Programme Manager (Return, Recovery and Durable Solutions)

Position Title : Programme Manager (Return, Recovery and Durable Solutions)

Duty Station : Mogadishu, Somalia

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 : 26 February 2018

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. Applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged. For the purpose of the vacancy, the following candidates are considered as first-tier candidates:

1. Internal candidates

2. Qualified applicants from the following NMS countries:

Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Cabo Verde, Djibouti, Fiji, Micronesia (Federated States of), Gabon, Guyana, Iceland, Comoros, Lesotho, Libya, Montenegro, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Maldives, Malawi, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Seychelles, Slovenia, Suriname, El Salvador, Swaziland, Timor-Leste, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Vanuatu, Samoa


Under the guidance of the Chief of Mission and direct supervision of the Stabilization and Transition Coordinator the successful candidate will be responsible for the strategic development, planning, day-to-day implementation, staff supervision and coordination of the Return, Recovery and Durable Solutions (RRDS) unit`s activities.

Somalia`s complex displacement context consists of approximately 2 million internally displaced persons, out of whom over 1.3 million are protracted IDPs, over 100,000 refugee returnees returning to Somalia in the last 3 years, and communities affected by displacement and disasters, with limited coping capacities to respond to these challenges. The RRDS unit focuses on supporting communities and local government to find locally owned durable solutions for IDPs, returnees and displacement affected communities.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

Develop and update the Unit strategy, implementation modalities, and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework through close collaboration with other units of the mission, the Regional Office, national and local authorities, beneficiary communities and other relevant Durable Solutions stakeholders.
Manage the day-to-day implementation of IOM Somalia RRDS projects in a timely manner, and be responsible for its financial, administrative and technical oversight in line with IOM policies and practices as well as donor requirements.
Work to position IOM, in accordance with institutional strengths and mandate vis-à-vis other Durable Solutions partners.
Represent IOM at relevant meetings (platforms related to Durable Solutions, Returns, Early Recovery, etc.) and with government and stakeholders relevant to the Unit.
Proactively create and strengthen linkages with the Camp Coordination and Camp Management programme.
Take responsibility for enhancing the capacity of staff within RRDS Unit and contribute to institutional learning at Somalia mission and global levels.
Ensure proper documentation and external representation of the Unit activities implemented, including that all supportive documents for the projects (distribution reports, way-bills, beneficiary registration, land agreements, etc.) are recorded.
Maintain oversight over project deadlines, financial and narrative reporting requirements in accordance with IOM Rules and Regulations and donor requirements.
Ensure timeliness and efficiency by regular and periodical monitoring of progress and budget utilization throughout implementation of the project activities; advise the management on corrective measures if necessary.
Regularly coordinate and share implementation update with the relevant units of IOM Somalia, UN agencies and donors for enhancing internal/external coordination and public relations.
Establish and maintain strong partnerships and timely liaison with implementing partners, the donor community, government entities, local authorities, UN agencies and other stakeholders on plans and implementation status as well as technical issues that may need to be addressed.
In close coordination with the Project Support Unit, develop concept notes, project proposals and budgets and actively liaise with existing and potential donors for funding opportunities for the Unit.
In close coordination with other units, particularly Displacement Tracking Matrix Unit, lead on developing an evidence base for programmes through research, feedback mechanisms and the application of Durable Solutions` best practices and frameworks in the context of Somalia.
Supervise information management process related to Midnimo programme, in close coordination with UN Habitat.
Manage donor trips and external monitoring.
Performs such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


Master`s degree in International Relations, Social Science or Business Administration 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 implementing returns and durable solutions programmes in a post-crisis setting, including project management at middle or senior managerial positions undertaking progressive responsibilities;

Experience in resource mobilization, development of project designing, monitoring and evaluation with familiarity with the logical framework approach and proposal/report writing;

Experience in facilitation and coordination of training;

Experience in handling sensitive situations and cultivate productive relationships;

Working experience in the Somali context an advantage;

Knowledge of the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) protocols, and experience working in a phase III or above security environment;

Strong budgeting and general analytical skills and familiarity with financial management;

Experience in report and database required, preferably with Microsoft Access, graphic design and Power Point.


Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of Somali and/or Arabic.

Desirable Competencies:


Accountability - takes responsibility for action and manages constructive criticisms;

Client Orientation - works effectively well with client and stakeholders;

Continuous Learning - promotes continuous learning for self and others;

Communication - listens and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience;

Creativity and Initiative - actively seeks new ways of improving programmes or services;

Leadership and Negotiation - develops effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders;

Performance Management - identify ways and implement actions to improve performance of self and others;

Planning and Organizing - plans work, anticipates risks, and sets goals within area of responsibility;

Professionalism - displays mastery of subject matter;

Teamwork - contributes to a collegial team environment; incorporates gender related needs, perspectives, concerns and promotes equal gender participation;

Technological Awareness - displays awareness of relevant technological solutions;

Resource Mobilization - works with internal and external stakeholders to meet resource needs of IOM.


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.

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.

How to apply:
Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 26 February 2018 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

For further information, please refer to:

In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM only accepts online profiles duly completed.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. You can track the progress of your application on your personal application page in the IOM e-recruitment system.

Posting period:

From 13.02.2018 to 26.02.2018

Requisition: SVN 2017/227 (P) - Programme Manager (RRDS) (P3) - Mogadishu, Somalia (55275703) Released

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