Duration of Assignment: Special short-term graded, six months with possibility of extension
The Labour Mobility and Human Development (LHD) Division in the Department of Migration Management (DMM) has the institutional mandate in providing policy and technical guidance to IOM field offices, governments and other partners in the areas of labour and human mobility facilitation, supporting migrant training and integration, promoting migrant rights along the migration continuum and enhancing overall human development through migration. The Division leads IOM’s engagement strategies with diaspora and transnational communities and promotes the formulation of policy and programmatic interventions that facilitate their contributions to sustainable development.
In the next years, the LHD Division and its global network of specialists wishes to further strengthen the coherence and efficiency of its work on labour mobility and human development by mainstreaming the dimensions of digitalization, virtual collaboration and social media into all its programming, with a particular focus on engaging, enabling and empowering transnational communities through the use of modern technologies and web-based communication and collaboration methods, such as IOM`s supported on-line iDIASPORA portal and smartphone-based mobile platforms, such as MigApp.
IOM established iDIASPORA as an online forum to engage diaspora in the consultation phase of the Global Compact for Migration. It is now being developed to serve as a hub for resources, opportunities and networking for diaspora groups around the world, as a platform to voice diaspora opinions and identify effective solutions and practices from around the globe. It lets users engage with each other - organizations, experts and institutions – and helps find learning and funding opportunities to leverage their work.
In addition to internet, modern means of communication include social media and smartphone mobile platforms. In December 2017, IOM launched its first mobile app for migrants, MigApp. The app provides up-to-date and accurate migration-related information and services, including access to select IOM programmes, to migrants worldwide. The app has since been downloaded over 22 thousand times from more than 170 countries. A reinforced interest in mobile apps by IOM, coupled with a deeper understanding of how to provide information and services via mobile apps, have created new opportunities to contribute to more positive migration experiences and helping migrants to make more informed decisions throughout their migration journeys.
Under direct supervision of the Head, Labour Mobility and Human Development Division, and secondary thematic supervision of the Moderator of the Global Diaspora Engagement Community of Practice, the successful candidate will contribute to the work of the global LHD network in identification and formulation of innovative approaches towards working in the virtual communication and collaboration space; assist in the management and promotion of the iDIASPORA platform and further development of it into a global hub for diaspora resources as well as coherent and impactful solutions on the basis of the internet, smartphone technology and social media platforms.