Head, Programme Support Unit At International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Head, Programme Support Unit

Duty Station: Multiple Duty Stations

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P3

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 31 January 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.


Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission (Com)/Special Envoy of the respective duty station and in close coordination with relevant heads of Programme departments, the successful candidate will be accountable and responsible for managing the provision of support for project development, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), external communications and donor relations for IOM programmes in the respective mission.

The successful candidate is expected to carry out the duties in accordance with the strictest ethical standards and with due respect for gender and socio-cultural sensitivities.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Provide advice, guidance and inputs to support the development of new programmes/projects in close coordination with the Chief of Mission, Regional Office, relevant programme managers, resource management unit, governmental authorities and international and regional institutions as well as partners’ organizations in public/private sector.
  2. Act as a focal point of the Country Office (CO) and coordinate and respond to internal inquiries from Headquarters and regional office.
  3. Develop project concept notes and funding requirements based on solid results framework that respond to emerging trends and country and donor priorities.
  4. Identify potential funding sources among government and non-government donors, in line with IOM’s overall strategy in the country, liaise with donor counterparts to discuss programme and project possibilities, and participate in raising funds for new projects/ programmes.
  5. Coordinate the drafting of interim and final reports for donors and ensure timely submission of project reports for compliance with existing project agreements. Represent IOM in inter-agency meetings, workshops and conferences, including inter-agency humanitarian processes, United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), Program Management Team (PMT) & National Inter Cluster, sectoral and working group meetings, among others.
  6. Ensure programme implementation in IOM [country office] is tracked and monitored, and liaise with IOM resource management officers and programme managers to facilitate compliance with financial requirements and regulations as well as donor agreements.
  7. Support programme managers and technical units with the implementation of projects, including updating project documents and preparing reports, contracts and external correspondence.
  8. Evaluate project implementation and programme delivery, and report results to programme managers to assist in the development and adjustment of programme strategy.
  9. Manage, train and supervise the work of Unit staff.
  10. Undertake duty travel relating to project/programme assessment, liaison with counterparts, problem-solving, and new project/programme development, as required.
  11. Identify areas of programme implementation and/or donor relations which require the Chief of Mission’s intervention.
  12. Prepare policy inputs in relation to the CoM’s liaison functions for the Government of the respective country office, senior partners, visiting delegations and donors, and provide support for organizational events and partner United Nations Country Team (UNCT) meetings.
  13. Follow-up with relevant CO staff for their timely inputs in support of the CoM.
  14. Perform such other related duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree from an accredited academic institution in Political or Social Science,Business Administration, International Relations and/ or Law with five years of relevant experience; or

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


• Minimum five years of relevant working experience in implementation and management of emergency response in hardship duty stations and emergency settings with complex operating environments preferred;

• Knowledge or experience of working with the humanitarian inter-agency coordination and cluster systems;

• Experience in liaising with governmental authorities, other national/ international institutions and UN, IOM or INGOs.


• Demonstrated expertise in coordinating teams;

• Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation;

• Excellent writing skills;

• Excellent people and communication skills and demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with stakeholders and partners;

• In depth knowledge of the broad range of migration related subject areas dealt with by theOrganization;

• In depth Knowledge of UN and bilateral donor programming; and

• Knowledge of IOM project development procedures (including PRIMA) and processes.


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). Fluency in French, Spanish, Uzbek, Dari and/or Pashto is an advantage.

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

Accredited Universities are the ones listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database (https://whed.net/home.php).

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 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.

IOM’s competency framework can be found at this link.


Competencies will be assessed during a competency-based interview.


IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. Read more about diversity and inclusion at IOM at www.iom.int/diversity.

Internationally recruited professional staff are required to be mobile. For this staff category, candidates will not be considered for placement in a duty station within their country of nationality.

Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

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.

No late applications will be accepted.

How to apply

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 31 January 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.

For further information please refer to: www.iom.int/recruitment

Posting period:

From 18.01.2022 to 31.01.2022

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: EOI 2022 02 Head, Programme Support Unit (P3) Multiple Duty Stations (57350491) Released

Posting: Posting NC57350492 (57350492) Released

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