Position Title: Intern (Migration, Environment and Climate Change – MECC)
Established in 1951, IOM is a Related Organization of the United Nations, and as the leading UN agency in
the field of migration, works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.
IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing
services and advice to governments, the private sector, and migrants.
The Asia and the Pacific region is highly exposed to climate change and natural hazards. Between 2010 and
2021, more than 225m people were displaced by sudden‐onset disasters in the region, accounting for
approximately 80% of all disaster displacement in the world. Some 95% of this displacement occurs due to
climate and weather‐related sudden‐onset disasters such as storms and floods. In light of these dynamics,
IOM recognizes the need to step up national, regional and international efforts to address human mobility
challenges associated with environmental factors and climate change. IOM engages in research, policy and
advocacy efforts, and operational activities to prevent forced migration that results from environmental
factors to the extent possible; to provide assistance and protection to affected populations when forced
migration does occur, and to seek durable solutions to their situation; and to facilitate migration as a
climate change adaptation strategy and enhance the resilience of affected communities.
The IOM Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) in Bangkok, Thailand, covers 40 countries across
the Asia and Pacific region; https://www.iom.int/asia-and-pacific. ROAP’s key responsibilities are to
formulate regional strategies, processes and programmes in line with the overall priorities and policies of
the Organization and to provide strategic and programmatic guidance and support to countries within its
region. Six Regional Thematic Units are based at ROAP to fulfill this responsibility, covering issues including
Emergency and Post Crisis and Disaster Risk Reduction, Labour Migration and Human Development,
Immigration and Border Management, Migration Health, Migrant Protection and Assistance and Counter
Human Trafficking and Migration, Environment and Climate Change. IOM activities that cut across these
areas include the promotion of international migration law, research, policy debate and guidance,
protection of migrants’ rights, migration health and the gender dimension of migration.
The Migration, Environment and Climate Change (MECC) Unit in ROAP supports IOM Missions in Asia and
the Pacific in the development of policies and programmes on the migration-environment nexus. The Unit
contributes to building the capacity of IOM staff; provides technical guidance and inputs to IOM country
offices, governments and other agencies working on MECC issues to ensure that environment and climate
change dimensions are integrated into relevant programmes, projects and strategies; and identifies
emerging issues relevant to the thematic area to help strengthen the knowledge base on MECC issues.
Under the direct supervision of the Regional Migration, Environment and Climate Change Regional Thematic
Specialist and overall direction of the Regional Director, the intern will support the MECC unit for smooth
implementation of the ongoing programme.
The successful candidate will have the following duties and responsibilities:
1. Carry out research on various thematic areas within the work of the migration, environment and
nexus; including but not limited to developing, analyzing and preparing factsheets and concept
notes related to migration, environment and climate change in Asia and the Pacific;
2. Assist in collating information to support country missions in the region to undertake MECC
3. Collect information on MECC from news, academic and governmental sources and assist in sending
out a regular MECC update;
4. Assist in the editing of project proposals, concept notes and other documents referred from country
missions to the Regional MECC Specialist;
5. Assist in the planning, organization and conduct of meetings, seminars and workshops, including by
preparing background papers and presentations, overseeing logistical and administrative
arrangements, and drafting summaries and meeting records;
6. Support the MECC Unit’s external outreach, including webpage maintenance and updates;
7. Provide administrative support and updates as necessary; and
8. Perform all other duties as may be assigned.
Training components and learning elements
• Gain in-depth knowledge on the migration-environment nexus and its portfolio in Asia and the
Pacific; including understanding of policy-making processes and IOM’s work on migration,
environment and climate change;
• Familiarization with major themes in the global and regional debate on migration;
• Opportunities to attend workshops, meetings and/or webinars with internal and external
counterparts and engage with staff at national and regional offices, and headquarters.
• Strengthen writing and information presentation skills, reinforcing learning
• Utilize access to Staff Development and Learning online training courses and tools and take
opportunities to develop skillsets and consolidate understanding as they arise.
• Understand IOM administrative systems and processes.
Eligibility and Selection
The Internship Programme aims at attracting talented students and graduates who have a specific interest
in, or whose studies have covered, areas relevant to IOM programmes and activities. Interns must be
between 20 and 36 years old and should have less than two years of relevant working experience. The
Internship Programme is open to candidates of any nationality.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
• Strong background in environment and/or climate change policies preferred; experience in
research on migration, the environment and climate change an added advantage
• Either students approaching the end of their studies and preparing a thesis, or recently
• Able to adapt to an international, multicultural, multilingual environment;
• Good communication skills and able to work in a team;
• Familiarity with computer programs, including MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint,
Publisher) and various social media platforms strongly encouraged;
• Advanced English writing and communication skills
• Practical experience of how-to multi-task, prioritize and work independently;• Webpage management and social media skills an advantage;
Fluency in English
The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate the following values and competencies:
• Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences;
encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
• Integrity and transparency: maintain high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with
organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
• Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner
and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.
Core Competencies – behavioral indicators
• Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve
shared goals and optimize results.
• Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner;
is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
• Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
• Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes
responsibility for own action and delegated work.
• Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex
matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.
a) Interns are granted stipend as per IOM policy as a partial contribution to accommodations and living
expenses. Interns benefiting from an internship allowance or scholarship granted by his/her university
or other sponsoring body that includes financial remuneration or credits for coursework will not be
eligible for the stipend.
b) Before commencing work, successful candidates will be required to obtain a fit-to-work medical
certificate from his/her doctor and submit vaccination records.
c) IOM only covers the Intern against occupational accidents and illnesses under the Compensation Plan
(CP), free of charge, for the duration of the assignment. IOM does not provide evacuation or medical
insurance for reasons related to non-occupational accidents and illnesses. The Intern is responsible for
his/her own medical insurance for non-occupational accident or illness and will be required to provide
written proof of such coverage before commencing work.
d) Any work produced by interns during their internship within the framework of the duties assigned to
them should be used for academic purposes exclusively. All economic and moral rights (copyright)
pertaining to such work will remain the exclusive property of IOM.
e) Interns are bound by staff confidentiality rules pertaining to their duties in IOM.
f) For homebased assignment, intern are responsible to secure their own resources to perform the duty.