Head of Mission Support and Innovation Unit at International Organization for Migration

Position Title : Head of Mission Support and Innovation Unit

Duty Station : Nairobi, Kenya

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade UG

Type of Appointment : Special short-term ungraded, six months with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 30 June 2022

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.

Internal and external candidates will be considered for this vacancy. For the purposes of this vacancy, internal candidates are defined as staff members holding a regular, fixed-term or short-term graded or ungraded contract, including Junior Professional Officers (JPOs), staff on Special Leave Without Pay (SLWOP), and staff members on secondment/loan released by the Organization, unless otherwise specified in their contract. Staff members holding a regular, fixed-term or short-term graded contract will not retain their contract type if appointed to an ungraded position.


Under the overall supervision of the Head of Kenya Country Office (CO) and direct supervision of Head of Programme and Policy Development and in coordination with the Programme Managers, Heads of Sub-Offices, IOM East and Horn of Africa Regional Office (RO) and IOM’s Headquarters (HQs), the Head of Mission Support and Innovation Unit will be responsible for the development of new projects and ensuring reporting requirements are met. They will contribute to the design of new programmes, and substantively support the mission’s strategic planning and relationships with donors and the Government of Kenya (GoK), particularly in relation to the operational aspects of programmes/projects and fundraising for new activities.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

1. Manage and supervise the staff of the Mission Support and Innovation Unit, ensuring their effective performance of development, implementation, evaluation, and reporting tasks for CO programmes/projects.

2. Assess potential project and funding opportunities, prepare project proposals and concept notes in the areas of interest to the IOM Kenya CO, and evaluate and improve project reports, fact sheets and other documents in coordination with relevant Programme/Project managers and program units.

3. Support the coordination and evaluation of programme and project activities of Kenya CO to ensure timely and effective implementation and quality reporting and advise the Head of Programme and Policy Development of the corrective measures that may be needed.

4. Support liaison with donors, project partners, other IOM missions, RO, and HQs to facilitate coordinated project implementation and synergies and to make recommendations on donor/partner engagement.

5. Provide advice for the mainstreaming of relevant African Union, East African Community, Intergovernmental Authority on Development and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa policies and frameworks into national level programming and design.

6. Keep abreast of and analyse migration issues, policies, and emerging trends, identify priorities and recommend actions to the Head of Programme and Policy Development in relation to risks and opportunities for IOM.

7. Identify priorities, challenges, and issues to be addressed within the country office as appropriate and propose corrective actions.

8. Provide support and guidance to Programme/Project Managers and other project staff on programme/project implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and quality assurance.

9. Participate in relevant UN and inter-agency meetings and mechanisms to facilitate the integration of IOM programmes into inter-agency processes and the mainstreaming of migration into Common Country Analysis and Cooperation frameworks.

10. Support Kenya CO in the work with respective national counterparts to facilitate cooperation, external relations, and liaison activities.

11. In close coordination with the Information Management System Officer, provide the evidence-based information of Kenya CO’s project development and fundraising efforts through targeted assessment surveys, analyses, studies, and systematic publication.

12. Develop and disseminate communications and visibility materials, such as quarterly reports, newsletters, flash reports, etc., and respond to information requests from HQ and Regional Office.

13. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Political or Social Science, International Relations, Law, or a related field from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience; or

• University degree in the above fields with seven years of relevant professional experience.


• Experience in the field of international migration, management, and evaluation;

• Work experience in the field of migration issues, including operational and field experience, IOM Project Development, Management, Implementation and Monitoring systems;

• Experience in dealing with donors on project implementation and reporting;

• Experience and excellent understanding of the migration themes in East Africa and extensive knowledge of the arid and semi-arid regions;

• Working in the East and Horn of Africa is an advantage;

• Experience in Liaising with governmental authorities, other national/international institutions, and NGOs.


• Knowledge in project monitoring and evaluation is required;

• Demonstrated expertise in thematic areas relevant to project liaison, reporting and monitoring;

• Knowledge and experience of regional issues is an advantage.


IOM’s official languages are English, French and Spanish.

External applicants for all positions in the Professional category are required to be proficient in English and have at least a working knowledge of one additional UN Language (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese).

For all applicants, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of French and/or Spanish is an advantage.

Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.


1 Accredited Universities are the ones listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database.

Required Competencies:

Values – all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these three values:

• 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.

Competencies will be assessed during a competency-based interview.


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.

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. Subject to certain exemptions, vaccination against COVID-19 will in principle be required for individuals hired on or after 15 November 2021. This will be verified as part of the medical clearance process.

Vacancies close at 23:59 local time Geneva, Switzerland on the respective closing date. No late applications will be accepted.


Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 30 June 2022 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

IOM only accepts duly completed applications submitted through the IOM e-Recruitment system. The online tool also allows candidates to track the status of their application.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Posting period:

From 17.06.2022 to 30.06.2022

No Fees:

IOM does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, processing, training or other fee). IOM does not request any information related to bank accounts.

Requisition: CFA 2022 35 Head of Mission Support and Innovation Unit (UG) Nairobi, Kenya (57635146) Released

Posting: Posting NC57635147 (57635147) Released


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