Tuesday, Apr 23, 2019




Job title:

Labour Migration Protection Officer

Job Group:

Project Staff

No of Vacancies


Job Grade:


Accountable to :

Director Health and Social Development


Health and Social Development

Location of assignment

IGAD Secretariat, Djibouti

Expected Start Date

1st May 2019

Duration of the Assignment



The contract is for a period of one year, renewable at the end of each year, based on the availability of funds and the performance of the incumbent.


  1. Background and context

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is one of the eight Regional Economic Communities (RECs) of the African Union. IGAD comprises of the Member States of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda and it is one of the building blocks of Regional Economic Communities (RECs) of the African Union.

Migration at IGAD is addressed within the framework of the IGAD Regional Migration Policy Framework (RMPF) adopted by the IGAD Council of Ministers in 2012. The framework provides a comprehensive policy approach that addresses the strategic thematic, institutional and other challenges related to migration governance in the IGAD Region. The ultimate objective of the RMPF is to promote the well-being and protection of migrants including Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugees in all IGAD Member States and the realisation of the developmental potential of migration while addressing irregular migration. It also aims at giving Member States a coherent and common approach to migration management and governance.

IGAD is rolling out a three-year second phase of the Swiss-funded project titled “Improved Migration Governance for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration” (2019-2021). The project has three outcomes: (i) Strengthen national and regional migration governance capacities; (ii) Enhance cooperation on South-to-South mobility, and (iii) Increase preparedness in preventing and responding to disaster and climate related displacement.  To attain these outcomes, the project will promote concerted efforts at the national, regional and international levels and among stakeholders dealing with a broad range of policy and action areas including decent employment opportunities, humanitarian assistance and protection, human rights, migration management, disaster risk reduction, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and development.

In order to implement the project effectively, IGAD is seeking to recruit a Labour Migration Protection Officer with a strong background on protection and assistance of labour migrants. The Officer will work under the overall supervision of the IGAD Migration Officer and report to the Director of the Division for Health and Social Development.

  1. Responsibilities and Functions of the Labour Migration Protection officer

Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the overall guidance of the Director for Health and Social Development and supervision of the IGAD Migration Officer, the Labour Migration Protection Officer will support the implementation of the project “Improved Migration Governance for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration” and provide general support to the operationalization and roll out of the IGAD Regional Migration Policy Framework and its Migration Action Plan 2015 -2020.

More specifically he or she will:

  1. Support the development of legal and policy frameworks and legislation for promoting labour migration within the IGAD region as well as between IGAD and other destination regions.
  2. Contribute to regional policy dialogue and the exchange of good practices for promoting protection and assistance for labour migrants within IGAD and between IGAD and other destination regions through expert meetings and preparation of policy briefs.
  • Assist in the implementation of activities aimed at increasing social protection to migrants;
  1. Follow the progress in implementation of relevant legislation (Social security, Employment and Skills Development, Labour Disputes settlement, Law Relating to Overseas Employment) in the IGAD region.
  2. Assist in the development of legal review and provision of legal support to IGAD Member States
  3. Strengthen the legal standing and the institutionalization of the National Coordination Mechanisms on Migration in IGAD Member States and offer technical support to IGAD Member States in the development and strengthening of the National Coordination Mechanisms where needed.
  • Assist in the drafting of papers on the legal and protection & assistance components of national migration policies issues and contribute to policy and program formulation by regional and continental bodies.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the Migration Officer and the Director for Health & Social Development.


  1. Minimum Qualifications

Education & work Experience:

  • Minimum four years professional legal experience, preferably in the field of human rights of migrants, migration law and labour law.
  • Proven knowledge on issues related to migration in the IGAD region is desirable.
  • Familiarity with IGAD policies and procedures is preferable.


  • In depth knowledge of migration dynamics and migration governance in the IGAD region; ability to understand and effectively work with Government, workers and employers’ organizations, non-government organizations, IGAD, AU and UN agencies.
  • Understanding of the relevant labour standards and legislation.
  • Good knowledge of social, economic development, including labour, employment, and migration trends in the region.
  • Clear commitment to mainstream gender into project activities.
  • Ability to work in a team and good interpersonal relations.
  • Ability to work under time pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work in diversified environments.
  • Proficient in basic computer software (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Adobe Reader) and ability to use other software packages required by the Office.

Language requirements:

Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. French is an added advantage.

How to apply

Only candidates who meet the profile of the minimum qualifications, experience and core competences stated above need apply. Submitted applications should be accompanied by the candidate’s detailed CV, copies of both academic and professional certificates and testimonials, names and addresses of three reputable referees and the candidate’s contact details (E-mail address and telephone numbers).

The applications should be addressed to:

The Director, Administration & Finance, IGAD,

P.O. Box 2653, Djibouti,

Republic of Djibouti;

Sent by email:


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Deadline for submission of applications

Must be received at the IGAD Secretariat by c.o.b. 15th April 2019