Head, Operations and Humanitarian Response

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Employer: IOM
Job Title: Head, Operations and Humanitarian Response
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Mogadishu
Category: Other

Position Title : Head, Operations and Humanitarian Response

Duty Station : Mogadishu, Somalia

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P4

Type of Appointment : Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 08 October 2019

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 www.iom.int/diversity.

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. External female candidates:

  3. Candidate from the following non-represented member states:

Antigua and Barbuda; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Cook Islands; Cuba; Djibouti; El Salvador; Fiji; Gabon; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People's Democratic Republic (the); Libya; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Montenegro; Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Papua New Guinea; 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 of IOM and female candidates.


The IOM Somalia Mission has finalized its Strategic Plan (2019 – 2021) with a focus on three main pillars: 1) Humanitarian Response; 2) Recovery and Durable Solutions; and 3) Migration Governance and Development. Humanitarian response programming includes Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM), Migration Health, Shelter and Non-Food Items (NFI), Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), and Water and Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). Recovery and Durable Solutions programming includes Urban Durable Solutions programming, Community Stabilization and Transition Initiatives, as well as Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR). Migration Governance and Development includes Immigration and Border Management (IBM), Labour Migration and Human Development (LHD), Migrant Protection and

Assistance (MPA).

Under the overall guidance of the Regional Director for East and Horn of Africa, the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) in Mogadishu, Somalia and in close coordination with relevant departments in Headquarters (HQs), the successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing emergency programming and support to mission wide operations including at field offices. He/she will also be responsible for oversight and coordination of IOM’s ongoing humanitarian programming, ensuring operations are effectively carried out and represent the IOM Somalia mission in the absence of the Chief of Mission.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. In support of the Chief of Mission (and in close coordination with the Recovery and Durable Solutions actors), play a lead role in defining and driving the strategic direction of IOM’s programmes in Somalia, particularly focused on operations and emergency response with linkages to recovery and transitional programming and ensuring alignment with Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), National Development Plan (NDP), and other recovery and development strategies in Somalia.

  2. Develop and implement a common strategic vision for operations within the mission, ensuring synergies between the various programming and support units; convene and lead coordination meetings within the mission.

  3. Support IOM’s engagement in relevant forums by providing strategic and operational input, including primary representation of IOM, together with the CoM in Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) meetings, liaison with donors, and other humanitarian stakeholders, including government, UN and NGOs.

  4. Responsible and accountable for project development, management and implementation of preparedness and response programming funded by multiple donors including the private sector, in line with the Organization’s policies, standards and operating modalities, as well as donor requirements.

  5. In collaboration with the Resource Management Unit (RMU), exercise financial oversight responsibility for projects and activities within the PRD remit, and support relevant Programme Managers to closely monitor programme expenditures and commitments in line with donor agreements.

  6. Establish and maintain strong and regular liaison with the project/programme partners, including humanitarian actors, governmental authorities, diplomatic missions, and any other concerned agencies and working groups, aiming at coordinating and promoting new activities and facilitating the implementation of ongoing activities and fund raising for new projects/programmes.

  7. Work in close collaboration with the CoM an the RDS Coordinator, and relevant partners, ensuring that humanitarian action is linked to, and consistent with, the humanitarian development and peace nexus, cluster frameworks, and development programming.

  8. Represent IOM at various fora and related sub-working groups and clusters, to ensure to the extent possible, alignment with IOM’s global mandate and regional strategy, as well as joint UN and IOM strategies in Somalia; support the CoM to maintain working relationships with local and national government authorities and other institutions in Somalia.

  9. Supervise, in conformity with IOM standards, the planning and implementation of initiatives aimed at promoting IOM and donor visibility.

  10. Operationalize the development and supervise IOM Mission Strategy and Operational Plans; expand and strengthen monitoring and evaluation within the Mission; including technical, budgetary, administrative, and security issues.

  11. In coordination with the Deputy Chief of Mission in Nairobi, represent the CoM in the UN Country Team, Humanitarian Country Team, as well as other strategic meetings and government-led initiatives.

  12. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Political or Social Sciences, Law and/or International Relations 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.


• Strong experience managing complex emergency, humanitarian, and transitional programming;

• Proven experience managing a large office in a highly insecure environment;

• Strong operations background and ability to identify solutions to complex operational challenges;

• Extensive experience in liaising with governmental and diplomatic authorities and institutional institutions;

• Strong donor liaison and fundraising skills;

• Sound knowledge of programme development, management, and capacity-building methodologies;

• Ability to supervise and lead diverse teams;

• Experience as Cluster Coordinator, Chair or Co-chair an advantage;

• Effective resource management skills.


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

For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Somali, French and/or Spanish is an advantage.

1 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 3

• 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 3

• 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. https://www.iom.int/sites/default/files/about-iom/iom_revised_competency_framework_external.pdf

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.

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.


Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 08 October 2019 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

Posting period:

From 25.09.2019 to 08.10.2019

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: VN 2019/240 (P)Head, Operations and Humanitarian Response (P4)-Mogadishu,Somalia

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Publish date: 2019-09-26 11:45:35
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