Regional Migration & Displacement Senior Officer

Published August 18, 2022
Location Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Category Management  
Job Type Full Time  


Job Purpose

The Regional Migration and Displacement Senior Officer provides technical and operational support to IFRC and National Societies in the Asia Pacific region in the context of migration and displacement. This support is provided in line with the IFRC Asia Pacific Migration and Displacement Framework for Action and the IFRC Global Migration Strategy, as well as relevant Red Cross and Red Crescent Policies and Guidelines on Migration and Displacement.


Priorities areas of support include community and longer-term programming; emergencies and protracted crises; advocacy and diplomacy; and capacity strengthening at all levels. This tailored support will be provided through:


Sensitisation and awareness raising on migration and displacement policies and practices

Mainstreaming migration and displacement into existing National Society and IFRC programming

Developing and enhancing targeted migration and displacement programming: in both emergency and non-emergency contexts

Strengthening the capacity of IFRC and National Societies to position ourselves as the partner of choice on migration and displacement across the region

Developing strong and effective partnerships both internally within the Movement and with key external stakeholders, in line with the Fundamental Principles

The Senior Officer will collaborate closely with colleagues in other departments and units to ensure coherence across IFRC's related portfolio of activities.


As requested, the Senior Officer may represent the IFRC at various levels, including inter-agency, inter-governmental and with external partners.


Job Duties and Responsibilities

Capacity Strengthening and Development of Tools and Guidance




Design and/or facilitate development of contextualised training on Migration and Displacement for the Asia Pacific region, ensuring that training and capacity strengthening materials are based on Movement principles on Migration and Displacement and core IFRC standards, including related to community engagement and accountability (CEA) and protection, gender and inclusion (PGI).

Design and facilitate tailored capacity strengthening opportunities on Migration and Displacement for National Societies’ staff and volunteers.

Support the design and implementation of national or context-specific assessments on migration and displacement, based on IFRC guidance, in Cambodia, the Philippines and Samoa.

Support the co-Chairs and Secretariat of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Asia Pacific Migration Network (APMN) to strengthen the network as a platform for peer exchange, and ensure access to and engagement with IFRC tools, policies, guidance and initiatives.



Support for Operations and Programmes


Identify and develop opportunities for national, cross-border and regional Movement coordination on migration and displacement including National Society collaboration, peer support, information exchange and others.

Produce and compile case studies including lessons learned and good practices from IFRC operations and Asia Pacific National Societies’ Migration and Displacement activities

Ensure that IFRC delegations have the tools and support needed to include Migration and Displacement in their programmes and operations.



Coordination, representation and humanitarian diplomacy


Support the key role of the IFRC Regional Migration and Displacement Coordinator, by representing the IFRC as an expert on Migration and Displacement at internal and external fora and events.

Support the development of strong and effective partnerships, to enhance existing work and ensure funding for future streams of work in migration and displacement.

Strengthen the capacity and skills of National Societies in the region on humanitarian diplomacy and advocacy related to migration and displacement.



Reporting and Communications


Contribute to high quality and regular reporting as required (e.g., monthly highlights and snapshots)

Liaise with the IFRC regional Communications team to ensure high quality communications on migration and displacement in the region (including quarterly IFRC Asia Pacific regional newsletters)




Undergraduate University degree in Social Sciences, International Human Rights or Refugee Law, International Relations or related field






Advanced degree in Social Sciences, International Human Rights or Refugee Law, International Relations or related field, or a minimum of 7 years relevant work experience





Minimum 5 years of professional experience working on migration, displacement, human rights and/or protection issues

Relevant experience in project and budget management

Relevant experience in reporting, monitoring and evaluation

Experience in organising meetings and conferences

Experience in designing, implementing and managing training courses

Experience in providing high-quality technical and policy advice to stakeholders at all levels of organisational hierarchy on migration and displacement issues

Experience working in a team environment, with remote team members





Demonstrated experience in programme design and implementation related to migration and displacement

Experience in influencing decision makers and engaging in advocacy with a range of stakeholders on Migration and Displacement issues

Experience working within the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement or another humanitarian organisation and/or working with migrants and displaced people



Knowledge, Skills and Language

Knowledge & Skills




Understanding of regional migration and displacement issues and dynamics, including relevant legal and policy frameworks

Excellent oral, written and presentation skills

Time management and organisation skills

Strong research, analytical and report writing skills

Ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

Ability to create and strengthen effective partnerships and working relationships

Computer skills and competency in the use of relevant software and other applications, such as word processing, spread sheets, internal databases, etc.



Knowledge of International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement principles and approach







Fluency in spoken and written English



Competency in Asian and/or Pacific language(s)


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