Head of Programmes at International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Head of Programmes

Duty Station: Bujumbura, Burundi

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P4

Type of Appointment: Special short-term graded, nine months with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 16 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.

Applications are welcome from first- and second-tier candidates, particularly qualified female candidates as well as applications from the non-represented member countries of IOM. For all IOM vacancies, applications from qualified and eligible first-tier candidates are considered before those of qualified and eligible second-tier candidates in the selection process.

For the purpose of this vacancy, the following are considered first-tier candidates:

1. Internal candidates

2. External female candidates:

3. Candidate from the following non-represented member states:

Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba (Netherlands); Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Congo (the); Cook Islands; Cuba; Curaçao; Fiji; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Libya; Madagascar; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Montenegro; Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Samoa; Sao Tome and Principe; Seychelles; Solomon Islands; Suriname; The Bahamas; Timor-Leste; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu

Second tier candidates include:

All external candidates, except candidates from non-represented member states of IOM and female candidates.


The Head of Programme and Policy Development advises the Chief of Mission on the establishment and strengthening of contacts and partnerships with international, governmental, and non-governmental partners and key stakeholders for national and regional policy dialogue and policy development in the country. Under the direct supervision the Chief of Mission, Burundi Country Office, the Head of Programmes will be responsible and accountable for the work of the Mission’s 5 Sub/field Offices and relevant Programme/Project Managers of Burundi Country Office (CO).

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

1. Direct and lead the Programme/Project managers and Heads of Sub/Field Offices to ensure strategic, comprehensive, and coherent engagement by IOM through the development, implementation, and evaluation of programmes/projects.

2. Supervise and build capacity among programme staff through a multidisciplinary approach, improve staff structures, improving lines of communication and accountability, and resolve performance issues, seeking opportunities for staff development.

3. Lead the development and implementation of resource mobilization initiatives and efforts. Determine potential programme opportunities and projects, ensure the development of project proposals and concept notes in the areas of interest to the IOM Burundi Country Office, and endorse project reports, fact sheets and other programme and policy documents.

4. Oversee the development, management and implementation of programmes and project activities of Burundi Country Office to ensure accountability, appropriateness of project funds management, and programme expansion and sustainability, and take corrective measures for programme improvement and success.

5. Provide expert guidance and monitor the implementation of the Global Compact on Migration in Burundi, establish and coordinate the national working group(s) of the UN Migration Network in the country, provide authoritative advice for migration policy development, and ensure and report on the mainstreaming of migration-related objectives and targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF)/ United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF), Common Country Analysis (CCA) and other relevant planning documents.

6. Develop and strengthen effective liaison with donors, project partners, other IOM missions, and Regional Office (RO) to ensure a coordinated approach to project implementation, synergize IOM’s programmes, promote IOM’s image and activities in the country and create opportunities for expanding and developing existing and new donor/partner relationships.

7. In consultation with Regional Office Nairobi, and in coordination with Regional Liaison and Policy Officer, provide programme and policy expertise to articulate, internalize, operationalize, and mainstream relevant Regional (incl. those from Regional Economic Communities such as the East African Community, and the Regional Ministerial Forum on Migration) and African Union strategies, policies, and frameworks.

8. Manage cooperation, external relations, and liaison with relevant local and international bodies, government, and non-government actors.

9. Assess the implementation of appropriate processes such as the implementation of the Grand Bargain under the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) and other mechanisms aimed at increasing IOM’s transparency within the country and provide advice and guidance to ensure mission’s compliance.

10. Supervise the analysis of migration issues, policies, and emerging trends, and lead the formulation, planning and evaluation of priorities and programme activities, providing policy advice to the Chief of Mission Burundi Country Office for programme management and portfolio development in anticipation of risks and opportunities for IOM.

11. Taking into account strategic and development plans of government, donors as well as regional and international organizations, coordinate the national strategic planning processes in coordination with the relevant Burundi Country office and Regional Office staff (Regional Liaison and Policy Officer, Regional Thematic Specialists, and Regional Project Development Officer and Monitoring and Evaluation Officer) in line with IOM’s policies and priorities of the organization, including the Organization’s global strategic vision and forthcoming strategic plan, and IOM’s regional strategy for the East and Horn of Africa, with a view to promote the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and outcome and impact of IOM in the country; and develop a corresponding national plan of action and regularly review it.

12. Oversee the development and implementation of the mission strategic plan, with a view to ensure alignment with IOM’s policies as well as global, regional and national priorities, promote national synergies, as well as operational relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and outcome and impact across the organization’s humanitarian, stabilization, peacebuilding and development work, and oversee review of the mission progress towards implementation of the country strategic plan, as relevant, and in consultation with Chief of Mission Burundi and other colleagues and take appropriate action.

13. Provide support, guidance, and direction to Programme/Project Managers in the implementation of programmes and projects, within the limits of available expertise, and ensuring quality control of programmes and projects; assist in obtaining such expertise from Regional Office when not available locally.

14. Support the Chief of Mission Burundi Country Office, and when relevant represent him/her in his/her absence, to maintain and develop strategic view to identifying strategic opportunities for IOM activities in Burundi.

15. Represent IOM in relevant East and Horn of Africa regional UN and inter-agency bodies and mechanisms, including but not limited to, United Nations (UN), United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF)/ United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) and Strategic Result Areas (SRA) processes, United Nations Country Team (UNCT), relevant mechanisms in collaboration with RO Nairobi and the IOM Office to the UN in New York to ensure that IOM policies and programmes are integrated into inter-agency processes and contribute to inter-agency strategies.

16. Act as Officer-in-Charge in the absence of the Chief of Mission Burundi Country Office.

17. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


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

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


• Extensive experience in project development and project management, humanitarian and migration-related activities, report writing and liaison with relevant stakeholders;

• Experience working with UN agencies and/or international NGOs addressing migration and humanitarian assistance;

• Experience supervising and guiding staff, and managing administrative matters;

• Work experience in the region is an asset.


• Effective resource management skills, strategic and creative thinking;

• Strong management capability and experience;

• Knowledge of migration and humanitarian issues and the relevant (inter)national partners and organizations;

• Proven ability to establish and maintain strong working relations with relevant Government counterparts, international organizations, and private sector entities;

• Excellent communication and negotiation skills. Excellent report writing skills;

• Good computer literacy.


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 and French is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Kirundi and/or Swahili 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 level 3

• 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 3

• 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.

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.

This selection process may be used to staff similar positions in various duty stations. Recommended candidates will remain eligible to be appointed in a similar position for a period of 24 months.

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. 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 16 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 03.06.2022 to 16.06.2022

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: SVN 2022 173 Head of Programmes (P4) Bujumbura, Burundi (57608298) Released

Posting: Posting NC57608299 (57608299) Released


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