Project Officer (Rohingya Cultural Memory Centre (RCMC)) At International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Project Officer (Rohingya Cultural Memory Centre (RCMC))

Duty Station: Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P2

Type of Appointment: Special short-term graded, six months with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 23 November 2022

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 International Organization for Migration (IOM) is implementing a multi-sector response programmes in the world’s largest humanitarian crisis in Cox’s Bazar Bangladesh. In Cox’s Bazar, IOM is providing lifesaving emergency health services across health care facilities in Ukhiya and Teknaf Upazillas. Within the Migration Health Division (MHD) IOM also operates a Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) programme with different components.

The Rohingya Cultural Memory Centre (RCMC) is a unique project within the international Organization for Migration’s (IOM) portfolio. It is set to work across the different sectors on the Rohingya refugee emergency response in Cox’s Bazar, with the objective to provide a safe and creative space in which the Rohingya refugee community can share their knowledge, preserve their cultural heritage, and reconnect with their individual and collective memory. Ultimately, it hopes to contribute to heal the damage caused by the previous experience of discrimination of their identity.

Under the overall supervision of the Programme Coordinator (Emergency Health) and the direct supervision of Project Officer for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) IOM Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, the Project Officer (Rohingya Cultural Memory Centre (RCMC)) will be responsible and accountable for implementation, documentation, supervision, monitoring and evaluation of the IOM-RCMC-) project within the MHPSS portfolio.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Provide inputs and information to support the development of RCMC strategic direction that incorporates the scope and vision of the centre. Facilitate the mainstreaming of MHPSS approaches that promote collective mental health and psychosocial well-being.
  2. Assist in promoting the regular update of the cultural mapping by the RCMC core team to define continuous relationship between content and space.
  3. Review the content produced by RCMC team, providing guidance for the implementation of strategies and verifying style guidelines. Attend different functions as required to provide information on the project. Review the production of relevant copywriting material produced for the RCMC archive and online platform.
  4. Coordinate research, identification and production of human-interest stories about Rohingyaidentity, heritage, memory and culture.
  5. In close coordination with the team, support the maintenance and development of the interior design with an organic and systemic approach of the structure of the centre.
  6. Facilitate the curation, design and production of different outputs (video, photography, exhibition, publications) by compiling pictures and objects that promote historical memory, healing and reconstruction as part of the centre.
  7. Work together with the other IOM units in the field and the communities to draft a matrix in which the roles of RCMC core team and the communities are clearer and contribute to the ownership and sustainability of the centre.
  8. Contribute to the development of data tools and supervise the RCMC data collecting team to identify and engage within the community, potential partners and Rohingya cultural agents and specialised craftsmen/women for the progressive production of artefacts and content for the centre.
  9. Draft and help operationalise the SOPs for documentation of memories and archival of documents, objects and stories as well as for the integration of the multidimensional approach and activities of the centre.
  10. Contribute inputs for the development and implementation of the training of IOM staff and Rohingya volunteers that supports the regular documentation of stories, ceremonies, memories and artefact production using mobile phone photography and video editing.
  11. Closely coordinate with Programme Support Unit (PSU) and IOM Communications Officer on the development of audio-visuals and communication pieces to facilitate the dissemination of the historical and collective heritage of the Rohingya produced by the community.
  12. In coordination with PSU unit and the Public Information Officer (PIO), develop and/or set up mailing lists, draft press releases, maintain working relationships with media partners and stakeholders and others concerned on communicating with the RCMC.
  13. Check that RCMC activities are implemented in accordance with sound MEAL framework and qualitative and quantitative indicators in close consultation with MHPSS Officer/ supervisor.
  14. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree Project Management, Culture Policy and management, Arts and Media, Journalism, Anthropology from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience; or
  • University degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional experience.


  • Have practical experience in cultural or anthropological research;
  • Previous experience in humanitarian and emergency response environments;
  • Experience in managing and disseminating tasks with small teams.


  • Have attention for detail and ability to solve problems in creative ways.
  • Show sensibility while working in development settings, specifically with the Rohingya community.
  • Ability to work under pressure and out-of-working hours.
  • Ability to deliver quality-oriented results and engage others in the process.
  • In depth knowledge of the broad range of migration related subject areas dealt with by theOrganization.
  • Knowledge of UN and bilateral donor programming.
  • Significant skill as a creative mentor producing community-led engagement projects using art, design, filmmaking and photography.
  • Ability to write and produce content
  • Good understanding of new technologies and digital platforms.
  • Ability to manage the archival of content in collection management application.
  • Working knowledge of MS Office and creative software such Adobe Creative Cloud.
  • Knowledge of digital story-telling applications such of Spark or Shorthand is an asset.


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 Bengali or other local language is an advantage.

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


Previous applicants do not need to re-apply

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 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.

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 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 23 November 2022 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: SVN 2022 290 Project Officer (Rohingya Cultural Memory Centre (RCMC)) (P2) Cox’s Bazar,

Bangladesh (57801197) Released

Posting: Posting NC57801198 (57801198) Released

June 2024