Project Associate – MHPSS – International Organization for Migration – IOM

Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and Community

International Organization for Migration – IOM

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading intergovernmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non governmental partners.With 127 member states a further 17 states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, IOM is dadicated to providing humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all.It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues , to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need including refugees and internally displaced people.IOM would like to announce the following vacant position.



Open to Internal/External Candidates


Vacancy No.:


Position Title:

Project Associate – MHPSS

Position Grade:


Required Positions:

One (1)

Duty Station:

Metema, Ethiopia

Type of Appointment:

Special Short-Term Contract, Six months with the possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date:

As soon as possible

Closing Date: 

07 March 2024


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. Internal and external candidates are eligible to apply to this vacancy.


Ethiopia has one of the most complex human mobility environments in the world, with factors ranging from conflict, drought, environmental degradation, and damage to basic services and infrastructure, to changing livelihood strategies in an evolving political and economic milieu where poverty and progressive depletion of coping mechanisms available to the displaced and host communities exist in large portions of the country, often leading to more displacements. Health and MHPSS programs in Ethiopia support the vulnerable populations to cope with these situations by providing essential health and MHPSS services including medical consultations, nutrition, maternal and child health, health promotion, and referrals to tertiary health facilities. Health and MHPSS programs have been supporting the migrants from the Sudan crisis at the point of entry between Ethiopia and Sudan borders including Metema These activities are integrated with the MHPSS program to ensure the wholistic approach to patient care. In addition, it supports the governments through health system-strengthening activities.

Under the direct supervision of the Head of sub-office in Amhara/Gondar, and the overall supervision of the MHPSS Officer/Senior Project Associate, the successful candidate will support the implementation of the MHPSS program in the target areas. In particular, he/she will:

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

1.     Assist in the implementation and monitoring of project activities.

2.     Retrieve, compile, summarize, and present information/data on specific project topics.

3.     Monitor budget; verify availability of funds; obtain necessary approval and update budget-related information.

4.     Support administrative coordination of project implementation, involving liaison with diverse organizational units and external parties to initiate requests, obtain necessary clearances, process and follow-up on administrative actions, etc.

5.     Draft status reports, identifying shortfalls in delivery and bringing them to the attention of the supervisor.

6.     Draft correspondence, reports, briefing notes, graphics, statistical tables, presentations and other forms of documentation.

7.     Organize meetings, workshops and training sessions.

8.     Respond to general information requests and inquiries; set up and maintain files/records.

9.     Perform other related duties as assigned. 

Required Qualifications and Experience

Educational Qualification

·         University degree in Psychology, Social Work or any other related field


·         Experience in liaising with governmental authorities, national/international institutions, United Nations agencies, and non-governmental organizations.

·         Experience in working with migrants, refugees, internally displaced persons, victims of trafficking, and other vulnerable groups; and,

·         Prior work experience with international humanitarian organizations, non-government or government institutions/organizations in a multi-cultural setting is an advantage.

·         2 years’ work experience in PSS in emergency

·         Proven experience in Mental health and Psychosocial support, Counseling, Protection, and social work activities targeting IDPs/returnees, and refugees.


·         Proficient in Microsoft Office applications e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, E-mail, Outlook; previous experience in SAP is a distinct advantage.

·         Attention to detail, and ability to organize paperwork methodically.

·         Discreet, details and clients-oriented, patient, and willingness to learn new things.


·         External applicants for all positions in the Professional category are required to be proficient in English and have at least a working knowledge of one additional UN Language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, or Spanish).

·         For all applicants, fluency in Amharic is required (oral and written).

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

  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
  • 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.

Core Competencies – Behavioural Indicators level 1

·         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.


Any offer made to the candidate about this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment and verification of residency, visa, and authorizations by the concerned Government, where applicable. Only candidates residing in either the country of the duty station or from a location in a neighboring country that is within commuting distance of the duty station will be considered. In all cases, a prerequisite for taking up the position is legal residency in the country of the duty station, or in the neighbouring country located within commuting distance, and a work permit, as applicable.

As per UN Salary Scale – G4 (USD 1,189)


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