International Organization For Migration (IOM)

Programme Coordinator (Return and Recovery)

International Organization For Migration (IOM)

Job Description

Position Title: Programme Coordinator (Return and Recovery) Duty Station: Erbil, Iraq 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 Closing Date: 23 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.


Following the end of hostilities against ISIS, the return of millions of Iraqis is threatened by the lack of livelihoods, widespread destruction and the presence of uncleared debris, heavy damage to critical public infrastructure and destroyed shelter. The situation is further complicated by a fluid and complex security environment.

The Return and Recovery Unit (RRU) within IOM Iraq works to remove the initial obstacles to Internally Displaced Persons’ (IDPs’) return in Iraq’s post-conflict areas and lay the foundation for longer-term recovery, economic development and reconstruction in general.

Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) in Baghdad and the Head of RRU Unit in Erbil, and the direct supervision of the Senior Operations Coordinator, and in Coordination with relevant units in IOM Iraq, the successful candidate will have the overall responsibility for the management and implementation of RRU’s activities in Ninewa and Dohuk Governorates.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Ensure proper planning and timely implementation of all activities within the area of responsibility, including planning, implementation, follow-up and troubleshooting.
  2. Ensure community-based approaches are used in all phases of activity Design, planning, implementation and for sustainability.
  3. Utilize monitoring mechanisms to assess the impact and coverage of activities and the progress made against implementation plans and internal Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) indicators in return areas.
  4. Represent RRU at regional-level coordination forums related to the area of responsibility, creating partnerships with key organizations, agencies, and governmental partners to ensure good coordination, information sharing, joint-planning and government involvement.
  5. Supervise all staff and contractors within the area of responsibility, including both field and administrative positions.
  6. Implement activities according to agreed methodologies in close coordination with the technical staff for livelihood, Community Engagement and durable solution activities.
  7. Ensure information sharing, coordination and communication within the team and with other teams and management.
  8. Establish clear coordination between RRU’s technical, operational and project-support functions to ensure that all programmatic components within the area of responsibility work as a cohesive unit.
  9. Provide strategic orientation to the work of RRU in the area of responsibility and ensure response to unfolding return and recovery trends, integrating new approaches and procedures as required.
  10. Where necessary, lead the establishment of new IOM Field Operations.
  11. Where possible and in close coordination with management, liaise with donors in order to show progress of activities, gaps, lessons learned, opportunities, among other key trends.
  12. Work closely with other teams/management to provide timely reporting, information, audio/visual media, etc., related to project activities.
  13. Support the program development team in preparing project development proposals and donor Mapping frameworks.
  14. In coordination with relevant units and in line with the regulations and policies of IOM, ensure proper adherence to human resources, procurement, finance, project development, and all other policies of IOM for projects implemented in the area of responsibility.
  15. Undertake duty travel as required, for project site review and other duties of concern to the projects.
  16. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.
Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Humanitarian Affairs, International Relations, Development Studies, Political Science 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 (including field experience) in managing construction and rehabilitation projects, and/or recovery interventions in post-conflict or post-disaster context; • Experience in managing several types of community-based projects; • Experience in interventions aimed at supporting area-based community recovery; • Experience in liaising with government authorities, other national/international technical counterparts and NGOs, and building effective partnerships; • Previous working experience in Iraq or the Middle East and Northern Africa region is advantageous; • Willing to travel within the country as required.


• Proven ability to supervise, coach, and direct staff and manage operations in transitional contexts.


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

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

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 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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