Duty Station : IOM Somalia in Nairobi*, Kenya
Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P3
Type of Appointment : Special short-term graded, Six months with possibility of extension
Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible
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:
Candidates from the following non-represented member states:
- Antigua and Barbuda; Bahamas; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Cook Islands; Cuba; Djibouti; El Salvador; Fiji; Gabon; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People's Democratic
- Republic (the); Lesotho; Libya; Marshall Islands; Mauritania; Micronesia (Federated States of); Montenegro; Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Paraguay; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Samoa; Sao Tome and Principe; Seychelles; Solomon Islands; Suriname; Timor-Leste; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu
Second tier candidates include:
All external candidates, except candidates from non-represented member states.
Since the formation of the Federal Government of Somalia, the country has made significant progress towards restoring peace and security. However, significant destabilizing factors remain, including conflict and natural disaster. With more than 2 million displaced in Somalia, and a significant number of returnees from the region and beyond, Somalia has struggled to cope with high numbers of displaced.
Increasingly, opportunities arise to support for durable solutions to displacement. IOM has been instrumental in its support of communities to drive, and government to increasingly lead on building progress towards durable solutions to displacement. With strong emphasis on localised capacities and community priorities, increasing partnerships are building momentum towards durable solutions.
As the lead agency for the Danwadaag Durable Solutions Consortium, IOM is seeking to build a strong Consortium Management Unit to ensure maximum impact of the collective’s efforts, ensuring: efficient delivery of program activities, alignment with other durable solutions initiatives, acute sensitivities to local dynamics, and support to government structures with the displaced affected communities at the centre of our efforts.
Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission in Mogadishu and the direct supervision of the Recovery and Durable Solutions Coordinator, the successful candidate will be responsible for ensuring the timely and effective implementation of the Department for International Development (DFID)-funded durable solutions programme, leading and coordinating the consortium comprised of three organizations with IOM as the lead agency.
Core Functions / Responsibilities:
- Manage the overall implementation of the Consortium in a timely manner and be responsible for its financial, administrative, and technical oversight in line with IOM policies and practices as well as donor requirements.
- Provide the necessary coordination structures for the Consortium and lead the coordination platforms at the operational and strategic levels while ensuring the inter-organization synergies and joint efforts.
- Effectively manage partnerships between consortium partners to ensure effective collaboration; and be responsive to consortium partners requests for coordination support and needs.
- Promote harmonization of approaches and methodologies across all consortium partners by developing and monitoring use of common tools, as well as creating opportunities for experience sharing and learning.
- Coordinate the development of all technical tools related to the consortium’s project.
- Promote effective engagement and support to the consortium learning partner.
- Ensure effective engagement with other Durable Solutions programming in Somalia.
- Define project implementation modalities and methodologies.
- Ensure the project progress is effectively monitored through regular data collection, analysis of indicators and activities and documented with proper sources of verification.
- In coordination with the Reporting, Monitoring Officer, monitor activities of the consortium members against work plan, Monitoring and Evaluation framework as well as program principle- and ensure collaboration with consortium’s learning partner.
- Undertake regular visit to project areas and for consultation with Consortium members, donor representatives and other program stakeholders.
- Manage donor trips and external monitoring.
- Manage communications to external partners related to IOM and the consortium activities including develop and oversee the implementation of a communication strategy which highlights the Consortium’s collective efforts.
- Oversee and coordinate timely submission of reporting requirements to the donor and ensure all Partners of the Consortium comply with their reporting requirements to IOM. Ensure proper documentation of all programme supportive documents for the projects (grants, beneficiary registration, land agreements, etc.) are recorded.
- Represent Consortium and its interests with relevant government authorities and ensure collaborative cooperation with key government counterparts for effective implementation and towards achievement of durable solutions to displacement in Somalia.
- Represent Consortium with donors.
- Undertake regular travel including to field locations to support consortium efforts.
- Perform such other duties as may be assigned.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
- Master’s degree in Political or Social Science, International Relations, International Development, Emergency Management, Peace Studies or a related field from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience; or
- University degree in the above fields with seven years of relevant professional experience.
- Experience working in the field of displacement and durable solutions, displacement, peacebuilding, community resilience, and related fields;
- Demonstrable multi-stakeholder coordination experience;
- Experience in operational activities in a complex crisis or post-crisis setting;
- Experience in project design, implementation, and management;
- Experience liaising with specialized international agencies (UN agencies, international organizations and international specialized Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs));
- Knowledge of UN, IOM, international organizations and NGOs mandates and programmes in the field of displacement, durable solutions and community resilience;
- Experience working in the country or region is an advantage.
IOM’s official languages are English, French and Spanish.
For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Somali, Arabic, French and/or Spanish is an advantage.
With frequent travel and possible relocation to Somalia if and when the situation is conducive.
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 2
- 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 2
- 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.
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.