Head of U.S. Liaison Office

International Catholic Migration Commission - ICMC
May 1, 2018
Washington, DC
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
10+ Years
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
Base Salary
Not specified



                                  Head of U.S. Liaison Office

of the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC)


Location:                                                             Washington D.C., United States

Report to:                                                            ICMC Secretary General

Starting date:                                                     1 July 2018 or sooner

Closing date for applications:                        20 May 2018



The International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) is an international non-governmental organization whose mission is to protect and serve uprooted people, including refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced people, survivors of human trafficking, and migrants - regardless of faith, race, ethnicity or nationality. ICMC implements needs-first and right-based approaches and to prioritize assistance to the most vulnerable people in need of protection. We continuously work to restore the dignity of uprooted people and to inspire long-lasting change. In pursuing these goals, we make sure that all our programs and activities comply with core humanitarian standards, principles of good governance, and Catholic social teachings.

Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, ICMC has affiliated entities in Brussels (ICMC Europe), Washington D.C. and Boston (ICMC Inc.), and operational offices in Greece, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Malaysia, and Pakistan.



The Head of U.S. Liaison Office administers the Washington, DC office of ICMC and promotes key institutional relationships for ICMC in the United States. In that capacity, the incumbent maintains relations and coordinates activities with the United States Government (USG), NGOs and other stakeholders to support ICMC’s global and regional objectives and activities. S/he represents ICMC programs funded by the U.S. government, contributes to its regional advocacy work, conducts policy-related activities across a broad range of issues concerning protection, trafficking, and resettlement, and serves as the primary interlocutor with US institutional donors and partners, including United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Refugee Council USA, and Interaction. The U.S. Liaison Office of ICMC is housed within the Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) department of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB/MRS).

Primary objectives include: to advance ICMC's mission to protect and serve uprooted people, including refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced people, survivors of human trafficking, and migrants - regardless of faith, race, ethnicity or nationality, particularly in the context of ICMC’s relationships with U.S.-based institutional donors and with ICMC national member organization, USCB/MRS; to position ICMC to most effectively influence policies of priority concern to ICMC and its beneficiaries; to promote institutional funding support for program activities that build on ICMC’s expertise and capacity and respond to the strategic priorities identified in ICMC’s Strategic Framework; to facilitate communication among ICMC’s operational stakeholders, i.e., US institutional donors, ICMC headquarters, ICMC field offices; to identify, research, and prepare funding proposals, in close communication and collaboration with ICMC headquarters, for new ICMC initiatives with potential from U.S.-based institutional donors;  to offer support to ICMC’s Secretary General and senior management team in  Geneva and ICMC field activities, with relevant follow up in the US;  to maintain ICMC visibility and leadership in policy and operational dialogues, with US-based stakeholders;  and to maintain strong collaboration with USCCB/MRS, and through this department, with and its network of diocesan providers of resettlement and other migration services ; to collaborate, as relevant, other national Catholic Church related organizations  based in the U.S.



  • Works closely with the ICMC Secretary General and the Director of Policy to identify and take appropriate action, together with ICMC’s US-based national member organization, USCCB/MRS, and other national stakeholders, on the policy and advocacy areas of priority concern to ICMC, including the development and implementation of the Global Compact for Safe Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) and the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR).
  • In coordination with the ICMC Secretary General and the Director of Operations in Geneva, supports the ICMC Operations Team at headquarters and ICMC field offices to develop, maintain and establish excellent working relationships with relevant U.S.-based key stakeholders, humanitarian responders (UN agencies, NGO partners, etc.), government and other institutional donor representatives, and enhance opportunities for future partnerships.
  • Meets regularly with relevant counterparts from U.S. funding agencies (Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Office for Disaster Assistance (OFDA), etc.) to seek donor feedback on ICMC’s project activities and to solicit support for future program responses.
  • Maintains close partnership with USCCB/MRS and contributes to the expansion and viability of this partnership, especially through joint advocacy, report writing, testimony, and relevant field missions.
  • Represents ICMC on the Governing Council of Refugee Council USA, on the policy and regional working groups of Interaction, and, when relevant, at national and international meetings.
  • Promotes ICMC’s global and regional resettlement activities, in particular the activities of the ICMC’s Resettlement Support Centre for Turkey and the Middle East (RSC TuME) and the ICMC’s Deployment Scheme in collaboration with UNHCR.
  • Provides support to the ICMC Operations Team in Geneva and its field offices worldwide including with grants management, report writing, proposal writing (NOFOs), content knowledge troubleshooting, and program alerts from institutional donors.
  • Maintains regular direct communication, on behalf of ICMC program interests, with respective US government, institutional donors, and as part of several refugee- and migration-related service networks. Liaises with the USCCB/MRS Director and key staff members, and meets on a regular basis with its program units, including Children’s Unit, Processing Unit, Resettlement, Special Programs Unit (trafficking), and Policy Unit.
  • Represents ICMC, as relevant and as approved by the ICMC Secretary General, on Mission Visits by US Bishops and on selected advisory committees (e.g., Maritime Trafficking Advisory Council, and Vulnerable Minors group).
  • Responds to and initiates joint ICMC/MRS proposals for collaborative programming and funding.
  • Performs such other duties as may be assigned by the ICMC Secretary General.


 Master’s or Doctoral Degree in political science, social science, social work, international relations, international law, development studies, international affairs or other relevant disciplines;

  • Minimum of five to ten years of experience in refugee and/or migration work;
  • Familiar with Catholic Social Teaching and with the structure and international humanitarian, charitable, and justice-oriented activities of the Catholic Church;
  • Knowledgeable on
  • International Migration/Refugee Law and Policy
  • US refugee, asylum, and trafficking law and policy
  • International Engagement on Migration, including migration and development nexus
  • Demonstrated networking and partnering abilities;
  • Familiarity and good knowledge of Project Cycle Management:
  • Excellent writing, analytical and communication skills;
  • Prior experience in working with Washington, D.C.-based United States government agencies and non-governmental organizations, is an asset; Ability to work independently and strategically and to liaise with remotely-located teams;
  • Professional understanding of domestic and international structures (UN, US);
  • Fluent (native speaker level) in written and oral English and a good command of a second language (French or Spanish);
  • Computer literate and well versed in the use of the Internet, Power Point, Excel and Word.


Interested candidates should submit a detailed CV and a motivation letter and two professional references with full and up-to-date contact details via email, to recruitment@icmc.net. The subject of the application email should be “Head of U.S. Liaison Office of ICMC”.


Owing to the volume of applications, ICMC regrets that only applicants short-listed for an interview will be notified.


ICMC is committed to equal employment opportunities for all applicants. ICMC does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, colour, national origin, religion, physical or mental ability, marital status or age. Applications will be treated with strict confidentiality.

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