Senior Project Associate (Livelihood) – International Organization for Migration – IOM

Business Development, Development and Project Management, 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:

Senior Project Associate (Livelihood)

Position Grade:


                     Duty Station:

Mekelle, Tigray Region, Ethiopia

Type of Appointment:

One Year Fixed Term, 12 months with the possibility of extension

        Estimated Start Date:

As soon as possible

                    Closing Date: 

22 April 2024










Since the inception of IOM in 1951, Movement Operations have been and continue to be a fundamental pillar of the Organization’s work. The organized movement of persons in need of international migration assistance is a primary mandate of the Organization and a cornerstone of IOM’s operations. Movement Operations Units in various IOM Country Offices, coordinated under the Resettlement and Movement Management (RMM) Division in the Department of Mobility Pathways and Inclusion at IOM’s Geneva Headquarters, are responsible for all aspects of travel for migrants and refugees under IOM’s auspices, in accordance with the various framework agreements with resettlement and receiving Governments and partners across the spectrum of the Organization’s programmes.

Under the overall supervision of the Senior Programme Officer (PDU) in Ethiopia and direct technical supervision of the Programme Officer and administrative supervision of the Head of Sub Office, the Senior Project Associate (Livelihood) will be responsible for directly working and supporting implementation of the daily project activities and supervision of all the project activities of the EU funded ‘’Sustainable support to persons displaced by conflict and disasters related to natural hazards and their host communities’’ project. S/he will be also responsible for coordination of meetings and activities among the project team, and relevant government authorities as well as for reporting the progress of project activities, challenges, and other necessary information to the project team in Addis Ababa.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:


1.      Independently lead and coordinate the implementation of the project; monitor implementation of the activities to ensure work is proceeding according to established plans; analyse implementation difficulties and make recommendations for adjusting implementation modalities and work plans to best reflect changing environment on the field.

2.      Regularly research, follow-up, compile, analyse and present information/data on national, regional and international developments, reports, legislation and other relevant documentation, highlighting noteworthy issues for the consideration of appropriate parties.

3.      Coordinate and monitor the financial, administrative, and technical aspects of the project in line with IOM policies and donor requirements.

4.      Plan, coordinate, and conduct capacity building workshops for relevant internal and external parties. 

5.      Participate in meetings and conferences; maintain effective liaison and coordination with local authorities, partners, United Nation agencies, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, donors, and other stakeholders relevant to the project. 

6.      Coordinate the preparation of correspondence, briefing notes, presentations, narrative and financial reports; ensure status reports are prepared and submitted in a timely manner.

7.      Identify and document good practices and lessons learned; contribute to the development of Standard Operations Procedures (SOP), policies and concept papers and support the development of new projects.

8.      Supervise and provide guidance and training to reporting staff.

9.      Perform other related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience

Educational Qualification

  • High school diploma with seven years of relevant experience in community stabilization; or,

·        Bachelor’s degree in political or social sciences, International Relations, Development Studies, Migration Studies, Human Rights, Law or related fields from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience.

Experience Required

·        Experience in liaising and building effective partnerships with government authorities, and/or other national/international institutions, such as UN, research institutions and local and international NGOs;

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

·        Experience in large scale and consortium project implementation and reporting;

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


·        In depth knowledge of the broad range of migration related subject areas dealt with by the Organization; and,

·        Excellent computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office package (Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).

·        Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.

IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish.


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


Working knowledge of other local languages.

Values and Competencies


  • Inclusion and respect for diversity respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
  • Integrity and transparency: maintain 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 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 action 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 potential.
  • Empowering others & building trust: creates an atmosphere of trust and an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.
  • Strategic thinking and vision: works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.


·        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 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 work permit, as applicable.

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