Senior Programmes Coordinator (Protection) At International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Senior Programmes Coordinator (Protection)

Duty Station: Sana’a, Yemen

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P4

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

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 02 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.

IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. Read more about diversity and inclusion at IOM at

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; Curaçao; Fiji; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Madagascar; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); 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 overall supervision of the Deputy Chief of Mission (DCoM) and the direct supervision of the Senior Field and Programme Coordinator, the Senior Programmes Coordinator (Protection) will be responsible and accountable for developing, overseeing, coordinating and managing the successful implementation of the portfolio of Protection programmes and projects of IOM in Yemen and the Country Office (CO)’s plans and policies to ensure IOM Yemen’s mandate and objectives are met with respect to the Protection programme.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Formulate and develop the CO’s protection strategy to ensure the centrality of protection in IOM Yemen’s programming.
  2. Supervise the analysis of political, social and economic trends and lead the formulation, strategic analysis, planning and evaluation of programme activities and provide policy advice for programme management and portfolio development.
  3. Coordinate IOM Yemen’s presence and support within the framework of regional and international processes and/or dialogues on migration and protection relevant to Yemen and the region, provide expert technical assistance as required, and ensure that programming across the CO has integrated protection outcomes in their interventions.
  4. Identify and oversee the development of new protection programmes and strategy-level modifications and respond to changing host country and donor requirements. Lead the development of interventions that position IOM in new developments and new strategic areas in consultation with the Protection Division (PXD) Regional Office (RO) MENA, HQ, Member States and relevant actors. Proactively mobilize resources and donor funding to sustain the protection programme and establish new thematic areas of technical intervention and strategic partnerships that would promote the expansion of the IOM Protection portfolio at the country and regional level.
  5. Represent IOM as the co-lead of the Refugee and Migrants Multi-Sector (RMMS), ensuring active participation in the sector with a focus on providing a strategic vision for the sector, that proper coordination mechanisms are in place, regular engagement with the Inter-Cluster Coordination Mechanism (ICCM) and other forums, timely and accurate reporting of sector needs, gaps and achievements and the application of common standards and guidelines across the sector.
  6. Lead IOM Yemen’s engagement in the IOM Regional Migrants Response Plan (RMRP), representing the Yemen CO at relevant forums and ensuring that the CO’s strategy is in line with the RMRP framework.
  7. Carry out initiatives to promote IOM’s image and donor visibility, and to increase the level of IOM activities in the country. Represent the Organization and give presentations related to programmatic areas at national and international conferences and meetings.
  8. Supervise and build capacity among protection programme staff, comprising a multi disciplinary approach. Support the CoM with improvements to staff structures, improving lines of communication and accountability, resolving tensions in reporting lines and seeking opportunities for staff development.
  9. Actively liaise with the Protection Cluster, other relevant agencies, government authorities /entities and any other relevant stakeholder to ensure that IOM Protection activities are coordinated to avoid duplication, violation of national regulations or contravention of operational agreements set by the humanitarian community at the country level.
  10. Facilitate knowledge generation and management through the identification of best practices and lessons learned to ensure more comprehensive and efficient delivery. Coordinate the CO’s knowledge products development and knowledge service delivery.
  11. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Development Studies, Humanitarian Aid, Protection, 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.


  • Demonstrated experience in managing Protection related programmes, at a managerial professional level in emergency and conflict environment;
  • Protection technical and managerial experience to guide and lead the Protection project teams;
  • Effectively coordinates actions with protection actors in a fragile country context; and,
  • Demonstrated experience in managing and mentoring staff.


  • Excellent Monitoring and Evaluation Skills, applied in protection programming; Managerial Skills; Organizational Skills; Accuracy; Ability to work with minimal supervision;
  • Delivers on set objectives in hardship situations;
  • Effectively coordinates actions with other implementing partners; and,
  • Works effectively with Donors, local authorities, stakeholders, beneficiaries, and the broader community to advance country office or regional objectives.


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 either 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 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

To apply, interested applicants are invited to submit their applications HERE via the IOM e-Recruitment system by 02 February 2023.

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.

For further information please refer to:

Posting period:

From 20.01.2023 to 02.02.2023

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 2023 13 Senior Programmes Coordinator (Protection) (P4) Sana’a, Yemen (57935251) Released

Posting: Posting NC57935252 (57935252) Released

July 2024