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Staffing Principles of IOM

Being a member of the IOM team requires the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity. As an international organization with a global mandate, IOM also aims to maintain an equitable geographical balance among its staff. As such, its recruitment efforts target, but are not necessarily limited to, nationals of its Member States. IOM is an equal opportunity employer and seeks committed professionals with a wide variety of skills in the field of migration. IOM staff work in multi-cultural environments, in which diversity and cultural sensitivity are valued.

Vacancy announcements are published for positions of three months to one year. IOM recruits under two types of contracts: (i) Fixed-term contracts for one year and (ii) Special contracts, with a short period of employment (from 3 to 9 months).


Recruitment takes place in the following categories:
  • Professional:
    Staff in the Professional category, referred to as Officials, have international expertise in a particular aspect of IOM's work. IOM recruits at the levels of P-1 through to P-5, and Directors at D-1 level. Although IOM is not a part of the United Nations, it follows the job classification and compensation system regulated by the International Civil Servant Commission (ICSC), as established by the United Nations General Assembly. Details of the classification and conditions of International Civil Servants can be found on the ICSC Home page at http://icsc.un.org/.
  • General Service:
    This category includes local qualified staff with the skills and ability to provide support service to the Organization and its professional staff. In this category, recruitment may take place at G-1 to G-7 levels. IOM follows the job classification of the United Nations Common General Service Standard for Geneva-based Organizations.

Main Fields of Expertise Relevant to IOM Work:

  • Administration
  • Computer Science/Information Technology
  • Economics
  • Education/Training
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Fundraising
  • Human Resources Management
  • Humanitarian and Emergency Operations
  • Languages
  • Medical Services and Public Health Management
  • Migration, Movement and Travel Management
  • Programme Management
  • Public International Law
  • Public Relations

E-Recruitment

IOM strongly encourages you to apply to vacancy notices by using the e-recruitment facility