International Organization For Migration (IOM)

Programme Manager (Protection)

International Organization For Migration (IOM)

Job Description

Position Title: Programme Manager (Protection) Duty Station: Sana'a, Yemen 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: 18 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 Deputy Chief of Mission (DCoM) and the direct supervision of the Senior Field Coordinator, the successful candidate will be responsible for the successful implementation and management of Protection projects in IOM Yemen, which includes Community Response and Migrant Assistance projects.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Oversee IOM protection projects across Yemen, providing advice and support for planning and response activities in line with IOM guidelines, protection standards and principles, humanitarian principles, and international standards.
  2. Ensure the implementation of IOM Protection projects in the country, including the preparation and submission of project workplans and budgets and ensuring that budget, time and quality requirements and specifications are met.
  3. Contribute to resource mobilization efforts for the programme. Analyze and appraise project proposals for specific donor funding, recommend the selection of project proposals for submission to specific donors, and follow up on donor negotiations.
  4. Identify new project opportunities and describe and justify project possibilities consistent with approved programmes and ongoing activities.
  5. Identify, train and supervise the Protection team, in accordance with the Organization’s procedures and regulations. Provide relevant Capacity Building to the members of the team.
  6. Ensure that Protection projects are implemented utilizing the established Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning framework.
  7. Liaise and coordinate with relevant partners, other agencies, protection Coordination mechanisms in country, government authorities / entities and any other relevant stakeholder to avoid duplication, violation of national regulations or contravention of operational agreements set by the humanitarian community at the country level.
  8. Coordinate with the Procurement and Supply Chain unit in relation to the needs and requirements of Protection projects in line with IOM and donor’s processes and regulations. Participate in monitoring all contractual agreements with service providers and / or implementing parties.
  9. Ensure cross-cutting issues are integrated in Protection projects such as Gender-based Violence (GBV), Child Protection (CP), Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) and other protection related mainstreaming.
  10. Perform other duties as may be assigned.
Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in International Law, Development Studies, Human Rights, Political Science, International Relations, Social Studies, Protection 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 managing Protection related projects in Emergency and conflict environments; • Protection technical and managerial experience to guide and lead the Protection project teams.


• Delivers on set objectives in hardship situations; • Effectively coordinates actions with other implementing partners; • Works effectively with Donors, local authorities, stakeholders, beneficiaries, and the broader community to manage, coordinate and implement programme activities and projects; • Demonstrated experience in managing and supervising staff; • Excellent Monitoring and Evaluation skills, project management skills, organizational skills and accuracy; and, • Ability to work with minimal supervision.


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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