Being a member of the IOM team requires the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity. IOM also aims to maintain an equitable geographical balance among its staff. As such, our recruitment efforts target, but are not necessarily limited to, nationals of our Member States. We are an equal opportunity employer and seek 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.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should send their motivation letter referring the Vacancy Number, CV written in English with photocopies of educational/professional documents and valid professional licence (if required) to the below e-mail address or in person to our Head Office in Addis Ababa.

Resource Management Unit
International Organization for Migration
Ethiopia office
YeMez Building , Behind Zequala Building
Addis Ababa – Ethiopia

Internship Opportunities

IOM has developed an Internship Programme which targets young, talented undergraduate and graduate students, willing to gain practical experience in a field relevant to the Organization through their full involvement in daily working activities in migration-related areas and/or in public international administration.

Interns tend to be students approaching the end of their programme or graduates between 19 and 36 years of age (average age is 26).

Interns are given assignments and responsibility commensurate with their experience and they are referred to a supervisor/mentor, who is responsible for mentoring and coaching. They can be given short assignments either designed within on-going programmes or on an ad-hoc basis. Interns are not considered to be staff members but Terms of Reference, tasks, duration of assignment and supervisors are clearly determined. During their assignment, interns attend monthly briefings on the different services of the Organization and visit other UN-based International Organizations.

Interns previously recruited included were under-graduate and post-graduate students in International Relations, Political Science, Law, Information Technology, Information Science, Computer Science, International Public Administration, Procurement and Logistics, Accounting and Finance and Communications.

Staffing Principles of IOM

Recruitment takes place in the following categories:


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. IOM 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

National Officers:

National Officers are employed to perform professional duties which require knowledge and experience at the national level, and so cannot be carried out as effectively by internationally recruited staff. National Officers complement the knowledge and experience of international staff and provide field offices with the knowledge of local conditions, including the policy, economy, culture, language as well as the functions and procedures of the host government’s machinery, enhancing the effectiveness of IOM programmes, and importantly, building national capacities. Hence, staff members recruited for National Officer Positions should be national of the country Mission.

General Service:

This category includes local qualified staff with the skills and ability to provide support service to the Organization. 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.

Main Fields of Expertise Relevant to IOM Work:

  • Administration
  • Computer Science/Information Technology
  • Economics
  • Education/Training
  • Accounting
  • 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
Recruitment Procedures

For positions of one year, which are subject to a vacancy announcement (VN), recruitment can take from 2 to 3 months. The recruitment procedure includes:

  • Publication of vacancy notice
  • Screening of applicants
  • Interviewing short-listed applicants
  • Practical test (if the position requires)
  • Selection recommendation
  • Review at Mission level
  • Reference check
  • Offer letter
  • Entry On Duty (EOD) Medical Examination
  • Security training (Basic/Advanced)
  • Contract issuance

For positions of 3 to 9 months, which are subject to short-term vacancy announcements (SVN), the recruitment can take from 1.5 to 2.5 months. The recruitment procedure is the same as the above.


Current Vacancies

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Global Recruitment Opportunities

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.

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