Organization: International Organization for Migration
Position Title : Head, Community Stabilization Unit (CSU)
Duty Station : Erbil, Iraq
Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P4
Type of Appointment : Special short-term graded, Six months with possibility of extension
Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible
Closing Date : 30 September 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:
- Internal candidates
- Qualified applicants from the following NMS countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Cook Islands, Cuba, Cabo Verde, Czech Republic, Djibouti, Fiji, Micronesia (Federated States of), Gabon, Grenada, Guyana, Iceland, Kiribati, Comoros, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Saint Lucia, Lesotho, Libya, Montenegro, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Malawi, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Paraguay, Solomon Islands, Seychelles, Slovenia, Suriname, Sao Tome and Principe, Swaziland, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Vanuatu, Samoa
- External female candidates.
The spontaneous return of almost 4 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) since the fall of ISIL in 2017 is a powerful indicator of the determination of Iraqis and international partners to support the return of Iraq onto the path to sustainable recovery and development. However, there are certain challenges on the road to recovery including the widespread damage to public and private infrastructure and the presence of unexploded ordinance, will severely restrict access to essential services, housing and employment.
Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission and the direct supervision of the Head of Programmes, the successful candidate will be responsible for strategy development, management and the technical oversight and guidance to the Community Stabilization Unit (CSU).
Core Functions / Responsibilities:
- Provide overall direction and management of the activities and staff of the Community Stabilization Unit; ensure the successful implementation of the projects within the CSU and compliance to donor agreements as well as IOM’s standards of quality and accountability.
- Ensure CSU programmes are integrated into existing complementary programmes including those implemented by the Returns and Reintegration Unit, the Emergencies Unit, and the Migration Management Division.
- Strengthen internal CSU coordination systems and the role of the Returns Working Group and Community Resource Centres.
- Establish systems for and conduct ongoing context analysis in areas of CSU operation, including the needs, conflict dynamics, drivers of instability and risks, to ensure stabilization support is in response to evolving contexts and needs.
- Represent IOM Iraq in senior level technical coordination groups related to the Unit’s area of focus, in coordination with the Chief of Mission and Head of Programmes.
- Maintain the stabilization/transitional orientation of the CSU including through developing and refining theories of change, periodic programme reviews, prioritizing modalities of support that are appropriate to the evolving context, and the alignment of programmes and the Unit to the overarching objectives of the Division and Mission.
- In close coordination with the Chief of Mission, Head of Programmes and Head of Mission Support, provide advice and guidance to programme managers and their programmes through the changes required to strengthen IOM Iraq’s contribution to stabilization and improved coherence across the mission and within the larger UN/partners frameworks relevant to stabilization (e.g. FFS, RRP).
- Establish and maintain relationships with government authorities, the private sector, UN and INGOs with a view to coordinate and promote new activities, facilitate and integrate programme implementation with other TRSD programmes, and to raise funds for new CSU activities.
- Contribute to resource mobilization through the development of new projects, including drafting of proposals and operational frameworks; liaising with donors and supporting the production of communication tools that demonstrate IOM’s impact.
- Oversee the planning and monitoring of budgets and workplans for all projects that fall under the Community Stabilization Unit, ensuring audit and donor compliance and the timely closure of projects.
- In close coordination with the Head of Programmes, Head of Mission Support and other Unit Heads, support research that has been commissioned to deepen the understanding of the transition, recovery and stabilization context of Iraq.
- Communicate regularly with Field operations and conduct periodic field visits to sub-offices and areas where project activities are being implemented to ensure that project progress is being adequately achieved and reported.
- Perform such other duties as may be assigned.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
• Master’s degree in Social or Political Science, International Relations, Development Studies 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.
• Operational and field experience in project development and management, monitoring and evaluation. Strong experience in managing IOM offices and liaising with governmental authorities, other national/international institutions;
• Work experience in Iraq or MENA region is an asset;
• Sound knowledge of refugee and migration related issues, including economic and social conditions of migrants in several countries;
• Excellent knowledge of technical cooperation principles, concepts and techniques;
• Good knowledge of financial and administrative management;
• Effective resource management and mobilization skills;
• Excellent writing, communication and negotiation skills;
• Ability to prepare clear and concise reports.
Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of Arabic is an advantage.
• 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.
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 30 September 2018 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.
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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.
From 17.09.2018 to 30.09.2018
Requisition: SVN 2018/220 (P) – Head, Community Stabilization Unit (CSU) (P4) – Erbil, Iraq (55653324) Released
Posting: Posting NC55653337 (55653337) Released