Ogłoszenie numer: 6847716, from 2022-05-10

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society. As the leading international organization for migration, IOM acts with its partners in the international community to: assist in meeting the growing operational challenges of migration management; advance understanding of migration issues; encourage social and economic development through migration, and; uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants.


IOM has been active in Poland since 2002 under an agreement with the Polish government and conducts various migration programs, including activities supporting the integration of male and female migrants into Polish society. IOM in Poland implements projects aimed at the private sector to promote ethical recruitment, respect for the rights of migrants and migrant women as well as the elimination of forced labour from value chains and the prevention of human trafficking.

Senior Legal Assistant

Location: Warszawa

Reference No.: PLCFA22-044


Job description

Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission, the direct supervision of the National Programme Officer and in close cooperation with Thematic Project Coordinators, the successful candidate will provide support in implementing project activities related to legal matters for Ukrainian and Non-EU/EEA migrants and refugees in Poland.


Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  • Prepare short analytical papers on national and international legal regulations regarding migrants and refugees, and their relevant updates.
  • Set individual assistance plans, provide information and advice to migrants and refugees regarding, inter alia, welfare rights, housing, access to health care services, family reunification, foster care and education, etc.
  • Provide support to migrants in filling in relevant forms and/or any other legal documents, e.g. temporary guardian application.
  • Maintain filling of reports with actions undertaken for migrants and ensure deadlines are met for their legal and administrative procedures.
  • Conduct research and provide counselling, inter alia, on legal and contractual issues. Ensure that IOM’s activities are implemented in accordance with the IOM Constitution and other relevant provisions.
  • In the case of unaccompanied migrant children (UMCs) or other vulnerable migrants, support the teams operating in the field with necessary legal information.
  • Maintain close communication and collaboration with authorities in relation with UMCs’ wellbeing.
  • Undertake official travel as required to support legal procedures for migrants.
  • Performs such other duties that may be assigned.



  • University degree in Law from an accredited academic institution with minimum two years of relevant work experience.
  • Master’s in Migration Law will be a distinct advantage

Experience and Skills

  • A background in Human Rights law, with specialization in child protection or counter-trafficking law, is preferred;
  • Previous experience in providing counseling to migrants preferred.
  • Awareness of refugees and migrants legal issues;
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills, personal commitment, efficiency and flexibility;
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and difficult conditions;
  • Computer literacy in standard software applications (MS Office, etc).
  • Valid driver’s license with at least five years driving experience an advantage.


  • Fluency in Polish and English (written and oral)is required; any additional language will be an advantage.

Required Competencies

  • IOM’s competency framework can be found at this link.


  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
  • Integrity and transparency: maintains 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 – behavioural 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.


Type of Appointment: Special Short-Term Ungraded Contract.


IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment.


This post is subject to local recruitment. Only those holding a valid residence and work permit for Poland will be eligible for consideration.


Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.


At the time of recruitment, all candidates must disclose any known relative or spouse who works for IOM. Candidates may also be requested to provide documentary evidence of academic degree(s), professional licenses, and proof of no criminal records as relevant to the requirements of the position advertised.


Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, verification of residency, visa, and authorizations by the concerned Government, where applicable.


Vaccination against COVID-19 will be required for IOM personnel who are hired or otherwise engaged by IOM. As part of the mandatory medical entry on duty clearance, candidates will be requested to provide evidence of full vaccination.

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