Programme Manager (Returns Working Group)

Baghdad | Baghdad

Position Title : Programme Manager (Returns Working Group) Duty Station : Baghdad, Iraq 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 : 07 June 2016

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and 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 environment. Applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged. For the purpose of the vacancy, the following candidates are considered as first-tier candidates:

  1. Internal candidates

  2. Qualified applicants from the following NMS countries:

Antigua and Barbuda, Benin, Bahamas, Botswana, Belize, Cabo Verde, Czech Republic, Djibouti, Micronesia (Federated States of), Gabon, Gambia, Guyana, Iceland, Cambodia, Comoros, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Libya, Montenegro, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Maldives, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Seychelles, Suriname, El Salvador, Swaziland, Timor-Leste, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Vanuatu, Samoa

  1. External female candidates.


In line with the 2016 Strategic Objective 3 of the Iraq Humanitarian Response Plan “to support voluntary, safe and dignified return” by monitoring and reporting on conditions in return areas and providing targeted assistance to highly vulnerable returnees, the Deputy Special Representative to the Secretary General/Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator DSRSG/RC/HC established a Returns Working Group to be Chaired by IOM. Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission in Iraq and in coordination with the IOM Iraq Sr. Emergency Programme Coordinator and other thematic Programme Managers, the successful candidate will be responsible for chairing and leading the Returns Working Group (WG) which consists of seven international organizations, six international NGOs and three national NGOs.

The Return WG is responsible for setting up the policy and principles for engagement of the humanitarian actors, development of comprehensive return strategy for Iraq and providing technical support to the Iraq authorities.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Lead and supervise the return related work of the WG Secretariat.

  2. In coordination with the members of the WG (UN Agencies (representing humanitarian and recovery portfolios), International Red Cross and Red Crescent (ICRC), International non-governmental organizations (INGOs) and National NGOs, lead the development of policies and operational recommendations for Iraqi governorates affected by returns, based on the international durable solutions framework and principles for humanitarian action (including those adopted/promoted by IASC, ICRC, IOM, UNHCR, etc).

  3. Guide and lead the efforts of the WG to provide technical support to government, at national and local levels, as well as Iraqi civil society (NGOs, private sector, media, academia, etc.) to strengthen existing plans for returns of IDPs.

  4. Determine the parameters for sound analysis as to what extent durable solutions have been achieved for returnees, based on the definition of durable solutions in the Iraqi context.

  5. Guide the Secretariat in the collection and analysis of the existing/on-going return assessments, data, and guidelines to establish baseline indicators on durable solutions for returns.

  6. Supervise the development and the maintenance of a database of ongoing projects, including supervision of reporting on activities and analyses service mapping results, so as to identify gaps, duplications, and/or strengths.

  7. Represent the WG in coordination with Clusters particularly the Protection Cluster and recovery actors, programme prioritization, strategies and resource mobilization to support the attainment of returns through a durable solutions framework.

  8. Coordinate governorate level return plans and ensure its alignment with the national framework.

  9. Establish with the WG minimum pre-conditions that need to be established at places of return in advance. Develop plans and mechanisms for close monitoring of the adherence to such pre-conditions will reduce levels of vulnerability and establish solid foundations for return and resettlement processes.

  10. Lead the development of a Stakeholder mapping and programme cohesion including cohesion between government and non-governmental actors to ensure support for returns and resettled IDPs is contributing to the overall durable solutions framework and strategy, within the structure of the cluster system. Actively promote synergetic partnerships between actors contributing to the overall goal of durable solutions.

  11. Lead the development of an advocacy strategy for communicating with IDPs and Host communities to make an informed choice about either their return or place of resettlement, based on full knowledge of the opportunities, risks and resources available. For example, through practical programmes that facilitates dialogue about recovery and durable solutions.

  12. Lead the development of detailed guidelines, tools and protocols for assessment, community mobilization, prioritization of support and a durable solutions strategy / action plan derived from the framework. Guidelines can also include those for the closure of IDP sites.

  13. Establish a monitoring and evaluation system focused on the extent to which a durable solution has been achieved in target communities and based on promoting long term safety and security, enjoyment of an adequate standard of living, access to livelihoods and employment, effective and accessible mechanisms. Advocate the restoration of housing land and property, access to personal and other documentation, family reunification as an element of durable solutions, participation in public affairs and access to effective remedies and justice.

  14. Guide the preparation of regular reports covering the development of the Return WG; and

provide briefings, statistical/narrative reports and background information as required including specific information requested by the DSRSG/HC/RC, HCT, Governments, Donors and other entities.

  1. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Political or Social Sciences, Development Studies, Human Rights, International Relations, Law 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.


• Experience in migration, project implementation, community stabilization, peacebuilding and management; • Experience in liaising with government authorities and international institutions; • Experience at the international level with specialized international agencies (UN agencies, international organizations, and specialized international NGOs), preferably in emergency, migrant assistance, and humanitarian assistance in the Middle East and/or North Africa; • Knowledge of UN, IOM, international organizations, and NGO mandates and programmes in the area of migrant assistance and humanitarian assistance; • Knowledge of operational contexts, movement operations and travel planning an advantage.


Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of Arabic is an advantage.

Desirable Competencies:


• Accountability – takes responsibility for action and manages constructive criticisms • Client Orientation – works effectively well with client and stakeholders • Continuous Learning – promotes continuous learning for self and others • Communication – listens and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience • Creativity and Initiative – actively seeks new ways of improving programmes or services • Leadership and Negotiation – develops effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders; • Performance Management – identify ways and implement actions to improve performance of self and others. • Planning and Organizing - plans work, anticipates risks, and sets goals within area of responsibility; • Professionalism - displays mastery of subject matter • Teamwork – contributes to a collegial team environment; incorporates gender related needs, perspectives, concerns and promotes equal gender participation. • Technological Awareness - displays awareness of relevant technological solutions; • Resource Mobilization - works with internal and external stakeholders to meet resource needs of IOM.


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.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 07 June 2016 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

For further information, please refer to:

In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM only accepts online profiles duly completed.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. You can track the progress of your application on your personal application page in the IOM e-recruitment system.

Posting period:

From 25.05.2016 to 07.06.2016

Requisition: SVN 2016/64 (P) - Programme Manager (Returns Working Group) (P4) - Baghdad, Iraq (54785303) Released Posting: Posting NC54808424 (54808424) Released

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: IOM - International Organization for Migration
  • Location: Baghdad | Baghdad
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation
    • Development Cooperation
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Management, Administration and Finance
  • Closing Date: 2016-06-07

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