Project Associate-WASH – International Organization for Migration – IOM

Engineering, Water and Sanitation, Community Service

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-WASH

Position Grade:


Required Positions:

One (1)

Duty Station:

Jimma, Oromia Region, Ethiopia

Type of Appointment:

Special Short Term, Six months with the possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date:

As soon as possible

Closing Date: 

06 February 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.


Under the general supervision of the Preparedness and Response Unit Coordinator, Programme Manager (WASH) and the direct supervision of the National Programme Officer (WASH), the incumbent will be responsible for the implementation of water supply and sanitation activities in the Jimma area of responsibility (AOR), water quality monitoring, distribution of NFI/ goods, monitoring of the ongoing activities, stakeholder and community mobilization and reporting etc as per the organization plans and needs.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Assist in the implementation and monitoring of project activities.
  2. Retrieve, compile, summarize, analyze, and present information/data on specific project topics.
  3. Monitor budget; verify availability of funds; obtain necessary approval and update budget related information. 
  4. Act as focal point for administrative coordination of project implementation, involving extensive 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, bring them to the attention of the supervisor and suggest remedial actions.
  6. Draft correspondence on project issues; prepare and update reports, briefing notes, graphics, statistical tables, presentation, and other forms of documentation.
  7. Respond to complex information requests and inquiries; set up and maintain files/records; organize meetings, workshops, and training sessions.
  8. Participate in meetings and conferences; assist in coordinating implementation activities with local authorities, partners, United Nation agencies, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, donors and other stakeholders relevant to the project. 
  9. Assist in monitoring work of implementing partners and report non-compliances to the supervisor.
  10. Provides guidance/training to new/junior staff.
  11. Perform other related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience

Educational Qualification

  • Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Water and Sanitation or a related field from an accredited academic institution with one year of relevant professional experience; or
  • Diploma degree in the above fields with 3 years of relevant professional experience.


·        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/organization in a multi-cultural setting is an advantage.


·        Understands and masters quickly the context and the environment of work.

·        Effectively manages own work related to multiple tasks or activities and is independently able to prioritize amongst tasks.

·        Responds positively to critical feedback and differing points of view.

·        Adapts well to a changing environment and demonstrates flexibility.

·        Capacity, willingness, and skills in teamwork.

·        Experience in working with Microsoft Office tools (Excel, Word, PowerPoint etc.,).

·        Good knowledge on water supply design software’s like WaterCad, Epanet, etc.


·        Fluency in Amharic and English (oral and written) is required.

·        Working knowledge of Oromiffa is an advantage.


The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following values and competencies:

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 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.


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 neighboring country located within commuting distance, and a work permit, as applicable.

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