Position Title: Programme Coordinator

Duty Station: Paramaribo, Suriname

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P3

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

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 11 April 2023

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.


Under the direct supervision of the Regional Coordination Officer for the Caribbean and the overall supervision of the Regional Director for North America, Central America and the Caribbean and in close coordination with the Resources Management Officer (RMO), and, in collaboration with the DOE and different RTS in the Regional Office in San Jose the successful candidate will be responsible for managing, coordinating and ensuring the implementation of the Country Office’s programmes and project activities.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Backstop the technical, administrative and financial aspects of the programmes and ensure timely implementation of all activities; monitor and assess progress to ensure that expected outputs and outcomes are delivered as per set objectives and indicators, and in line with IOM rules and procedures.
  2. Establish and maintain close coordination, communication, and collaboration among the Regional Thematic Specialists, the Department of Operations and Emergency, and other relevant departments and teams to support strategic planning and promote overall coherence among projects components and adherence to work plans.
  3. Develop and manage new project opportunities in coordination with relevant stakeholders in areas of concern to the Government and design fundraising strategies to address such issues.
  4. Undertake duty travel relating to project/programme assessment and implementation, liaison with counterparts, problem solving, and new project/programme development, as required.
  5. Develop monitoring and evaluation systems to enable the production of real time reports on progress, achievements, effectiveness, challenges and efficiency of projects in collaboration with the M&E officer.
  6. Establish, maintain and strengthen liaison and close working relationships with national and local governmental authorities, diplomatic missions, UN agencies, regional, non-governmental and international organizations, as well as donors and the media.
  7. Perform such other related duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Humanitarian Affairs, Development Studies, Political Science, Social Science, International Relations 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 humanitarian and development programmes for migrants and capacity-building activities,
  • Experience in liaising with governmental and diplomatic authorities as well as with national and international institutions;
  • Familiarity with financial and business administration;
  • Sound and proven understanding of internal and international migration issues in the sub-region and related issues;
  • Experience in development, implementation, analysis and evaluation of programs and protocols; team leading and program management including budget planning and monitoring;
  • Experience working in the Caribbean region is an asset;
  • Knowledge of migration in the Caribbean is an asset
  • Previous experience working with IOM and with UN specialized agencies an advantage.


  • Good knowledge of project development, management, and evaluation concepts and procedures;
  • Excellent managerial, communication, analytical, and organizational skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including negotiation, relationship management, influencing and networking.
  • Ability to work effectively and harmoniously in a team of colleagues of varied cultural and professional backgrounds; and,
  • Good level of computer literacy.


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

For all applicants, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Dutch 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 (https://whed.net/home.php).

Required Competencies:

Values – all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these five values:

  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: Respects and promotes individual and cultural differences. Encourages diversity and inclusion.
  • 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.
  • Courage: Demonstrates willingness to take a stand on issues of importance.
  • Empathy: Shows compassion for others, makes people feel safe, respected and fairly treated.

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 actions 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 leadership and professional potential.
  • Empowering others: Creates an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.
  • Building Trust: Promotes shared values and creates an atmosphere of trust and honesty.
  • Strategic thinking and vision: Works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.
  • Humility: Leads with humility and shows openness to acknowledging own shortcomings.

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. Subject to certain exemptions, vaccination against COVID-19 will in principle be required for individuals hired on or after 15 November 2021. This will be verified as part of the medical clearance process.

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 HERE via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 11 April 2023 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: www.iom.int/recruitment

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 2023 82 Programme Coordinator (P2) Paramaribo, Suriname (58046265) Released

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