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International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Project Officer (Livelihoods)

Duty Station: Erbil, Iraq

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P2

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

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 28 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.


IOM, globally and within Iraq, is a major actor in post-conflict recovery and reconstruction, and as such is heavily involved in livelihood development and job creation programmes. IOM’s strengths lie in its field presence around the country and operational capacity to rebuild community infrastructure, conduct vocational and other trainings, providing grant funding at local level to support business development and a variety of other areas key to recovery. IOM Iraq livelihoods services cover a large scope of projects, from individual level assistance such as vocational training, on the job training, cash for work and job placement, to financial grants for Small and Medium Enterprises across Iraq under the Enterprise Development Fund (EDF).

Under the overall supervision of the Senior Programme Coordinator (Economic Recovery and Livelihoods), and the direct supervision of Programme Coordinator (Livelihoods) in Iraq, the Project Officer (Livelihoods) will be responsible for providing technical guidance and inputs under the livelihoods and job creation pillar of IOM’s programmes. They will work in close coordination with other thematic specialists in the livelihoods technical team, operations team, and other support teams to implement projects under the livelihood’s portfolio, especially the EDF.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. In close coordination with the Regional Coordinator for EDF, oversee the day-to-dayimplementation of the EDF programme and other livelihoods activities, including monitoring of budgets, progress against targets, and timely implementation of activities.
  2. Coordinate with Community Engagement Team and TRD Operations Team on communityengagement, including community messaging around beneficiary selection, community outreach, partner and stakeholder mapping, and maintenance of Complaint and Feedback Mechanisms (CFM) channels.
  3. Coordinate with TRD Monitoring and Evaluation Team, TRD Project Support Unit, and TRDPublic Information Team to produce regular, high quality livelihoods programme updates, external reports, factsheets, case studies, policy briefs and success stories as required, and ensure timely dissemination of products.
  4. Coordinate with TRD Information Management System (IMS) Team for development andmaintendance of IMS platform and beneficiary management systems for EDF and other livelihoods activities.
  5. Supervise the EDF Technical Regional Advisors for coordination of programme activities,including field asseessments, beneficiary selection, field visits, beneficiary consultations, research, trainings, and capacity building of operations staff.
  6. Support the Livelihoods Technical Team in reviewing and improving technical tools, forms,Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and guidance notes used for the project activities of the Enterprise Development Fund (EDF) and other livelihoods activities.
  7. Travel to project sites and conduct site assessments for implementation of project activities ofthe EDF and livelihoods activities.
  8. Provide technical review of data gathered during livelihoods programming to facilitateadherence to livelihoods methodologies and support improvements in programming. Contribute to research and project development of Ecomic Recovery and Livelihoods activities.
  9. Review, update, and provide trainings to field staff on processes and quality control issues,including sessions related to financial data, business plan drafting, survey and data collection, and activity verifications.
  10. Perform any other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Social Sciences, Environment and Sustainability, Communication, Economics, Development Studies, Business Management, Socio-Economic Development, Private Sector Development and Rural Development, 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 IOM administrative and financial management, budget monitoring, cashmanagement and internal control procedures.
  • Experience of providing durable solutions, livelihoods, and/or cash-based interventions inhumanitarian and/or development settings.
  • Experience in working in post-conflict recovery and stabilization context and/or in private sectordevelopment.
  • Experience in Monitoring and Evaluation, compliance, beneficiary data management, grantmanagement, and/or project management.


  • Demonstrated skill in data analysis using Excel and other data management softwares.
  • Demonstrated skill to supervise, train and direct staff and manage operations in complexpost-conflict contexts.
  • Demonstrated skill in developing technical tools such as forms, standard operating procedures(SOPs), guidance notes, and criteria.
  • Demonstrated skill in research and project development.


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 another official UN language (Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish) is an advantage. Working knowledge of Arabic strongly desired.

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 (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 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 28 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 15.01.2024 to 28.01.2024

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: SVN 2023 434 Project Officer (Livelihoods) (P2) Erbil, Iraq (58559982) Released

Posting: Posting NC58559983 (58559983) Released

Deadline: 28 Jan 2024