Project Legal Officer (JLMP)-IOM Job


Position Title : Project Legal Officer (JLMP)
Duty Station : Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P2
Type of Appointment : Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension
Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible
Closing Date : 06 December 2018

The African Union (AU), International Labour Organization (ILO), International Organization for
Migration (IOM), Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Joint Programme on Labour Migration
Governance for Development and Integration (Joint Labour Migration Programme or JLMP) in
Africa is a long term joint undertaking between the four organizations, and the United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP). It is the instrument dedicated to the implementation of the
5th Key Priority Area of the Declaration and Plan of Action on Employment, Poverty Eradication
and Inclusive Development which were adopted by the Assembly of Heads of States and
Governments (AU/Assembly/AU/20(XXIV)/Annex 3, January 2015) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,
January 2015. Its strategy is focused on intra-African labour migration. It is in line with and
supports achievement of the First 2023 Ten Year Plan of the AU Agenda 2063 and of the
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recently adopted by the UN. The Programme conducts
coordinated and simultaneous interventions across two main thematic areas: governance and
operational implementation

The governance component addresses the critical need to develop in concert the four cardinal
pillars of labour migration governance: law based on international labour standards, establishing
viable and coherent policy, strengthening core institutions, and engaging a whole society
approach stakeholders including World of Work actors (Ministries of Labour, and employers and
workers’ organizations) relevant Ministries, diaspora associations, migration organizations and
associations, academia, among others and cooperation among the main employment and labour market economic actors at the national, regional and international levels.
The operational implementation component covers key inter-dependent technical operational
areas: decent work and social protection for migrant workers and their families, addressing the
key constraint of skills shortages, and obtaining essential data and knowledge for governance of
labour migration and protection of migrants. Each of these reflects a specific area of standards
and policy and technical competences, addresses distinct institutions and constellations of
stakeholders, and each intersects with different international actors and distinct migration
employment and labour market structures.

In order to have a significant yet realistic take-off of the Programme a Three-Year Project was
developed with the overall objective to improve the governance of labour migration to achieve
safer, orderly and regular migration in Africa as committed in relevant frameworks of the AU and
Regional Economic Commissions (RECs), as well as international human rights and labour
conventions and other cooperation processes.

In order to achieve the overall goal this threeyear programme stands on four main strategic pillars: Enhance effectiveness and transparency of operations of labour migration stakeholders, such as migration authorities, labour market actors and institutions, in consultation and cooperation with private sector and civil society organizations, in delivering improved labour migration governance services; Improve policy and regulatory systems on labour migration at Member state and REC levels, taking into account the gender dimension; Multi stakeholder policy consultation and practical coordination on labour migration and mobility to provide advisory support to MSs’, AU’s and RECs’ decision makers and continental and regional operational leadership; and Capacity to spearhead/steer coordinate the implementation of the JLMP at all levels.

Under the overall supervision of the IOM SLO Addis Ababa Chief of Mission, and the direct
supervision of the JLMP Programme Coordinator at the AUC, and in close cooperation with the
Programme steering committee, the successful candidate will research and analyse specific
aspects of legal issues relating to labour migration management, and assist in providing legal
advice to AUC, RECs and MS accordingly.

The successful candidate will be part of the AUC Programme Support Unit (PSU) and be placed
at the AUC Addis Ababa.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:
1. Research and prepare drafts on legal issues relating to the promotion and protection of the
rights of migrant workers and members of their families.
2. Give legal advice on labour migration management issues of limited scope to AUC (African
Union Commission), RECs (Regional Economic Commissions) and Member States (MS).
3. Monitor legal and regulatory instruments on labour migration as well as other relevant legal
4. Organize training and capacity building for MS and RECs on legal protection of migrant
workers and members of their families.
5. Conduct regional and national legal research and studies on labour migration.
6. Collect relevant background legal information and documentation to assist in developing a
database on laws and regulations on labour migration and related issues.
7. Prepare briefing notes on legal updates and developments.
8. Assist with the preparation of media statements and responses to media queries where

9. Attend expert meetings and conferences on international legal issues.
10. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
• Master’s degree in Law, Labour Law, Migration Law or a related field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience; or
• University degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional experience.

• Familiarity with the labour migration aspects, labour migration policy and legal frameworks;
• Familiarity with continental and regional legal instruments on free movement of people, labour migration legal instruments, international standards on migration, labour, employment, social security and labour migration in Member States and RECs;
• Familiarity with continental and/or regional project management;
• Experience in developing and maintaining partnerships with government counterparts, UN agencies, donors, and NGO partners;
• Excellent command of office software, such as MS Office, spreadsheets, databases;
• Familiarity with national and international policy and legal frameworks;

Proven ability to establish and maintain strong working relations with relevant Government and
Non-Governmental counterparts, international organizations, civil society or private sector
• Capacity to provide technical advice in the area of labour, employment and labour migration, labour market information systems, as well as on AU Policy Organs relevant for the project implementation, policy oversight and monitoring (Specialized Technical Committee on Social Development, Labour and Employment, Executive Council, Assembly of Heads of States and Government, Pan African parliament, etc);
• Knowledge of, and ability to perform a variety of conceptual analyses in the field of the project;  Problem solving capability;
• Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing in either French or English;
• Ability to prepare high quality and technically sound reports;
• Experience in working with the RECs, IOM, ECA, ILO and EU on the fields of labour, employment, social protection, labour migration and labour market information systems;
• Working experience and collaboration with continental and regional social partners’ organizations (Business Africa, OATUU and ITUC Africa); M&E, follow-up on employment, labour and social protection policy frameworks,


Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of French and/or Spanish is an advantage.

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