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International Organization for Migration

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the principal intergovernmental organization in the field of migration, and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental, and nongovernmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all, and does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants. IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration challenges, and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, be they migrant workers, refugees, asylum seekers, displaced persons, victims of trafficking, or other uprooted people. In recent years, the IOM has become a leading site of policy analysis on such contemporary issues as trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants, unaccompanied migrant children, etc.

Students may be placed with either the Office of Legal Affairs or with the International Migration Law Unit.

Office of Legal Affairs

Nature of Extern's Work and Supervision
Working under the general supervision of the Director of the Office of Legal Affairs, IOM Headquarters, Geneva, the incumbent will be responsible to carry out the following tasks:

  • Assist in review of contracts and agreements for IOM offices and headquarters departments;
  • Assists in advising on privileges and immunities for IOM offices;
  • Work on a variety of in-house legal issues;
  • Assist in the preparation of the Administration's response to staff appeals;
  • Draft research papers on various legal issues;
  • Assist in the determination of legal or constitutional queries which are sent to the Office of Legal Affairs;
  • Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Important Information for Students
The Office of Legal Affairs will consider up to one intern.  The student should have completed a course in international public law. Thorough knowledge of English is mandatory, working knowledge of other languages, including French and Spanish, is an advantage.

In addition, the following skills and competencies are desired:

  • Self-directed, ability and desire to work with a high degree of autonomy; personal commitment, efficiency, flexibility, drive for results, creative thinking.
  • Ability to analyse and present facts, evidence and precedents, as well as present clear opinions.
  • Ability to work effectively and harmoniously with colleagues from varied cultures and professional backgrounds.
  • Excellent research skills; excellent drafting ability and analytical skills, in particular ability to draft papers in English clearly and concisely; sound communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Familiarity with standard computer packages for word processing, internet research, and email communication.
  • Excellent communication skills. 
  • Previous working experience in the field of migration an asset.

International Migration Law Unit

Nature of Extern's Work and Supervision
Working under the general supervision of the Head of the International Migration Law Unit, the incumbent will assist in the following areas:

  • Conduct research on international, regional, and national law for the IML database;
  • Prepare background papers and conduct research on legal and policy issues relevant to IOM and its programmes;
  • Liaise with IOM field missions on IML issues;
  • Follow meetings and international conferences on human rights and migration issues;
  • Perform such other duties as may be required.

Important Information for Students
IML will consider up to two interns.  Students should have completed a course in international law and a course in human rights law. Thorough knowledge of English is mandatory, working knowledge of other languages is an advantage.

In addition, the following skills and competencies are desired:

  • Self-directed, ability and desire to work with a high degree of autonomy; personal commitment, efficiency, flexibility, drive for results, creative thinking.
  • Ability to analyze and present facts, evidence, and precedents, as well as present clear opinions.
  • Ability to work effectively and harmoniously with colleagues from varied cultures and professional backgrounds.
  • Excellent research skills; excellent drafting ability and analytical skills, in particular ability to draft papers in English clearly and concisely; sound communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Familiarity with standard computer packages for word processing, internet research, and email communication.

To learn more about the International Organization for Migration, please visit their website.

 
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