Senior Programme Coordinator (Durable Solutions and Community Engagement) At International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Senior Programme Coordinator (Durable Solutions and Community Engagement)

Duty Station: Erbil, Iraq

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P4

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

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 27 April 2021

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

Antigua and Barbuda; Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Cook Islands; Cuba; Fiji; Gabon; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Luxembourg; 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 Return and Recovery Unit (RRU) oversees a wide variety of activities related to post-conflict recovery and durable solutions in Iraq. RRU work areas include policy and coordination, including oversight of IOM’s leadership role in Iraq Durable Solutions coordination mechanisms such as the Durable Solutions Task Force (DSTF), Durable Solutions Technical Working Group (DSTWG) and Returns Working Group (RWG); data including research and the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM); Community Resource Centres; and operational activities such as housing and infrastructure reconstruction, livelihoods, cash for work and community engagement. The RRU’s support to durable solutions also includes direct support in facilitating voluntary returns for IDPs who have faced protracted displacement; data collection related to durable solutions; and policy, advocacy and coordination.

Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) in Baghdad, the direct supervision of the Head, Returns and Recovery Units (RRU) and in coordination with relevant units in IOM Iraq, the successful candidate will have the overall responsibility for the development, management and programmatic supervision of IOM’s country-wide activities related to Durable Solutions and Community Engagement.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Lead the development of IOM’s overall strategic direction regarding durable solutions in Iraq, including data, strategy, coordination and operations. Exercise administrative, operational and financial management responsibility for relevant projects.
  2. Ensure the effective and efficient planning, coordination, implementation and monitoring of IOM Iraq’s projects focused on durable solutions and community engagement. Lead the development and implementation of field operations to support durable solutions, including, notably, facilitated voluntary returns activities. This includes the design and development of operational frameworks, supervising field teams specifically focusing on these subjects and coordinating closely with specialized teams focusing on livelihoods, shelter, protection and related work areas.
  3. In coordination with the Head, Returns and Recovery Units and Senior Managers in the Unit, oversee IOM’s policy development and coordination work related to durable solutions, including DSTWG and RWG; liaise closely with DTM and Research teams on subjects related to durable solutions.
  4. Represent IOM with key external partners, including Government officials, donors, humanitarian clusters and UN and NGO partners related to durable solutions and community engagement through the provision of strategy documents, position papers, presentations, talking points, etc, to ensure that IOM presents a consistent policy in any aspect of its engagement with partners.
  5. Lead engagement in internal IOM coordination and strategy development through joint strategic planning, building synergies between different organizational units, knowledge management and regular sharing of information, lessons learnt and strategic analysis, and the promotion and advancement of synergistic programming, ensuring that norms and standards are applied evenly and consistently across the mission.
  6. Lead Durable Solutions-related resource mobilization. Plan all aspects of programme/project development, ensure adherence to established policies and procedures in the formulation of project activities, assess the relative feasibility and impact of proposed projects, formulate submissions to donors for funding and negotiate with donor representatives.
  7. Supervise and direct project managers and other programme staff related to community engagement and durable solutions programming.
  8. Develop and strengthen strategic partnerships and ensure knowledge building and management, whilst also providing policy and programmatic advice to achieve programme objectives.
  9. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Political or Social Sciences, Development Studies, Human Rights, International Relations, Law 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.


• Operational and field experience in project development and management, monitoring and evaluation;

• Demonstrated experience in managing IOM offices and liaising with governmental authorities, other national/international institutions.


• Sound knowledge of refugee and migration related issues, including economic and social conditions of migrants in several countries;

• Excellent knowledge of technical cooperation principles, concepts and techniques;

• Good knowledge of financial and administrative management;

• Effective resource management and mobilization skills;

• Excellent writing, communication and negotiation skills;

• Ability to prepare clear and concise reports;

• Knowledge of UN, IOM, international organizations, and NGO mandates and programmes in the area of migrant assistance and humanitarian assistance; and,

• Proven ability to supervise, coach, and direct staff and manage operations in transitional contexts.


IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish.

For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Arabic, French and/or Spanish 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


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.

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 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.

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 27 April 2021 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:

Posting period:

From 14.04.2021 to 27.04.2021

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 2021 88 Senior Programme Coordinator (Durable Solutions and Community

Engagement) (P4) Erbil, Iraq (56936966) Released Posting: Posting NC56936967 (56936967) Released

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