International Organization For Migration (IOM)

Head of Mission Support and Innovation Unit

International Organization For Migration (IOM)

Job Description

Position Title : Head of Mission Support and Innovation Unit Duty Station : Nairobi, Kenya Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P3 Type of Appointment : Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible Closing Date : 24 February 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. Candidates 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.


Under the overall supervision of the Head of Kenya Country Office (CO) and direct supervision of Head of Programme and Policy Development and in Coordination with the Programme Managers, Heads of Sub-Offices, IOM East and Horn of Africa Regional Office (RO) and IOM’s Headquarters (HQs), the successful candidate will be responsible for the development of new projects and ensuring reporting requirements are met. S/he will contribute to the Design of new programmes, and substantively support the mission’s strategic planning and relationships with donors and the Government of Kenya, particularly in relation to the operational aspects of programmes/projects and Fundraising for new activities.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Manage and supervise the staff of the Mission Support and Innovation Unit, ensuring their effective performance of development, implementation, evaluation and reporting tasks for CO programmes/projects.
  2. Assess potential project and funding opportunities, prepare project proposals and concept notes in the areas of interest to the IOM Kenya CO, and evaluate and improve project reports, fact sheets and other documents in coordination with relevant Programme/Project managers and program units.
  3. Support the coordination and evaluation of programme and project activities of Kenya CO to ensure timely and effective implementation and quality reporting, and advise the Head of Programme and Policy Development of the corrective measures that may be needed.
  4. Support liaison with donors, project partners, other IOM missions, RO and HQs to facilitate coordinated project implementation and synergies and to make recommendations on donor/partner engagement.
  5. Provide advice for the mainstreaming of relevant African Union, East African Community, Intergovernmental Authority on Development and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa policies and frameworks into national level programming and design.
  6. Keep abreast of and analyse migration issues, policies and emerging trends, identify priorities and recommend actions to the Head of Programme and Policy Development in relation to risks and opportunities for IOM.
  7. Identify priorities, challenges and issues to be addressed within the country office as appropriate, and propose corrective actions.
  8. Provide support and guidance to Programme/Project Managers and other project staff on programme/project implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and quality assurance.
  9. Participate in relevant UN and inter-agency meetings and mechanisms to facilitate the integration of IOM programmes into inter-agency processes and the mainstreaming of migration into Common Country Analysis and Cooperation frameworks.
  10. Support Kenya CO in the work with respective national counterparts to facilitate cooperation, External Relations and liaison activities.
  11. In close coordination with the Information Management System Officer, provide the evidence-based information of Kenya CO’s project development and fundraising efforts through targeted assessment surveys, analyses, studies and systematic publication.
  12. Develop and disseminate communications and visibility materials, such as quarterly reports, newsletters, flash reports, etc., and respond to information requests from HQ and Regional Office.
  13. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.
Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Political or Social Science, International Relations, Law 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 in the field of international migration, management, and evaluation; • Work experience in the field of migration issues, including operational and field experience, IOM Project Development, Management, Implementation and Monitoring systems; • Experience in dealing with donors on project implementation and reporting; • Experience and excellent understanding of the migration themes in East Africa and extensive knowledge of the arid and semi-arid regions; • Experience in Liaising with governmental authorities, other national/international institutions and NGOs.


• Knowledge in project monitoring and evaluation is required; • Demonstrated expertise in thematic areas relevant to project liaison, reporting and monitoring; • Knowledge and experience of regional issues 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 French 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.


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 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.

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.

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