Senior Regional Project Development Officer (P4) Nairobi, Kenya

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  • Kenya
  • Posted 1 month ago

International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Senior Regional Project Development Officer

Duty Station: Nairobi, Kenya

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P4

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

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 12 June 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

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; Fiji; 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; Samoa; Sao Tome and Principe; 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 Regional Director and the direct supervision of the Deputy Regional Director (DRD) and in close coordination with relevant HQ and RO Units, the Senior Regional Project Development Officer will lead the Regional Support Unit, including its efforts to improve accountability, donor liaison, resource mobilization and use of knowledge throughout the East, Horn and Southern Africa Region by performing the following duties.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

Project Cycle Management (PCM)

1. Manage Project Development, across the whole Project Cycle Management (PCM) by providing capacity building, training, and general support to the Regional Office (RO) and Country Offices (COs) in the Region.

2. Develop and conduct regional and country level trainings on Project Development and Reporting, based on the IOM Project Handbook and Results Based management (RBM) principles.

3. In coordination with the Regional Thematic Specialists (RTSs) and Regional M&E and Risk Officer (ROMERO), provide technical and substantive inputs to the COs on project development, to promote innovation, regional and cross thematic synergies, and ensure that relevant programmes and projects are results-based and aligned to IOM global, regional, and country-level strategies and frameworks.

4. Coordinate and provide advice and guidance to the development of regional project proposals and cross-thematic project ideas, as well as conceive and develop projects in countries where IOM is not present, in close collaboration with RTSs.

5. Evaluate training needs and coordinate training initiatives for the IOM Project Handbook and PRIMA.

6. Provide guidance to COs on inter-agency programme and project development with special reference to the United Nations (UN) and UN trust funds.

Institutional Processes

7. Support Project Managers in complying with donor reporting and ensure smooth project proposal endorsement and donor report review processes on IOM’s relevant software application, in collaboration with relevant RTS and/or designated endorser.

8. Coordinate the IOM Development Fund (IDF) processes in the Region.

9. Serve as the Regional Gender Focal Point for the RO on gender mainstreaming in project design and delivery.

10. Ensure the application and use of the IOM Strategic Results Framework (SRF) in projects, in close coordination with the Regional M&E and Risk Officer, so as to ensure SDGs and GCM are the foundation for project development.

11. Oversee and enhance effective IOM knowledge management at the regional level, including by designing and implementing knowledge management initiatives aligned to global and regional strategies, developing knowledge management products and tools, and ensuring a knowledge management function is coordinated across COs and thematic areas, and enhance knowledge on project development and reporting, including project development and reporting tracking, data capture and analysis, using existing IOM platforms and tools.

12. Coordinate COs inputs into regional and HQ documents, including strategies, response plans and appeals and support COs with country-level strategies to align programme design with the strategic direction of IOM in the region.

Resource Mobilization

13. Oversee the Region’s donor liaison and resource mobilization including with donors and potential donors in the Region and with donor capital level in close coordination with IOM in donor capitals, and support, advise and develop resources for COs in their donor engagement and resource mobilization.

14. Provide advice and guidance to Country Offices, including a network of Project Development Officers, with relevant RTSs on how to reach potential donor interests, respond to donor calls for proposals, and complete application procedure.

15. Map, track and disseminate information on donor priorities, interests, funding trends and relevant opportunities, and alignment to IOM’s strategy and the priorities of Member States and Regional Economic Communities in the region, in close collaboration with RTSs.

16. Coordinate with relevant Units in HQ to ensure smooth collaboration, knowledge exchange and information flow and act as focal point for project development and reporting related initiatives as and when required.

17. In cooperation with the Media and Communication Unit, produce visibility and other presentation materials to support resource mobilization, including, but not limited to, donor visits and briefings, reports, data and strategic information.

18. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Political or Social Sciences, Business Administration, 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 Project Cycle Management (PCM) and Results Based Management (RBM);
  • Experience in the field of migration issues, including operational and field experience, IOM project development, management and reporting;
  • Experience in liaising with governmental authorities, donors, academia, other national/international institutions and NGOs;
  • Experience of regional issues in the Asia Pacific a distinct advantage; and,
  • Lived experience as a migrant or migration-affected personnel, especially from countries that have large IOM operational footprint.


  • Excellent team building skills with a track record in team coordination and building trust;
  • Knowledge on proposal writing;
  • Knowledge on IOM project management;• Knowledge on different donor agreement; and,
  • Knowledge on project cycle.


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 French and/or Portuguese is an advantage.

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 (

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. 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 and who do not have prior experience outside the duty station’s country as staff member in the Professional category 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 12 June 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.

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Posting period:

From 30.05.2024 to 12.06.2024

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.

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