Position Title: Technical Advisor (Settlements Approach)

Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade UG

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

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 09 February 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.

Internal and external candidates will be considered for this vacancy. For the purposes of this vacancy, internal candidates are defined as staff members holding a regular, fixed-term or short-term graded or ungraded contract, including Junior Professional Officers (JPOs), staff on Special Leave Without Pay (SLWOP), and staff members on secondment/loan released by the Organization, unless otherwise specified in their contract. Staff members holding a regular, fixed-term or short-term graded contract will not retain their contract type if appointed to an ungraded position.


Under the overall supervision of the Head of Preparedness and Response Division (PRD) and the direct supervision of the Shelter and Settlement Specialist, the Technical Advisor (Settlements Approach) will assist the Shelter and Settlements Unit in steering a settlements approach that is responsive to community needs and contributes to overall development objectives, improving sustainable living conditions of communities affected by crises.

They will provide technical oversight for the settlements approach, including overseeing the assessment, evidence-based planning, and grant support of multi-sectoral integrated programming. The Technical Advisor (Settlements Approach) will be responsible for providing technical guidance and support to ensure that the settlements approach is effectively integrated into ongoing humanitarian and development efforts, inclusive of achieving durable solutions for internally displaced persons (IDPs).

They will contribute to the improvement of IOM’s Shelter and Settlements programming globally by providing timely and relevant technical support to field missions, ensuring that IOM’s interventions contribute to identify and reflect best practices. The Technical Advisor (Settlements Approach) will be expected to deploy as needed for short-term missions, provide remote assistance, and support the ongoing work on the global Shelter and Settlements unit in HQ to improve global capacity for quality programming.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Lead efforts to refine and deliver relevant business operations and programme methodologies and relevant tools for institutionalising settlements and area-based response approaches, ensuring alignment with local/community spatial elements and development plans, incorporating lessons from PLACES (Afghanistan) and the Community Based Planning methodology.
  2. Technical lead on the settlement approach that addresses community needs and strengthen the nexus between humanitarian assistance, development and peacebuilding efforts using community-based and spatial analysis modalities.
  3. Lead the capacity building of country mission staff and local authority counterparts, ensuring close liaison with other transition and recovery programmes and those supported by partners.
  4. Undertake research and support programme and shelter and settlements unit strategy for submission & recommendations to senior management with respect to the application of the settlements approach in support of community stabilization, durable solutions, and resilience interventions.
  5. Develop, review, evaluate and refine settlements approach implementation methodologies for use by field staff as guiding framework to advance programme execution.
  6. Prepares programmatic reports, correspondence, analysis and other documents, as required, in connection to procurement, logistical and administrative requirements for the portfolio.
  7. Support implementation in line with the priorities established by relevant framework’s, such as the IOM’s Migration Crisis Operational Framework, Progressive Resolution of Displacement Situations, Global and Regional Consultative Processes on Migration and Global shelter cluster’s Urban Settlement Working Group Settlements Approach.
  8. Together with the Programme Support Unit and country missions, contribute to the identification and development of new project possibilities in related to the settlements approach, in relation to identified needs, donors’ priorities and in line with IOM’s mandate and strategy.
  9. Assist with the development of monitoring and evaluation frameworks to assess the progress and impact of the settlements approach, and use the results to inform ongoing implementation.
  10. Stay up-to-date with best practices and developments in the field of settlements approaches in humanitarian contexts, and provide guidance and support to ensure that the settlements approach is aligned with these best practices.
  11. Undertake duty travel as required.
  12. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in urban management or planning, development, international relations, project management, humanitarian response, with five years of relevant professional experience; or
  • University degree in the above fields with seven years of relevant professional experience.


  • Minimum of five years (seven years for bachelor’s degree holders) relevant experience in the implementation of settlements approaches in humanitarian contexts;
  • Experience providing technical input into infrastructure, urban development, and/or settlement projects;
  • Experience working with local authorities, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders to identify and prioritize the needs and priorities of IDPs;
  • Experience with the United Nations system and an understanding of the rules and regulations, particularly in procurement;
  • Experience working with staff from diverse environments and managing teams remotely;
  • Experience in large scale response contexts.


  • Sound understanding of spatial analysis and its application in the context of settlements approaches;
  • Familiarity with development planning processes and the provision of assistance to refugees and/or migrants;
  • Excellent computer skills, especially in MS Office remote working applications such as MS Word, MS Teams, MS SharePoint, etc.
  • Demonstrated skills in project planning and management, including the ability to develop and implement monitoring and evaluation frameworks;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work effectively with a diverse range of actors;
  • Outstanding written, editorial, and verbal communication skills;
  • Demonstrated supervisory and organizational skills.


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).

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 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.

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

To apply, interested applicants are invited to submit their applications HERE via the IOM e-Recruitment system by 09 February 2023.

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

Posting period:

From 27.01.2023 to 09.02.2023

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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