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Programme Officer (Shelter and Settlements) (P2) Nairobi, Kenya

International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Programme Officer (Shelter and Settlements)

Duty Station: Nairobi, Kenya

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P2

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

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 31 January 2024

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 www.iom.int/diversity.

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; Barbados; Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Congo (the); Cook Islands; Dominica; Fiji; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Holy See; Iceland; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Madagascar; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Solomon Islands; Suriname; The Bahamas; Tonga; Tuvalu; Uzbekistan; Vanuatu

Second tier candidates include:

All external candidates, except candidates from non-represented member states.


Under the overall supervision of the Head of Programmes and Policy, and the direct supervision of the Senior Coordinator – Recovery and Resilience, and in close coordination with relevant units of the IOM Kenya Country Office (CO), the Programme Officer (Shelter and Settlements) will be responsible and accountable for the supervision, coordination and implementation of IOM Kenya’s shelter and settlement strategy, programmes and activities.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Coordinate and ensure the implementation of IOM Kenya’s Shelter and Settlements-related projects and activities in accordance with IOM’s policies, practices and global standards, facilitating coherence with IOM’s global Shelter and Settlements approach and other relevant frameworks.
  2. Coordinate the operational, budgetary and administrative aspects of ongoing projects and activities of the portfolio in line with relevant donor requirements, guidelines and grant agreements, including in the fields of emergency and transitional shelter, site management, settlements support, Non-Food Items (NFIs), cash-based transfers, and emergency preparedness.
  3. Coordinate the implementation of Shelter and Settlements cash-based programming, including but not limited to mobile cash transfers, cash for work, rental assistance, cash for voucher, etc.; carry out market assessments and explore the establishment of a transfer mechanism.
  4. Track and follow up on the preparation of the necessary technical documents for the implementation of IOM Shelter and Settlements activities; check that arrangements are in place for supervision and monitoring of project construction and/or rehabilitation.
  5. Assist with the identification of quality implementing partners, monitor the procurement process, and participate in the preparation of terms of reference, bidding documents and the evaluation of offers.
  6. Collaborate closely with IOM Water, Sanitation and Hygiene and Infrastructure (WASH & Infrastructure), Data & Evidence (including Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM)), Resilience and Solutions and Protection Teams, and other units as relevant, to encourage and facilitate integrated and multi-sectoral programming approaches in line with the wider Recovery and Resilience objectives of IOM Kenya.
  7. Undertake field visits to coordinate and monitor project implementation, including conducting post distribution monitoring activities, in line with procedures for Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL).
  8. Research and recommend project development opportunities and contribute to project proposals relevant to shelter and settlements programming in close coordination with the Mission Support and Innovation Unit (MSIU).
  9. Participate in and report on Shelter/NFI Sector coordination meetings, Cash Technical Working Groups, and other inter-agency meetings, as well as donor and Government meetings.
  10. Facilitate the smooth functioning of IOM’s role as the Shelter/NFI sector co-lead agency under the Sector Approach, in coordination with the National Programme Officer (Shelter and Settlements).
  11. Contribute to the development of technical guidelines and tools for shelter activities in line with IOM global technical guidelines, policies and procedures for Shelter NFI programming and aligned with the S/NFI Cluster guidelines.
  12. Based on developed standards and guidelines, work to improve the operational delivery of activities for better mainstreaming of cross-cutting themes such as Housing, Land and Property (HLP), Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Conflict Sensitivity, Gender-Based Violence (GBV), Protection Against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA), Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP), Environment and other cross cutting issues of relevance.
  13. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, Architecture, Political Science, Development Studies, Humanitarian Action 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.


  • Experience in implementing shelter and settlements related projects of diverse nature (e.g., disaster, conflict, displaced and non-displaced, settlement level interventions, in-kind and cash-based support, etc.), and coordinating with partners and government counterparts.
  • Prior experience in participating in the design and implementation of a shelter strategy, including host family situations, collective shelter and camp settings, in emergency while considering the transition to more sustainable solutions.
  • Experience in application of participatory approaches to facilitate active participation of communities into the project cycle and into the construction process, including needs assessments.
  • Experience in planning and implementing distributions (cash or in-kind).
  • Prior experience in common pipelines is an advantage.
  • Experience in humanitarian coordination is an advantage.


  • Computer literate (e.g., word processors, spreadsheet, database, ETABS, Civil 3D, CAD (AutoCAD, ArchiCAD or similar engineering software), and statistical packages, etc.);
  • Project formulation, planning, supervision and management skills;
  • Knowledge of environmental planning and coordination in humanitarian settings is an advantage;
  • Works effectively with donors, local authorities, stakeholders, beneficiaries, and the broader community to advance country office or regional objectives;
  • Familiarity of IOM procedures including Supply Chain, Human Resource and related fields; and,
  • Knowledge of standards related to WASH, environment, HLP and protection.


IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish. All staff members are required to be fluent in one of the three languages.

For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Swahili 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 (https://whed.net/home.php).

Required Competencies:

Values – all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these five values:

  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: Respects and promotes individual and cultural differences. Encourages diversity and inclusion.
  • 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.
  • Courage: Demonstrates willingness to take a stand on issues of importance.
  • Empathy: Shows compassion for others, makes people feel safe, respected and fairly treated.

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 actions 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 leadership and professional potential.
  • Empowering others: Creates an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.
  • Building Trust: Promotes shared values and creates an atmosphere of trust and honesty.
  • Strategic thinking and vision: Works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.
  • Humility: Leads with humility and shows openness to acknowledging own shortcomings.

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

https://www.iom.int/sites/default/files/about-iom/iom_revised_competency_framework_external.p 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 background verification 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 HERE31 January 2024 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: www.iom.int/recruitment

Posting period:

From 18.01.2024 to 31.01.2024

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 2024 34 Programme Officer (Shelter and Settlements) (P2) Nairobi, Kenya (58600280) Released

Posting: Posting NC58600281 (58600281) Released

Posting Channel: Internal Candidates

Deadline: 31-Jan-24

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