Chief of Party

Closing date

Position Title : Chief of Party

Duty Station : Multiple Duty Stations

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade UG

Type of Appointment : Special short-term ungraded, six months with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 09 May 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.

Internal and external candidates will be considered for this vacancy. For the purposes of this vacancy, internal candidates are defined as staff members holding a regular, fixed-term or short-term graded or ungraded contract, including Junior Professional Officers (JPOs), staff on Special Leave Without Pay (SLWOP), and staff members on secondment/loan released by the Organization, unless otherwise specified in their contract. Staff members holding a regular, fixed-term or short-term graded contract will not retain their contract type if appointed to an ungraded position.


Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) in the Country Office, the candidate will be responsible for the overall coordination and management of country level activities of the programme and ensure strong donor communications and engagement for the IOM country programme funded by the donor. S/he will serve as a key point of contact for this program with the donor regarding day-to-day implementation and management matters related to the agreement.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Manage full programmatic, financial, administrative, logistical and relational responsibilities for all programme activities and ensure that IOM standards and operating modalities are met wherever the programme is implemented.

  2. Conceptualize and design programme strategies, and direct appropriate resource allocation among several offices, stakeholders and sub-regions.

  3. Manage the in-country relationship with the donor; maintain a frequent dialogue and close and positive working relationship with the donor representatives in country, to ensure collaborative activity development and analysis.

  4. Hire and train all programme staff as well as create, deploy and periodically fine-tune all programmatic systems, including database management, procurement, financial tracking and accounting. Ensure that all departments are coordinating together smoothly to achieve the programme objectives and supervise all in-country international and national staff.

  5. Actively build and maintain a flexible, responsive, and amicable relationship with key program stakeholders, including IOM Country Mission, donor’s Country Office and IOM Washington.

  6. Responsible for assuring that all assistance provided under the agreement is technically sound and appropriate, and for adequately managing and supervising all work performed under the agreement.

  7. Assess, develop a plan for, and oversee all related contracting staff, technical experts or service providers in relation to the programme.

  8. Liaise with international and national counterparts to further the development and enhance the objectives of the programme. Seek programmatic partnerships and synergies when appropriate with other humanitarian and development partners and government entities.

  9. Actively consult with a wide range of sources, including management of the IOM Mission, in order to continually assess the full context of the IOM Programme funded by the donor, including in relation to other IOM programmes and priorities in the country.

  10. Responsible for continually developing the IOM Programme in accordance with programme objectives, updated strategic priorities, project successes, donor interests and UN security constraints.

  11. Supervise the tracking of all programme expenditures to ensure budget recommendations are met, that all grant management and financial tracking instruments are reconciled and that all funds are spent in accordance with IOM standards and donor expectations. In coordination with the relevant IOM Mission departments, Headquarters and others, ensure the timely submission of financial reports to the donor.

  12. In close coordination with the main programme counterparts, ensure that small grant initiatives and related community and government relationships are developed in accordance with programme goals and objectives.

  13. Provide strategic technical leadership and create an enabling environment that cultivates a strong adaptive and learning by doing approach.

  14. Develop and enforce anti-corruption measures and strengthen existing measures including the implementation of a sound Monitoring and Evaluation system to ensure the transparent use of donor funds. Report corruption issues to the donor according to established procedures.

  15. With the support of the regional team and experts, organize and lead trainings for government officials and civil society on topics such as victim identification, trauma-informed care and referrals, victim-centered investigations, and others.

  16. Work with finance and operations staff to setup an office (including collection and analysis of quotes and processing and maintenance of purchase orders and contracts, collection of goods from vendors, etc.) and oversee maintenance of bank, cash, and checkbook records.

  17. Perform any other duties that may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Conflict Management and Peacebuilding, Communications, Public

Administration, Business Administration, International Relations, Political Science, Law, 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.


• Extensive experience in implementing governance or small grants programs that engage and work across levels of government administration, and have included a significant emphasis on building civic engagement in governance processes;

• Previous experience as a Chief of Party or Deputy Chief of Party on a donor-funded project with a strong reputation for developing excellent collaborative working relationships with counterparts, other contracts and international organizations and donors;

• Experience in managing United States Agency for International Development (USAID) awards and all required reporting requirements desirable;

• Demonstrated experience managing programs that effectively address gender issues and advance women’s empowerment;

• Technical experience in Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA), communication or economic opportunities or one of the other disciplinary areas will be taken into consideration;

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

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


• Demonstrated skills in effectively working, coordinating and negotiating with donors, USAID programs, US Embassies and host country governments and organizations;

• Ability to successfully manage and develop staff in a multi-country and multi cultural setting as demonstrated by past experience;

• Demonstrated significant governance and conflict expertise;

• Thorough knowledge of the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS)protocols and experience working in a Phase III or above security environment.


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

External applicants for all positions in the Professional category are required to be proficient in English and have at least a working knowledge of one additional UN Language (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese). For all applicants, fluency in English and French or Spanish is required (oral and written).

Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.


Duty stations will be determined based on programme requirements if and when required.


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

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

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.

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 09 May 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 26.04.2021 to 09.05.2021

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.

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