Project Officer at International Organization for Migration (IOM)

On Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Organization: IOM – International Organization for Migration

Country: Kenya

Position Title: Project Officer (Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR))

Duty Station  :   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 :    13 February 2017

 Established in 1951, IOM is the leading 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 is a leading partner in supporting the efforts of the Federal Government of Somalia (FGoS) to increase community resilience to violent extremism and prevent violent extremism amongst vulnerable groups. Assistance is focused toward capacity-building initiatives for government ministries, community dialogues and information sharing, community empowerment programming, and skills-based training. IOM’s efforts in this area are geared toward national ownership and undertaken in support of the Federal Government of Somalia’s (FGoS) National Programme for Disengaged Combatants and Youth at Risk, and in close coordination with UN and local partners.

This position is located within the Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) Unit of IOM Somalia. Under the overall supervision of the DDR Coordinator, the direct supervision of the DDR Project Manager, the successful candidate will act as a focal point and main interlocutor for IOM’s support to the National Programme, including through coordination and liaison with the Ministry of Information and Communication, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Interior and National Security, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Human Development and Public Services, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), and local authorities. S/he will also provide managerial oversight for IOM project activities related to strategic communications, community engagement, and skills-based training.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Support the implementation of national-level activities designed to build the capacity of relevant ministries of the FGoS to implement the National Programme.
  1. Assist the DDR Project Manager to supervise and manage all procurement/logistics activities, staff on-boarding and training, and other HR or admin tasks as
  1. Assist in initiating dialogue and sensitization workshops aimed at increasing community resilience to violent
  1. Support the     implementation    of    strategic    communications’    activities     aimed    at awareness-raising and information
  1. Oversee implementation of community development initiatives including quick impact projects and infrastructure
  1. Support the implementation of skills-based training aimed at providing alternative livelihoods to vulnerable
  1. Liaise and act as the IOM focal point with relevant government authorities/counterparts, UN partners, implementing partners and the mission support units as
  1. Assist the DDR Unit in identifying programme gaps, developing programmatic interventions, and ensuring partner
  1. Coordinate and administer budgets in line with National Programme and donor
  1. Prepare timely and regular programme reports/updates in line with donor requirements and for mission
  1. Serve as Office Manager for the DDR team based in Nairobi.
  1. Perform such other duties as may be

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Law, Political or Social Studies, International Affairs or a related field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience; or
  • University degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional


  • Experience coordinating multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Previous work experience in one or more of the following thematic areas a distinct advantage: DDR, PVE, and CVE;
  • Experience coordinating information-sharing, sensitization, or awareness-raising activities within a community;
  • Project experience related to one or more of the following topics: stabilization, government capacity building, community-led recovery, and conflict
  • Prior experience working with vulnerable groups in a highly complex conflict area, particularly in areas related to DDR, human rights, or peacekeeping;
  • Experience working with various stakeholders including UN agencies, NGOs, government, and donors;
  • Thorough knowledge of Somalia, including socioeconomic and political


 Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of Somali 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


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.

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.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 13 February 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 31.01.2017 to 13.02.2017

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