National Officer (Emergency and Preparedness) At International Organization for Migration

Position Title: National Officer (Emergency and Preparedness)

Duty Station: IOM Philippines Country Office (Manila)

Classification: National Officer, Grade NO-B

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

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 29 September 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 environment. It is one of the factors that makes the organization qualified to deal with the complex issue of migration. IOM sees that diversity is one of the organizational strengths.

IOM aims to foster an inclusive workplace where everyone treats each other (including colleagues and beneficiaries) with dignity and respect.

Internal and external candidates are eligible to apply to this vacancy. For the purpose of the vacancy, internal candidates are considered as first-tier candidates.


Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission and direct supervision of the Head of Programs, the incumbent will provide support to the IOM Philippines Mission in the area of emergency response and preparedness. The position will have a specific focus on leading projects to build the capacity of key government stakeholders for emergency preparedness and response, liaise with government during emergency response to disasters and provide strategic guidance to the mission and donors.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

1. Lead a team focused on enhancing the capacities of multiple government line agencies focused on disaster preparedness and response including, but not limited to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) and the Philippines Coast Guard (PCG).

2. Plan and coordinate the implementation of the operational activities related to capacity building on emergency in the Philippines and closely monitor the financial aspects, and planning the administrative and staffing needs of the project appropriately.

3. Develop and supervise related project work plans and aspects of project implementation to ensure the optimal allocation and management of resources;

4. Ensure related project activities and outputs are met within the agreed timeframe and budget and in accordance with IOM policies, rules and procedures while taking into account other donors’ requirements as stipulated in the signed agreement.

5. Lead further project development and reporting requirements related to projects under supervision.

6. Participate in government forums, UN coordination mechanisms including CCCM and Shelter cluster meetings and technical working groups.

7. Coordinate and lead Camp Management and Camp Coordination cluster.

8. Undertake travel duty both within and outside of the Philippines as assigned.

9. Perform such other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience


  • Master’s degree in Social Science, Business Administration, Political Science or a related field from an accredited academic institution with at least two (2) years of relevant experience in shelter training and emergency/recovery response.
  • University degree in the above fields with at least four (4) years of relevant professional experience.


  • Experience in liaising with government authorities as well as with national and international institutions.
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in humanitarian coordination and community engagement activities; Shelter and CCCM trainings/programming.
  • Experience in programmes for shelter projects and construction management
  • Familiarity with financial and business administration.


  • In depth knowledge of the broad range of migration related subject areas dealt with by the Organization; and,
  • Knowledge of the Government’s Post-Disaster Shelter Programming
  • Knowledge of UN and bilateral donor programming.
  • Knowledge of Shelter Cluster Coordination SOPs.
  • Knowledge of the SPHERE Standards.


For this position, fluency in English and Filipino is required.

Knowledge of a second official UN language is desirable.


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

Required Competencies

The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate the following values and 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.
  • 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 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 and 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.


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 and verification of residency, visa, and authorizations by the concerned Government, where applicable.

Only candidates residing in either the country of the duty station or from a location in a neighbouring country that is within commuting distance of the duty station will be considered. In all cases, a prerequisite for taking up the position is legal residency in the country of the duty station, or in the neighbouring country located within commuting distance, and work permit, as applicable.

The position involves onsite and/or offsite work (or a combination of both). The working modality will be further discussed during the interviews if candidate is available to work on-site and/or offsite.

How to apply

In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM will only accept applications which should include a cover letter (not more than one page), a résumé highlighting the required education and experience, and a duly completed IOM Personal History Form. To access the form, please visit this link (four pages).

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via not later than 29 September 2023. Position title and VN Number (VN 2023 027 – National Officer (Emergency and Preparedness)) should be specified in the SUBJECT field.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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