Programme Coordinator (MECC) At International Organization for Migration

Position Title : Programme Coordinator (MECC)

Duty Station : Nairobi, Kenya

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P2

Type of Appointment : Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 17 March 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.

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

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. Candidates from the following non-represented member states:

Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba (Netherlands); Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Congo (the); Cook Islands; Cuba; Curaçao; Fiji; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Libya; Luxembourg; 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.


IOM has engaged in migration, environment and climate change since the early 1990s. IOM’s vision on Migration, Environment and Climate Change, as per the IOM Institutional Strategy on Migration, Environment and Climate Change 2021-2030, is to support states and migrants in addressing the complex challenges posed by environmental degradation and climate change in terms of human mobility and in delivering enhanced benefits to migrants and vulnerable communities.

To achieve this vision IOM is the convening agency for the Migration Multi Partner Trust Fund (MPTF), Regional Joint Programme titled ‘Addressing Drivers and Facilitating Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration in the Contexts of Disasters and Climate Change in the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Region’. together with International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations Office for Project Services (Platform on Disaster Displacement- PDD) and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees as Participating UN Organisations (PUNOs) and the IGAD and the IGAD Climate Prediction and Application Centre (ICPAC) as partners.

This is the first regional joint programme on MECC to be funded by the Migration Multi Partner Trust Fund (MPTF), and emphasizes the importance of multi-agency and multi-stakeholder implementation of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. As the convening agency, IOM’s coordination role is key to the success of this Joint Programme.

The MPTF Regional Joint Programme seeks to address the following Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) Objectives:

1: Collect and utilize accurate and disaggregated data as a basis for evidence–based policies.

2: Minimize the adverse drivers and structural factors that compel people to leave their country of origin.

5: Enhance availability and flexibility of pathways for regular migration.

It also targets the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

8.8: Promote the protection of migrant workers, particularly women migrants and those in vulnerable situations.

10.7: Facilitate orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people, including through the implementation of planned and well-managed migration policies.

13.1: Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries.

Under the overall supervision of the Regional Director in the IOM East and Horn of Africa (EHoA) Regional Office and direct supervision of the Migration, Environment and Climate Change (MECC) Regional Thematic Specialist (RTS), and in collaboration with relevant units at Headquarters and the Administrative Centres, the Programme Coordinator (Migration, Environment and Climate Change (MECC)) will be responsible for supporting the coordination of the Migration Multi Partner Trust Fund (MPTF), Regional Joint Programme titled ‘Addressing Drivers and Facilitating Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration in the Contexts of Disasters and Climate Change in the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Region’.

The Joint Programme is implemented under the Migration, Environment and Climate Change Division at the IOM East and Horn of Africa Regional Office; therefore the successful candidate would sit under the Migration, Environment and Climate Change (MECC) Division. The Programme Coordinator (MECC) will be responsible for supporting the coordination and monitoring of IOM’s activities envisaged under the MPTF Regional Joint Programme, as well as supporting the coordination and monitoring of the activities implemented by PUNOs and partners. This support role will contribute to maximising synergies and complementarities across all PUNOs and partners and to seeking synergies with external partners, thus facilitating the coordinated, comprehensive implementation of the GCM in the EHoA region. The Programme Coordinator (MECC) will also assist and support the MECC RTS EHoA in the expansion of the MECC portfolio in the region.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Support the coordination and implementation of the MPTF Joint Programme and closely communicate and follow up with PUNOs and partners.
  2. Supporting the implementation of the IOM MPTF component, coordinating with relevant Country Offices, Units, and external partners (consultants and others).
  3. Provide technical inputs for the development and implementation of a robust monitoring, learning and reporting system to facilitate programme implementation, particularly in relation to changing contexts, and compile and disseminate information and updates to donors and other stakeholders on progress and impact.
  4. Assist in organizing the programme’s technical working group (TWG) and steering committee (SC) meetings in close collaboration with ILO as technical co-lead.
  5. Provide administrative and technical support to IOM’s activities within the Programme, including green economy policy mapping activities.
  6. Encourage open, two-way communication between PUNOs and partners to facilitate the integration of all 4 pillars of work. Research, analyze and recommend opportunities to create synergies with other national, regional, continental, or global programmes and initiatives to support comprehensive and coordinated GCM implementation.
  7. Provide information to donors and other interested parties such as governments, academia and UN Agencies/INGOs on the Programme’s progress and impact in order to present to wider audiences and national, regional, continental, and global forums.
  8. Working closely with the Regional Communications team, contribute to the development and dissemination of regular communications products such as quarterly newsletters, Press Briefing Notes (PBNs), human interest stories and other communications and visibility materials that raise the profile of the Programme and the MECC thematic area.
  9. Track and follow up with PUNOs to facilitate the timely submission of narrative and financial donor reporting of the Programme and participate in data collection for the commencement of a project final evaluation through the SC and other stakeholders.
  10. Participate in and contribute to IOM’s network by supporting the analysis and sharing of good practices with other Divisions/Departments in the other Regional Offices and Country Offices as necessary.
  11. Support the delivery of quality MECC thematic training to governments as requested in the region in close coordination with the MECC RTS.
  12. Participate in conferences, workshops and meetings related to the MECC thematic area in close coordination with the MECC RTS.
  13. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Political or Social Sciences, Economics, Migration Studies, International Relations, Law, Environmental Studies 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


• Experience in monitoring, evaluation, learning and reporting;

• Experience in programme coordination with multiple stakeholders;

• Experience with governmental authorities, donors, academia, other national/ international institutions, and NGOs.


• Sound understanding of migration dynamics in relation to environment, climate change and climate-induced disasters and of the work undertaken by the MECC division in the region;

• Sound knowledge of international fora and policy process in the areas of migration, climate change, environment, disaster risk reduction, knowledge of frameworks such as the GCM, UN conventions on climate change, ecosystems, desertification etc.;

• In depth knowledge of the GCM, its implementation in the IGAD region- in particular, Objectives 2 and 5 as it relates to climate change and environmental degradation;

• Understanding of national, regional and continental legal frameworks, human rights approaches, soft law and protection issues related to environmental migration, particularly those in the IGAD region;

• Knowledge of the objectives, and the rules and regulations of the Migration MPTF;

• Knowledge of IOM MECC’s strategic direction and objectives to include key partnerships; and,

• Excellent communication and team building skills with a track record in coordination and building trust with diverse stakeholders.


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 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 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.


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 endorsed by the Appointments and Postings Board 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 and who do not have prior experience outside the duty station’s country as staff member in the Professional category 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.

How to apply

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 17 March 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.

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Posting period:

From 04.03.2022 to 17.03.2022

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: VN 2022 57 Programme Coordinator (MECC) (P2) Nairobi, Kenya (57454746) Released

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