Regional Emergency and Post-Crisis Specialist at International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Regional Emergency and Post-Crisis Specialist

Duty Station: Cairo, Egypt

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: 13 October 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.

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Applications are welcome from first- and second-tier candidates, particularly qualified female candidates as well as applications from the non-represented member countries of IOM. For all IOM vacancies, applications from qualified and eligible first-tier candidates are considered before those of qualified and eligible second-tier candidates in the selection process.

For the purpose of this vacancy, the following are considered first-tier candidates:

  1. Internal candidates
  2. External female candidates:
  3. Candidate from the following non-represented member states:

Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba (Netherlands); Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Congo (the); Cook Islands; Cuba; Curaçao; Fiji; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Madagascar; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Montenegro; Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Samoa; Sao Tome and Principe; Seychelles; Solomon Islands; Suriname; The Bahamas; Timor-Leste; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu

Second tier candidates include:

All external candidates, except candidates from non-represented member states of IOM and female candidates.


Under the direct supervision of the Regional Director for Middle East and North Africa and the technical oversight of the Director, Department of Operations and Emergencies (DOE) at Headquarters (HQs) and in close collaboration with the Country Offices (COs), the Regional Emergency and Post-Crisis (EPC) Specialist will be responsible for providing technical support for the development and implementation of IOM’s emergency and post-crisis activities and services in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. This will entail the provision of strong leadership in needs assessment and strategic planning functions in support of emergency and crisis preparedness, mitigation and response in natural disaster and conflict settings.

In close collaboration with IOM Regional and Country Offices, the Regional Emergency and Post-Crisis (EPC) Specialist will be responsible for providing technical support to all aspects of the regional migration crisis management and transition/recovery programming, including the achievement of expected results as a contribution to the areas identified by the IOM Global Strategy (Points 9 and 10), guided by the IOM Migration Crisis Operational Framework (MCOF) and relevant IOM humanitarian policies, and DOE strategic plan for migration crisis management and transition/recovery.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Oversee EPC-related activities within the area of responsibility; ensure coherent and coordinated responses which are in alignment with overall strategy and policies of the Organization, the DOE Department and the area of responsibility.
  2. Provide coordination and technical input for the assessment, design and development of IOM migration crisis management and transition/recovery initiatives at the national and regional levels within the MENA region, in line with IOM agreements, policies and standards.
  3. Coordinate closely with Regional EPC Officer and officers within the regional office and on the country level as well as with HQs. Design work share scenarios with other regional EPC Officers to ensure overall region is covered regardless of work or personal leave.
  4. In collaboration with the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) partners and other stakeholders, support the national capacity and programme development in key thematic areas including, amongst others, disaster risk reduction; relief and mitigation assistance in the context of migration crisis; peace building and durable solutions for displacement including resolution of land and property issues; civil-military coordination; and climate change migration and displacement.
  5. In case of new emergencies, provide technical support through inter-agency collaboration for needs assessment and strategic planning and programming of response and recovery interventions. This includes defining priority responses for camp coordination and camp management (or otherwise defined temporary settlement areas for/of affected population), land, shelter, protection, health, logistic services, and early recovery and transition assistance.
  6. Support IOM COs in the area of responsibility with the formulation of national technical assistance programmes in line with the Migration Crisis Operational Framework (MCOF).
  7. Provide technical support to ongoing IOM Country Office migration crisis management and transition/recovery projects.
  8. Provide input on contingency planning processes regarding potential humanitarian emergencies ensuring IOM presence and highlighting core migration crisis management and transition/recovery issues as well as IOM response capabilities in the country and/or region.
  9. Identify relevant emerging issues and participate actively in the preparation of annual DOE regional activity plans relating to migration crisis management and transition/recovery in the region including the provision of emergency and post-crisis training to IOM staff and cluster partners. Contribute to regional strategic planning exercises.
  10. Provide inputs from the region for the development of a roster of personnel for migration crisis management and transition/recovery purposes.
  11. Provide project endorsement on behalf of and in coordination with DOE on relevant projects for the region.

Knowledge Management

  1. Review lessons learned from previous migration crises and transition/recovery programs in the region and prepare ground for developing appropriate regional initiatives focusing on relevant thematic areas.
  2. Maintain any regional DOE knowledge network on themes and issues that have been identified for the MENA region. In collaboration with DOE Geneva, ensure that the knowledge network in the region is fully integrated into the global DOE electronic knowledge network.
  3. Ensure organization of and participate in periodic knowledge networking e-discussions of IOM national focal points, project managers and national and regional partners; exchange experiences and lessons on migration crises and transition recovery management.
  4. Engage private sector in line with IOM private sector strategy and provide support to country offices engaging or seeking to engage private sector within DOE portfolio.
  5. Provide relevant substantive inputs to knowledge networking, including responding to Country Office requests for information on best practices and offering referrals to experts and expert institutions.
  6. Contribute to IOM knowledge management at the regional level, in coordination with the Regional Liaison and Policy Officer (RLPO).

Advocacy and Resource Mobilization

  1. Undertake working-level negotiations with counterparts in bilateral and multilateral agencies located in the region, in coordination with the RLPO and RTSs, to contribute to the preparation of appeals in coordination with Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) regional advisors, ensuring that IOM’s migration crisis and transition/recovery needs are adequately reflected.
  2. Represent DOE on technical matters in inter-agency, regional and international meeting/workshops, in coordination with RLPO; present DOE operational policies, strategies, results and lessons learned in workshops, seminars and conferences; and contribute to inter-agency publications and reports ensuring that IOM global and regional capabilities are well reflected.
  3. Technically support the production and dissemination of both regular and occasional reports on DOE-related activities in migration crisis management and transition/recovery in the region.
  4. Support justification for increased investment in DOE activities in disaster risk reduction, climate change migration and displacement, and displacement- and return- related land issues in the region.
  5. Identify and follow up on potential opportunities for resource mobilization in support of national and regional programmes, in coordination with the RLPO. In collaboration with DOE Geneva, produce funding proposals and briefings in support of resource mobilization efforts.

Partnership Building

  1. Represent DOE on matters of technical inter-organizational working groups and participate in task forces within established inter-organizational bodies and networks towards developing common programming principles, approaches and joint programmes.
  2. Participate in operational United Nations Country Team (UNCT) and Humanitarian CountryTeam (HCT) inter-agency mechanisms at the field level, including humanitarian country team working groups, the Strategic Response Plan (SRP) or the equivalent, and the Humanitarian Program Cycle (HPC) to ensure IOM is adequately reflected and the division of responsibilities within the inter-agency response includes IOM activities. As appropriate, in coordination with RTSs and CoMs participate in the relevant UNCT/HCT thematic group(s) and contribute to common planning tools for operational activities for development such as CCAs and UNDAF.
  3. As a cluster lead agency in CCCM, IOM is accountable to the Humanitarian Coordinator to carry out its cluster responsibilities. Ensure that the cluster lead functions are carried out and reported regularly to IOM HQ and to the HC (through OCHA).
  4. Support the development of strategic partnerships, alliances and policies relevant to the achievement of the overall strategy of the Organization and the DOE Department in the region.
  5. Promote and facilitate internal IOM cooperation and synergies in the emergency and post-crisis field.
  6. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Political or Social Sciences, Business Administration, Migration Studies, International Relations, Law, 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.


  • Experience in the field of migration issues including operational and field experience, project development, and management;
  • Experience in liaising with governmental authorities, other national/international institutions and NGOs;
  • Demonstrated expertise in the thematic area relevant to project development;
  • Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation; and,
  • Knowledge or experience of regional issues an advantage.


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 Arabic, French, and/or Spanish is an advantage.

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


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 and who do not have prior experience outside the duty station’s country as staff member in the Professional category 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

To apply, interested applicants are invited to submit their applications HERE via the IOM e-Recruitment system by 13 October 2022.

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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Posting period:

From 30.09.2022 to 13.10.2022

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.

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