Programme Manager (Protection) at International Organization for Migration

Position Title : Programme Manager (Protection)

Duty Station : Kiev, Ukraine

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 : 20 June 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.

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; Aruba (Netherlands); Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Congo (the); Cook Islands; Cuba; Curaçao; Fiji; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Libya; 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.


Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) and the direct supervision of the Senior Protection Coordinator, the Programme Manager (Protection) will be responsible for operationalizing the Protection Unit’s strategy, by providing oversight, supervision and guidance to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Ukraine protection programme and staff, and contributing to project development and implementation.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

1. Coordinate the implementation of the current protection in emergencies and development programming, ensuring activities are performed at the highest level of quality and standards, and that the respective projects are in line with IOM, sectoral (Global Protection Cluster and Areas of Responsibilities, etc.) and donor guidelines and requirements, including budgetary aspects.

2. Proactively contribute to the unit’s resource mobilization, including to appeals, by engaging with donors when needed, and developing new and expanding existing projects or adding protection components in multi-sectoral projects – in coordination with the Policy, Liaison and Programme Development (PLPD) Unit as well as other thematic units in the Country Office (CO).

3. Introduce best practices and new insights into the delivery of activities and development of the protection strategy, vision and projects, from the global-level protection work undertaken within IOM and the wider United Nations (UN) family and based on the good practices from other IOM COs.

4. Ensure the continuous improvement of results and effectiveness related to the thematic programmes and activities, through improved monitoring and evaluation processes, as well provision of general recommendations related to improvement of activities and approaches; monitors project risks and advises the senior management, as well as regional office and headquarters (as appropriate), on decisions needed and actions to be taken.

5. Provide advice and guidelines to IOM CO in Ukraine, on issues related to protection in emergencies, migrant protection and assistance, disability inclusion, including by recommending common processes, standards and tools and compliance to institutional (including thematic) instructions and guidelines, in line also with interagency and global sectoral standards and principles.

6. Manage and coordinate the work of the Programme staff, ensure capacity development and contribute to opportunities for career development.

7. Ensure timely reporting and information sharing with donors, the internal IOM structures, governmental and UN stakeholders, and oversee staff allocated to such functions, as well as in the context of different coordination mechanisms.

8. Ensure consolidation existing operational data, provide guidance for data collection and analysis and compliance to relevant IOM global data strategies, and include or promote the inclusion of analyses and findings in knowledge products, visibility materials, position papers and donor reports.

9. Establish, revive and maintain partnerships with relevant stakeholders that range from Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and other UN agencies to diplomatic COs and key state institutions at different levels.

10. Contribute as need, to the CO’s strategy, workplan, results framework, vision and any other key documents and approaches that require thematic expertise.

11. As may be appropriate, represent the Organization at the different inter-agency and multistakeholder fora, meetings, and events, including in the context of IOM’s engagement with state authorities, non-governmental organizations, other humanitarian organizations or the private sector.

12. Contribute to the planning and implementation of initiatives aimed at providing public information on migrant protection and assistance and increasing the visibility of the work of the Organization.

13. Liaise with other units to ensure coordination of implementation, including by ensuring protection intervention is integrated in other IOM sectors of assistance. Advocate for mainstreaming of protection, disability inclusion, rights-based approach and accountability to beneficiaries in the work of the IOM CO in Ukraine, as well as that of the implementing partners.

14. Liaise, provide information and contribute into regional-level and Headquarters (HQ)-level reporting and information needs as needed.

15. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Political or Social Sciences, Migration Studies, Law 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.


• Significant work experience in, and excellent knowledge of, displacement and migration issues, human rights, and specifically counter-trafficking and protection in emergencies, and proven ability to guide staff on these topics;

• Significant technical experience in case management, psycho-social support services and/or community-based protection, particularly for crisis-affected populations;

• Demonstrated expertise in planning, formulation, implementation, monitoring and reporting on migrant protection and protection in emergency issues.


• Ability to work effectively under pressure in hardship situations and harmoniously in a team with colleagues from varied cultures and professional backgrounds;

• High degree of judgment and initiative; ability to work independently within assigned areas;

• Demonstrated ability to supervise and manage large field teams at an operational level;

• Excellent knowledge of project management or humanitarian funding cycles;

• Good understanding of data collection methods and analysis, and experience in use of data to feed into programmes, visibility initiatives and reporting;

• Proven ability to represent IOM Protection internally and externally, e.g. in UN and other coordination structures.


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 (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese).

For all applicants, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Fluency in Ukrainian or Russian language 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 20 June 2022 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 14.06.2022 to 20.06.2022

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.

Requisition: VN 2022 186 Programme Manager (Protection) (P3) Kyiv, Ukraine (57628646) Released

Posting: Posting NC57628647 (57628647) Released

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