Programme Officer (WASH) At International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Programme Officer (WASH)

Duty Station: Shire Endaselassie, Ethiopia

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P2

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

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 28 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.


Under the overall supervision of the Emergency and Post Crisis (EPC) Coordinator and the direct supervision of the Programme Manager (WASH) and the administrative supervision of the Head of Shire Sub-Office, the Programme Officer (WASH) will be responsible for the successful implementation of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Tigray Area of Responsibility (AOR), based in Shire Endaselassie by supporting operations throughout Tigray region, with regular travel to different field sites.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Support the Programme Manager (WASH) in the implementation of the overall WASH programme activities (i.e, water trucking, waterpoint rehabilitation, sanitation infrastructure, distribution, and hygiene promotion, etc) for the conflict induced Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Tigray region and all other area where IOM is implementing WASH programmes whenever needed.
  2. Prepare and or review technical specifications, Bills of Quantities (BoQs), drawings of the WASH infrastructure planned to be implemented, as necessary, to ensure quality of the output in accordance with international and national standards and donor requirements.
  3. Support the Programme Manager (WASH) in conducting need assessment for program design and implementation, drafting, and reviewing program proposals and reports, checking budget utilization in organization of soft component at field level, as well as in the preparation of community plans.
  4. In coordination with the Programme Manager (WASH), liaise with WASH agencies, relevantCluster structures, humanitarian organizations, UN, government authorities/entities and any other relevant stakeholders that implement WASH activities to ensure that WASH technical activities are coordinated according to agreed standards, to avoid duplication, violation of national regulations or contravention of operational agreements set by the humanitarian community in Ethiopia.
  5. Monitor the implementation of all WASH projects, through regular visits to the areas of operation, ensuring that the WASH national staff are properly utilizing the resources made available to effectively provide services to the beneficiaries.
  6. Assist in managing contracts with service providers or implementing partners. Work closely with the administrative units of IOM to ensure adequate contracts management; close out procedures and final payments to the contractors.
  7. Ensure an effective and active communication with all the relevant stakeholders. Prepare and submit regular progress reports to the Programme Manager (WASH) indicating progress, constrains and requirements for completion in the various projects across Ethiopia, specially in Tigray region.
  8. Support in supervision of national staff. Contribute to the adequate and relevant capacity building for the staff of WASH team. Coach and mentor the staff under the direct supervision.
  9. Contribute to mainstream the Gender-Based Violence (GBV), Accountability to affected populations (AAP) and other cross cutting issues related aspects in every phase of the implementation of the WASH activities in close coordination with the Protection Officer, GBV Officers and WASH Project Officers.
  10. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Geology or a related field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience; or
  • University degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional experience.


  • Experience in the implementation of water, sanitation, and hygiene related projects preferably in the Humanitarian Field;
  • Experience in the design and implementation of WASH and infrastructure, including contract management and with technical understanding of operation and maintenance of water supply including motorised and solar water supply schemes;
  • Proven experience in the design and /or implementation of interventions that include research methods to address behavior change for the promotion of hygiene would be an added advantage;
  • Experience liaising with donors, government officials and other stakeholders and a proven track record of resource mobilization; and,
  • Experience in emergency operations.


  • Demonstrated ability for leadership in the context of partnership building and consensual decision making;
  • Demonstrated team building and information management skills;
  • Sound knowledge of water, sanitation and hygiene principles for humanitarian assistance, and other relevant training;
  • Good Monitoring and Evaluation Skills; Organizational Skills; Accuracy; Ability to work with minimal supervision; and,
  • Knowledge of the region is an advantage.


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 French 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 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 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 via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 28 February 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.

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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: SVN 2023 42 Programme Officer (WASH) (P2) Shire Endaselassie, Ethiopia (57973449) Released

Posting: Posting NC57973450 (57973450) Released

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