Consultant – IOM Shelter and Settlements Strategic Plan at International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Consultant – IOM Shelter and Settlements Strategic Plan

Duty Station: Home-based with limited travel

Classification: Consultant

Type of Appointment: Delivery-based consultancy (3 months)

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible – subject to funding availability

Closing Date: October 16, 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.

1. Nature of the consultancy

The Consultant’s primary responsibility is to contribute to the Global IOM Shelter and Settlements (S&S) programming by defining a program strategy that reflects the organization’s mandate and priorities, the trends and critical global challenges for the sector, and the most effective ways to provide access to safe and dignified shelter and settlements support.

The Consultant will work under the overall direct supervision of the Shelter and Settlements Specialists in coordination with relevant units and under the overall oversight of the head of the Preparedness and Response Division. The selected candidate will be home-based but may be requested to undertake duty travel if required by the supervisor.


Develop IOM S&S Strategic plan 2023-2026 and accompanying Capacity-Building Needs Assessment. The strategic plan will have an organization-wide perspective and will include humanitarian, development, and peace operations.


The consultancy should include (i) interviewing and coordinating with key IOM staff members from different departments and divisions to clearly understand the institutional goals and strategic objectives relevant to S&S, and how S&S objectives may contribute. (ii) interviewing key Shelter and Settlements actors outside of IOM to determine overall sector global priorities and IOM’s contributions. (iii) identifying and reviewing existing literature within and outside of IOM that must inform the S&S strategy (iv) develop the IOM S&S Strategic Plan 2023-2026 (v) develop a capacity building needs assessment that outlines the knowledge, skills, resources, and tools needed to implement the strategic plan.

2. Tasks to be performed under this contract:

a. Prepare and submit a detailed work plan

Based on the details outlined in this TOR and additional information to be provided by IOM, the consultant will provide a detailed work plan.

b. Interview and coordinate with key IOM and external stakeholders

The consultant will develop a Key Informant lists in coordination with the S&S Specialist and carry out individual/group interviews

c. Conduct literature and desk review

The consultant will collect and carry out a well-structured review of internal and external relevant strategies, objectives, and policies.

d. Support in the consolidation of the strategic objectives

The consultant will support the consolidation of the strategic objectives, programming principles, and measures of success in coordination with relevant colleagues and will facilitate workshops (at least one in-person, location TBD) with key IOM staff.

e. Develop the IOM S&S Strategic Plan and Capacity-Building Needs Assessment

Based on the above, the consultant, in coordination with the S&S unit, will draft the Global Strategy 2023-2026. Throughout the process, the consultant will collect information and validate findings to inform the accompanying Capacity-Building Needs Assessment including the prioritization of the knowledge, skills, resources, and tools needed to implement the strategic plan. The needs assessment will be used by the S&S unit to define priority actions for 2023.

f. Organize a presentation webinar

In coordination with the S&S unit, the consultant will organize a webinar to present the global IOM S&S strategy and the accompanying Capacity-Building Needs assessment to IOM staff members worldwide.

3. Tangible and measurable output of the work assignment:

A detailed workplan within the 1st week of the consultancy; Strategic Plan, and capacity building needs assessment.

4. Realistic delivery dates and details as to how the work must be delivered:

  • The detailed workplan is expected within one (1) week after the start of the contract
  • The interviews are expected to be completed during the first 4 weeks after the start of the contract
  • The literature and desk review can be done simultaneously with the interviews
  • The support in the consolidation of the strategic objectives can be done simultaneously with the interviews and literature and desk review
  • The first draft of the Strategic Plan and Capacity-Building Needs Assessment is expected one (1) month prior to the end of the contract and the revised version two (2) weeks prior to the end of this contract, unless agreed upon differently with the supervisor.
  • The webinar is expected in the final week of the contract

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Architecture, Urban Planning, Social Sciences, Engineering, or a related field from an accredited academic institution with five (5) years of relevant professional experience; or
  • University degree in the above fields with seven (7) years of relevant professional experience.


  • Proven international work experience in related Shelter and Settlements Interventions
  • Excellent knowledge of S&S across humanitarian, development and peace operations, including migration contexts;
  • Demonstrated experience in capacity-building activities;
  • Proven working experience in strategy development; and
  • Working experience with international organizations and knowledge of the United Nations.


For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of French or Spanish is an advantage.

**Term of hiring and payment:**This will be a delivery-based consultancy, to be completed over a period of up to three (3) months, with a maximum of 50 working days, payable on three (3) separate payments. Payment schedule to be agreed upon submission of the consultancy workplan.

  1. Travel costs for the workshop will be covered by IOM.

How to apply

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to send the below documents to Shelter Recruitment ShelterRecruitment@iom.int16 October 2022 at the latest, indicating “Shelter and Settlements Strategy” in the subject of the email.

  • Cover letter outlining relevant experience and financial offer.
  • Complete CV
  • At least one example of similar work

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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