Position Title: Programme Manager (Social Cohesion)

Duty Station: Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P3

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

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 07 March 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.


Following the escalation of violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar in 2017, more than half a million

Rohingya refugees crossed the border and sought shelter in Teknaf and Ukhiya sub-districts of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Cox’s Bazar is ranked amongst the poorest districts of Bangladesh. Therefore, the Joint Response Plan includes assistance to the host communities to foster social cohesion and enhance resilience. The International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) humanitarian response includes projects to improve social cohesion between the refugees and the host communities including in the areas of skills development, livelihoods, disaster risks reduction, and community safety.

Under the overall supervision of the Deputy Chief of Mission (DCoM) (Emergencies) and the direct supervision of the Head of Humanitarian Assistance and Operations, the Programme Manager (Social Cohesion) will be responsible for supporting the formulation, design, planning, implementation, oversight, monitoring and evaluation of projects related to social cohesion between the host communities and the Rohingya refugees covering various types of interventions including, livelihoods, disaster risk reduction and community security/safety.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Work with the Programme Support Unit (PSU) in the development of concept notes, common appeals and project proposals by providing technical inputs on community security, conflict prevention, access to justice, disaster risk reduction, livelihoods and community safety. When requested by the senior management, support in donor liaison, monitoring and visits.
  2. Review and update IOM’s social cohesion strategy to strengthen the mechanisms to address the driving factors of the tension between the refugees and host communities, to guide and transition the social cohesion programming from an emergency response to a protracted crisis response context.
  3. Identify opportunities for IOM to enhance its social cohesion activities through protection mainstreaming, by strengthening complementarity and synergies in social cohesion activities in line with humanitarian-development nexus.
  4. Contribute to context analysis in both refugee camps and host communities in Teknaf andUkhiya sub-districts of Cox’s Bazar to inform IOM protection and transition programming and the development of future interventions.
  5. Conduct conflict sensitivity assessments in line with the organization’s overall commitments and contribute substantial to IOM Bangladesh’s Rohingya operations protection risk assessments.
  6. Oversee the design, monitoring and implementation of community policing projects and coordination with law and order institutions as well as with the other United Nations (UN) agencies involved in these projects.
  7. Oversee the management, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of ongoing social cohesion and community security projects including grants provided to the implementing partners.
  8. Support IOM senior management in the establishment partnerships with local authorities and non-governmental organizations; particularly relevant law enforcement agencies, District Commissioner (DC) and Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC) office officials.
  9. Supervise Social Cohesion Programme staff and ensure coordination with other programmes, particularly with the protection unit, and timely implementation of social cohesion programme activities.
  10. Represent IOM in relevant workshops, conferences, sector meetings and other fora to ensure proper presentation and coordination of IOM’s social cohesion activities with stakeholders.
  11. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies, Political or Social Sciences or Social Work, 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.


  • At least five years experience in the field of conflict analysis, conflict transformation, conflict prevention, peacebuilding, disaster management and resilience, protection and humanitarian response;
  • Professional field experience in the humanitarian operations, including experience at an international level in complex emergency or natural disaster;
  • Work experience in liaising with governmental authorities, other national / international institutions and NGOs;
  • Experience in community policing and community engagement projects;
  • Experience in managing implementing partners;
  • Experience in project development, management and reporting is an advantage.


  • Knowledge of the region and/or country is an advantage.
  • Have coordination and negotiation skills with a range of different stakeholders including government partners, UN agencies, NGOs, sectors.
  • Ability to establish and maintain strong working relationship with stakeholders including government partners and colleagues from other agencies and sectors.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise and manage staff.
  • Excellent knowledge of the IOM project management cycle.
  • Good knowledge of UN and donor programming.
  • Excellent strategic analysis capacity, writing skills, organizational and planning skills.
  • Proven representation skills, such as speaking at events.
  • Ability to work effectively and harmoniously in a team of colleagues of varied cultural and professional backgrounds.
  • Proven ability to produce quality work accurately and concisely according to set deadlines.


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 is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of either French and/or Spanish 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 07 March 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.

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