Open to Internal and External Candidates (1 position)
Position Title: National Project Officer, Case Management
Duty Station: San Salvador, El Salvador
Classification: National Officer , NOB
Type of Appointment: One Year Fixed Term
Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible
Closing Date: March 9 , 2023
Reference Code: VN2023/005SV
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 environment. Internal and external candidates are eligible to apply to this vacancy. For the purpose of the vacancy, internal candidates are considered as first-tier candidates.
The United States Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) operates world-wide with a target of providing resettlement opportunities to tens of thousands of individuals each year. IOM provides a range of services and support to the USRAP including, but not limited to, case processing, migration health assessments, cultural orientation training, organized transportation and administration of a travel loan and collections program. The Department of Operations and Emergencies (DOE), specifically the Resettlement and Movement Division (RMM), has the organizational responsibility to provide direction, oversight, and guidance to IOM’s global support to all resettlement programs.
Under the United States Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP), the Resettlement Support Center (RSC) provides critical support and processing services for resettlement to the US. As part of an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between IOM and the US State Department Bureau for Population Refugees and Migration (PRM), IOM manages the RSC for Latin America (LA). RSC LA prepares applications for adjudication by and provides support to visiting US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers, facilitates security and medical screenings, provides information about arriving individuals to resettlement agencies in the US and offers Cultural Orientation (CO) training to individuals departing for the US.
Under the general supervision of the Deputy Project Manager, Case Management and Data Integrity, RSC Latin America and the direct supervision of the Project Coordinator, Case Management, RSC Latin America, the National Project Officer, Case Management will be based in San Salvador, El Salvador and will have the following duties and responsibilities:
Core Functions / Responsibilities:
- Supervise daily RSC LA case management activities in the assigned area(s), such as File Integrity, Program Access, Prescreening, Field Team, Adjudications Support, Scheduling, Pre-Departure Services, or relevant sub-unit(s), including hiring, providing training, assigning duties and giving feedback to staff members on their performance on a regular basis to ensure high quality work and the accurate completion of processing activities.
- Provide technical assistance, guidance, and information on changes to workflows and procedures to staff members in accordance with the Worldwide Refugee Processing System (WRAPS)/START, USCIS, PRM Program Announcements and internal Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
- Act as the primary liaison between RSC processing staff and RSC management. Promote clear and positive communication between various RSC units handling case management activities by encouraging dialogue between unit supervisors. Collaborate with wider IOM Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru and Colombia counterparts on RSC processing and case issues. Keep management well informed of achievements and challenges.
- Use reports to monitor the RSC LA pipeline and take appropriate action to address relevant processing delays or backlogs. As needed, directly handle urgent and sensitive cases at any stage in the pipeline to ensure they are processed effectively and efficiently.
- In coordination with the Project Coordinators and Deputy Project Manager, RSC LA, liaise with external partners, including the Refugee Processing Center (RPC) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on case processing issues as needed.
- Coordinate relevant statistics for the purpose of generating weekly activity and other reports. Report regularly to the Project Coordinators and Deputy Project Manager, RSC LA on relevant activities, problems and solutions related to the workflow and processing pipeline.
- Represent RSC LA at meetings as needed, including with US and UN officials. Prepare reports, briefings, background information, narratives, and statistical reporting as necessary and required.
- Ensure the data integrity of RSC LA records in the WRAPS/START database. Identify and utilize new tools to improve the quality of information entered and extracted from WRAPS/START.
- Maintain and ensure the confidentiality and integrity of all RSC-related information by implementing control procedures in line with USRAP standards of conduct and data protection rules. Alert the Project Coordinators, RSC LA of any non-compliance to SOPs or codes of conduct by RSC staff members.
- Support the overall development of RSC LA by suggesting potential improvements to processing activities.
- Perform such other duties as may be assigned.
Required Qualifications and Experience
Education and Experience
- Master’s degree in Social Science, International Relations, Regional Studies or a related field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience;
- University degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional experience.
- Experience in USRAP, particularly in RSC processing activities, such as employment verification, case creation, pre-screening, USCIS adjudications support, scheduling, field support and out-processing, is essential.
- Knowledge of USRAP program implementation and familiarity with IOM’s administrative, financial, and business rules and practices is desirable.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to effectively communicate with and lead a team.
- Demonstrated proficiency with the World Wide Refugee Admission Processing System (WRAPS)/START.
- Excellent computer skills and a high level of proficiency in spreadsheet and database applications.
- Takes responsibility and manages constructive criticism.
- Works effectively with all clients and stakeholders.
- Promotes continuous learning; communicates clearly.
- Takes initiative and drives high levels of performance management.
- Plans work, anticipates risks, and sets goals within area of responsibility.
- Displays mastery of subject matter.
- Contributes to a collegial team environment.
- Incorporates gender-related needs, perspectives, and concerns, and promotes equal gender participation.
- Displays awareness of relevant technological solutions.
- Works with internal and external stakeholders to meet resource needs of IOM.
- Delivers on set objectives in hardship situations.
- Effectively coordinates actions with other implementing partners.
- Works effectively with local authorities, stakeholders, beneficiaries, and the broader community to advance country office or regional objectives.
Fluency in Spanish and English (oral and written)
Inclusion and respect for diversity respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
Integrity and transparency: maintain high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards ofconduct.
Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.
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 & vision : works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.
How to apply
HOW TO APPLY:
Interested internal candidates are invited to submit their applications by completing and sending the Internal Application Form (form attached), a letter of interest, and a CV to the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org by March 9, 2023 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.
External Candidates that comply with the profile will need to send the Resume and a letter of interest to email@example.com by March 9, 2023 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.
Any offer made to the candidates in relation to this vacancy is subject to funding confirmation.
Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.
KEEP IN MIND:
- The motivation/cover letter should be a maximum of 1 page long and in English. It should state the position(s) you are applying for
- The CV should be a maximum of 2 pages long and in English.
- Only the applications that comply with the required profile will be taken into consideration.
- Those applications received after the due date or the ones that don’t include the name of the position, will not be considered.
- This vacancy is open for local staff or international staff with legal permit to work in the Country.
- The attachment shouldn’t weight over 2 MB.