Programme Manager (MPA) – Mogadishu, Somalia

IOM Somalia

Programme Manager (MPA) – Mogadishu, Somalia


Estimated Start Date :As soon as possible

Closing Date : 08 June 2021

Duty Station : Mogadishu, Somalia Professional Staff, Grade P3

Classification : Type of Appointment : Special short-term graded, nine months with possibility of extension

Position Title : Programme Manager (MPA)

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:

Internal candidates

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.


Launched in March 2017 with funding from the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, the EU-IOM Joint Initiative on Migrant Protection and Reintegration (JI) in the Horn of Africa assists migrants along key migration routes in Africa with Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration in the Horn of Africa. It enables migrants who decide to return to their countries of origin to do so in a safe and dignified way, and to help them restart their lives in their countries of origin. This is done through an integrated approach to reintegration that supports both migrants and their communities.

The Migration Repose Plan (MRP) and the Africa Regional Migration Program (AMRP) also provide a framework for enhancing service delivery in Somalia through sustainable approaches

for capacity building of government and partners, direct humanitarian and emergency assistance, reintegration assistance and durable solutions. Synergies with other programs are also promoting better migration management and contributing towards migration governance and implantation of the Global Compact on Migration (GCM) by collaboration with relevant government agencies with migration functions and participating in the UN Network on Migration for Somalia.

Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) and direct supervision of the Deputy Chief of Mission (DCoM) in Somalia, and in close coordination with the JI Senior Regional Programme Coordinator, in coordination with the Regional Migrant Response Plan (MRP) Coordinator in Nairobi and with the support of the Migrant Protection and Assistance (MPA) Regional Thematic Specialist in IOM’s Regional Office (RO) in Nairobi, the successful candidate will manage IOM Somalia’s Joint Initiative programme and MRP programme. S/he will work with government authorities and technical partners to implement Migrant Assistance and Counter Trafficking activities, Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR), Operational and Mixed Migration activities in Somalia.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

Oversee implementation of the Joint Initiative (JI) Programme in Somalia, in close coordination with the Regional Thematic Specialist in RO Nairobi.

Provide technical oversight to IOM Somalia staff on Assisted Voluntary Return, Reintegration (AVRR) and Capacity Building activities particularly in the use of the IOM Standard Operating Procedures for Return and Reintegration and the management of Migration Response Centres (MRCs) as mechanisms for migrant assistance in Somalia.

Supervise timely implementation of the JI and MPA activities as per the work plans, ensuring technical soundness, donor conditionality and guidelines, relevant IOM procedures in finance, procurement and Human Resource (HR) as well as clear communication and co-ordination with the project counterparts and implementing partners.

Oversee the performance of AVRR staff and consultants. Provide timely technical guidance and assistance to the staff and manage objective, constructive Staff Evaluation System (SES). Monitor the timeliness and the quality of deliverables produced by consultants and ensure final evaluation of the consultancy.

Provide technical support and guidance to the government of Somalia in order to institute structure and systems to support vulnerable migrants, including support to establish the systems of migration governance, such as migration policy and national migration coordination mechanisms.

Lead periodical monitoring of the JI and MPA activities’ implementation schedule against work plans and budget utilization against budget table and PRISM.

Ensure timely development and submission of internal and external reports, including the donor reports and their supplementary documents.

Supervise and coordinate screening and assistance of the beneficiaries and maintain an updated record of cases and files, while ensuring the confidentiality of the data.

Oversee communication related to MPA projects in co-ordination with Programme Support Unit (PSU). Ensure visibility of the donor governments and IOM and IOM Data Protection Policy in communication materials developed for projects, paying attention to accuracy, clarity and effectiveness of the materials to the targeted audience.

Overall management of the MRP framework in Somalia, including oversight of all project

related metrics for the MRP projects implemented in Somalia, ensure effective management of the MRP plan including the coordination of the annual country priorities, implementation of the plan, monitoring and reporting, enhancing the coordination with relevant IOM units and missions and MRP partners, strategically positioning the MRP in the relevant coordination mechanisms, ensuring the communications and visibility around the plan is strengthened, supporting with the project developments and fundraising activities for the plan in collaboration with MRP partners.

Support the expansion of IOMs migrant protection and assistance portfolio in Somalia. Promote its effectiveness and coherence with humanitarian and development activities.

In close coordination with PSU, develop concept notes, project proposals and budgets and explore new areas of interventions, in particular on innovative areas on migrant protection and assistance, including also community engagement.

Establish and maintain strong partnership and liaison with implementing partners, the donor community, government entities, local authorities, UN agencies and other stakeholders; promoting dialogue, information sharing and cooperation among government and non-government actors; furthermore, ensure strong coordination and collaboration with IOM Somalia field offices.

Undertake duty travel in line with prevailing security restrictions relating to project assessments, liaison with counterparts and project implementation, as may be required.

Perform such other duties that may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


Masters degree in International Relations, Migration Studies, Human rights, Law, Development 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 in project/programme management with United Nations Agencies or Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in migration management focusing on migrant protection, assisted voluntary return and reintegration, counter-trafficking and smuggling of humans, with supervisory responsibilities and demonstrated achievements;

Demonstrated experience in the management of finances, procurement and human resources;

Demonstrated experience in developing proposals and budgets and preparing donor reports;

Experience planning, organizing and facilitating trainings;

Experience in conducting Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), with understanding of M&E tools and approaches;

Working experience in a non-family duty station in conflict or post-conflict countries.


Ability to liaise with government officials and coordination with key partners;

Good level of computer literacy including database applications;

Sound management and organization skills;

Excellent writing and presentation skills;

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;

Ability to work independently and as a team member.


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

External applicants for all positions in the Professional category are required to be proficient in English and have at least a working knowledge of one additional UN Language (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese).

For all applicants, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Somali 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.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 08 June 2021 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

IOM only accepts duly completed applications submitted through the IOM e-Recruitment system. The online tool also allows candidates to track the status of their application.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

For further information please refer to:


Posting period:

From 26.05.2021 to 08.06.2021

No Fees:

IOM does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, processing, training or other fee). IOM does not request any information related to bank accounts.

Requisition: SVN 2021 115 Programme Manager (MPA) (P3) Mogadishu, Somalia (57013788) Released

Posting: Posting NC57013789 (57013789) Released




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