Programme Officer (MPA) – Mogadishu, Somalia


Programme Officer (MPA) – Mogadishu, Somalia


Position Title : Programme Officer (MPA)

Duty Station : Mogadishu, Somalia


Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P2

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

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 02 June 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:

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.



The post will support the implementation of actions of the EU-IOM Joint Initiative on Migrant Protection and Reintegration as well as coordinate the implementation of the Regional Migration Response Plan (RMRP) in Somalia.

Launched in December 2016 with funding from the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF), the Joint Initiative is the first comprehensive programme to save lives, protect and assist migrants along key migration routes in 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 Joint Initiative covers and closely cooperates

with 26 African countries in the Horn of Africa, the Sahel and Lake Chad, and North Africa.

In the Horn of Africa, the Joint Initiative (JI) commenced in March 2017 with an overall objective to contribute to facilitating orderly, safe, regular and rights-based migration through the facilitation of dignified voluntary return and the implementation of development-focused and sustainable reintegration policies and processes.

With the Regional Coordination Unit based at IOM’s Regional Office for the East and Horn of Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, JI-HOA is implemented in key Khartoum Process countries of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan.

The RMRP for the Horn of Africa and Yemen adapts the four priorities of the Gulf of Aden strategy to address the specific needs of migrants in vulnerable situations in the Horn of Africa (HoA) to/from Yemen and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). However, this excludes refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced persons. Target countries include Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, and Yemen.


The RMRP seeks to provide a coordinated regional response by providing immediate assistance addressing the humanitarian and protection needs of these migrants. It also promotes medium to long-term interventions that seek to address the root causes of irregular migration by promoting migration research, data collection, and analyses that inform durable and development-oriented approaches to return, sustainable reintegration, and community stabilization. The RMRP also seeks to build the capacities of governments to strengthen their response to, and meet the needs of, migrants in vulnerable situations.

Under the overall supervision of the Deputy Chief of Mission IOM Somalia and direct supervision of the Programme Manager (MPA), the successful candidate will implement the JI and RMRP programme activities in Somalia. The candidate will also work closely with the Regional Coordination Unit in Nairobi and Migrant Protection and Assistance Regional Thematic Specialist as well as RMRP and Joint Initiatives Horn of Africa (JI-HoA) focal points in the region.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

Coordinate the implementation of the Migration Resource Allocation Committee (MIRAC) programme and the Regional Migration Response Plan in Somalia, and support sub offices in harmonisation with the EU-IOM Joint Initiative programme from Mogadishu. Assist the Programme Manager through data management, procurement, operations, partnerships, visibility and other processes, facilitating budgetary, administrative, and technical implementation in compliance with IOM policies and standards, as well as donor requirements.

Contribute to the development of work plans, implementation strategies, and expenditure plans to facilitate the timely implementation and achievement of project activities and results.

Ensure appropriate coordination and information sharing with IOM Country office, IOM Reginal office Nairobi and IOM Headquarters.

Draft donor and other reports as may be required for MPA activities in Somalia and on the MIRAC programme and follow up on timely submission, in line with donor requirements and IOM procedures and standards. Draft regular briefings, summaries, press releases and other relevant information materials, as required and in coordination with other IOM units.

In conjunction with Hargeisa, Mogadishu and Bosaso MPA team members, provide technical support to the Somalia authorities to facilitate the alignment of Joint Initiative activities to international best practices, and to assist the coordination committees in Somalia in articulating their mandate, developing ToRs and providing leadership for JI within national authorities.

In close coordination with the Resource Management Unit, monitor procurement processes to facilitate the timely completion of activities and alignment to IOM standards and procedures.

Work closely with the Programme Manager, and other IOM staff in regional offices and headquarters, to facilitate the reflection of the MPA programme in regional/global projects, strategies and reports.

Coordinate MPA functions in Migrant Resource Centres (MRCs), including contracting and payments, data management, visibility and assistance. Contribute to the streamlining of Somalia MPA systems and approaches within the Somaliland, Bossaso and Mogadishu offices in relation to the development and maintenance of systems for tracking, organization, etc.

Assist the country’s communications focal point to document success stories such as capturing case studies for donor reports, website and newsletters.

Undertake frequent duty travel as required to all field sites in Somalia.

Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


Master’s degree in Development, Management, Political or Social Sciences 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 project implementation and management, preferably in the field of migration, direct assistance, or community stabilization;

Proven experience in migrant assistance, Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR), community stabilization and/or psychosocial support.


Sound analytical skills and demonstrated managerial and organizational ability;

Expert knowledge of MS office and advanced statistical skills including knowledge of database management, statistical and project management software is a strong advantage;

Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and to write clearly and accurately;

Knowledge and understanding of the migration issues, return and reintegration in the region is an advantage.


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. df

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 02 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 20.05.2021 to 02.06.2021

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 112 Programme Officer (MPA) (P2) Mogadishu, Somalia (57008028) Released

Posting: Posting NC57008029 (57008029) Released




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