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The International Organization for Migration works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, be they refugees, displaced persons e.t.c.

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About IOM

IOM, or the International Organization for Migration, is an intergovernmental organization that provides services and advice concerning migration to governments and migrants alike. It was established in 1951 and operates under the United Nations system. IOM works closely with its member states and partners to promote safe, orderly, and humane migration.

Here are a few key points about IOM:

  1. Mandate: IOM’s primary mandate is to facilitate and promote international migration, recognizing the benefits it can bring to both migrants and societies. The organization aims to provide services and advice related to migration management, including migration health, labor migration, migration and development, and resettlement and integration.
  2. Migration Services: IOM offers a wide range of services to migrants, including assistance with voluntary return and reintegration, support for vulnerable migrants, migration health assessments and assistance, and assistance for victims of trafficking and other forms of exploitation. IOM also works to facilitate legal migration pathways and provides information and support to migrants throughout their migration journey.
  3. Migration Data and Research: IOM collects and analyzes migration data, conducting research to enhance understanding of migration trends, challenges, and opportunities. The organization works to improve data management systems, develop migration profiles, and provide evidence-based recommendations to inform policy and decision-making processes related to migration.
  4. Migration Policy and Advocacy: IOM actively engages in policy dialogue and advocacy at the global, regional, and national levels. The organization collaborates with governments, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders to develop comprehensive and balanced migration policies. IOM also supports capacity building efforts for government officials and provides technical expertise in the development and implementation of migration-related policies and programs.
  5. Emergency Response and Migration Crisis Management: IOM plays a critical role in emergency response and migration crisis management. It provides support in humanitarian emergencies, including natural disasters, conflict situations, and displacement crises. IOM’s expertise in migration helps ensure the protection and assistance of affected populations, including displaced persons and migrants in vulnerable situations.

Why work at IOM

Working at IOM, the International Organization for Migration, can offer numerous benefits and opportunities. Here are some reasons why individuals may choose to work at IOM:

  1. Meaningful Impact: IOM’s work directly contributes to addressing the complex challenges and opportunities associated with migration. By joining IOM, you have the opportunity to make a real and positive impact on the lives of migrants and society as a whole. Whether it’s providing assistance to vulnerable migrants, supporting migration policy development, or responding to humanitarian crises, working at IOM allows you to contribute to meaningful and impactful work.
  2. Global Reach: IOM operates in over 170 countries and has a presence in more than 400 locations worldwide. This global reach provides employees with opportunities to work in diverse cultural settings, collaborate with colleagues from different backgrounds, and gain international experience. Working at IOM offers exposure to a wide range of migration contexts, challenges, and solutions.
  3. Multidisciplinary Approach: Migration is a complex issue that intersects with various sectors and disciplines. Working at IOM allows you to engage in multidisciplinary work, collaborating with professionals from fields such as migration management, humanitarian response, health, development, research, policy, and more. This multidisciplinary approach fosters a dynamic and enriching work environment.
  4. Professional Development: IOM is committed to the professional development of its staff members. The organization provides training opportunities, workshops, and resources to enhance employees’ skills and knowledge in various areas related to migration. Working at IOM offers a platform for continuous learning and growth, allowing individuals to develop their expertise and advance their careers.
  5. Diversity and Inclusion: IOM values diversity and inclusion in its workforce. The organization strives to create an inclusive work environment that respects and appreciates the contributions of individuals from different backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives. Working at IOM offers the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse group of colleagues, fostering a rich and inclusive professional community.
  6. Networking and Collaboration: At IOM, you have the chance to collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders, including governments, civil society organizations, international partners, and academia. This collaboration enables you to build a strong professional network and engage in meaningful partnerships, fostering knowledge exchange, innovation, and collective efforts to address migration challenges.
  7. Commitment to Humanitarian Principles: IOM is guided by the principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and independence. Working at IOM allows you to contribute to the organization’s commitment to upholding these principles and ensuring the protection, well-being, and dignity of migrants. It offers the opportunity to work in a humanitarian context and make a difference in the lives of those affected by migration crises.

Details on the post

Intern –Programme Support Unit – Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (Homebased)


  1. Support the development of mission resource mobilization strategies, considering national and donor priorities in PNG in coordination with relevant units.
  2. Assist in developing country office strategic plans aligned with IOM’s regional and global strategies and the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework in PNG.
  3. Facilitate communication and coordination between the Mission’s PSU, IOM Regional Office in Bangkok, IOM Headquarters in Geneva, and other IOM missions with resource mobilization functions.
  4. Provide timely support for project development, reporting, donor relations, public information, and information management to project coordinators and implementation teams.
  5. Assist in drafting donor reports, addressing queries and deadlines, and coordinating the Mission’s contributions to institutional and external reporting processes.
  6. Support project development and coordination with the regional office, HQ, and other relevant departments.
  7. Manage knowledge by maintaining the Mission’s PSU SharePoint and facilitating information sharing across units.
  8. Undertake assigned tasks based on experience and academic background.

Training Components and Learning Elements:

  • Gain knowledge in IOM’s interventions, UN system, and working in a multicultural environment.
  • Develop skills in project development and reporting processes.
  • Acquire technical knowledge in resource mobilization, policy, and strategy development.
  • Access online training courses available to IOM staff.
  • Interact with IOM staff in the Regional Office and Headquarters.
  • Gain practical experience in a dynamic international environment.
  • Demonstrate creativity, innovation, and contribute new ideas.
  • Oversee important responsibilities, demonstrate confidence and initiative.
  • Build a professional network and learn about new opportunities.

Required Qualifications and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in international development, international relations, or a related field.
  • Field experience in migration or development is a plus.
  • Experience in project development, reporting, and government and donor liaison is a plus.
  • Experience working in a multicultural setting.
  • Strong interest in migration issues.
  • Knowledge of global migration trends and developments in the Pacific region.
  • Familiarity with humanitarian and development debates and coordination frameworks.
  • Attention to detail and ability to organize paperwork systematically.
  • Confidentiality, patience, and willingness to learn.
  • Effective planning, coordination, and meeting deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Respectful and flexible collaboration with diverse colleagues.
  • Excellent research, writing, and organizational skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and advanced English communication and negotiation skills.


  • Fluency in English (oral and written) is required.
  • Working knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.


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