Sub-National Cluster Coordinator (ES/NFI) At International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Sub-National Cluster Coordinator (ES/NFI)

Duty Station: Mekele, Ethiopia

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P3

Type of Appointment: Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 12 April 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.


Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental Organization in migration and 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.

Under the overall supervision of the Emergency and Post-Crisis (EPC) Programme Coordinator, administrative supervision of the Emergency Crisis Coordinator and direct supervision of the Emergency Shelter/Non-Food Items (ES/NFI) Cluster Coordinator, the Sub-National Cluster Officer (ESNFI) will support the ES/NFI Cluster Coordinator to represent and coordinate the ES/NFI response in Tigray Region by leading the sub-national ES/NFI Cluster structure in the region. The Sub-national Coordinator will effectuate IOM’s commitment to work within the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) framework and the Cluster Approach. As a result, the Sub-national Coordinator coordinates a response in an environment that requires high accountability standards and demonstrable leadership, coordination, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills. The principles of partnership and collaboration are essential.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Representing the ES/NFI Cluster at regional, sub-regional and zonal level with the government’s authorities, state representative’s institutions, local and national organizations, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) representation and donor agencies.
  2. Lead the ES/NFI Cluster coordination in Tigray Region, ensuring that sub-national partner interventions aling with national strategies, whilst being adapted to suit the specific needs in the Tigray context through the development of specific response plans.
  3. Ensure needs, gaps and coverage analysis is up to date and communicated to cluster members in a timely manner and on frequent basis.
  4. Maintain field presence to monitor/verify needs, gaps and challenges by undertaking frequent field travel from base in Mekele.
  5. Establish and maintain regular meeting schedule as required to discuss regionally adapted targets, debate on challenges, monitor progresses, and detect gaps and overlaps with all relevant cluster members active in their respective areas; organize ad-hoc meetings as required on the above.
  6. Promote attention to vulnerable groups and cross cutting issues including establishment of context specific beneficiary targeting criteria, context specific monitoring tools and Accountability to Affected Population strategy.
  7. Contribute directly to cross-cutting strategies and issues including but not exclusive to Housing Land and Property; cash modality for distribution; gender equity and protection.
  8. Monitor and identify issues under the above headings requiring advocacy to regional and zonal government; UNOCHA, and escalation to the Humanitarian Country Team; undertake such advocacy in consultation with the national Cluster Coordinator.
  9. Pro-actively contribute to security monitoring in the target area as it affects the ESNFI and wider humanitarian operation; alert UNDSS, UNOCHA and national Coordinator as appropriate regarding issues of concern.
  10. In conjunction with the ES/NFI Cluster Coordinator, advocate on funding and materials needs for partners to address identified gaps.
  11. Contribute in the preparation and revision of contingency planning and preparedness processes at regional level.
  12. Actively engage new partner agencies to expand ES/NFI Cluster participation and response,and adapt cluster structures and operational models as required to optimally respond to the evolving situation.
  13. Put in place mechanisms to ensure the participation and inclusion of relevant partners and stakeholders at sub-national level, including but not limited to conducting stakeholder analysis, and engaging local partners.
  14. Lead regional reporting for the ES/NFI Cluster in coordination with national Cluster Coordinator and Cluster Information Management Officer including contact list of ES/NFI actors working in the region.
  15. Perform other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Disaster Management, Architecture, Engineering or a related field from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience; or
  • University degree in the above fields with seven years of relevant professional experience.


  • Experience in liaising with governmental and diplomatic authorities as well as with national and international institutions;
  • Knowledge of shelter-related technical guidelines and standards;
  • Experience in humanitarian programmes for migrants and capacity-building activities;
  • Familiarity with financial and business administration;
  • Sound and proven understanding of internal and international migration issues in the region and related issues;
  • Experience in working in environments with significant security challenges is an advantage;
  • Experience in project implementation and management experience, including project monitoring and reporting;
  • Knowledge of the region is an advantage.


  • Advanced skill in Excel and AutoCAD;
  • Knowledge of cluster functions;
  • Knowledge of the region is an advantage.


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

For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Tigray 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 five values:

  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: Respects and promotes individual and cultural differences. Encourages diversity and inclusion.
  • 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.
  • Courage: Demonstrates willingness to take a stand on issues of importance.
  • Empathy: Shows compassion for others, makes people feel safe, respected and fairly treated.

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 actions 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 leadership and professional potential.
  • Empowering others: Creates an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.
  • Building Trust: Promotes shared values and creates an atmosphere of trust and honesty.
  • Strategic thinking and vision: Works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.
  • Humility: Leads with humility and shows openness to acknowledging own shortcomings.

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


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 110 Sub-National Cluster Coordinator (ES/NFI) (P3) Mekele, Ethiopia (58049842) Released

Posting: Posting NC58049843 (58049843) Released

June 2024