IOM Job Vacancy: Senior Regional Migrant Assistance Specialist - Buenos Aires, Argentina

Position Title: Senior Regional Migrant Assistance Specialist
Duty Station: Buenos Aires, Argentina
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: 22 September 2016

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and 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 environment. Applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged. For the purpose of the vacancy, the following candidates are considered as first-tier candidates:
  • Internal candidates
  • Qualified applicants from the following NMS countries:
Antigua and Barbuda, Benin, Bahamas, Botswana, Belize, Cabo Verde, Czech
Republic, Djibouti, Micronesia (Federated States of), Gabon, Gambia, Guyana, Iceland, Cambodia, Comoros, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Libya, Montenegro, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Maldives, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Seychelles, Suriname, El Salvador, Swaziland, Timor-Leste, United Republic of Tanzania, Holy See, Saint Vincent and
the Grenadines, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Vanuatu, Samoa
  • External female candidates.
Under the direct supervision and guidance of the Regional Director for South America and the thematic oversight of the Migrant Assistance Division in headquarters (HQs), the successful candidate will act as a regional thematic resource person; monitor and analyze regional thematic trends; support regional thematic project development; and review and endorse projects related to his/her thematic area of expertise in the region.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:
  • Act as a thematic resource person providing capacity-building, training, and general support to Country Offices (CO) in the region. Contribute to building the capacities of IOM staff in the thematic area through a combination of formal training and on-the-job mentoring.
  • Review, endorse, and track project proposals developed by CO in the region, and provide regular updates to the concerned HQs Division on projects endorsed. Ensure that all endorsed projects are:
Consistent with the IOM Constitution, IOM Strategy and the Organization’s policies, thematic guidelines and manuals and any relevant national and/or regional strategies;

Coherent, relevant, and feasible, and take into account good practices in the respective migration/thematic area(s);

Developed according to IOM’s project development procedures as established in the IOM Handbook on Projects.
  • Identify emerging issues relevant to the thematic area, including developments and priorities of regional and sub-regional integration processes and contribute to the development of thematic policy and reports. Monitor developments in the thematic area, in close collaboration with the Regional Liaison and Policy Officer (RLPO), where available, CO and relevant HQs Departments. 
  • Develop regional and multi-country programmes and projects in the thematic area and identify anticipated synergies between thematic areas in close coordination with the Regional Project Development Officer (RPDO), where available. 
  • Provide advice to Country Offices on resource mobilization. Review and endorse narrative donor reports submitted by Country Offices, according to the procedures specified in the IOM Project Handbook. 
  • Participate in and actively contribute to IOM’s network of RTSs globally, analyze and share best practices with relevant HQs Divisions and CO. 
  • Develop regional thematic guidance notes, information sheets and policy documents in coordination with the RLPO, CO and relevant HQs Division(s). 
  • Provide thematic guidance to Project Managers through sharing information with the CO at the regional level and providing general technical support upon request from the Field in coordination with the RLPO. 
  • Ensure the delivery of quality thematic training to governments as required by CO in the region. 
  • Support regional strategic planning exercises, and provide support for country level strategic planning, as required and in collaborations with the RTSs. 
  • Represent IOM in the region by actively participating in conference, workshops and meetings related to the thematic area of expertise, as required by the Regional Director. 
  • Provide thematic and administrative supervision to staff, interns and consultants hired by the
Regional Office for specific regional, thematic tasks.
  • Act as officer-in-charge in the absence of the Regional Director, as required.
  • 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 issues including operational and field experience, IOM/UN project development, and management;
  • High level of expertise regarding migrant rights, the different aspects of migrant vulnerability, trafficking in persons, and voluntary return and reintegration;
  • Adequate knowledge of the Latin America and Caribbean region and its migration trends;
  • Experience in liaising with governmental authorities, other national/international institutions and
  • NGOs;
  • Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation.
Fluency in English and Spanish is required. Working knowledge of Portuguese, or other IOM
official language and/or other languages of the region is an advantage.

Desirable Competencies:

  • Accountability – takes responsibility for action and manages constructive criticisms;
  • Client Orientation – works effectively well with client and stakeholders;
  • Continuous Learning – promotes continuous learning for self and others;
  • Communication – listens and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience;
  • Creativity and Initiative – actively seeks new ways of improving programmes or services;
  • Leadership and Negotiation – develops effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Performance Management – identify ways and implement actions to improve performance of self and others;
  • Planning and Organizing - plans work, anticipates risks, and sets goals within area of responsibility;
  • Professionalism - displays mastery of subject matter;
  • Teamwork – contributes to a collegial team environment; incorporates gender related needs, perspectives, concerns and promotes equal gender participation;
  • Technological Awareness - displays awareness of relevant technological solutions;
  • Resource Mobilization - works with internal and external stakeholders to meet resource needs of IOM.
  • 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.
  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.
How to apply:
Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 22 September 2016 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

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In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM only accepts online profiles duly completed.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. You can track the progress of your application on your personal application page in the IOM e-recruitment system.

Posting period:
From 09.09.2016 to 22.09.2016
Requisition: VN 2016/187(P) - Senior Regional Migrant Asst Specialist (P4) - Buenos Aires, Argentina
(54856987) Released
Posting: Posting NC54856996 (54856996) Released