Project Development and Donor Relations Officer(for Korean nationals only) At International Organization for Migration

Position Title: JPO – Project Development and Donor Relations Officer(for Korean nationals only)

Duty Station: Nairobi, Kenya

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P2

Type of Appointment: JPO, One year with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 31 July 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.


The main focus of the IOM JPO programme is achieving IOM’s Global Mandate on Migration which includes emphasis on the Global Compact on Migration, IOM’s leading role in the UN Network on Migration and the migration related activities of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).

The Junior Professional Officer will be provided with regular feedback on his/her performance and progress, with special attention granted to goal setting and overcoming challenges.

Under the overall supervision of the Head of Kenya Country Office (KCO) and in close coordination with the relevant units in IOM Kenya Country Office, the Project Development and Donor Liaison Officer will assist and contribute to the development and design of new projects, donor liaison, private sector engagement and donor liaison, reporting of programmes and advocacy for the operations of IOM in Kenya.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Assess potential programme opportunities and projects, draft project proposals and concept notes in the areas of interest to the IOM Kenya Country Office, compile and review project reports, fact sheets and other documents in coordination with relevant program units.
  2. Maintain strong and regular contacts with donors and private sector entities in Kenya to mobilize resources for IOM’s humanitarian and development portfolios, under the guidance of senior management.
  3. Provide inputs and regularly update and share tools that allow the Country Office to keep track and speed up project development, endorsement, project code issuance etc. in close coordination with Regional Office (RO) and relevant units of HQs.
  4. Assist the Programme Managers (PM) in maintaining continuous liaison with donors, project partners, other IOM missions, RO and Headquarters (HQ) to facilitate a coordinated approach to project implementation, identify synergies with IOM’s programmes and make recommendations on donor/partner engagement.
  5. Review migration trends in the Country and Region and prepare briefing notes whenever requested.
  6. Provide support in coordinating and publishing press releases, press briefing notes, situation reports, brochures, communication materials, public information, and monitoring and evaluation reports, targeted fund-raising products and visibility materials, including the mission’s website and public events whenever necessary.
  7. In collaboration with Headquarters/ Donor Relations Division and other relevant Units carry out extensive prospecting and due diligence screenings of potential private sector partners for Kenya programmes.
  8. Conduct desk research and prepare background information to support programme and project proposals, draft donor profiles and develop an extensive contact list of all relevant stakeholders to ensure a positive outreach, develop guidance notes on donor priorities; assist in developing approaches to expand the IOM donor base, including research and mapping of funding trends.
  9. Organize seminars, donor outreach events, donor briefings, field visits, and presentations for stakeholders in the Country.
  10. Undertake field travel related to programme assessment, liaison with counterparts and donor capital visits, as required, and conduct other duties as may be assigned.
  11. Perform other relevant duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Political or Social Sciences, Development Studies, International Relations, Law 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 work experience.


  • Minimum of two to three years’ work experience either on project development, project management, database management, project monitoring and evaluation relevant to MPA;
  • Experience in liaising with regional bodies, governmental authorities, other international/national institutions;
  • Working experience in direct assistance, project development and implementation, writing and editing technical documents;
  • Experience in working on East and Horn of Africa region an advantage;
  • Computer/software literate, preferably knowledgeable in Microsoft Office, knowledge of advanced publishing programmes. Adobe Acrobat and Photoshop with experience of maintaining a website;
  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural setting.


  • Proven expertise in the area of migrants’ protection, including regional consultative processes, migration data and policy development, counter trafficking and other protection issues;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and knowledge of advanced publishing programmes;
  • Advance English writing, writing, communication and negotiation skills.


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


General requirements for candidates applying to the JPO vacancies funded by the Republic of Korea:

  • Korean citizenship;
  • Fluency in English and Korean;
  • Completed university with a Bachelor’s degree;
  • A certificate of English language proficiency (see below for details);
  • Be no older than 32 years of age as of 31st December of 2022 (born after 1 January 1990) except for male applicants who have completed or are scheduled to complete national military service, for whom the age limit will be extended in accordance with the Support for Discharged Soldiers Act and the military service law by:
  • one year for serving less than one year;
  • two years for serving one year or longer but less than two years; and
  • three years for serving two years or longer;
  • Male applicants must meet one of the following conditions:
  • completed the national military service;
  • exempted from the national military service; or
  • scheduled to be discharged from the military service in the year of application.

Applicants must submit the following documentation as part of their application:

  • A complete application and motivation letter;
  • A copy of the Republic of Korea Register;
  • A copy of bachelor’s/advanced university degree;
  • A certificate of English language proficiency showing a minimum of (1) IBT TOEFL score of 100 (or PBT TOEFL 600 and above) or (2) NEW TEPS score of 430 or (3) IELTS 7 or (4) TOEIC 900 (TOEFL ‘MyBest Scores’ are not accepted);
  • For male applicants who have completed the national military service, a copy of the certificate of Korean Military Service;
  • For low-income applicants, a copy of the certificate of National Basic Livelihood Security Recipients in Korean and unofficial English translation; and
  • For applicants with a disability, a copy of the certificate of person with disability issued in Korean and English.

*Please note that applicants can apply for a maximum of two JPO positions sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea during the year of application.

For general information on the Korean JPO program and additional conditions, please visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea International Organizations Recruitment Center’s website:

Accredited Universities are the ones listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database (

Required Competencies:

The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate the following values and competencies:


  • 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.

IOM’s competency framework can be found at this link.

Competencies will be assessed during a competency-based interview.



As an integral part of the IOM assignment the Junior Professional Officer will:

  • Gain experience in an International Organization, including management and international cooperation activities, as well as understanding the dynamics of regional and international initiatives and working groups.
  • Be able to draft and finalize concept notes and project proposals, using the IOM logical and legal framework.
  • Participate in the development of programs, projects, trainings and workshops related to different migration areas.
  • Gain experience in working with governmental, non-governmental and United Nations institutions in Kenya.
  • Internationally recruited professional staff are required to be mobile. For this staff category, candidates who are nationals of the duty station’s country cannot be considered eligible.
  • The appointment is subject to funding confirmation.
  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment 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 31 July 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 17.06.2022 to 31.07.2022

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: JPO2022 08 (P) – JPO – Project Development and Donor Relations Officer (for Korean nationals only) – Nairobi, Kenya (57631352) Released Posting: Posting NC57631353

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