Senior Regional Programme Coordinator (BRMM) at International Organization for Migration

Position Title : Senior Regional Programme Coordinator (BRMM)

Duty Station : Nairobi, Kenya

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P4

Type of Appointment : Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 21 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. External female candidates:

3. Candidate 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 of IOM and female candidates.


Under the overall and administration supervision of the Regional Director of the East and Horn of Africa (EHOA) and direct technical supervision of the Senior Regional Thematic Specialist (RTS) for Labour Mobility and Social Inclusion the Senior Regional Programme Coordinator (Better Regional Migration Management) will be responsible for the overall development, management, coordination and implementation of the Better Regional Migration Management Programme (BRMM) and for creating synergies with related regional project activities, including IOM’s Joint Labour Migration Program (JLMP), IDF EAC and other relevant regional and national EHOA programs/projects.

Launched in August 2021 with funding from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), the Labour Mobility and Regional Integration for Safe, Orderly and Humane Labour Migration in East And Horn Of Africa: East Africa Migration Management Regional Better Migration Management aims to enhance labour migration governance and protection of migrant workers and their family members’ human, social and labour rights through intra and inter-regional cooperation on a whole of government and whole of society approach, to support regional integration and facilitate mobility for transformative inclusive and sustainable economic growth as well as youth and women empowerment. More specifically, the programme is expected to strengthen national and regional Labour migration governance in accordance with the global and regional frameworks; increase national and cross-border cooperation on labour mobility; promote ethical recruitment and protection of migrant workers’ rights; and enhance avenues for safe, regular, and humane labour migration and mobility pathways through Free Movement Protocols (FMPs)/Common Market Protocols (CMPs) and Bilateral Labour Migration Agreements (BLMAs).

The program has four pillars and IOM has lead role:

• Pillar 1: Mobility, Regional Integration, Social Cohesion including EAC Common Market

Protocol/IGAD FMP, others (AfCTA)

• Pillar Two: Ethical Recruitment, BLMAS, Consular cooperation, Migrant workers’ and their families’ rights

• Pillar Three: Returning migrant workers and members of their families’ vulnerabilities, protection needs and risks, return and reintegration in the East and Horn of Africa

• Pillar 4: Gender responsive migration governance in the EHOA region

A robust communication and visibility strategy and action plan will support the aims of the programme.

The programme works at two levels: the regional and national levels. At the regional level, IOM proposes to work with both RECs and their Member States through the Regional Ministerial Forum on Migration (RMFM) and its Technical Working Groups (TWGs). At the national level, the programme will support Member States in enhancing their capacities in policy and practice leading to greater impact and faster results, engaging local government and non-government partners, from the diaspora, private sector, and civil society. The priority countries for the BRMM countries are Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, and Uganda.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

1. Develop, initiate, and plan all IOM components of the Better Regional Migration Management (BRMM) Programme including ensuring coordination and effective implementation, analysing, and assessing needs and appraising the suitability of proposed actions.

2. Work closely with finance unit/s to ensure the monitoring of expenses and the development of alternative plans to redirect funds when/where necessary.

3. Monitor and assess programme activities and take corrective or alternative action for improvement and success.

4. Provide expert recommendations, advise on alternative action plans, and implement risk analysis in order to address program bottlenecks and challenges, for timely implementation.

5. Support, guide, provide authoritative advice, coordinate, and liaise with IOM regional and country projects namely the JLMP, EAC IDF and other regional and national EHOA projects supporting migration.

6. Provide direction for the development and implementation of the IOM-BRMM project in coordination with relevant country offices and other relevant, where deemed necessary, Regional Thematic Specialists.

7. Establish, develop, and maintain partnerships as required at the regional level, including with all implementing missions, partners, donor, and relevant stakeholders.

8. Ensure the sharing of information, and the collection and analysis of best practices. Ensure the reflection and integration of new modalities, policies and practices, and methods for evaluation into the project formulation process to improve the effectiveness and appropriateness of project development and implementation processes.

9. Advise and guide country offices to develop and/or enhance working relationships with the national authorities, international organizations, other donors, and civil society actors relevant to the implementation of the BRMM project.

10. Supervise and direct programme managers/officers and other programme staff; oversee and coordinate, as required, the recruitment of programming staff and consultants.

11. Exercise administrative, operational, and financial management responsibility for the program, in liaison with the IOM Nairobi Regional Resources Management unit. Ensure all reporting requirements are met including the submission of financial, interim, and final reports and updates to the donor covering all IOM activities under the BRMM project in accordance with IOM and donor formats.

12. Ensure appropriate coordination with and amongst respective RTS and information sharing within the Regional Office (RO), IOM London, IOM Bahrain and EHOA Country Missions involved in the implementation of projects.

13. Coordinate, organize and represent the Organization in donor and partner meetings, seminars and workshops as required. Prepare and make presentations, including position papers.

14. Mobilise additional resources for IOM RO and country offices in coordination with relevant departments/COMs/RD/RTSs.

15. Elaborate and implement in coordination with Media and Communication Unit (MCU) a BRMM regional M&C strategy and action plan and identify courses of action towards the promotion of IOM’s image and activities in the region.

16. Lead field missions and other duty travel relating to project development, implementation, promotion, monitoring and assessment, liaison with counterparts, and problem solving. Advise and guide programme staff, donors, local authorities, and other programme partners to achieve programme objectives.

17. Identify synergies and more cross-border programming among missions. Prepare reports and recommendations for the way forward.

18. Provide authoritative advisory support and participation in policy development, strategy sessions, or special projects and initiatives, preparing briefings and reports for EHOA IOM RO and country offices.

19. Identify potential programming areas for consideration for subsequent project development and resource mobilization through/in coordination with the RO structures.

20. Manage and retain special relationships with government officials and/or private sector as assigned by RD.

21. Advise the RD on political developments and situations in EHOA, in particular Somalia, Eritrea and Djibouti, and prepare reports and recommendations that can feed into the program’s short-, medium- and long-term planning.

22. Strengthen IOM’s planning and engagement on diaspora issues in EHOA.

23. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Political or Social Sciences, Business Administration, Migration Studies, International Relations, Law, or a related field from an accredited academic institution with seven years of relevant professional experience; or

• University degree in the above fields with nine years of relevant professional experience.


• Experience in the field of migration and development issues, including previous operational and field experience in EHOA, IOM project development, and management;

• Experience of regional issues is a distinct advantage.


• Demonstrated high level of expertise in the thematic areas relevant to the project – specifically Labour Migration and Social Inclusion(LMI) and socioeconomic development areas;

• Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation;

• Demonstrate high level of diplomatic and government relations;

• Excellent writing and communication skills and the ability to maintain effective working relationships with government authorities, national and international organizations, and other project partners;

• Ability to interpret information and identify and analyse problems;

• Excellent report writing skills and level of computer literacy.


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). Working knowledge of Arabic, French , Spanish and/or EHOA languages 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 3

• 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 3

• 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 and who do not have prior experience outside the duty station’s country as staff member in the Professional category 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 21 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 08.06.2022 to 21.06.2022

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 174 Senior Regional Programme Coordinator (BRMM) (P4) Nairobi, Kenya (57616279) Released

Posting: Posting NC57616280 (57616280) Released

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