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Deputy Chief of Mission

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Position Title : Deputy Chief of Mission

Duty Station : Mogadishu, Somalia

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P5

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

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 17 January 2020

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. 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); Latvia; 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 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 IOM Mogadishu, Somalia and in close coordination with relevant departments in Headquarters (HQs), the successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing programming for a wide range of programmes and projects being implemented in Somalia, as well as field offices. In addition, s/he will support the Programme Managers across a variety of migration thematic areas and represent the IOM Somalia mission in the absence of the Chief of Mission.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. On behalf of the Chief of Mission in Somalia, engage with UN, donor and other partners in order to support the needs and objectives of the IOM Somalia mission; support the CoM to maintain working relationships with local and national government authorities and other institutions in Somalia.
  2. Head the IOM Somalia support office in Nairobi to ensure the effective, efficient and context appropriateness of mission activities in Somalia, including through the Programme Support Unit and other relevant programmatic and support functions in Nairobi.
  3. Represent IOM at UN fora, and related sub-working groups, to ensure to the extent possible, alignment between the work of IOM Somalia, national development priorities contained within the National Development Plan (NDP) and joint UN strategies for Somalia.
  4. Oversee the formulation of country strategies, policies and approaches across IOM’s operational portfolio, and identify and develop new programmes to address emerging needs, in close coordination with the Programme Support Unit.
  5. In close coordination with the Resource Management Unit (RMU), Programme Support Unit and respective Programme Managers, ensure compliance of all projects with IOM and donor regulations, policies and obligations as indicated in the funding agreements, project documents, work plans and budgets.
  6. Operationalize the development and supervise IOM Mission Strategy and Operational Plans, in close coordination with the Programme Support Unit; expand and strengthen monitoring and evaluation within the Mission; including technical, budgetary, administrative, and security issues.
  7. Chair the Senior Management Team and Senior Operational Team meetings in the absence of the Chief of Mission.
  8. Supervise, in conformity with IOM standards, the planning and implementation of initiatives aimed at promoting IOM and donor visibility, in close coordination with Programme Support Unit.
  9. Contribute to building the capacities of IOM staff in the thematic areas through on-the-job mentoring and training opportunities.
  10. Supervise and promote fluid information-sharing and coordination among programmatic, resource management and programme support teams.
  11. Formally deputize for the CoM on an ongoing basis and exercising mission, staff and financial management responsibility in Somalia or Nairobi, including facilitating Senior Management Team (SMT) and Senior Operational Team (SOT) meetings as required.
  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 ten years of relevant professional experience; or

• Bachelor’s degree in the above fields with twelve years of relevant professional experience.


• Experience at international level on managing programmes covering emergency, stabilization, and development programmes;

• Proven experience managing a large office and supervising diverse teams;

• Extensive experience in public relations, as well as 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;

• 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, Arabic, 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.

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 endorsed by the Appointments and Postings Board 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.


Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 17 January 2020 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 07.12.2019 to 17.01.2020

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 2019/328 (P) – Deputy Chief of Mission (P5) – Mogadishu, Somalia (56265937) Released

Posting: Posting NC56265938 (56265938) Released


Mogadishu, Somalia
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