Humanitarian Programme Manager

International Organization for Migration

Position Title : Humanitarian Programme Manager

Duty Station : Suva, Fiji

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 : 23 June 2022

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.

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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; Aruba (Netherlands); Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Congo (the); Cook Islands; Cuba; Curaçao; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Libya; Madagascar; 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.


Established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the leading inter-governmental organization providing services to governments and migrants in the field of migration. With 174 member states and offices in more than 100 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. IOM is characterized by its strong field presence, its provision of services, including in very remote areas, advice to governments, and direct contact with crisis-affected communities.

The Republic of Fiji faces a number of environmental challenges because it is highly vulnerable to climatological, hydrological, and meteorological hazards, as well as geophysical events due to its position in the Ring of Fire. These vulnerabilities are exacerbated through the effects of climate change causing extreme weather events to occur with greater frequency and intensity.

The impact of disasters on Fiji continues to undermine the country’s development objectives and poses several risks across communities.

The risks posed by disasters have the biggest impact on women and children, and other vulnerable groups – particularly in displacement settings (e.g. evacuation centres). Research shows that Gender Based Violence (GBV) increases in prevalence and severity in communities experiencing a disaster or humanitarian emergency, and the environment in the aftermath of these events puts women at an even greater risk of GBV, especially where crises result in displacement.

IOM recognises that a natural hazard results in a disaster when the event exceeds the ability of the affected community or society to cope using its own resources. Consequently, IOM is prioritising building Fijian communities’ resilience to minimise the impact of hazards through a multi-year project. Through this prioritisation on resilience, IOM aims to strengthen, support, and build on the preparedness and capacity of communities and families to break recurrent cycles of displacement. By utilising a humanitarian development nexus approach, IOM will address the systemic drivers of vulnerability resulting from natural disasters by reducing the adverse impacts of cyclical stresses, and consequently promote sustainable development. While the occurrence and severity of natural hazards cannot be reduced in Fiji, mitigating vulnerability of evacuees is one of the key opportunities for decreasing the disaster risk and enhancing the resilience of Fiji’s communities and systems.

The Humanitarian Programme Manager will be responsible for overseeing the Strengthening National and Community Resilience to Disaster and Displacement Risks in the Republic of Fiji project, and disaster risk reduction-related activities for IOM in the Republic of Fiji, with an emphasis on mainstreaming protection and gender-based violence, in line with IOM’s Institutional Approach for Addressing GBV in Crises. He/she will be responsible for developing, planning, managing and executing several outputs to strengthen national and community resilience to disaster and displacement risks.

The Humanitarian Programme Manager will work under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission for Fiji, in close coordination with the Department of Operations and Emergencies Regional Thematic Specialists in the Regional Office of Asia and the Pacific, and overall coordination of the Coordinator for the Pacific & Chief of Mission (CoM) for Australia.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

1. Provide technical oversight, coordinate, monitor and ensure the implementation of all operational and administrative aspects of the project, including ensuring effectiveness, coherence, integrity and application of the organization’s policies and procedures.

2. Closely liaise and coordinate project activities with Fiji National Disaster Management Office (NDMO), Save the Children Fiji, humanitarian partners, government authorities and relevant development and donor partners.

3. Define processes and workplans for the implementation of community-based and community-led engagement and awareness raising on design and use of evacuation centres in collaboration with communities, NDMO and institutional partners.

4. Engage with communities for the purpose of establishing, strengthening and training community evacuation centre committees with a focus on leadership and inclusiveness for women and youth.

5. Lead and conduct field assessments, trainings, and simulations.

6. Mainstream GBV and protection in all project outputs, including guidelines and trainings, and ensure a Do No Harm approach.

7. Strengthen or expand IOM Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and GBV programming to meet identified needs.

8. Build capacity of IOM staff and partners on protection (including GBV mitigation in as well as contribution to the development of referral procedures and improving response of actors to GBV disclosures using a survivor-centered approach).

9. Represent IOM in relevant coordination forums, including the regional Evacuation Centre Management and Displacement (ECMD) Cluster led by IOM in the Pacific Humanitarian Team, Pacific Humanitarian Protection Cluster (PHPC), national Safety and Protection Cluster, and the regional GBV Sub Clusters.

10. Represent ECMD cluster in the Inter-Cluster Coordination Group or relevant body and promote and facilitate a harmonized and coordinated multi-sectoral response across the country and Pacific region by substantively contributing to the development and implementation of a ECMD cluster strategy in coordination with cluster partners and relevant authorities.

11. Conduct continuous analysis of the achievements of DRR activities and undertake field monitoring visits to identify technical quality of services, evaluate gaps in performance of team and amend/adjust work plan accordingly.

12. Support monitoring of GBV DRR-related outcomes and design of effective beneficiary feedback and complaints mechanisms.

13. Develop project work plans to guide implementation and tools for monitoring and evaluation.

14. Ensure the timely and quality reporting on GBV/DRR related activities for donors and other stakeholders.

15. Ensure project staff are aware of safe and appropriate GBV referral pathways and procedures, protection principles and Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) policies.

16. Supervise, mentor and build capacity of project staff.

17. Perform such other duties as maybe assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Humanitarian Affairs, Development Studies, Political or Social Sciences, Gender Studies, Public Health, or other relevant fields 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.


• Extensive experience working in DRR governance, DRR policies, and community-based disaster risk reduction (CBDRR);

• Direct or indirect Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) experience would be an advantage;

• Demonstrated experience of ensuring Gender-Based Violence and protection mainstreaming in project implementation and monitoring;

• Experience providing technical guidance and developing capacity building materials for various stakeholders including staff, national authorities, communities, etc;

• Experience developing and in using participatory approaches to engaging with and mobilizing communities;


• Demonstrated skills in liaising with government, donors, and other key actors.

• Understanding of IASC humanitarian architecture and/or cluster experience is considered an advantage.

• Proven planning and coordination skills.

• Sound interpersonal and communication skills, including ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.

• Sound ability to communicate practical knowledge on actions to address building community resilience at an operational level.

• Demonstrated analytical, writing and reporting skills.

• Solid computer skills (MS Excel, Word and PowerPoint).


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). Fluency in I-Taukei and Fijian, Hindi or any Pacific language 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 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. 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. Subject to certain exemptions, vaccination against COVID-19 will in principle be required for individuals hired on or after 15 November 2021. This will be verified as part of the medical clearance process.

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 23 June 2022 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 10.06.2022 to 23.06.2022

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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