Job Description

Position Title : Programme Coordinator (MECC) Duty Station : Nairobi, Kenya Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P2 Type of Appointment : Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible Closing Date : 11 March 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 Regional Director in the IOM East and Horn of Africa (EHoA) Regional Office and direct supervision of the Migration, Environment and Climate Change (MECC) Regional Thematic Specialist (RTS), and in collaboration with relevant units at Headquarters and the Administrative Centres, the successful candidate will be responsible for supporting the Coordination of the Migration Multi Partner Trust Fund (MPTF), Regional Joint Programme titled ‘Addressing Drivers and Facilitating Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration in the Contexts of Disasters and Climate Change in the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Region’. IOM is the convening agency for the joint programme with International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations Office for Project Services (Platform on Disaster Displacement- PDD) and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees as Participating UN Organisations (PUNOs) and the IGAD and the IGAD Climate Prediction and Application Centre (ICPAC) as partners. The Migration Multi Partner Trust Fund (MPTF), Regional Joint Programme is the first regional joint programme to be funded and emphasizes the importance of multi-agency and multi-stakeholder implementation of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. As convening agency, IOM’s coordination role will be key to the success of this Joint Programme. The Joint Programme is implemented under the Migration, Environment and Climate Change Division at the IOM East and Horn of Africa Regional Office, therefore the successful candidate would sit under the Migration, Environment and Climate Change (MECC) Division.

The MPTF Regional Joint Programme seeks to address the following Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) Objectives: Objective 1: Collect and utilize accurate and disaggregated data as a basis for evidence–based policies.

Objective 2: Minimize the adverse drivers and structural factors that compel people to leave their country of origin.

Objective 3: Enhance availability and flexibility of pathways for regular migration.

It also targets the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): 8.8: Promote the protection of migrant workers, particularly women migrants and those in vulnerable situations.

10.7: Facilitate orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people, including through the implementation of planned and well-managed migration policies.

13.1: Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries.

The Programme Coordinator (MECC) will be responsible for supporting the coordination and monitoring of IOM’s activities envisaged under the MPTF Regional Joint Programme, as well as supporting the coordination and monitoring of the activities implemented by PUNOs and partners. This support role will contribute to maximising synergies and complementarities across all PUNOs and partners and to seeking synergies with external partners, thus facilitating the coordinated, comprehensive implementation of the GCM in the EHoA region.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Support the coordination and implementation of the MPTF Joint Programme and closely communicate and follow up with PUNOs and partners.
  2. Provide technical inputs for the development and implementation of a robust monitoring, learning and reporting system to facilitate programme implementation, particularly in relation to changing contexts, and compile and disseminate information and updates to stakeholders on progress and impact.
  3. Assist in organizing the project’s technical working group (TWG) and steering committee (SC) meetings in close collaboration with ILO as technical co-lead.
  4. Provide administrative and Technical Support (particularly in relation to monitoring, evaluation and learning) to IOM’s activities within the MPTF Joint Programme, including green economy policy Mapping activities.
  5. Encourage open, two-way communication between PUNOs and partners to facilitate the integration of all 4 pillars of work.
  6. Research, analyze and recommend opportunities to create synergies with other national, regional, continental or global programmes and initiatives to support comprehensive and coordinated GCM implementation.
  7. Provide information to donors and other interested parties such as governments, academia and UN Agencies/INGOs on MPTF Joint Programme progress and impact in order to present to wider audiences and national, regional, continental and global forums.
  8. Working closely with the Regional Communications team, contribute to the development and dissemination of regular communications products such as quarterly newsletters, PBNs, human interest stories and other communications and visibility materials that raise the profile of the MPTF Joint Programme and the MECC thematic area.
  9. Track and follow up with PUNOs to facilitate the timely submission of narrative and financial donor reporting of the Joint Programme and participate in Data Collection for the commencement of a project final evaluation through the SC and other stakeholders.
  10. Participate in and contribute to IOM’s network by supporting the Analysis and sharing of best practices with other Divisions/Departments in the other Regional Offices and Country Offices as necessary.
  11. Support the delivery of quality MECC thematic training to governments as requested in the region in close coordination with the MECC RTS.
  12. Participate in conferences, workshops and meetings related to the MECC thematic area in close coordination with the MECC RTS.
  13. Perform such other related duties as may be assigned.
Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Political or Social Sciences, Economics, Migration Studies, International Relations, Law, Environmental Studies or a related field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience; or • University degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional experience.


• Experience in coordination, IOM project development or implementation, monitoring, evaluation, learning and reporting; and • Experience in coordinating with governmental authorities, donors, academia, other national/international institutions, and NGOs.


• Robust understanding of migration dynamics in relation to environment, climate change and climate-induced disasters; • Good understanding of the work undertaken by the MECC thematic area in the region; • Good understanding and knowledge of IOM’s partnerships in the MECC Division; • Sound knowledge of international fora and policy process in the areas of migration, climate change, environment, disaster risk reduction, knowledge of frameworks such as the GCM, UN conventions on climate change, ecosystems, desertification etc.; • Understanding of legal frameworks human rights approaches, soft law and protection issues related to environmental migration; • In depth knowledge of the GCM, its implementation in the IGAD region- in particular, Objective 2 as it relates to climate change and environmental degradation; • Knowledge of the objectives, and the rules and regulations of the Migration MPTF; • Knowledge of IOM MECC’s strategic direction and objectives to include key partnerships; and, • Excellent communication and team building skills with a track record in coordination and building trust with diverse stakeholders.


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

For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of French 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.

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 and who do not have prior experience outside the duty station’s country as staff member in the Professional category 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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