Programme Officer (Counter Trafficking)

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Organization: International Organisation for Migration
Job Type: Full-Time
Country: Thailand
Experience: Mid Career (3-5 years)
Languages: English, Other
Category: Thailand
Topic: Refugee Rights
Application Deadline: 29. September 2020

Job Description


IOM Thailand implements a range of national and regional projects aimed at addressing migration challenges and delivering increased protection and assistance to vulnerable migrants in partnership with government, civil society and private sector counterparts.

Through research, policy interventions, capacity-building and outreach, these projects aim to develop sustainable solutions to reduce systemic vulnerabilities and to provide increased support to vulnerable migrants, including victims of trafficking, internally displaced persons, refugees, asylum seekers, unaccompanied minors, and exploited and abused migrants.

In particular, the recently initiated “Ship to Shore Rights South East Asia: Regional Programme on Labour Migration in the Fishing Sector”, funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented in partnership with the International Labor Organization (ILO) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), aims to promote regular and safe labour migration among South East Asian countries, with a focus on the fishing and seafood processing industries, by strengthening legal, policy and regulatory frameworks, protecting labour rights, and empowering migrant workers to exercise their rights when faced with abusive and exploitative labour practices.

Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) of IOM Thailand and the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator (Migrant Assistance and Counter-Trafficking Unit), the successful candidate will be responsible for supporting the implementation and coordination of IOM Thailand’s regional and national projects on counter-trafficking and migrant protection, and in particular of the “Ship to Shore Rights South East Asia: Regional Programme on Labour Migration in the Fishing Sector”.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Support the implementation and coordination of IOM Thailand’s regional and national projects on counter-trafficking and migrant protection.
  2. Monitor and provide technical guidance to project-relevant staff, ensuring compliance with project documents, workplans, budgets and donor guidelines.
  3. Support liaison with donors, project partners, other IOM Country Offices (COs) and the Regional Office (RO) to facilitate a coordinated approach to project implementation, highlight synergies with IOM programmes, make recommendations on donor/partner engagement and research new funding opportunities.
  4. Coordinate and support the work of project staff and consultants in organising meetings, workshops, seminars, trainings, conferences and studies, as well as other activities relevant to programming.
  5. Coordinate and liaise with IOM Thailand Labour Migration and Human Development (LHD) colleagues to facilitate coordinated approaches to LHD-led project interventions.
  6. Compile interim and final project narrative reports to donors in accordance with IOM procedures and donor requirements.
  7. Track project expenditures and commitments and assist the Resource Management Unit (RMU) to facilitate the financial management and accountability of projects and to draft financial reports to donors.
  8. In coordination with Communications colleagues, and in compliance with project visibility guidelines, participate in the production and strategic dissemination of communication materials that document project activities, achievements and impacts in the form of Press Briefing Notes, social media updates, website content, project information sheets and brochures, and other material as relevant.
  9. Contribute to resource mobilization efforts for new projects by selecting and summarizing background information, assessing the local context for the planning and administration of individual projects, and drafting segments of project proposals.
  10. Contribute to the collection, study, and sharing of relevant information/data on trafficking in persons, migrant protection issues, and labour exploitation of migrant workers for dissemination to colleagues and relevant stakeholders.
  11. Brief the Programme Coordinator on a regular basis on programme implementation and on any current affairs that may have an impact on the work of IOM.
  12. Undertake travel duties related to programme implementation, monitoring, liaison with counterparts, and project progress as required.
  13. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree from an accredited academic institution, preferably in Political or Social Sciences, Development Studies, International Relations or Law with two years of relevant professional experience; or

• University degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional experience.


• Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing programming related to counter-trafficking, migrant protection and labour migration;

• Experience in liaising with government authorities, inter-governmental institutions, the private sector, UN agencies and national and international NGOs;

• Demonstrated experience and understanding of the migration context in South East Asia;

• Experience in implementing regional programmes and activities, or of coordinating regional interventions;

• Demonstrated experience in implementing EU-funded programmes will be considered an advantage.


• Knowledge and experience of monitoring and evaluation processes;

• Excellent writing, communication and negotiation skills;

• Excellent analytical abilities and demonstrated capacity to draft and edit technical documents;

• Knowledge of project budgeting and planning;

• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to maintain trust and good working relationships with counterparts;

• Capacity for creative thinking;

• Team-oriented, but with capacity to work independently and with minimal supervision;

• Personal commitment, efficiency, and flexibility;

• Strong organizational and time management skills, and ability to deliver under tight timelines;

• Understanding of IOM policies, procedures and institutional tools will be considered an advantage.


IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish.

For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Thai, Khmer, Burmese, Indonesian, Spanish and/or French is an advantage.

Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.

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