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IOM Jobs: Policy Liaison and Programme Development Coordinator 2021

Position Title : Policy Liaison and Programme Development Coordinator

Organization: International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Duty Station :     Kiev, Ukraine

Classification :    Professional Staff, Grade P4

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

Estimated Start Date :    As soon as possible

Closing Date :     20 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.

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.                   External female candidates:

3.                   Candidate 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 of IOM and female candidates.


Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) and in close coordination with the Deputy Chief of Mission (DCoM) and Programme Coordinators and Managers, and relevant Headquarters (HQ) and Regional Office (RO) Vienna, the successful candidate will be responsible for the overall coordination of the Policy, Liaison and Programme Development (PLPD) Unit.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

Programme/project development, fundraising and reporting.

1.                   Provides guidance on effective fundraising strategies and actively contributes to the Country Office’s (CO) donor and programme diversification efforts; compiles and analyses information on donor policies and priorities for Ukraine, identifies new funding opportunities, defines a proactive approach towards engagement with donors.

2.                   Coordinates the International Organization for Migration (IOM) research agenda at CO level including the systematic compilation and analysis of key data concerning migration flows initiated by the Units, and other migration-related trends in Ukraine to directly feed into the development and design of new programmatic interventions for the CO, as well as in advocacy activities of IOM with the Government of Ukraine, United Nations Country Team (UNCT), donors and other stakeholders.

3.                   Leads and coordinates the evidence-based development of new projects and programmes in close coordination with Units in the CO, relevant donors, governmental and non-governmental counterparts, the private sector and other key partners, ensuring compliance with IOM policies, internal standards and processes, and relevant stakeholder interests and requirements.

4.                   Supervises and coordinates data collection and analysis of the IOM programmes implementation in Ukraine as well as mainstream cross-cutting issues such as rights-based approach, gender, protection, environmental sensitivity and sustainability, etc. into CO programming, in line with the IOM Data Management Policy/Strategy. Integrates data analysis in all CO reports, as relevant.

Strategic outreach and engagement with the UN and other stakeholders

5.                   Oversees the development and implementation of the CO Communications Strategy and Action plan and its alignment with the overall CO strategy and other relevant policies and regulations in IOM.

6.                   In coordination with the DCoM, supports the operationalization of the IOM Ukraine Strategic Vision priorities in 2021 through development of an Action & Results plan each year.

7.                   Engages with the UNCT and provides coordinated IOM inputs in UN processes, including within the context of the current/future UN-Government of Ukraine Partnership Framework.

8.                   Leads the operationalization of the UN Working Group on Migration and coordinates the activities of all participating UN agencies, including liaison with the Government of Ukraine when needed and development of joint programming and advocacy actions.

9.                   Leads the CO efforts to analyze and develop a consolidated approach to private sector engagement in IOM activities.

10.               Coordinates the CO efforts in expanding cooperation with civil society actors, migrant and Diaspora associations, academia and the private sector.

Policy and capacity development for effective migration governance

11.               In close coordination with the DCoM and with Senior Managers, develops a road map/action plan on capacity development for effective migration governance in Ukraine on the basis of an in-depth stakeholder needs analysis. Oversee the implementation of the road map/action plan in the context of various programmes/ projects of the Mission.

12.               Leads the development and implementation of specific IOM initiatives that respond to the Government of Ukraine (GoU) request for support to advance policy, legal and institutional framework on migration, by facilitating exchanges between IOM and all involved GoU stakeholders.

13.               Ensure policies are aligned with and support those advanced by IOM, Agenda 2030, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other relevant frameworks as may be applicable.

Support to effective implementation of IOM programmes/projects

14.               Provides advice to programme/project managers on adequate, results-based project and programme compliance with objectives set in project documents and budgets, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) frameworks and work plans, in line with IOM policies and standards, and ensure overall compliance with donors’ contractual requirements, interests and expectations.

Knowledge management

15.               In coordination with the DCoM, provides systematic sharing of information across horizontal and vertical programme lines in the CO, mobilizes beneficial effects of synergies, thereby ensuring a comprehensive approach to the CO’s programming.

16.               Guides and supports capacity building activities in the field of project development and donor reporting for IOM staff, including IOM’s policy repository and the IOM project information and management application.

Management responsibilities

17.               Provides guidance and supervises the work of all staff under the PLPD Unit.

18.               Develops an annual budget for the PLPD Unit and coordinates expenditure as well as funding needs with Resource Management Unit and DCoM.

19.               Invests in staff professional growth and exchange of knowledge within the Unit.

20.               Undertakes regular internal and external duty travels as required.

21.               Performs such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


                     Master’s degree in Political or Social Sciences, and/or International Relations 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 working experience in the field of international migration, project development and management;

                     Previous experience of liaison and coordination with UNCT and UN agencies;

                     In depth knowledge and experience in liaising with Governmental authorities responsible for migration governance;

                     Demonstrated expertise and experience in policy development in the area of migration governance;

                     Experience in dealing with donors on project implementation and reporting;

                     Knowledge and experience in the country and the region is an advantage.


                     In depth knowledge of the broad range of migration related subject areas dealt with by the Organization.

                     In depth knowledge of UN and bilateral donor programming.

                     Good working knowledge of IOM processes and procedures including project development, communications, private sector engagement and donor liaison.


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 is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Ukrainian or Russian is an advantage.

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


1                     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 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.

IOM’s competency framework can be found at this link. df

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 20 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.

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Posting period:

From 07.05.2021 to 20.05.2021

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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