Programme Coordinator (Durable Solutions and Community Engagement)

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Country: Iraq
Organization: International Organization for Migration
Closing date: 13 Apr 2021

Position Title: Programme Coordinator (Durable Solutions and Community Engagement)

Duty Station: Erbil, Iraq

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: 13 April 2021

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 work environment. Read more about diversity and inclusion at IOM at

Applications are welcome from first- and second-tier candidates, particularly qualified female candidates as well as applications from the non-represented member countries of IOM. For all IOM vacancies, applications from qualified and eligible first-tier candidates are considered before those of qualified and eligible second-tier candidates in the selection process.

For the purpose of this vacancy, the following are considered first-tier candidates:

  1. Internal candidates

  2. Candidates from the following non-represented member states:

Antigua and Barbuda; Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Cook Islands; Cuba; Fiji; Gabon; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People's Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Luxembourg; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Montenegro; Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Samoa; Sao Tome and Principe; Seychelles; Solomon Islands; Suriname; The Bahamas; Timor-Leste; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu

Second tier candidates include:

All external candidates, except candidates from non-represented member states.


IOM is a leading actor in efforts to resolve internal displacement in Iraq, supporting both government and Internally Displaced Persons( IDPs) to overcome barriers to the attainment of Durable Solutions.

The Return and Recovery Unit (RRU) within IOM Iraq Country Office works to remove the initial obstacles preventing the IDPsto return to Iraq’s post-conflict areas and lay the foundation for longer-term recovery, economic development and reconstruction more broadly. RRU’s engagement includes activities related to data and research, leadership of coordination and strategy development mechanisms and field-level activities such as housing, livelihoods, basic services rehabilitation, social cohesion and other activities.

Under the overall supervision of the Head, Returns and Recovery Units, the direct supervision of the Senior Programme Coordinator, and in coordination with relevant units in Iraq Country Office (CO), the successful candidate will be responsible for supporting the effective implementation of RRU’s activities related to durable solutions operations and inclusive community programming, including technical management of Community Resources Centers.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. In close coordination with the Senior Programme Coordinator, support the implementation of RRU’s overall strategic direction regarding durable solutions in Iraq CO, with specific focus on operations.

  2. Develop methodologies and tools to guide the implementation of operations related to return, relocation and reintegration of IDPs through an area-based approach, while ensuring synergies and alignment with existing plans and priorities of CO

  3. Ensure the monitoring and analysis of findings, lessons learnt, and secondary data related to the outcomes and impacts of the durable solutions interventions implemented, including contributing to monitoring the quality of implementation.

  4. Supervise technical management of Community Resources Centers (CRC), the development of strategic approaches to leverage the use of Centers to support durable solutions and reintegration of displacement-affected populations, through strategic partnerships and collaboration with other IOM programs as well as with other organizations and governmental institutions.

  5. Work in close coordination with the Community Engagement Team to enhance community-based approaches and ensure sustainable programming that promotes inclusive area-based community interventions.

  6. Ensure participation in Returns Working Group (RWG) and support to IOM’s participation in Durable Solutions Team Working Group’s (DSTWG) Area-Based Coordination groups, collaborate with relevant IOM colleagues for the coordination and implementation of returns and durable solutions related interventions.

  7. Coordinate and actively engage with national and sub-national coordination structures, including relevant clusters and DS architecture, as well as with humanitarian, stabilisation and development organisations in RRU’s areas of operations, to identify gaps and enhance synergies in order to support programme implementation and prioritization.

  8. Establish modalities for collaboration with IOM counterparts, partners, interagency networks, clusters and governmental stakeholders through joint strategic planning, the application of area-based approaches, referral of activities between the different units, regular sharing of information and analysis; and to the extent possible, pooling of staff and resources.

  9. Contribute to resource mobilization through programmatic reporting and the development of new projects, including drafting of proposals, liaising with donors and supporting the production of communication tools.

  10. Supervise technical staff related to durable solutions and CRC programming, in accordance with the Organization’s procedures and regulations. Provide relevant training and capacity building to the members of the team.

  11. Ensure cross-cutting issues are integrated in all programmes, notably in Protection mainstreaming, Gender mainstreaming and Conflict-sensitivity areas.

  12. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Political or Social Sciences, Development Studies, Human Rights, International Relations, Law 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.


• Minimum five years of relevant international experience in Management, Community Engagement, Stabilization, Peacebuilding, Return, Recovery and Reintegration;

• Experience at the international level with specialized international organizations (UN agencies, international organizations, and specialized international NGOs), preferably in early recovery and stabilisation, assistance to IDPs and refugees, and humanitarian assistance in the Middle East and/or North Africa;

• Experience working directly with displaced populations, particularly in conflict settings and in protracted displacement situations; particularly the socio-economic reintegration of returnees or other groups;

• Familiarity with programmatic issues surrounding relief to recovery transition, including good understanding of early recovery principles; and,

• Experience working in conflict and post conflict settings.


• Familiarity with the Iraqi context or similar contexts is an advantage; and,

• Familiarity with programmatic issues surrounding relief to recovery transition, including good understanding of early recovery principles.


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

For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Arabic, 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


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 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 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 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 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.

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.

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 via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 13 April 2021 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:

Posting period:

From 31.03.2021 to 13.04.2021

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 2021 80 Programme Coordinator (Durable Solutions and Community Engagement) (P3) Erbil, Iraq (56920088) Released

Posting: Posting NC56920089 (56920089) Released

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