STÁŽ: IOM – International Organization for Migration



Duty Station: Brussels, Belgium
Position Title: Intern
Start date of employment: Between July 2016 and December 2016
Duration of Assignment: 6 months


IOM in Brussels is establishing a roster of potential interns interested to join the Organization between July 2016 and December 2016. The start date of internship is subject to negotiation between the two parties.


1. This Call for Curricula is reserved for candidates who:

a) are holding a scholarship for internship placements in international organizations and/or for whom internship is required to complete their studies including sponsorship;
b) are sponsored by governmental/non-governmental institutions and/or academia to work on specific areas relevant to both IOM and the sponsor;

2.These posts are subject to local recruitment. Only persons holding a valid residence and work permit for Belgium will be eligible for consideration.

Background and general functions:

The intern will either work for the IOM Regional Office for the European Economic Area, European Union and NATO or for the IOM Country Office for Belgium and Luxembourg and will be working in one of the below areas:

A. Migration Policy and Research IOM RO Brussels actively contributes to EU policy debates on migration, mobility and development through participation in consultations and debates held by the European Commission and Parliament, and by providing our inputs to the EU Council Presidencies and committees. RO Brussels has contributed to consultations on the EU’s multi-annual financial framework (MFF), the Global Approach to Migration and Mobility (GAMM), and the EU’s agenda for migration and mobility for development, among others.

Additionally, RO Brussels supports EU dialogue with third countries on migration issues.

Duties and responsibilities:

The intern will either support the external team, focusing on developing IOM’s policy and project-related cooperation within the European Union in third countries, undertake research and analysis on the current state of affairs and future prospects, assist in the preparation and submission of project proposals and reports to EU institutions or provide secretarial and administrative support to the Head of Unit in the day-to-day management and overall functioning of the Unit.

Specific requirements:

a) University degree in European Studies, International Relations, Political Science, or Law; b) Knowledge of European institutions and policy in the fields of migration, development and/or foreign affairs is a distinct advantage; c) Knowledge about EU financing rules and procedures an advantage.

B. Programmes Implementation coordinates and manages EU-funded IOM projects and programmes which have a multiregional dimension. Programmes Implementation is currently carrying out the programme: Supporting the ACP-EU Dialogue and Cooperation on Migration and Development (ACP-EU Migration Action).

Duties and responsibilities:

The intern will be supporting the implementation of activities under the Action supporting ACP-EU Cooperation on Migration and Development by contributing to the development of communication material, assist in research and by providing general administrative support.

Specific requirements:

a) University degree in European Studies, International Relations, Political Science, or Law; b) Direct experience of one or more of the six ACP regions an asset; c) Fluency in Portuguese, English and French required. Spanish is an asset.

C. Emergency & Post-Crisis: Forced migration and massive population movements, including protracted internal and cross-border displacement and refugee situations caused by natural and man-made disasters have drawn international attention and response. IOM and the EU have had an important role to play in responding to the humanitarian needs resulting from these population flows. IOM Regional Office Brussels is regularly contracted by the European Commission to implement post-crisis programmes.

Duties and responsibilities:

The intern will assist in research and reviewing and submitting of project reports in the field of humanitarian aid and post crisis from IOM field missions to the European Commission. Assist and participate in the organization of meetings and conferences.

Specific requirements:

a) University degree in European Studies, International Relations, Political Science, or Law; b) First professional experience in the field of EU liaison, preferably in the field of emergency & post-crisis or DG Echo would be a distinct advantage.

D. Migration Health: IOM Health promotes a public health approach to migrant and minority health. In Europe, IOM Regional Office Brussels works in partnership with EU institutions, Regional Networks, other IOs academic networks and Civil Society Organisations in support of policy development, providing technical advice as well as the implementation of projects.

Duties and responsibilities:

The intern will assist with promotion of contacts with external stakeholders and other IOM field offices engaged in migration health to support project development, implementation and monitoring of projects, implemented under the supervision of the Senior Regional Migration Health Advisor for Europe. In addition, the intern will assist in the preparation of, participation in, and follow-up of meetings and seminars with EU counterparts and other external (non-IOM) parties interested in migration and health matters, as well as in minorities related issues.

Specific requirements:

a) University degree in Public/ Global Health, Social Sciences, Political Science, or similar; b) proven interest in migration/ migration health topics; c) familiarity with qualitative research is required; d) knowledge of database tools and ability to produce graphs; e) knowledge of European institutions, CoE and policy in the field of public health and/or migration, ethnic minority Roma is an asset.

E. Finance & Administration: The Regional Resource Management Unit (RRMU) is responsible for monitoring and supporting the financial, human resources and other administrative functions of the Country Offices (COs) within the region of the European Economic Area as well as for contributing to the efficient financial management of the Regional Office.

Duties and responsibilities:

The intern will assist, in close collaboration with the RRMU colleagues, in monitoring and supporting the budgetary, financial and administrative functions of the Regional Office.

Specific requirements:

a) Bachelor degree in Business Administration, Finance, Commerce or a related discipline. University degree in related fields would be a distinct advantage; b) Familiarity with International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) is an asset; c) Experience with EU funding instruments relevant for EU member states and related financial rules and administrative procedures is an asset.

F. Information & Communication: The IOM Country Office Information and Communication Unit contributes to the visibility and promotion of IOM’s activities in Belgium and Luxembourg. This Unit oversees and coordinates all information and communication activities implemented by the Country Office and maintains and develops contacts and liaison with relevant partners, in view of the successful implementation of projects

Duties and responsibilities:

a) Assist in translating key documents from English to French and/ or from English to Dutch; b) Assist in maintaining the CO Website c) Assist in compiling the CO quarterly newsletter; d)Assist in developing new information materials issued by the IOM Brussels CO; e) Assist in organising meetings, conferences and events.

Specific requirements:

a) Bachelor Degree in Communication or Languages; b) confirmed interest in information and communication tools; c) ability to draft clearly and concisely; d) Proficiency in English, Dutch and/ or French (C2 European level).

G. Projects: The IOM Country Office Projects Team is developing and implementing projects in subject areas such as migration and development, counter-trafficking, vulnerable migrant groups (including victims of trafficking (VoTs) and unaccompanied migrant children (UMC), technical cooperation on migration, labour migration and integration.

Duties and responsibilities:

The Intern will provide content and administrative support to the Project Development Coordinator, the Focal point for UMC and VoTs and the Chief of Mission. The intern will assist with the development of new projects and liaison with the Belgian and Luxembourgish government and other stakeholders and will support in the research and analysis of the Belgian governments’ institutional framework(s) and policies and prepare all relevant background information, research and filing necessary for meetings with stakeholders.

Specific requirements:

a) Knowledge of European institutions and policy in the field of migration b) Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English; working knowledge of French and / or Dutch is highly desirable.

Required qualifications and experience for all profiles:

a) First work experience or internship would be a distinct advantage; b) Computer literacy; c) Strong organizational skills; d) Ability to understand the Organization’s structure and portfolios; e) Ability to work effectively and harmoniously in a team of colleagues of varied cultural and professional backgrounds; f) Proven ability to produce quality work accurately and concisely according to set deadlines; g) Practical experience of how to multi-task, prioritize and work independently; h) Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English. Knowledge of Dutch, French and/or Spanish is an asset.

Method of Application:

All applications (CV and Cover Letter) should be addressed to quoting Call for Curricula Intern 2016-08. Please specify in your cover letter 1) which Unit/area of RO Brussels you are interested in 2) as of when and 3) how long you are available 4) the source of your scholarship

Closing date: 17th April 2016

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