Programme Manager (Durable Solutions) at International Organization for Migration

Regional Protection Officer at International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Programme Manager (Durable Solutions)

Duty Station: Jijiga, Ethiopia

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P3

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

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 02 April 2023

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; Curaçao; Fiji; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Madagascar; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Samoa; 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.


The Somali Region in Ethiopia is one of the regions hosting the highest number of more than 2.7 million conflict- and climate-affected Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the country. Cognizant of the need to address displacement and its root causes, the Federal Democratic

Republic of Ethiopia developed and launched a Durable Solutions Initiative (DSI) in 2019. The DSI is an operational framework and platform to design and implement durable solutions supporting IDPs in Ethiopia and host communities/communities at locations of return, relocation, and local integration. The Government has also developed a strategic plan to address internal displacement in Ethiopia, and the Somali Region recently launched a three-year durable solutions strategy and an action plan.

International Organization for Migration (IOM) is one of the leading agencies supporting the

Somali Regional State and the country to find durable solutions for IDPs. In its coordination role and under the Institutional pillar of the DSI, IOM has facilitated the establishment of Durable Solutions Working Groups (DSWGs) in various regions across the country, with a much-structured working group in the Somali region.

IOM is the lead agency in a four-year project, “Supporting Durable Solutions through Community

Resilience for Displacement Affected Communities”, jointly implemented with Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and UN-Habitat. The project is funded by the Swiss Development Corporation (SDC) and the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida). IOM’s engagement in the joint project and DS encompasses coordination and leadership at regional and federal levels with activities including social cohesion and peacebuilding, livelihoods, rehabilitation of community infrastructure, Housing, Land, and Property (HLP), Enterprise Development Funds for Small and Medium Enterprises, amongst other reintegration activities.

Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission, the general supervision of the Head of Programmes, and the direct technical management of the Durable Solutions Expert in coordination with the Head of the IOM Sub Office in Jijiga, the Somali region, the Programme Manager (Durable Solutions) will be responsible for managing, overseeing and coordinating the effective implementation of TRD’s activities related to durable solutions operations.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Ensure and support the implementation of Transition and Recovery Division’s (TRD) overall direction regarding durable solutions in Ethiopia with specific focus in the Somali region.
  2. Use existing tools, and where necessary, develop methodologies and tools to guide the implementation of operations related to durable solutions.
  3. Backstop administrative, operational and financial management activities for the joint project (with FAO and UN-Habitat) and supervise and manage the work of project staff in coordination with the Resources Management Officer (RMO).
  4. Lead, provide advice and ensure compliance of consortium partners (FAO and UN-Habitat) with their obligations in implementing the project as stipulated under the partnership agreements. Assess the degree of implementation of project activities and resources, identify problems, and initiate corrective actions.
  5. Facilitate regular meetings and provide support to the DSWG and the Technical Advisory Group (DS TAG), ensuring that recommendations and action points are strictly followed and carried out.
  6. Coordinate and actively engage with regional and federal structures, including relevant clusters, humanitarian, and development partners, identify gaps and enhance synergies to support program implementation.
  7. Ensure the implementation of the IOM TRD programs at the regional level, including regularly liaising with external partners such as Government representatives, Donors, UN Agencies, NGOs, and communities.
  8. Monitor and assess the implementation of all TRD-related projects in the region and ensurethat the burn rates are in line with activities, avoiding over- or under-spending of budgets.
  9. Prepare quality regular reports on project activities for a wider distribution and document best practices on implementation of durable solutions programming, including supported returns, relocation, and local integration processes, community-based planning, and broad efforts to support the resolution of protracted displacement.
  10. Lead key stakeholders including and not limited to donors, government officials, special guests, and partner agencies, to project sites and make presentations on the needs of the communities, ongoing activities, gaps, and make necessary recommendations on the way forward.
  11. Ensure cross-cutting issues are integrated in all programs, notably in Protectionmainstreaming, Gender mainstreaming, and Conflict-sensitivity areas.
  12. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in International Relations, Political Science, Law, Migration Studies, Social Policy, Business Administration, Economics, Social Sciences, 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.


  • Proven relevant professional work experience at the national or international level involving policy development, multi-stakeholder programmatic/projects, partnership development and resource mobilization.
  • Experience working with UN agencies, an international organization or non-governmental organizations (NGO).
  • Field experience in a complex humanitarian emergency or post-conflict environment.
  • Experience in advocacy, fundraising and/or public-private partnership development.
  • Experience in partnership engagement and management.


  • Excellent organization and creative thinking skills
  • Excellent report writing and analytical skills,
  • Good working knowledge of Ethiopia and the African region 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 (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, or Spanish).

For all applicants, fluency in English is required (oral and written).

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 (

Required Competencies:

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

  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: Respects and promotes individual and cultural differences. Encourages diversity and inclusion.
  • 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.
  • Courage: Demonstrates willingness to take a stand on issues of importance.
  • Empathy: Shows compassion for others, makes people feel safe, respected and fairly treated.

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 actions 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 leadership and professional potential.
  • Empowering others: Creates an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.
  • Building Trust: Promotes shared values and creates an atmosphere of trust and honesty.
  • Strategic thinking and vision: Works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.
  • Humility: Leads with humility and shows openness to acknowledging own shortcomings.

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 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

To apply, interested applicants are invited to submit their applications HERE via the IOM e-Recruitment system by 02 April 2023.

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:

Posting period:

From 20.03.2023 to 02.04.2023

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 2023 103 Programme Manager (Durable Solutions) (P3) Jijiga, Ethiopia (58028083) Released

Posting: Posting NC58028084 (58028084) Released


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