Durable Solutions Advisor

Country: Ethiopia
Organization: International Organization for Migration
Closing date: 15 Oct 2020

Position Title : Durable Solutions Advisor

Duty Station : Jijiga, Ethiopia

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 : 15 October 2020

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:

  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; Djibouti; Fiji; Gabon; Grenada; 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 Disaster Reduction and Management Bureau (DRMB) of Somali Regional State of Ethiopia, as part of its mandate to coordinate the overall Disaster Risk Management (DRM) workstream in the region, leads a multi-stakeholder coordination mechanism on durable solutions for the region’s 1,166,878 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who are affected by inter-communal conflict and climatic conditions. With the technical support from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and financial support from Government of Switzerland through Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC), DRMB has been coordinating an inter-agency Durable Solutions Working Group (DSWG) since 2016 in the region to facilitate strategic planning and engagement on durable solutions for IDPs that has yielded to date the development and endorsement of regional strategic framework on durable solutions.

As part of a national initiative to resolve displacement situations in the country, anchored by a National IDP Recovery Plan, prepared by the Ministry of Peace (MoP) and National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC) in early April 2019, the Somali Regional Government through DRMB aims to mobilize a joined-up effort to resolve displacement situations in the region through phased approach – with an initial phase to facilitate voluntary return and reintegration of about 126,508 out of the region’s 1,166,878 IDPs.

This initiative will require DRMB to play a crucial role in bringing together a wide range of actors (government and international/national organizations, humanitarian and development, private and public, national/regional/local structures as well as IDP and host/receiving communities) towards a shared understanding, commitment and objectives on durable solution related ventures. In addition, DRMB will also have to play strategic leadership through evidence-based planning, information sharing and continuous engagement at various levels to effectively foster resolution of displacement conditions that meet the needs and rights of displaced individuals and communities through a principled approach.

The Swiss Development Corporation (SDC) and IOM are one of the key partners to the Government of Ethiopia and the Somali regional state both in the humanitarian and development fields. Welcoming this rather ambitious initiative by the government, IOM and SDC acknowledge the technical skills required in the process of moving forward this robust task.

Under the overall supervision of the Emergency and Post-Crisis (EPC) Programme Coordinator, direct supervision of the Durable Solutions Expert in coordination with the Head of Sub-Office in Jijiga and with other Departments, the successful candidate will lead the technical and strategic support to the Somali Regional State on durable solutions for displacement affected communities (IDPs and host/receiving communities). S/he will also be responsible for overseeing the training programme on Durable Solutions, which is currently under design with Jijiga University.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Provide strategic and technical advice and guidance to DRMB during planning, implementation and monitoring of the region’s effort on durable solutions in line with the National IDP Recovery Plan, Regional Durable Solution Strategy and relevant international and regional instruments.

  2. Provide strategic policy advice to identified partner agencies on durable solutions according o international acceptable standards on durable solutions.

  3. Provide advice regarding the political, institutional, and social-economic feasibilities of community development involving IDPs, returnees, relocated population, and host communities.

  4. Provide advice and guidance on community-based planning and its effectiveness to support community stabilization and economic recovery.

  5. Facilitate and implement area-based joint programming to support durable solution initiatives including through providing hands-on technical guidance.

  6. Strengthen and co-lead the region’s multi-agency Durable Solutions Working Group and promote active participation of all relevant stakeholders in the region’s DSWG and its specific tasks.

  7. Provide support to the regional government’s medium – to – long-term multi-sectoral plans, where applicable, to incorporate recovery and durable solution needs of IDPs and host/receiving communities.

  8. Run the training programme on durable solutions in partnership with Jijiga University, which aims to strengthen staff capacity (at regional, zonal and district level) for effective planning and implementation of durable solution initiatives.

  9. Revise and update the regional government’s durable solutions strategy and operational plan.

  10. Produce strategic document or policy papers on the feasibility of durable solutions in Somali region to guide policymakers, users, and beneficiaries.

  11. Carry out field visits to IDP sites, return and relocation sites to inform strategic engagement, planning and areas of collaboration.

  12. Provide regular updates and briefs to the head of DRMB on strategic and programmatic matters related to durable solutions. Advise DRMB and DSWG on feasible durable solutions including on key principles and conditions applicable to specific displacement situations.

  13. Supervise and provide technical guidance to the Durable Solution Team at DRMB in collaboration with Head of DRMB.

  14. Ensure continuous information sharing and collaboration with relevant actors, coordination mechanisms and partners.

  15. Perform other duties as may be assigned by immediate supervisors.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Development Studies, Political Science and International Relations, Conflict Management, Law, Sociology, International Cooperation, Migration Studies, Economics, Social Policy 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.


• Proven relevant professional work experience at the national or international level involving policy development, multi-stakeholder programmes/projects, partnership development and resource mobilization at mid-professional level;

• Solid experience in humanitarian and development operations and knowledge of the UN System coordination;

• Rich knowledge and experience in disaster management, internal displacement, conflict analysis;

• Experience in political, socio-economic analysis and research, and familiarity with conflict sensitivity approach, risk-informed programming and Human Rights Up Front;

• Proven experience in strategy development and advocacy on durable solutions for IDPs as well as in-depth knowledge of main protection and humanitarian standards;

• Experience in fundraising, public-private partnership development and high-level client relations.


• Familiarity with the UN, particularly the UN Reform Agenda is desirable;

• Computer/software literate, preferably knowledgeable in Microsoft Office.


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

For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of French, Spanish and/or other local languages 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 (https://whed.net/home.php).

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 15 October 2020 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: www.iom.int/recruitment

Posting period:

From 02.10.2020 to 15.10.2020

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.

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