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Senior Programme Coordinator (Protection)

International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Senior Programme Coordinator (Protection)

Duty Station: Sana’a, Yemen

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P4

Type of Appointment: Special short-term graded, six months with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 03 March 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. External female candidates:
  3. Candidate 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 of IOM and female candidates.


Under the overall supervision of the Deputy Chief of Mission (DCoM) and direct supervision of the Senior Field and Programme Coordinator, the Senior Programmes Coordinator (Protection) will be responsible and accountable for developing, overseeing, coordinating and managing the successful implementation of the portfolio of Protection programme and projects of IOM Yemen Country Office (CO) and its plans and policies to ensure Yemen CO’s mandate and objectives are met with respect to the Protection programme.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Lead the development and execution of the overall Protection strategy for IOM in Yemen CO, and ensure centrality of protection in IOM operations.
  2. Oversee all programme and operational components of the Protection programme including the development and/or review of concept notes, proposals and budgets, ensuring that mechanisms and modalities to be implemented are appropriate and in line with standards that have been agreed in Yemen, as well as global standards and best practices.
  3. Identify and oversee the development of new Protection programme and strategy-level modifications and respond to changing host country and donor requirements. Lead the development of interventions that position IOM in new developments and new strategic areas in consultation with the Protection Division (PXD) at Headquarters (HQs), Regional Office (RO) MENA, Member States and relevant actors. Proactively mobilize resources and donor funding to sustain the Protection programmes and establish new thematic areas of technical intervention and strategic partnerships that would promote the expansion of the IOM Protection portfolio at the country and regional level.
  4. Oversee all operational, administrative and financial aspects of all ongoing projects, including oversight responsibility of project implementation, in coordination with the Resources Management Unit (RMU), as required. Ensure that project implementation meets the intended scope, timeframe, quality, targets and budget and is in line with donor requirements.
  5. Lead the development of the analysis of protection related trends and the formulation of strategic analysis, planning and evaluation of programme activities, and provide policy advice for programme management and portfolio development. Hold regular briefings for donors, embassies and partners to raise awareness of the protection situation in the country and support resource mobilization.
  6. Represent IOM as the co-lead of the Refugee and Migrants Multi-Sector (RMMS), ensuring active participation in the sector with a focus on providing a strategic vision for the sector, that proper coordination mechanisms are in place, regular engagement with the Inter-Cluster Coordination Mechanism (ICCM) and other forums, timely and accurate reporting of sector needs, gaps and achievements and the application of common standards and guidelines across the sector.
  7. Lead Yemen CO’s engagement in the IOM Regional Migrants Response Plan (RMRP), representing the CO at relevant forums and ensuring that the CO’s strategy is in line with the RMRP framework.
  8. In coordination with the RMU and Procurement and Logistics Unit , oversee all Protection programme related procurement efforts for supplies and services, ensuring that the processes are transparent and in line with IOM and donor’s regulations. Provide the necessary resources to effectively monitor all contractual agreements with service providers and/or implementing parties.
  9. Proactively identify programme development opportunities in Yemen, new areas of technical intervention and strategic partnerships that would promote the expansion of Protection portfolio.
  10. Actively liaise with the Protection Cluster, other relevant agencies, government authorities/entities and any other relevant stakeholder to ensure that IOM Protection activities are coordinated to avoid duplication, violation of national regulations or contravention of operational agreements set by the humanitarian community at the country level.
  11. Work in close coordination with the Movement and Operations Unit in the implementation of the Voluntary Humanitarian Return (VHR) Programme.
  12. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Development Studies, Humanitarian Aid, Protection, 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.


  • Demonstrated experience in managing Protection related programmes, at a managerial professional level in emergency and conflict environment;
  • Protection technical and managerial experience to guide and lead the Protection project teams;
  • Field experience in a complex humanitarian emergency or post-conflict environment;
  • Experience in project or programme management in an emergency and post-crisis setting; and
  • Experience in effective liaison and coordination with authorities, donors, local communities, partners and relevant inter-agency coordination forums.


  • Knowledge of project management including administrative and financial management;
  • Excellent Monitoring and Evaluation Skills, applied in protection programming; Managerial Skills; Organizational Skills; Accuracy; Ability to work with minimal supervision;
  • Knowledge of project development process and effective report writing;
  • Sound communication and negotiation skills; and,
  • Knowledge of the Humanitarian and Development Nexus.


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 Arabic and another official UN language (Chinese, French, Russian, and 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.


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 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 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 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 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 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 HERE, by 03 March 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 19.02.2024 to 03.03.2024

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: SVN 2024 47 Senior Programme Coordinator (Protection) (P4) Sanaa, Yemen (58669760) Released

Posting: Posting NC58669761 (58669761) Released

Deadline: 3 Mar 2024

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