Position Title: Programme Manager/Chief of Party

Duty Station: Multiple Duty Stations

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P4

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 25 January 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 Director or their designee, the Programme

Manager/Chief of Party will be responsible for the overall coordination and management of IOM’s activities spanning multiple French-speaking nations in support of the U.S. Strategy to Prevent Conflict and Promote Stability (SPCPS).

The programme, supported by a multi-donor funded small grants initiative to advance SPCPS priorities, will be implemented through IOM in close coordination with the programme’s various bilateral donors, with communities in priority areas, and with all levels of the host Government(s). The overall objective of the IOM programme is to create and implement medium- to long-term, locally-led activities to build resilience, strengthen the roots of stability, and prevent conflict. The Programme Manager/Chief of Party will oversee a range of duties and provide overall guidance for the programme throughout its geographic coverage.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Have full programmatic, financial, administrative, and logistical programmatic responsibility for all programme activities and ensure that IOM standards and operating modalities are met wherever the programme is implemented.
  2. Conceptualize and design programme strategies, and direct appropriate resource allocation among several offices, stakeholders, and sub-regions.
  3. Manage a close, client-centered, in-country relationship with the programme’s donor representatives by maintaining frequent dialogue, reinforcing the principle of activity development, and meeting all regular and ad hoc donor requests.
  4. Hire and train all programme staff as well as create, deploy, and periodically fine-tune all programmatic systems, including database management, procurement, financial tracking, and accounting. Ensure that all departments are coordinating together smoothly to achieve the programme objectives and supervise all in-country international and national staff.
  5. In close conjunction with the management of the IOM Mission, the Mission’s Field SecurityOfficer, and in accordance with the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) requirements, be responsible for the safety and security of all individuals implementing the programme. This includes ensuring that appropriate security information is regularly and appropriately disseminated, and that relevant safety and security training is conducted in coordination with IOM’s Staff Security Unit (SSU) when required.
  6. Assess, develop a plan for, and oversee all related contracting staff, technical experts, or service providers in relation to the programme.
  7. Liaise with international and national counterparts to further the development and enhance the objectives of the programme. Seek programmatic partnerships and synergies when appropriate with other humanitarian and development partners and government entities.
  8. Actively consult with a wide range of sources, including management of the IOM Mission, Regional Office, Headquarters, and IOM Washington, in order to continually assess the full context of the IOM programme funded by multiple bilateral donors, including in relation to other IOM programmes and priorities in the country.
  9. Responsible for continually developing the IOM programme in accordance with the SPCPS framework, programme objectives, updated strategic priorities, project successes, donor interests and UN security constraints.
  10. Supervise the tracking of all programme expenditures to ensure budget recommendations are met, that all grant management and financial tracking instruments are reconciled and that all funds are spent in accordance with IOM standards and donor expectations. In coordination with the relevant IOM Mission departments, Headquarters, and others, ensure the timely submission of financial reports to the donor.
  11. Responsible for regular reporting, including all financial, narrative and database requirements, and ensure regular and proactive coordination with program counterparts in the relevant oversight offices (e.g., Regional Office and Headquarters).
  12. In close coordination with the main programme counterparts, ensure that small grant initiatives and related community and government relationships are developed in accordance with programme goals and objectives.
  13. Act as the primary contact for the programme in work across multiple sectors that include,but are not limited to, health, agriculture, education, municipal infrastructure, gender, transportation, and water and sanitation.
  14. Develop and enforce anti-corruption measures and strengthen existing measures including the implementation of a sound Monitoring and Evaluation system to ensure the transparent use of donor funds. Report corruption issues to the donor according to established procedures.
  15. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Law, International Relations, Development Studies and Planning or a related field from an accredited academic institution with seven years of relevant professional experience; or
  • University degree in the above fields with nine years of relevant professional experience.


  • Progressive responsibility with demonstrated supervisory experience in staff, security, budget and office management;
  • Operational field experience in programme formulation, implementation and evaluation;
  • Operational experience with United States Agency for International Development (USAID)programming or on other large donor-funded programmes in a rapid transition or post-conflict area, with some of this experience having preferably been with USAID/ Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI);
  • Experience managing a Cooperative Agreement and following a ‘one-team approach;
  • Previous work experience in small-grants programing, infrastructure works, procurement and civil-society strengthening highly desirable;
  • Experience managing staff from diverse environments and backgrounds and in UNDSSphased security areas.


  • Thorough knowledge of the United Nations Department of Safety and Security protocols and experience working in a Phase III or above security environment.


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 (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, or Spanish).

For all applicants, fluency in English and French is required (oral and written). Working knowledge in German and/or a local language is an advantage.

Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.


This position is based in Multiple Duty Station in Coastal West Africa and Haiti.

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 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

  • 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

  • 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.

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 25 January 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: EOI 2023 07 Programme Manager/Chief of Party (P4) Multiple Duty Stations (57912770) Released

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