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Migration and Development - Intern at International Organization for Migration

Vacancy No: IOM/033/10

Functional Title:
 Migration and Development - Intern

Duty Station:
 Nairobi (Kenya)

Duration of Assignment:
 3 months, with possibility of extension

Background Information

The intern will be posted to the QUESTS-MIDA project office at the at MRF Nairobi office,). The primary function of the Migration for Development Intern is to enhance the functions of the QUESTS-MIDA and MIDA-for

-Somalia projects.

Objective of the assignment

Under the overall guidance of the Regional Representative for the MRF Nairobi, the direct guidance and supervision of the QUESTS-MIDA Project Manager, the intern will provide technical assistance and support to the QUESTS-MIDA Project Officer for implementation of the QUESTS-MIDA project and other MIDA activities.

Intern assignments will include the following activities.

Outreach Activities:
  • Assist to coordinate dialogue with Diaspora Outreach assistants (i.e., in London, Washington and Helsinki), and compile reports, including an overall Outreach Report;
  • Assist to translate the website, information materials and documents into/from Somali;
  • Write success stories and news articles as per Communications Strategy;
  • Assist to monitor and modify, as necessary and in coordination with the Project Officer) the QUESTS-MIDA website.
  • Implementation Activities:
i. Assist with all office-related activities in relation to the placement of Diaspora professionals going on capacity-building assignments in Somalia, including:
  • Recruitment and Interview Selection Process
  • Security and Cultural Briefings
  • Monitoring Questionnaires for Participants and Beneficiary Institutions in Somalia.
ii. Outputs:
  • Compile Outreach Report, with inputs from Diaspora Liaison Assistants and Project Staff;
  • Success Stories of Somalis in the Diaspora as well as MIDA experts in assignment, both written and video;
  • Organize workshop/webinar with Somalis in the Diaspora and Somalis in Somalia over video-conference or over website.
Personal development:

Acquire technical knowledge in the area project implementation; communications and teamwork; liaising with UN agencies, other IOM offices and government officials; as well as familiarity and understanding of thematic migration issues (especially the IOM MIDA concept). Finally the intern will experience working in an international multi-cultural environment, with an intergovernmental organization.

Required Qualifications:
  • A degree in political/social sciences in a relevant field (development studies, international relations etc.) or in process;
  • Proven experience writing and editing technical documents or donor reporting an advantage;
  • Excellent written and spoken English, Somali language preferred;
  • Working or volunteering experience with a humanitarian organization is an advantage;
  • Working knowledge of MS Excel and Internet applications;
  • Knowledge of web design and maintaining database preferred, and knowledge of video-editing software an advantage.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Curiosity, diplomacy and tact
  • Flexible and able to adapt quickly to new, different environments
  • Dynamic and results-driven.
  • Team player
  • Proven analytical and drafting skills
  • Capable of working under pressure
Mode of Application:

Submit Cover Letter and CV including daytime telephone and email address to: International Organization for Migration (IOM), Human Resources Department, PO Box 55040-00200 Nairobi – or – send by email to hrnairobi @

Closing Date:
 02 April 2010

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