Liaison and Policy Officer
Application deadline 1 year ago: Sunday 28 Nov 2021 at 00:00 UTCOpen application form
This is a UNV National Expert contract. This kind of contract is known as National UN Volunteer. It is normally only for nationals. More about UNV National Expert contracts.
Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the IOM Chief of Mission or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UN Volunteer will:
• Contribute to the migration policy-development process for the country through close liaison with the government counterparts and other relevant stakeholders, dissemination of IOM policies and positions, promotion of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), the migration related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; • Assist the IOM Chief of Mission and the relevant mission colleagues on inter-agency coordination, support and ensure active rollout and implementation of National UN Networks to establish IOM’s strong leadership role in the area of migration and development, in coordination with the Resident Coordinator’s Office and partner agencies; • Provide migration policy support to and develop the capacity of States and other relevant stakeholders including the promotion and rollout of migration governance trainings for IOM staff, UN Country Team (UNCT) as well as government officials and key actors; • Support mainstreaming of migration policy and governance issues in the national development plan IOM projects and in the work of UNCT, including the Common Country Analysis (CCA) and the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF); • Liaise with the IOM Regional Office, and Regional UN Network on Migration, Issue Based Coalition on Migration, Task Force on COVID-19 and Migration/Mobility and other regional coordination mechanisms, ensuring regional migration governance initiatives are rolled out at national level; • National level outreach on the International Migration Review Forum (IMRF) including the support for participation into global process, to the preparation of the GCM Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) and promotion of whole-of-government and whole-of-society approaches throughout the GCM implementation, follow-up, and review process; • Contribute to global process, in support of the Member State, with regards to Inter-State Consultation Mechanisms, the Global Forum on Migration and Development, SDG Voluntary National Reviews, and assisting the government to actively contribute further in this regard; • Perform any other duties that may be assigned.
• Professionalism • Integrity • Teamwork and respect for diversity • Commitment to continuous learning • Planning and organizing • Communication • Flexibility • Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement.
• Master’s degree in Social and Political Sciences or a related field from an accredited academic institution; • At least fifteen years of professional work experience at the national and/or international level in policy development and analysis, international relations, international development, or other relevant programmes; experience in migration and/or in the MENA region is an asset, as is experience working in the UN or other international development or non-profit organization; • Experience in policy, coordination and external relations is required; • Experience in working with government stakeholders, the UN system, international organization, and civil society organization is desired. • Proven ability to work with broad range of actors, external and internal, to support diverse coordination processes is desired. • In depth knowledge of the broad range of migration related subject areas dealt with by the Organization and global health policy is an advantage in the context of COVID-19 pandemic; • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including external and internal, and authorities at different levels; to support diverse coordination processes is desired; • Excellent oral and written skills including drafting, formulation, reporting skills in the required language; • Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing; • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel; • Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment; • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines; • Sound security awareness; • Have affinity with volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.
Kuwait is a country in Western Asia. It is situated in the northern edge of Eastern Arabia at the tip of the Arabian Gulf, bordering Iraq to the north and Saudi Arabia to the south. Kuwait has a coastal length of approximately 499 km (310 mi). As of 2021, Kuwait has a population of 4.67 million people where 1.45 million are Kuwaitis and 3.2 million. The climate of Kuwait is that of a semi-desert with winter temperatures falling close to freezing but with summer temperature exceeding 50°C in the shade. Despite the high summer temperatures, living conditions remain comfortable with the extensive use of air-conditioning. The cost of living is similar to any developed state and on one’s choice of lifestyle English is spoken by the majority of people in Kuwait. Nearly all shops, road-signs, advertising and even the currency employ English script as well as Arabic. There are well equipped government and private clinics and hospitals throughout Kuwait offering medical care. Standards are usually good.