The Director General is elected by the Council for a five-year term. The Director General exercises constitutional authority to manage the Organization and carry out activities within its mandate by formulating coherent policies and ensuring that programme development is consistent with strategic priorities. The Director General appoints two Deputy Directors General for the duration of their term: the Deputy Director General for Operations and the Deputy Director General for Management and Reform.
STRUCTURE: OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR GENERAL
- Office of the Deputy Director General for Operations
The Deputy Director General for Operations directly supervises the IOM Development Fund Unit, the Cash-based Initiatives Unit, as well as the following organizational structures: the Department of Operations and Emergencies; the Department of Peace and Development Coordination; the Department of Programme Support and Migration Management; the Global Data Institute; and the Department of Policy and Research. Learn more
- Office of the Deputy Director General for Management and Reform
The Deputy Director General for Management and Reform directly supervises the Gender and Diversity Unit; the Prevention of and Response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Sexual Harassment Unit; the Office of Staff Security; the Ethics and Conduct Unit; the Environmental Sustainability Unit; the Headquarters Building Unit; and the Occupational Health Unit. The Deputy Director General for Management and Reform also oversees the following organizational structures: the Department of Financial and Administrative Management; the Department of Human Resources Management; the Department of Information and Communications Technology; the Department of Legal Affairs; and the Manila and Panama Administrative Centres. Learn more
- Office of the Inspector General
The Office of the Inspector General contributes to the oversight and internal control of the Organization through its functions of internal audit and investigation. The Office formulates proposals for remedial action in response to problems encountered. It ensures that IOM’s objectives are pursued in compliance with the Organization’s rules, regulations and ethical standards; detects fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement; and contributes to the management and minimization of risk. Learn more
- Office of the Ombudsperson
The Office of the Ombudsperson provides impartial dispute-resolution assistance to address the employment-related problems of staff members in accordance with the Standards of Practice and the Code of Ethics of the International Ombudsman Association. Learn more
- United Nations Network on Migration Secretariat
The United Nations Network on Migration Secretariat provides support to enhance the ability of the United Nations system to deliver effective system-wide support to States and ensure greater coherence in the migration domain, specifically with regard to the implementation of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, under overall IOM coordination. The Secretariat, through its Fund Management Unit, also supports management of a start-up fund to help strengthen capacities, foster multi-partner cooperation and promote overall coherence in the system-wide support to Member States in managing migration. Learn more
- Executive Office
The Executive Office manages the Organization and has overall responsibility for the formulation of policies and oversight of activities to ensure coherence with strategic priorities. The Office comprises those units and functions that report directly to the Director General and provide advisory services and/or direct support to the whole Organization.
The Executive Office, led by the Chief of Staff, assists the Director General and Deputy Directors General in the fulfilment of the Organization’s mandate and provides strategic planning and coordination for the Director General’s organization and management objectives; facilitates the development and strengthening of management capacity and ensures that both Headquarters and field structures respond adequately to organizational challenges; coordinates the Organization’s complex activities; ensures accountability, follow-up and implementation of organizational policies and procedures; and facilitates coordination between Headquarters and the field. The Office also serves as a focal point for all matters that require direct intervention, such as staffing, financial issues and reporting matters, and includes the Senior Regional Advisors.
Media and Communications Unit
The Media and Communications Unit oversees all aspects of public communication in the Organization. It is responsible for the Organization’s communications and media to improve public understanding of migration, promote awareness of IOM’s policies and programmes, and position IOM at the centre of the broader ongoing debate surrounding migration in all its aspects. Learn more
Governing Bodies Secretariat
The Governing Bodies Secretariat is the institutional focal point for relations with Member and observer States on governing body matters. As such, it is responsible for preparing and coordinating the sessions of the Council, the Standing Committee on Programmes and Finance and its Working Groups and informal consultations. It is the focal point for information concerning meetings, for the preparation and editing of governing body documents in English and for the translation of IOM’s official documents and publications in the three official languages, and others as requested. The Secretariat is also responsible for conceptualizing and organizing the IDM, the Organization’s global forum for migration policy dialogue. Learn more
Special Envoys of the Director General
The Special Envoys of the Director General are appointed on a temporary basis by the Director General to represent the Organization at the senior level on areas of critical importance to the Organization, related to either a specific geographic area or topic.
Regional Offices and Special Liaison Offices
- Department of External Relations
The Department of External Relations is responsible for supporting and coordinating the Organization’s relations with its Member States, intergovernmental organizations and civil society. The Department leads and coordinates IOM’s external engagements, including IOM’s support for global and regional consultative processes. The Department coordinates the Organization’s participation in multilateral mechanisms, conferences and processes and follow-up to major international initiatives, including the Global Compact. The Department also provides guidance on and support for institutional cooperation with governmental, multilateral and private sector donors, and is responsible for the development of fundraising policies, strategies and tools. Learn more
International Partnerships Division
The International Partnerships Division is responsible for developing and monitoring IOM’s partnerships with non-United Nations intergovernmental organizations, civil society and other multilateral and regional institutions. The Division develops IOM’s contributions to inter-State consultation mechanisms on migration and works as global focal point for IOM’s participation in such mechanisms as a member, partner, observer or service provider. It is the focal point for IOM’s partnership with civil society
United Nations Partnerships Division
The United Nations Partnerships Division is the focal point for IOM’s institutional relationship and overarching liaison within the United Nations system, coordinating institutional participation in United Nations mechanisms and processes, follow-up to United Nations initiatives and partnerships with United Nations agencies. The Division provides guidance to IOM staff on engagement with United Nations coordination mechanisms, including United Nations country teams. The Division coordinates IOM’s positions and provides guidance on migration governance and policy. The Division is also responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with key platforms and actors, including parliaments, cities and local authorities.
Donor Relations Division
The Donor Relations Division is the institutional focal point for donor liaison, private sector partnership building, mobilization of unearmarked funds, fundraising campaigns and guidance on donor reporting. Specifically, the Division’s functions include strengthening and diversifying IOM’s resources and collaboration with traditional and non-traditional donors; developing and coordinating implementation of IOM’s institutional resource mobilization strategy; acting as secretariat for the Migration Resource Allocation committee; and maintaining – in collaboration with the Department of Operations and Emergencies – the Global Crisis Response Platform. Learn more
Global Compact on Migration Unit
The Global Compact on Migration Unit is the institutional focal point for the coordination of IOM support for implementation, follow-up and review of the Global Compact, as well as all matters related to IOM’s contributions to the United Nations Network on Migration. Its main responsibilities include coordinating IOM’s institutional contributions to the United Nations Network on Migration; coordinating IOM’s implementation of Network activities and initiatives; and coordinating IOM’s institutional support to Member States and stakeholders for Global Compact implementation, follow-up and review and relevant internal capacity-building. Learn more
- Department of Strategic Planning and Organizational Performance
The Department of Strategic Planning and Organizational Performance is responsible for consolidating IOM’s efforts to strengthen planning and reporting, including supporting the Deputy Director General for Management and Reform to deliver on the reforms under the Internal Governance Framework, such as the Business Transformation initiative. The Department brings together the organizational units tasked with the implementation of risk management, monitoring and evaluation, results-based management and operational compliance.
Internal Governance Framework Unit
The Internal Governance Framework Unit is responsible for leading the IGF reform agenda and for overseeing, monitoring and coordinating the broad-ranging initiatives under the Framework, in collaboration with relevant Departments. Through the established governance structures, including the IGF Board and the IGF Steering Committee, the Unit promotes ownership and accountability across the Organization for reforms under the auspices of the IGF. The Unit is responsible for the development and application of a change management strategy for the IGF and for supporting the Organization-wide framework governing delegation of authority.
Risk Management Unit
The Risk Management Unit oversees the development and implementation of the institutional risk management framework, including the adoption of risk appetite statements and protocols for reporting risk exposures to the Director General and across the Organization. The Unit is responsible for enhancing methodologies, tools and competencies to support risk-informed decision-making and assist IOM’s management, staff and partners to manage risks and seize opportunities in a more dynamic, consistent and integrated manner.
Results-based Management Unit
The Results-based Management Unit leads results-based management at the institutional level. The Unit provides guidance to staff across the Organization on results-based management and strategic planning in line with the priorities of the IOM Strategic Vision 2019–2023 and as outlined in IOM’s Strategic Results Framework. The Unit promotes consistency in the reporting of institutional results at global, regional and country level, including through staff training and a dedicated results-based management community of practice.
Monitoring and Evaluation Unit
The Monitoring and Evaluation Unit is the institutional focal point for the managerial functions of monitoring and evaluation. The Unit sets standards; prepares relevant institutional policies and instructions; harmonizes procedures; provides technical guidance and support; guarantees the quality of decentralized monitoring and evaluation functions; conducts central and corporate evaluations and specific evidence-based assessments and independent reviews, and contributes to policymaking and decision-making. Learn more
Operational Compliance Unit
The Operational Compliance Unit oversees institutional compliance with IOM rules, regulations and policies through regular cross-functional reporting on compliance-related issues of concern to address recommendations made in external and internal audits and other internal and external Organization-wide reviews. The Unit aims to integrate structured, evidence-based and action-oriented information on internal governance matters, internal controls and compliance gaps through dedicated proactive management reviews of processes and systems in order to strengthen the Organization’s preventive response to emerging risks.
The PRIMA Unit facilitates the ongoing maintenance and enhancement of the PRIMA system and provides support and guidance to users of the system (in conjunction with the Department of Information and Communications Technology). The Unit improves processes pertaining to the project lifecycle and provides analytical reporting capabilities which enhance the ability of IOM management to make data-driven decisions in their management of the IOM project portfolio.