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Senior Programme Coordinator (Migration Management)

Country: Ethiopia
Organization: International Organization for Migration
Closing date: 2 Jun 2021

Position Title : Senior Programme Coordinator (Migration Management)

Duty Station : Addis Ababa, 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 : 02 June 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.


Under the direct and overall supervision of the Head of Special Liaison Office (SLO), and Chief of Mission (CoM) and in close coordination with the relevant Regional Thematic Specialists at the Regional Office for East and Horn of Africa and the Department of Migration Management in Headquarters, the successful candidate will be responsible for the management of the Migration Management Unit (MMU) and its programme in Ethiopia, and all matters related directly or indirectly to the unit's resources including financial and human resources components, in close coordination, and with the support of the Resource Management Unit in the Country Office.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Provide strategic inputs to the CoM on migration management to assist in formulating overall Country Office strategy, policies, and approaches. Organize and prepare written outputs for the CoM and Senior Management such as briefing notes, talking points, position and background papers and provide input as requested.

  2. Develop and implement IOM Ethiopia’s migration management strategy and programme and to ensure high quality of deliverables.

  3. Guide IOM contributions to the development of migration management-related policy, undertaking technical reviews and analyses of issues and trends, providing technical advice to the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) and the UN Country Team (UNCT), and informing policy development processes.

  4. Oversee joint programming, manage liaison with the GoE and UN Network on Migration Secretariat in Geneva, and provide migration related advisory services to the UNCT.

  5. Establish and maintain liaison with senior governmental authorities, donors, UN agencies and other stakeholders to facilitate implementation of the migration management programme, mobilize resources, programme visibility, input into stakeholder programmes and institutional cooperation.

  6. Manage and oversee the development and implementation of projects in the following thematic areas: immigration and border management; labour migration and human development; migrant protection and assistance; migration, environment, and climate change; and cross-border crises.

  7. Supervise and direct Project Managers and other programme staff. This includes overseeing the recruitment of staff and external consultants to work under the various MMU Sub-Units and providing technical direction, strategic guidance, and supervision.

  8. Ensure alignment of the migration management programme with key frameworks such as

IOM global and country strategies, the SDGs, MiGOF, the UN Sustainable Development Assistance Framework (UNSDAF), the Global Compact for Migration (GCM), and Ethiopia’s Growth and Transformation Plans.

  1. Ensure that the project activities under MMU are implemented in line with established thematic standards and according to IOM and donor requirements by overseeing the technical, administrative, operational, financial, and quality control oversight over the migration management programme.

  2. Oversee the implementation of IOM Ethiopia’s programmes which are part of multi-country and multi-partner projects/programmes and response plans.

  3. Monitor and analyze migration governance trends, priorities, and policies to lead programme development and implementation, capacity building support and technical assistance on migration management.

  4. Represent IOM as an expert resource person in migration management international and national fora. Represent IOM on the UN Joint Policy Advisory Team.

  5. Undertake any duty travel and lead field visits for project/program assessment and implementation.

  6. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


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


• Experience in managing migration management programmes, including migrant protection and assistance, and IBM in contexts requiring close liaison with senior government authorities and major donors;

• Experience devising and delivering strategic/technical assistance and capacity building solutions in the field of migration management to institutions and key stakeholders;

• Experience managing UN coordination and/or joint programmes/activities on migration.


• Familiarity with UN/IOM financial, procurement and human resource management procedures.

• Working knowledge of the migration governance operational and policy context in the East and Horn of Africa region.

• Excellent interpersonal, cross-cultural, and diplomatic skills and the ability to lead and work inclusively with a diverse team.

• Ability to establish strong working relationships with senior officials in government, with civic leaders, businesspeople, and international donors.

• Proven writing and analytical skills.

• Advanced training and facilitation skills.

• Good knowledge of coordination mechanisms/structures under the UN Development Reform is an advantage.

• Excellent drafting/writing/reporting and analytical skills.

• Sound interpersonal, networking and presentation skills.


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). For internal applicants, working knowledge of another UN language 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 02 June 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 20.05.2021 to 02.06.2021 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 109 Senior Programme Coordinator (Migration Management) (P4) Addis Ababa,

Ethiopia (57008036) Released

Posting: Posting NC57008037 (57008037) Released


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