Programme and Policy Officer (LHD)

Position Title : Programme and Policy Officer (Labour Mobility and Human Development (LHD))

Duty Station : IOM Somalia in Nairobi*, Kenya

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P2

Type of Appointment : Special short-term graded, nine months with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 11 March 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.

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. Candidates from the following non-represented member states:

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


The Labour Mobility and Human Development (LHD) unit in Somalia focuses its interventions on fostering synergies between labour migration and development, and adoption of measures to maximize migration outcomes.

One of the largest programmes in IOM is the Migration for Development in Africa (MIDA), a capacity building programme, which aims to strengthen the capacity of government institutions through engagement of Somali diaspora. To date, the programme has placed more than 600 Somali experts’ assignments at various ministries and institutions. IOM has focused on a broad range of sectors including: Justice, Public Financial Management, Public Works, Health and Education, which are crucial for the economic and social development and the stability of Somalia.

The LHD division is also committed to promoting greater mobility and to optimizing the benefits of labour migration for both the countries of origin and destination, as well as for the migrants themselves. In this regard, IOM Somalia is working closely with key government institutions to strengthen institutional capacity and support in the formulation of labour migration-related policies, legislation, and effective labour migration strategies.

Under the overall supervision of the Deputy Chief of Mission and the direct supervision of the Programme Manager (Labour Mobility and Human Development), the Programme and Policy Officer (LHD) will be responsible for providing technical support for the planning, management and timely implementation of the Labour Mobility and Human Development projects in Somalia, including the provision of inputs for LHD policy development.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Coordinate and contribute to the development of project proposals according to the IOM Project Handbook, in the thematic area of migration and development, which may include diaspora engagement, interventions promoting labour mobility and ethical recruitment, increased access to technical and vocational training, or livelihood and employment opportunities for Somali youth to enable productive engagement in society and as an alternative to irregular migration.

  2. Compile information on emerging issues relevant to the LHD thematic area in Somalia as well as related to the country COVID 19 socioeconomic response and contribute to the development of socioeconomic impact reports and other interventions at country level.

  3. Coordinate, implement and monitor LHD projects in Somalia in close collaboration with relevant stakeholders and in accordance with project workplans, utilizing monitoring tools to facilitate the achievement of project results.

  4. Monitor LHD project expenditures and burn rates using reports generated from IOM’s PRISM and bring issues to the attention of the supervisor.

  5. In close coordination with the Programme Manager (LHD) and the Monitoring & Evaluation Officer, provide technical support to help strengthen the monitoring, evaluation and reporting of LHD project outcomes and outputs.

  6. Draft portions of donor reports in close coordination with the Programme Manager (LHD), Programme Support Unit, field-based staff, and other partners as necessary, in accordance with IOM reporting standard and in line with project reporting cycle.

  7. Participate in the development of targeted project visibility material, including success stories and case studies, in close coordination with the programme support unit.

  8. Ensure the database on MIDA assignments is up-to-date and produce infographics as needed.

  9. Participate in coordination meetings, workshops and conferences with other development partners, UN agencies, Somali government institutions and the private sector as per guidance of the LHD Programme Manager.

  10. Assist in general administrative tasks, as necessary.

  11. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Business Administration, Management, International Business/International Affairs, International Development, or Social Science or a related field from an accredited academic institution with two years relevant professional work experience; or

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


• Professional experience on management and business administration in public and private sectors;

• Experience in public-private partnerships and liaising with governmental and diplomatic authorities as well as with international institutions;

• Experience and knowledge on migration and development particularly in the context of Somalia and other EHOA countries;

• Experience in institutional capacity building in developing countries and fragile contexts;

• Understanding and experience of policy and programming as well as project monitoring, evaluation, and reporting; and,

• Experience in working with development partners and government authorities as well as other external partners.


• Knowledge of IOM overall programmatic focus in Somalia and basic understanding of the functioning of other UN agencies;

• Strong coordination, competence and ability to promote communication and knowledge sharing and ensuring high quality of programmatic outputs;

• Good knowledge of human and financial resources management;

• Strong conceptualization, analytical and writing skills;

• Strong communication, organizational and interpersonal relationship skills;

• Mentoring and coaching skills, hardworking , good team player, dedicated, ability to monitor and follow up on pending matters;

• Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure with minimum supervision; and,

• Establishing and maintaining partnerships with development partners, government counterparts, UN agencies, local authorities and other relevant stakeholders.


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

For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of other language from EHOA region, 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 (

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 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 11 March 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 26.02.2021 to 11.03.2021

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.

Requisition: SVN 2021 49 Programme and Policy Officer (LHD) (P2) IOM Somalia in Nairobi, Kenya

(56874625) Released

Posting: Posting NC56874626 (56874626) Released

Sharing is Caring!