Deputy Chief of Party

Closing date

Position Title : Deputy Chief of Party

Duty Station : Pohnpei, Micronesia, Federated States of

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P2

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

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 28 September 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 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. Candidates from the following non-represented member states:

Antigua and Barbuda; Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Cook Islands; Cuba; Djibouti; Fiji; Gabon; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People's Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Luxembourg; Marshall Islands; 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.


Established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the principal inter-Governmental organization in the field of migration and 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 works in the four broad areas of migration management: migration and development, facilitating migration, regulating migration and addressing forced migration. Cross-cutting activities including the promotion of international migration law, policy debate and guidance, protection of migrants’ rights, migration health and the gender dimension of migration.

IOM implements disaster risk reduction, disaster mitigation, climate change adaptation and relief and reconstruction initiatives in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI), with the overall objective to respond to and address the critical needs that arise from natural hazards and climate change in the two Pacific Island nations.

Over the course of the five-year activity (2020-2025), RESILIENCE will empower the governments to lead disaster response for their own communities. Increased self-reliance and ownership will lessen the dependence on US Government (USG) response and reconstruction assistance, ensuring sustainability beyond the life of RESILIENCE.

Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) in the Federated States of Micronesia and the direct supervision of the RESILIENCE Chief of Party (CoP), the successful candidate will assist in implementation of the cooperative agreement with The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), tracking and checking the completion of tasks for the achievement of project objectives.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Provide technical inputs and guidance for the implementation and coordination of a multi-year disaster preparedness and response program in RMI and across four states of the FSM, monitoring and following up on programme activities and objectives for all phases of the disaster risk management cycle.

  2. Provide administrative and technical support, including contributing to the refinement of project benchmarks, monitoring, coordinating reporting requirements, and information management and data collection.

  3. Liaise with and provide technical information to relevant agencies and partners, including USAID, host governments, humanitarian organizations and foreign and local disaster experts.

  4. Provide technical inputs and information for the development, updating and improvement of government policies, legislation, guidelines, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and plans, including procedures for early warnings. Support FSM and RMI Government agencies’ disaster management networks by contributing to the development and review of hazard preparation and response Standard Operating Procedure & Term of Reference (ToR). Facilitate the conduct of Tabletop Exercises (TTX) and simulations, and share relevant guides. Contribute to the development of and deliver data management training to Government officials and share relevant guides.

  5. Assist in relief and recovery efforts and activities.

  6. In the event of a disaster, participate in the execution of emergency interventions in the areas of shelter, water and sanitation, the distribution of food and relief items and the promotion of Sphere standards. Assist in coordination with host government and other responders.

  7. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Management, Public Administration, Economics, Social Science, Engineering or a related field from an accredited academic institution with at least two years of relevant professional experience; or

• University degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional experience.


• Progressive responsibility and with demonstrated supervisory experience in staff, security, budget and office management;

• Relevant field experience in remote locations;

• Experience managing staff from diverse environments and backgrounds and in UNDSS phased security areas.

• Experience working with USAID relief and development programs and with host governments.


• Familiarity with IOM/UN programmatic settings.


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

For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of 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 (https://whed.net/home.php).

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 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.

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 28 September 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: www.iom.int/recruitment

Posting period:

From 15.09.2020 to 28.09.2020

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 2020 180 Deputy Chief of Party (P2) Pohnpei, the Federated States of Micronesia

(56587986) Released

Posting: Posting NC56587987 (56587987) Released