16 Jun 2017

Chief of Mission


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Job Description

Position Title :                      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 :                        26 June 2017

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.

Antigua and Barbuda, Benin, Bahamas, Botswana, Belize, Congo, Cabo Verde, Djibouti, Micronesia (Federated States of), Gabon, Gambia, Guyana, Iceland, Cambodia, Comoros, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Libya, Montenegro, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Maldives, Namibia, Nauru,

Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Seychelles, Slovenia, Suriname, El Salvador, Swaziland, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Vanuatu, Samoa

External female candidates.

Under the direct supervision of the Regional Director (RD) for East and Horn of Africa in Nairobi, the successful candidate will be IOM’s principle interlocutor with; the Government of Somalia (at central and federal state levels); United Nations (Specialised agencies, UNSOM, UNSOA); AMISOM; international Non-Government Organizations and donors. S/he will be responsible for the promotion of migrant issues and the advancement of IOM’s role in providing specialist and programmatic support in dealing with such issues. In this function, the Chief of Mission (CoM) will also be responsible to liaise with the RD and HQ on issues, concerns and opportunities relating to such interactions.

S/he will be responsible and accountable for developing and promoting IOM’s strategy and programming in Somalia within the overall regional framework and in view of the highly complex operational environment in Somalia.

The CoM will the responsible for the overall operations of the mission, ensuring that programmes are designed and implemented in line with government and donor expectations, and that IOM”s reputation and profile is enhanced through its programmatic contributions to the country. Furthermore, the CoM will ensure that staff welfare and security are addressed to the highest possible standard, and fully in line with IOM’s standards of employment and ethics. In light of Somalia’s high levels of corruption, particular emphasis will be required in the areas of fiduciary risk assessment and oversight.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

I. Mission Management and Strategy

Take full responsibility for the successful execution of ongoing programmes, including the development of robust oversight and support mechanisms to ensure the effective, efficient delivery of assistance in accordance with IOM, donor and government requirements.

Develop IOM’s overall strategy in Somalia with appropriate consultation with the Regional Office, Headquarters, Member State and other relevant actors. Ensuring IOM’s programmes in Somalia are dynamic and responsive to the evolving social, economic and political environment in the country, and that IOM’s contribution to the country is perceived by all stakeholders as relevant, cost effective and conducted in a spirit of partnership.

Stimulate, catalyze and support project development in Somalia, assessing the appropriateness and effectiveness of programme development and fundraising and strategies and recommend ways to improve these.

Play an integral role in migration policy discussions with UN/government and to seek to enshrine IOM best practice in national policies and programmes.

Advise the Regional Office and HQs on national policy and emerging matters as well as government migration policies affecting the activities of IOM in Somalia and make recommendations or prepare proposals for appropriate action.

Participate in appropriate policy and operational United Nations Country Team (UNCT) inter-agency mechanisms, in particular with a view to ensuring migration related issues are properly reflected in relevant UN operational frameworks (e.g. New Deal Compact).

Participate in the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) and provide support to other inter-agency planning processes and the overall humanitarian strategy.

Direct and monitor the project planning, design and implementation in Somalia and give necessary support to the IOM sub-office(s). Evaluate IOM’s operational activities in Somalia and prepare recommendations with a view to increasing their effectiveness.

Support the regional and international processes and dialogues on migration relevant to Somalia. Ensure the participation of government officials in these initiatives.

II. Resource management and capacity building:

Direct the operational, human resources, administrative, budgetary and financial activities of the Mission in accordance with the Organization’s rules and procedures, with a view to maintaining strong oversight mechanisms. Ensuring the full implementation of all IOM regulations relating to staff employment and ethics.

Represent IOM in Security Management Team meetings and, in close coordination with SSU, supervise the implementation of policies and procedures which give priority to staff safety and security.

Report regularly to the RD and other interested partners on progress achieved and developments in Somalia. Prepare regular and specific narrative, impact, policy, financial, evaluation and statistical reports covering IOM activities; prepare briefings and background information requested by RO and HQs, the Government and other entities.

III. Representation of IOM:

Develop and promote liaison with governmental authorities and diplomatic missions, international and regional organizations, NGOs and voluntary agencies, airlines and public media in the region, particularly with view to identifying migration-related areas for developing common activities/projects in a complementary manner, identify needs and priorities for cooperation and project development as well as for fundraising purposes.

Represent the Organization at national and international conferences and meetings.

Develop public relations and media activities in order to promote IOM’s image and programmes.

Take part in the development of any other relevant planning tools such as National Action plans, Stabilization and Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers, Migration Profiles.

Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Law, Political Science, Human Rights, International Relations, Humanitarianism or a related field from an accredited academic institution with ten years of relevant professional experience; or

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


• Experience in programme coordination and managerial responsibilities specifically in the humanitarian field relating to migration, returnees, refugee, IDP issues, showing increasing levels of responsibility;

• Experience in field-work in a challenging environment and community based reintegration processes necessary;

• Experience in implementing projects in fragile and post-conflict political settings;

• Willingness to travel up to 60% of the time to very remote and isolated field locations and work in a diverse multi-cultural environment;

• Familiarity with the UN system;

• Strong and proven, analytical skills.


Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of Arabic is an advantage.

Desirable Competencies:


• Accountability – takes responsibility for action and manages constructive criticisms;

• Client Orientation – works effectively well with client and stakeholders;

• Continuous Learning – promotes continuous learning for self and others;

• Communication – listens and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience;

• Creativity and Initiative – actively seeks new ways of improving programmes or services;

• Leadership and Negotiation – develops effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders;

• Performance Management – identify ways and implement actions to improve performance of self and others;

• Planning and Organizing – plans work, anticipates risks, and sets goals within area of responsibility;

• Professionalism – displays mastery of subject matter;

• Teamwork – contributes to a collegial team environment; incorporates gender related needs, perspectives, concerns and promotes equal gender participation;

• Technological Awareness – displays awareness of relevant technological solutions;

• Resource Mobilization – works with internal and external stakeholders to meet resource needs of IOM.


Internationally recruited professional staff are required to be mobile.

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. d$


Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 26 June 2017 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

For further information, please refer to:


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.

Posting period:

From 13.06.2017 to 26.06.2017

Requisition: VN 2017/131 (P) – Chief of Mission (P5) – Mogadishu, Somalia (55087151) Released

Posting: Posting NC55087165 (55087165) Released


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