervision of Emergency Coordinator and direct supervision and guidance of Protection Officer (GBV), the Operations Officer (GBV) is to support the Protection Officer (GBV) within the coordination structures in country as well as address GBV from a programming perspective. To fulfil this function, the successful candidate will provide technical assistance to IOM Field Assistants and Coordinators on prevention and mitigation of and response to GBV in emergencies to strengthen GBV programming and coordination efforts in affected areas, with particular focus on field support.
Core Functions / Responsibilities:
Required Qualifications and Experience:
Languages: Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of Bangla is an advantage.