Position Title : Programme Officer (Migrant Protection and Assistance Division)
Duty Station : Hargeisa, Somaliland
Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P2
Type of Appointment : Special short-term graded, Six months with possibility of extension
Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible
Closing Date : 14 February 2019
Established in 1951, IOM is a Related Organization of the United Nations, and as the leading UN agency in the field of migration, works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.
IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment. Applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged. For the purpose of the vacancy, the following candidates are considered as first-tier candidates:
1. Internal candidates
2. Qualified applicants from the following NMS countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Cook Islands, Cuba, Cabo Verde, Djibouti, Fiji, Micronesia (Federated States of), Gabon, Grenada, Guyana, Iceland, Kiribati, Comoros, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Saint Lucia, Lesotho, Libya, Montenegro, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Paraguay, Solomon Islands, Seychelles, Suriname, Sao Tome and Principe, Eswatini, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Vanuatu, Samoa
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is one of the leading humanitarian and development actors operating in Somalia with extensive experience and expertise in providing technical assistance to governmental, non-governmental and other partners in support of their efforts to meet the operational challenges of migration, provide direct assistance to vulnerable migrants, mobile populations and affected host communities through development-oriented as well as emergency response programmes implemented throughout Somalia.
The Migrant Protection and Assistance Division (MPA) under IOM Somalia’s Department of Migration Management (DMM), is implementing various projects that aim to improve migration management capacities with a focus on preventing and addressing irregular migration, voluntary returns, trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants and providing assistance to vulnerable migrants and returnees in Somalia.
Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission, IOM Somalia, under the direct supervision of Programme Manager MPA and in close coordination with Head of Sub Officer, Hargeisa the successful candidate will be responsible for supporting the implementation, monitoring and reporting of MPA’s projects in Somaliland including ongoing activities and IOM Somalia’s overall reception of and support to returnees and arrivals from Yemen, which also entails programmatic elements in Puntland and in southern Somalia.
Core Functions / Responsibilities:
1. Provide administrative and technical support to the mission’s reception of migration flows from Yemen: monitoring operations and reintegration activities; coordinating with donor(s) and other relevant partners and IOM missions; ensuring effective data collection and reporting; and contributing to fundraising activities in conjunction with MPA Manager and IOM Somalia Programme Support Unit (PSU).
2. Work with the MPA Manager and unit staff in Nairobi and in the field offices in Somalia to review work plans and develop detailed monitoring and evaluation plans to support the timely implementation, monitoring and reporting on key MPA projects, with a focus on the Regional Migrant Response Plan (RMRP).
3. Evaluate the needs and provide hands-on support to field staff in the implementation of capacity building and direct assistance activities as part of the different MPA projects in close coordination with the MPA Programme Manager.
4. Work closely with counterparts in relevant ministries and departments of the Somaliland government to identify capacity gaps, work to address them, and facilitate positive collaboration.
5. Represent the MPA Division in relevant coordination platforms including UN-NGO platforms (such as the UN cluster systems related to MPA activities and the Somaliland Mixed Migration Task Force (MMTF)) and government-led platforms and inform the MPA Programme Manager and other relevant colleagues on ongoing and new initiatives and opportunities for partnerships, coordination and funding.
6. Contribute to the establishment of partnerships with government and civil society as well as other stakeholders relevant to the reintegration of returnees through a community-based approach and support the implementation of capacity building activities in relation to reintegration and the creation of viable livelihoods opportunities to local communities of return.
7. In consultation with MPA colleagues at the mission and regional level, participate in and guide discussions with government and other partners on strengthening mechanisms for the identification and assistance to Victims of Trafficking (VoT) and vulnerable migrants and on ensuring viable and coordinated referral mechanisms.
8. Support research initiatives related to MPA’s projects, including providing technical inputs for the development of tools for project monitoring and migration related data collection and analysis.
9. Ensure regular and accurate collection of monitoring data on all project activities of the Migrant Protection and Assistance Division and draft regular internal and donor reports on projects implemented by the unit.
10. Assist the MPA Programme Manager in identification of emerging needs for MPA related programme response and in the development of project concept notes and proposals including in migrant assistance and protection, countering human trafficking and return and reintegration of migrants.
11. Undertake duty travel to support project implementation, monitoring and assessment, liaison with counterparts, problem solving, with frequent travel to Bossaso.
12. Maintain regular communication and liaison with field-based MPA staff, Head of Sub-Offices (HOSOs), IOM Somalia Common Services and Finance units and provide inputs to address challenges faced by field project staff.
13. Monitor the timely utilization of budgets related to all MPA related projects in close coordination with MPA staff in Nairobi and in Somalia and recommend measures for re-allocation and efficient utilization of funds, as necessary, based on monthly financial reports.
14. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
• Master’s degree in Economics, Local Development, Social Sciences, International Relations or a related field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience; or
• University degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional experience.
• Demonstrates high level technical expertise and experience in programming related to Migrant Protection and Assistance;
• Experience in project management and development and coordination of various projects to ensure maximum outputs;
• Experience and knowledge of monitoring and evaluation;
• Knowledge of Somaliland and Somalia, particularly in relation to the thematic areas, an advantage;
• Strong computer skills, specifically hands-on experience in usage of MS Office.
Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of Somali, French and/or Spanish is an advantage.
• 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 level 2
• 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.
Managerial Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2
• Leadership: provides a clear sense of direction, leads by example and demonstrates the ability to carry out the organization’s vision; assists others to realize and develop their potential.
• Empowering others & building trust: creates an atmosphere of trust and an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.
• Strategic thinking and vision: works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.
Internationally recruited professional staff are required to be mobile.
Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.
The list of NMS countries above includes all IOM Member States which are non-represented in the Professional Category of staff members. For this staff category, candidates who are nationals of the duty station’s country cannot be considered eligible.
Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.
How to apply:
Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 14 February 2019 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.
For further information, please refer to: http://www.iom.int/cms/en/sites/iom/home/about-iom-1/recruitment/how-to-apply.html
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Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. You can track the progress of your application on your personal application page in the IOM e-recruitment system