IOM International Job Vacancy: Chief of Mission - Dili, Timor Leste

Position Title : Chief of Mission 
Duty Station : Dili, Timor Leste 
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 : 23 November 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, Congo, Cabo Verde, 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, Slovenia, 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 of the Regional Director (RD) for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand, the successful candidate will be IOM's principal interlocutor with the Government of Timor Leste and relevant diplomatic and UN representatives. 

S/he will be responsible and accountable for promoting, developing and implementing the full range of IOM services in Timor Leste within the regional framework. In addition, s/he will be responsible for keeping the Regional Office (RO) Bangkok and IOM Headquarters informed of relevant governmental concerns and programmatic developments. S/he will also be responsible for developing new programmes in the country, for planning the development and implementation for the Organization's activities in Timor Leste and for managing the related budgetary, financial and administrative functions of the Mission. 

Core Functions / Responsibilities: 
  • Analyze migration related trends and issues in Timor Leste and identify, design and execute programmes, projects and fundraising strategies to address such issues; in particular, assist the Government of Timor Leste in defining relevant objectives and administrative structures within the programme context particularly in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 
  • Serve as an expert resource in the key areas of migration management, strengthening migration management systems; addressing related legislation, regulation and policy concerns; migration related research and institutional capacity building. 
  • Assess, establish and implement the modalities of implementation and conduct programme management functions for the IOM Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) programme in cooperation with relevant authorities and identified partners. Facilitate and provide programme management support to Border Management, Labour Migration and Mobility, Counter Trafficking, Community Stabilization initiatives and Health and Mobility/Migration projects in the country. 
  • Ensure continued support with both the Government of Timor Leste and donors for current programme activities and their further development. 
  • Identify, develop, manage and implement new project opportunities in close coordination with relevant stakeholders in areas of concern to the Government and in regional context, and design fundraising strategies to address such issues. 
  • Maintain and further develop liaison and close working relationships with local governmental authorities and diplomatic missions, UN agencies, regional, non•governmental and international organizations, as well as airlines and public media. 
  • Participate in appropriate policy and operational United Nations Country Team (UNCT) inter-agency mechanisms, in particular with a view to inserting migration related issues into the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) process. 
  • Direct and monitor the implementation of IOM's programmes in Timor Leste and recommend way for improvement. Supervise the related budgetary, financial and administrative functions of the Mission in accordance with the Organization's regulations and procedures. Be responsible for recruitment and capacity building of local staff. 
  • Advice the Regional Director and relevant units in HQ on national and regional migration developments, as well as on government's migration policy and legislative frameworks impacting on IOM's activities and presence in Timor-Leste and make recommendations or prepare proposals for appropriate action. 
  • Keep the Regional Director and HQ fully informed of the Mission's activities. Report regularly to the Regional Director and other interested partners on progress achieved and developments in Timor-Leste. Prepare regular and specific narrative, impact, policy, financial, evaluation and statistical reports covering IOM activities. Prepare briefings and background information requested by the Regional Office and HQs. the Government and other entities. 
  • Represent the Organization at national and international conferences and meetings. 
  • Participate in Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) when established and contribute and provide support to inter-agency planning process and the overall humanitarian strategy. 
  • Ensure Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) obligations as a cluster lead agency are carried out including on reporting and capacity and reported upon regularly, if the cluster system is activated. 
  • Take part in the development of any other relevant planning tools such as National Action plans, Migration Profiles and National Emergency plans. 
  • Serve as an expert resource in the key areas or migration management, strengthening migration management systems; addressing related legislation, regulation and policy concerns; institutional capacity building. 
  • Develop public relations and media activities in order to promote IOM’s image and programmes, in concert with the Regional Office in Bangkok. 
  • Perform such other duties as may be assigned.
Required Qualifications and Experience: 

  • Master’s degree in Political or Social Sciences, Law and/or International Relations 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 humanitarian programmes for migrants and capacity-building activities; 
  • Experience in liaising with governmental and diplomatic authorities as well as with national and international institutions; 
  • Familiarity with financial and business administration; 
  • Sound and proven understanding of internal and international migration issues in Timor Leste, the sub-region and related issues; 
  • Knowledge of the region is an advantage.
Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of Portuguese 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 23 November 2016 at the latest, referring to this advertisement. 

For further information, please refer to: CLICK HERE 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 10.11.2016 to 23.11.2016
Requisition: VN 2016/230 (P) - Chief of Mission (P4) - Dili, Timor Leste (54890174) Released
Posting: Posting NC54896230 (54896230) Released