Programme Coordinator (External Relations and Partnerships) At International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Programme Coordinator (External Relations and Partnerships)

Duty Station: Port Sudan, Sudan

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: 08 November 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. Candidates from the following non-represented member states: Antigua and Barbuda; Barbados; Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Congo (the); Cook Islands; Dominica; Fiji; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Holy See; Iceland; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Madagascar; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Solomon Islands; Suriname; The Bahamas; Tonga; Tuvalu; Uzbekistan; Vanuatu

Second-tier candidates include:

All external candidates, except candidates from non-represented member states.


Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) in Sudan, and in close coordination with relevant units in the country office, Regional Office (RO) (RO Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and RO East and Horn of Africa (EHOA)) and IOM Headquarters (HQ), Geneva, the Program Coordinator (External Relations and Partnerships) will be responsible for planning, organising, leading, managing and coordinating the outreach and liaison with governments, United Nations (UN), donor community and other relevant stakeholders.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Provide expert programmatic advice and guidance to the mission’s country programme portfolios, including migration management, labor mobility and human development, emergency, resilience and health units, and promote and advise on coordination and synergy opportunities.
  2. Stay abreast of and assess Government policy changes and plans, as well as partner and donor priorities, preferences and programme synergies, in the field of migration, preparing analyses and strategic recommendations accordingly for the CoM and senior management staff.
  3. Represent IOM in various forums and organize regular meetings with project stakeholders, promoting participatory and inclusive working methodologies.
  4. Establish and maintain regular liaison with Government counterparts, UN agencies, and other relevant stakeholders in order to share information, promote the activities of IOM in Sudan and the sub-region, and discuss opportunities for new partnerships.
  5. Advance project development efforts by identifying opportunities, facilitating internal brainstorming and ensuring that project strategies align with IOM Sudan’s relevant policies, stakeholder needs and donor interests and requirements.
  6. Ensure the provision of technical and programmatic support for fundraising efforts, including through bilateral channels or through open call-for-proposals, for IOM thematic areas relevant to the Sudan context, in coordination with Project Coordinators and/or Regional Thematic Specialists.
  7. Stay abreast of developments in migration policy processes, such as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Global Compact for Migration.
  8. Ensure the coordination and organization of activities and meetings related to the National Migration Working Group.
  9. Respond to or coordinate the provision of inputs for information requests from Headquarters, the Regional Office, other IOM missions and external partners, such as donors, government, partner agencies, and implementing partners, in coordination with project teams.
  10. In coordination with project managers, ensure the alignment of project and programme implementation with IOM Migration Governance Framework (MiGOF), the Global Compact for Migration (GCM), the Humanitarian Development and Peace Nexus (HDPN), SDGs, and the objectives of the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF).
  11. Prepare reports, briefings, background information, talking points, narratives and statistical analysis as required.
  12. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Political or Social Science, Law, Management, Business Administration 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 providing results-oriented conclusions and recommendations to national and international stakeholders.
  • Experience in liaison and coordination with various stakeholders.
  • Experience in migration governance and GCM process.
  • Practical field experience in domains related to humanitarian and development actions, UN system is an advantage.
  • Work experience in a complex humanitarian emergency or post-conflict environment.


  • General knowledge of the context in Sudan, IOM capacity and fields of intervention.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of IOM’s strategy and new vision.
  • Knowledge of UN and bilateral donor programming.


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

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

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


1 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. df

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

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications HERE, by 08 November 2023 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.

For further information please refer to:

Posting period:

From 26.10.2023 to 08.11.2023

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: VN 2023 482 Programme Coordinator (External Relations and Partnerships) (P3) Port Sudan, Sudan (58449181) Released

Posting: Posting NC58449182 (58449182) Released

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