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Intern – Project Support – IOM

Position Title: Intern – Project Support

Duty Station: Gaborone, Botswana

Classification: Intern, Grade OTHE

Type of Appointment: Internship, Six months with the possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date: 01 July 2019

Closing Date: 24 March 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.


Background Information

Under the overall and direct supervision of the Officer in Charge and in close coordination with Regional Thematic Specialists, the successful candidate will be accountable and responsible for the implementation of activities under projects that the mission is currently implementing:

1) Botswana Migration Profile: supporting evidence-based migration-related policymaking and planning in Botswana: Building Capacities to Promote Evidence-Based Policy Making”.

The 24-months project, aims to foster migration management through supporting the government of the Republic of Botswana in promoting evidence-based policy making through the development of a migration profile. The project aims to provide such support by developing a methodology for migration data collection, sharing, analysis as well as compiling existing information into a migration profile that can serve as a baseline for further reporting. In addition, the project will also include a capacity building component to equip government officials and other stakeholders with the necessary skills and knowledge to as carry out regular updates of the migration profile after completion of the project.

The project is implemented by IOM in collaboration with relevant government Ministries, Statistics Botswana, University of Botswana, Non-governmental organizations and other key stakeholders.

2) Strengthening labour migration management in Botswana: also funded by IOM Development Fund. The overall objective of this project is to support the Government of Botswana, specifically Selibe Phikwe Economic Revitalization Programme, under the Ministry of Trade and Industry, in collecting and utilising skills data to inform and guide efforts to revitalize the economy of the Selibe Phikwe region.

The mission is also supporting implementation of 2 regional projects; Developing a Regional Migration Policy Framework as well as a project geared at Strengthening of Migration data collection and analysis in Botswana, South Africa, Lesotho, Malawi and Zimbabwe.

The successful candidate will also be expected to support Project Development in the mission by engaging with relevant national and regional stakeholders to identify migration priorities for the country and continuously explore new ideas to develop concept notes and proposals for possible funding.


The successful candidate will work under the guidance and supervision of the Officer in Charge, and in collaboration with other colleagues in the mission and relevant RTSs at the Regional Office.

Under the direct supervision of the Officer in Charge and in coordination with relevant government ministries and national partners, the successful candidate will be responsible for the following:


Core Functions / Responsibilities:

1.     Provide support in all IOM activities undertaken in Botswana.

2.     Support activities related to the development of migration profile.

3.     Support capacity building of government officials on migration management.

4.     Provide technical and administrative assistance in the development of the regional curriculum on migration management.

5.     Support project development through initiating project ideas and drafting concept notes and proposals

6.     Coordinate with other partner agencies the implementation of the migration management projects.

7.     Support the Project Consultant(s) in the preparation of work plans, meetings, workshop updates and the project donor report.

8.     Assist in monitoring implementation of activities to achieve project outcomes and according to the budget.

9.     Participate in organizing the Regional Migration Dialogue for Southern Africa (MIDSA) and any stakeholder consultation meetings as necessary.

10.     Provide administrative and logistics support required for the successful implementation of project activities.

11.     Represent IOM in meetings with government and other relevant stakeholders as required

12.     Undertake duty travel for project implementation purposes.

13.     Perform other duties as assigned.

Training Components and Learning Elements

It is estimated that the successful candidate will gain knowledge in the following areas:

• Results Based Management

• Migration Governance

• Other Migration Thematic issues

He/ She will also gain on-site experience in working in an international multi-cultural environment, within the United Nations system

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Bachelor ‘ s degree in any social science field preferably, legal studies, sociology, political science and /or humanities or any related field from an accredited academic institution.


• Master ‘ s degree an advantage;

• Capability to draft concept notes, project proposals, reports and other types of formal communication;

• Working experience in/with NGO/IGO. Experience in working with Civil Society organizations/NGO highly desirable

• Experience in organizing events, workshops, meetings and strategic planning exercises

• Familiarity with concepts and developments related to irregular migration highly desirable

• Experience in designing and conducting training in adult education methodologies especially in the areas of human rights, gender, capacity building an added advantage • Proficiency in Microsoft Windows and MS Office applications.

• Required IOM functional competencies: team player, effective communicator, successful negotiator, creative and analytical thinker, active learner, able to work in a multi-cultural environment.

• Ability to function effectively under stressful conditions such as heavy workloads, extensive travel and deadlines.

• Strong organizational skills;

• Ability to work effectively and harmoniously in a team of colleagues of varied cultural and professional backgrounds;

• Practical experience of how to multi-task, prioritize and work independently;

• Can proficiently use MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point);

• Can engage in various Social Media platforms.


Fluency in English is required.



Diversity & Inclusion

At IOM we value and invite diversity into our workforce as we know it is one of the factors that make us qualified to deal with the complex issue of migration. We see diversity as one of our organizational strengths. Our aim is to foster an inclusive workplace where everyone treats each other (including colleagues and migrants) with dignity and respect.

At IOM we welcome applications from qualified individuals, irrespective of their race, religion, skin color, nationality, age, disability status, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family structure, mental health status, or any other characteristic. Our policies encourage a workplace free from discrimination and any form of harassment.

You can find more information at

Eligibility and Selection

In general, the Internship Programme aims at attracting talented students and graduates who:

a)     have a specific interest in, or whose studies have covered, areas relevant to IOM programmes and activities;

b)     are either students approaching the end of their studies and preparing a thesis, or recently graduated, who have less than two years of relevant working experience.

c)    Must have a Master’s Degree

d)     As part of IOM’s continuous efforts to increase the diversity of its workforce, a special call for interns from non-represented member states and non-OECD DAC countries is being launched.

Please refer to the link below for a list of OECD DAC member countries:

*All candidates who are from countries that are not enlisted are eligible to apply.

IOM’s non-represented member States are:

(Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Congo, Cabo Verde, Czech Republic, Djibouti, Fiji, Micronesia (Federated States of), Gabon, Guyana, Iceland, Comoros, Lesotho, Libya, Montenegro, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Seychelles, Slovenia, Suriname, El Salvador, Swaziland, Timor-Leste, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Vanuatu, Samoa)

• Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted, and additional enquiries will only be addressed if the candidate is shortlisted.

• Depending on experience and location, IOM provides a monthly stipend to help offset costs.

Travel costs will be covered.

• Please consider the cost of living in the Duty Station prior to applying.

• Applications must be submitted by 24 March 2019

Desirable 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

•     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.


Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

No late applications will be accepted.

Appointment is subject to funding confirmation.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 24 March 2019 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

For further information, please refer to:

In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM only accepts online profiles duly completed.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. You can track the progress of your application on your personal application page in the IOM e-recruitment system.

Posting period:

From 11.03.2019 to 24.03.2019

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