IOM Quito, Ecuador


Description of assignment title: Migration, Environment and Climate Change Specialist

Assignment country: Ecuador

Expected start date: 01/15/2023

Sustainable Development Goal: 13. Climate action

Volunteer category: International UN Volunteer Specialist

DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: No

Host entity: IOM

Type: Onsite

Duration: 12 months (with possibility of extension)

Number of assignments: 1

Duty stations: Quito


Mission and objectives

Establecida en 1951, la Organización Internacional para las Migraciones (OIM) es la organización del Sistema de Naciones Unidas líder en el ámbito de la migración y está consagrada al principio de que la migración en forma ordenada y en condiciones humanas beneficia a los migrantes y a la sociedad. La OIM brinda apoyo a las personas migrantes en todo el mundo, desarrollando respuestas efectivas para la cambiante dinámica de la migración y, como tal, es una fuente clave de asesoramiento sobre políticas y prácticas migratorias. La Organización trabaja en el terreno en situaciones de emergencia, facilitando el desarrollo de la resiliencia de las personas en movimiento, y particularmente de aquellas que se encuentran en situación de vulnerabilidad, además de promover la capacidad de los gobiernos a fin de manejar todas las formas de movilidad y sus impactos. Es de esta forma que el trabajo de la OIM en Ecuador se enmarca en brindar una respuesta coordinada y eficaz, de la mano del gobierno y de las agencias de cooperación presentes en territorio.


IOM has engaged in migration, environment and climate change since the early 1990s. IOM’s vision on Migration, Environment and Climate Change (MECC) is to support states and migrants in addressing the complex challenges posed by environmental degradation and climate change in terms of human mobility and in delivering enhanced benefits to migrants and vulnerable communities. In Ecuador, IOM has recently signed a project co-implemented in Ecuador and Central Asia to tackle the impacts of climate change on migration flows. The UN Volunteer would be directly involved in the daily management of said project, including implementation of activities in country. Moreover, IOM Ecuador is engaging in Migration and Climate Change actions, and a strategy is currently in development – which the UN Volunteer would actively contribute to. Linked to the latter, the UN Volunteer would actively help in developing proposals.

Task description

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Operations, and the overall supervision of IOM Ecuador’s Deputy Chief of Mission, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: 1. Coordinate to advance MECC policy, develop MECC activities, review project documents and coordinate institutional positions and actions through regular exchanges, knowledge management, and capacity building activities. 2. Assist the Head of the Emergency Division to coordinate the contributions to institutional policy processes and mechanisms, such as the implementation of the Strategic Vision, Institutional Questionnaires, and annual reports. 3. Contribute to policy processes, including on human rights, by providing technical inputs on migration, environment, and climate change, and actively participating in conferences, workshops and meetings related to the thematic area of expertise, as required by the Head of Operations. 4. Assist the Head of Operations to manage, develop and implement MECC projects and budgets, by coordinating with relevant stakeholders, staff, and partners, and developing strategic implementation pathways. 5. Maintain partnerships with key stakeholders, including GTRM, and other stakeholders at the national and regional level, including with the Korean embassy in Quito, liaising directly with KOICA and looking for potential funding 6. Contribute to and facilitate the development and dissemination of relevant reports, publications, guidance documents, talking points, and briefings on MECC.

Eligibility criteria

Age: 27 – 80

Additional eligibility criteria

This assignment is funded by the Government of Korea and therefore specific criteria apply: – Candidates must be Korean nationals. – Candidates who have already served as UN Volunteer Specialist funded by the Government of Korea are not eligible to apply (former UN University and UN Youth Volunteers are eligible). – Candidates may apply to a maximum of three assignments and indicate the order of preference in the ‘Additional remarks’ field when filling in the application form. – Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The selection will be done by the UN Host Entity at the level of the country of assignment. APPLICATION DEADLINE: 25 September 2022 +++ UN Volunteer entitlement calculator: (link) +++


Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.

Donor priorities



Required experience

3 years of experience in

  • Migration, Environment, and Climate Change highly desirable

  • Demonstrated interest in liaising with governmental and diplomatic representatives;
  • Experience in implementing activities related to labour migration, migration, environment, agriculture, and climate change and/or disaster risk reduction;
  • Experience with project management is desirable
  • Understanding of the local context in Latin America (specifically in regards to climate action) is desirable

Area(s) of expertise

Energy and environment , Legal affairs

Driving license


English, Level: Fluent, Required Spanish, Level: Working knowledge, Desirable

Required education level

Master degree or equivalent in Sustainability and climate change, Environmental engineer, Environmental lawyer, International Relations, Migration, Human Rights

Competencies and values

☒ Accountability ☒ Adaptability and Flexibility ☒ Building Trust ☒ Commitment and Motivation ☒ Commitment to Continuous Learning ☒ Communication ☒ Creativity ☒ Ethics and Values ☒ Integrity ☒ Judgement and Decision-making ☒ Knowledge Sharing ☒ Planning and Organizing ☒ Professionalism ☒ Respect for Diversity ☒ Self-Management ☒ Vision ☒ Working in Teams

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

IOM’s head office in Ecuador is in the capital city Quito, with field offices in Tulcán, Lago Agrio; Manta, Guayaquil, Cuenca and Huaquillas. The time zone in continental Ecuador is UTC/GMT – 5 hours. Ecuador is a country in Western South America, on the Equator. It is bordered to Colombia on the North, Peru on the South and East, and the Pacific ocean on the West, with an area of 283,560 km2. The country is divided into four regions, namely: Costa, Highland region, Amazon region (Oriente) and Galapagos (islands). The weather in Quito is a typical a subtropical highland climate. The city is at 2850 m above the sea level and has a fairly constant cool climate through the whole year due to its elevation and proximity to the Equator. Quito has mild days and cool nights almost all year round: the average temperature during the day is 22°C / 70°F and during the night 10°C/50°F.

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy