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 www.iom.int/diversity.
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:
- Internal candidates
- External female candidates:
- 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.
IOM’s Disengagement, Disassociation, Reintegration and Reconciliation (DDRR) programme is a key component of IOM’s peacebuilding and stabilization portfolio that aims to increase Somalia’s resilience to destabilizing conditions and contribute to peace and improved security in Somalia through supporting the Federal Government of Somalia’s National Programme on the Treatment and Handling of Disengaged Combatants and Youth at Risk (National Programme).
In the absence of a peace agreement, and other preconditions usually required for traditional Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) programming, IOM has been supporting the FGS in its implementation of the National Programme through a four-pillared approach that
reframes traditional DDR in terms of Disengagement, Disassociation, Reintegration and Reconciliation (DDRR). This context specific and context sensitive approach has been developed and implemented alongside local partners to include the national government and regional administrations, to create viable, reliable, gender-responsive, transparent and nationally owned legal and operational processes to support exit and reintegration pathways for former associates where sanctioned violent extremist groups are involved. In facilitating the reintegration of former associates within these new contexts, IOM works to reduce the risk of recidivism or recruitment into criminal or violent extremist groups by addressing the drivers of conflict and building resilience at the individual and community levels.
Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) and the direct supervision of the Deputy Chief of Mission (DCoM) in Mogadishu, Somalia, the successful candidate will assume a principle managerial role to coordinate IOM Somalia’s DDRR Programme, to include the management, and the technical and administrative oversight over activities, projects, staff, and partnerships. S/he will serve as the primary interlocutor responsible for managing relationships between IOM, government counterparts, key stakeholders, and donors ensuring effective communication and coordination of activities.
Within the IOM DDRR portfolio, the Programme Coordinator will provide critical technical oversight over the implementation of activities at four (4) transitional rehabilitation centres jointly managed by IOM and the government, as well as civil society partnerships supporting community-based reintegration activities ensuring alignment with evidence-based best practices, international standards and national laws, policies and SOPs. S/he will also be responsible for supporting the growth of IOM Somalia’s Women, Peace, and Security portfolio of work, as well as other related Youth and Risk and Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) initiatives.
Core Functions / Responsibilities:
Programme Design and Management
- Oversee and manage the implementation and technical oversight of all IOM Somalia DDRR Project(s) in a timely manner, to include financial, administrative and managerial oversight of project(s) in line with IOM policies and practices, as well as other donor requirements.
- Provide overall strategic direction for IOM Somalia’s engagement in DDRR, to include IOM’s Women, Peace, and Security portfolio of work, as well as other Youth and Risk and Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) initiatives. Ensure that activities are implemented in a manner that is in line with international and national laws, and human rights standards, context specific, conflict sensitive, and gender responsive. Contribute to the identification of new project activities in accordance with research and assessment results in consultation with the donor and the relevant government authorities.
- Oversee the management and operations of IOM activities to support the government in managing (4) transitional rehabilitation centres for former combatants and formerly associated women.
- Oversee the selection, hiring and capacity building of all international and/or national staff hired for the programme.
- Provide supervision to national and international project staff and consultants, providing close guidance and support to address challenges and navigate cultural and political sensitivities.
- Conduct regular/weekly field visits to verify project progress and results, and coordinate with the DDRR unit's field staff, implementing partners, and government focal points to drive for results.
Planning and Policy
- Drive forward the successful implementation of DDRR project activities and the ‘Transitional Plan’ through effective cooperation and coordination with IOM's implementing partners, field staff, technical focal points, UN Agencies, and Federal and Regional government counterparts from relevant line ministries.
- Work in close coordination with the Project Support Unit (PSU), Chief of Mission and other relevant colleagues to plan and develop new DDRR projects based on the mission strategy and engage members of the donor community to solicit support for further developing the programme.
- Make recommendations to further enhance the objectives of the DDRR programming in discussions with international and national counterparts including donors and seek programmatic partnerships and synergies when appropriate.
- Advise senior officials on the implications of established programme policies, plans, priorities and strategic objectives.
- Develop and implement a strategy for managing the institutional, security, political, financial and programmatic risks related to the DDR programme, including the development of milestones, targets and standard operating procedures.
Reporting and Coordination
- Develop and maintain relations with DDRR stakeholders, including government officials, UN counterparts and other key players; actively promote coordination and communication between international and national partners with a view of pursuing DDRR objectives and ensuring participation in and effective integration of ideas in the planning and implementation of activities.
- Represent IOM at the National Programme and Strand working groups and various Sub-Working Groups.
- Coordinate the timely submission of all DDRR briefs, reports, proposals, and project documents for internal and external consumption and project evaluation.
- Identify, evaluate and, as appropriate, establish cooperation with institutions that can undertake activities on behalf of and in partnership with IOM.
- Support the development of strong Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and knowledge management systems to promote effective reporting, organizational learning, financial accountability, safeguards, and innovation to improve the effectiveness and appropriateness of interventions.
- Provide timely updates on programme issues, including regular risk analysis and recommendations for operational improvements, to the COM / IOM management, as well as regular, timely reporting and presentations for donors. Provide any other supplementary written materials (e.g., 'think pieces', promotional materials etc., as required).
- Based on a detailed understanding of UNDSS security requirements and the complex situations of restricted access, monitor, manage and abide by UN security regulations and guidelines.
- Perform such other duties as may be assigned.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
• Master's degree in Law, Political or Social Science, International Relations, 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.
• Experience supporting assessments, programme design, intra-governmental coordination, project management and oversight is highly desirable;
• Experience in coordinating multiple complex programmes simultaneously;
• Experience working with various stakeholders including Federal and regional government as well as UN agencies, NGOs, and donors;
• Experience overseeing and managing large grants with high annual burn rates, to include procurement and financial planning;
• Project experience related to two or more of the following themes: community stabilization, government capacity building, reintegration and reconciliation programming, Women, Peace and Security, Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) and conflict mitigation;
• Experience in programme/institutional learning, coordinating information-sharing, or awareness-raising activities within a community;
• Prior experience working with vulnerable groups in a highly complex conflict area, particularly in areas related to DDRR, human rights, or peacekeeping;
• Previous work experience in Somalia, including knowledge of the socioeconomic and political context is an advantage.
• Demonstrates high level technical expertise and experience in DDRR or DDRR-like programming with specific experience in third generation programmes;
• Demonstrates high level technical expertise and experience in DDR programming;
• Knowledge of Somalia, including socioeconomic and political context is an advantage;
• In depth knowledge of the broad range of migration related subject areas dealt with by the Organization;
• Strong knowledge and cultural understanding of the region and conversant on regional politics is an advantage;
• Excellent communication and writing skills with the ability to analyses complex problems and identify and convey clear, rapid solutions;
• Effective resource management skills;
• Strong general analytical skills;
• Knowledge of UN and bilateral donor programming.
IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish.
For this position, fluency in English and French is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Somali 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.
1 Accredited Universities are the ones listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database
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. https://www.iom.int/sites/default/files/about-iom/iom_revised_competency_framework_external.pdf
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.