Senior PSEA Coordinator (Northwest Syria (NWS)) At International Organization for Migration

Position Title : Senior PSEA Coordinator (Northwest Syria (NWS))

Duty Station : Gaziantep, Turkey

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P4

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

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 26 August 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; Libya; 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 protracted conflict in Syria has exposed large portions of the population to devastating humanitarian conditions. Ten years into the crisis, over 13 million people are still in need of humanitarian assistance inside Syria, including 6.5 million internally displaced. With large-scale population displacements, increased poverty levels and limited livelihood options, the most affected communities are highly dependent on humanitarian aid. Moreover, the social fabrics and support systems have been severely disrupted, leading to limited individual and community capacities to address protection risks and incidents.

Since its initiation by the Syria Strategic Steering Group in 2017, the Whole of Syria (WoS) Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) Program has supported the interagency humanitarian response in the joint implementation of international PSEA commitments. Through an established, robust interagency PSEA Network with hubs in Northwest (NWS), Northeast (NES), and South & Central Syria, consisting of more than 140 UN agencies, International Non-Governmental Organization (INGOs) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), the program strives to decrease the risk of crisis‐affected communities experiencing incidents of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) by humanitarian workers and provide technical and operational support to humanitarian actors to prevent and respond to SEA cases.

Under the overall supervision of the WoS PSEA Senior Coordinator and in close coordination with the Deputy Regional Humanitarian Coordinator and NGO Forum, the successful candidate will lead the PSEA Network and its program activities in NWS. Specifically, the Senior PSEA Coordinator (Northwest Syria (NWS)) will share management of the PSEA program team of capacity building officer, program officer and senior assistants, chair the PSEA Steering Group and actively engage with Protection, Child Protection (CP) and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) sectors to mainstream PSEA within the NWS response. The Senior PSEA Coordinator (Northwest Syria (NWS)), contracted by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and in close collaboration with Senior WoS PSEA Coordinator, NES Hub Coordinator and WoS Program Officer, is responsible for leading and supporting the interagency PSEA programming of the NWS hub, currently consisting of 100 UN agencies, INGOs and NGOs.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Coordinate management of the PSEA program team with NES Hub Coordinator, including capacity building officers, program officer and senior program assistants.
  2. Oversee the operational, budgetary, administrative and the logistics of the NWS PSEA programme implementation, and ensure that IOM standards and operating modalities are met whenever the programme is implemented.
  3. Represent IOM and the NWS PSEA Network in relevant coordination bodies including the ICCG, HLG and the AAP/PSEA/Inclusion Working Group and ensure appropriate visibility for the programme through promotion and presentation of briefing notes and communication products.
  4. Support and advocate for comprehensive implementation of international PSEA commitments by Network members and other relevant entities to strengthen their internal PSEA programs (where requested), including organizational policies and procedures, implementation of SEA risk prevention and mitigation measures, capacity development, complaint and feedback mechanisms and survivor centered assistance provision.
  5. Ensure that the implementation of the PSEA Network Work Plan is informed by community participation, contextually and culturally appropriate, and based on the community’s needs.
  6. In collaboration with Senior WoS PSEA Coordinator and other hub coordinators, ensure timely and high-quality reports of PSEA program activities and their progress to program donors and other stakeholders.
  7. Lead the NWS PSEA network and its program activities.
  8. Organize monthly PSEA network and thematic meetings and produce and disseminate timely minutes.
  9. Oversee the interagency Community-Based Complaints Mechanism (CBCM) for NWS.
  10. Ensure appropriate maintenance of PSEA membership database and recording of attendance at PSEA focal persons’ meeting and other activities.
  11. Respond to the needs of the humanitarian actors on PSEA, including by updating and maintaining the shared repository with useful context specific tools, training, and awareness materials in a timely fashion.
  12. Organize thematic assessments and fact finding among humanitarian actors and when feasible with affected communities including through focus group discussions to inform the PSEA program.
  13. Conduct outreach on the PSEA program to humanitarian actors on thematic and evolving areas including to encourage their participation and collaboration with the inter-agency PSEA Network.
  14. In collaboration with Senior WoS PSEA Coordinator and WoS Program Officer, ensure timely and high-quality reports of PSEA program activities and their progress to program donors and other stakeholders.
  15. Travel to other project locations on assignment to support the PSEA project.
  16. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Humanities, Law, Development Studies 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.


• Extensive work experience in humanitarian settings, with relevant professional experience in the field of sexual exploitation and abuse, protection, gender-based violence, staff misconduct and discipline;

• Previous experience managing prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse, protection, or gender-based violence programming;

• Experience working in multi-sector, inter-agency processes;

• Experience working in Syria and particularly northwest Syria is an advantage.


• Familiarity with the UN system and global coordination structures (e.g. IASC).

• Ability to develop and deliver capacity-building activities.

• Familiarity with data protection and confidentiality measures.

• Skilled at problem-solving in complex environments.

• Effective communicator and presenter.

• Experienced manager of teams working in complex environments.


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 Arabic 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 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.

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 26 August 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.

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Posting period:

From 13.08.2021 to 26.08.2021

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: VN 2021 191 Senior PSEA Coordinator (Northwest Syria (NWS)) (P4) Gaziantep, Turkey (57126783) Released

Posting: Posting NC57126784 (57126784) Released

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