Programme Coordinator At International Organization for Migration

Position Title : Programme Coordinator

Duty Station : Kampala, Uganda

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P3

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

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 13 April 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.


Uganda is a country of origin, transit and destination of migrants. In addition, the country is currently hosting over 1.4 million refugees, the largest refugee population in the African continent. IOM works actively within the United Nations Country Team and with government counterparts to serve migrants and refugees and strengthen the capacity of the Government of Uganda to manage migration.

IOM Uganda Country Office (CO) has implemented interventions in the areas of Migrant Protection and Assistance (MPA), Immigration and Border Management (IBM), Labour Migration, Migration and Health, Community Stabilization/Social Cohesion, Migration, Environment and Climate Change (MECC), Migration Data Analysis System (MIDAS), Migration

Policy, Disaster Risk Reduction, as well as delivery of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme services to refugees. These interventions are being implemented alongside Uganda CO’s well-established resettlement portfolio.

Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) and in coordination with relevant units at Headquarters (HQ) and the Regional Office for East and Horn of Africa, the successful candidate will be responsible for development, oversight, monitoring, evaluation and coordination of programme portfolio of Uganda CO and liaison with donors and Implementing Partners.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Coordinate and play a lead role in providing strategic direction of Uganda CO’s programmes.
  2. Supervise and coordinate the work of programme staff in the area of responsibility and maintain strong communication flows by ensuring the projects meet their intended scope, timeframe, quality and budget.
  3. Supervise the Programme Coordination and Support Unit (PCSU), assess potential programme opportunities and projects, draft project proposals and concept notes in the areas of interest of the CO: MPA, IBM, and Health, Community Stabilization/Social Cohesion, Migration, Environment and Climate Change (MECC), Migration Data Analysis System (MIDAS), Migration Policy, Disaster Risk Reduction and WASH. Compile and review project reports, fact sheets and other documents in coordination with relevant programme units.
  4. Oversee the coordination, implementation and reporting of programmes and project activities of CO to ensure accountability, timely and effective implementation, quality reporting, appropriateness of project funds management, and advise the CoM on any corrective measures needed.
  5. Analyze the development and humanitarian assistance policies, trends and priorities, and develop resource mobilization strategies based on solid results frameworks that respond to emerging migration trends as well as country and donor priorities including the National Development Plan, United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF), the Regional Refugee Response Plans and IOM’s country, regional and global priorities.
  6. Support the monitoring of progress against strategic objectives, project benchmarks and UNSDCF results.
  7. Develop strategies for IOM involvement in various frameworks meant to bridge the divide between humanitarian and development assistance to refugees.
  8. Ensure a coordinated and strategic approach to IOM’s contribution to the UNSDCF. This includes ensuring a strategic presence of IOM in UNSDCF working groups and coherent reporting. Act as IOM’s Focal Point for the implementation of the new UNSDCF.
  9. Represent IOM in relevant inter-agency forums including, but not limited to, the UNSDCF Programme Reference Group, and provide support to the CoM, Regional Office and HQ colleagues in relevant high- level forums on migration.
  10. Oversee cooperation, external relations, and liaison with relevant local and regional bodies by supporting the CO in the work with respective national counterparts.
  11. Coordinate and implement the staff capacity-building activities in the areas of project development, project reporting, results-based management, joint programming and monitoring and evaluation with the support from the relevant units.
  12. Ensure mainstreaming of gender and data management and Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) principles in all programmes.
  13. Prepare guidance notes, documentation and briefings for the CoM and other Senior Managers.
  14. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Political or Social Science, Migration Studies, International Relations, Law or a related field from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience; or

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


• Experience in project development, implementation and monitoring;

• Experience working in various migration management areas of IOM’s portfolio including emergency preparedness and response, counter-trafficking, IBM, migration policy, labour migration and migration and health;

• Proven experience mobilizing funds from various donors including humanitarian and development donors;

• Experience in East Africa region is an advantage.


• Proven track record of establishing and maintaining good working relationships with governmental, diplomatic authorities, UN agencies, and civil society.


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

For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of 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 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 13 April 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 31.03.2021 to 13.04.2021

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: VN 2021 70 Programme Coordinator (P3) Kampala, Uganda (56919899) Released

Posting: Posting NC56919900 (56919900) Released

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