Programme Manager/Chief of Party (LGRA) At International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Programme Manager/Chief of Party (LGRA)

Duty Station: IOM Somalia in 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: 01 February 2023

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.


The Local Governance and Reconciliation Activity (LGRA) programme in Somalia is designed to promote more effective and legitimate local governance that offers a credible alternative to Al-Shabaab rule in southern Somalia and will be implemented in close coordination with the donor, with communities in priority areas, and with all levels of the Somali Government. The Programme Manager/Chief of Party will discharge a full range of duties, provide overall guidance for the programme throughout the programme’s geographic coverage, and serve as the primary point of contact for United States Agency for International Development (USAID) representatives in Nairobi, Kenya, where both the USAID focal point and Programme Manager/Chief of Party are currently based. Should USAID management relocate from Nairobi to Mogadishu, the position will be transferred to Mogadishu.

Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) and under the direct supervision of the Senior Programme Coordinator (Transition and Recovery Pillar) of IOM Somalia, the Programme Manager/Chief of Party (LGRA) will be responsible for the overall coordination of activities of IOM’s Local Governance and Reconciliation Activity (LGRA), funded by USAID.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Manage all programmatic, financial, administrative, and logistical responsibilities for all programme activities and ensure that IOM standards and operating modalities are met wherever the programme is implemented. This includes direct responsibility for coordination in Nairobi with both the USAID Team and the IOM Mission on key programmatic, financial, logistical and management matters.
  2. Conceptualize and design programme strategies and resource allocations in line with prioritized locations under the USAID portfolio, with a particular focus on areas recently recovered by the Federal Government of Somalia and reflecting the geographic priority zones specified by USAID.
  3. Supervise and coordinate the daily work of the Deputy Chief of Party, based in Somalia, to ensure the programme strategies, implementation modalities and systems are aligned with the overall project objectives and expectations of USAID.
  4. Maintain a frequent dialogue and work closely with USAID to re-enforce the principle of a one team approach, with a specific focus in the development of programme strategy and activity development.
  5. Manage the relationship with USAID, both in Nairobi and in Mogadishu, and work in close coordination with the IOM Community Stabilization Coordinator in Washington, D.C. as part of IOM’s global strategic partnership with USAID.
  6. Hire and train all programme staff as well as create, deploy, and periodically fine-tune all programmatic systems, including procurement, financial tracking, accounting, and audit compliance. Ensure that all departments are coordinating smoothly to achieve the programme objectives as well as supervise all in-country international and national staff.
  7. Responsible for the safety and security of all individuals implementing the programme in close conjunction with the management of the IOM Mission in Somalia, the Mission’s Field Security Officer, and in accordance with the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) requirements. This includes ensuring that appropriate security information is regularly and appropriately disseminated, and that relevant safety and security training is conducted in coordination with IOM’s Staff Security Unit (SSU).
  8. Undertake regular field missions, security permitting, to oversee the project implementation, participate in state and non-state coordination fora and to build relations with key institutions and counterparts.
  9. Assess, develop a plan for, and oversee all related contracting staff, technical experts, or service providers in relation to the programme.
  10. Liaise with international and national counterparts to further the development and enhance the objectives of the programme. Seek programmatic partnerships and synergies when appropriate with other humanitarian and development partners and government entities.
  11. Establish and support regularly updated systems for evaluating the political, security and recovery context as well as the emerging frameworks, programme and priorities of broader state and non-state stabilization and local governance actors.
  12. Responsible for continually developing the IOM programme in accordance with programme objectives, updated strategic priorities, project successes, donor interests and UN security constraints.
  13. Supervise the tracking of all programme expenditures to ensure budget recommendations are met, that all grant management and financial tracking instruments are reconciled, and all funds are disbursed in accordance with IOM standards and donor expectations. In coordination with the relevant IOM Mission departments, Headquarters (HQ), and others, ensure the timely submission of financial reports to the donor.
  14. Responsible for regular reporting, including all financial, narrative and database requirements while ensuring regular and proactive coordination with programme counterparts, including IOM in Washington, D.C.
  15. In close coordination with the main programme counterparts, ensure that community and government relationships are developed in accordance with programme goals and objectives.
  16. Act as the primary contact for the programme in work across multiple sectors that include, but are not limited to, health, education, municipal infrastructure, the promotion of Somalia arts, culture, and sports, addressing youth at risk, peaceful co-existence, strategic communications, water and sanitation and support for initiatives that counter violent extremism.
  17. Enforce and strengthen anti-corruption measures and strengthen existing measures relating to sound Monitoring and Evaluation systems to ensure the transparent use of donor funds. Report and issues relating to fraud, waste, or abuse to the donor according to established procedures.
  18. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Law, International Relations, Development Studies and Planning 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.


  • Operational field experience in programme formulation, implementation and evaluation;
  • Operational experience with USAID programming in a rapid transition or post-conflict area;
  • Progressive responsibility with demonstrated supervisory experience in staff, security, budget, and office management;
  • Experience managing staff from diverse environments and backgrounds and in UNDSSphased security areas.
  • Previous work experience in small-grants programming supporting small-scale efforts promoting community reconciliation, resiliency, local capacity building, strategic communications, and small-scale infrastructure rehabilitation, is highly desirable;
  • Prior relevant professional experience in Somalia on local governance, reconciliation, and/or peacebuilding programmes, an asset.


  • Thorough knowledge of the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) protocols and experience working in a Phase III or above security environment;
  • Knowledge of USAID programming modalities;
  • Knowledge of Somalia, including socioeconomic and political context;
  • Negotiation and diplomatic skills;
  • Knowledge of IOM resource management rules and procedures;
  • Knowledge of IOM and UN procurement and logistics management and procedures.


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

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 English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Somali is an advantage.

Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.


This position is based in Nairobi, Kenya with frequent travel to Somalia

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 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 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 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 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.

IOM’s competency framework can be found at this link.

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 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 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 via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 01 February 2023 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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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.

Requisition: VN 2023 19 Programme Manager/Chief of Party (LGRA) (P4) IOM Somalia in Nairobi, Kenya (57945076) Released

Posting: Posting NC57945077 (57945077) Released

June 2024