Chief of Mission

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Position Title :  Chief of Mission

Duty Station :  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Classification :  Professional Staff, Grade D1

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

Estimated Start Date :  As soon as possible

Closing Date :  29 March 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.

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 guidance of the Director General and direct supervision of the Regional Director (RD), East and Horn of Africa (EHoA), the successful candidate will be IOM’s interlocutor with the Government and relevant ministries, UN system, and local and international NGOs. The Chief of Mission will be responsible for maintaining IOM relations and for promoting IOM’s full range of activities with the Government, diplomatic representatives and other organizations at Ethiopia as well as for keeping the RD EHoA and Headquarters (HQ) Units informed of relevant governmental concerns and programmatic developments. The Chief of Mission will be responsible and accountable for developing and promoting IOM’s strategy and programming within the overall Regional Framework. The Chief of Mission will also mainstream the migratory approach in all the programmatic areas of the Ethiopia Country Office (CO).***Core Functions / Responsibilities:***

  1. Development and follow up of strategies, policies and programmes.

a. Develop, clarify and contribute to IOM’s overall mandate and strategy through project development and implementation in Ethiopia with appropriate consultation with the Regional Office EHoA, Headquarters, Host Government and other relevant actors.

b. Keep abreast of migration issues and emerging trends. In relation to these, formulate and advocate plans of action; undertake priority setting and seek programme and project opportunities in consultation with the RD EHoA, Regional Thematic Specialists (RTS) and HQ.

c. Play an integral role in migration policy discussions and ensure approved policies are appropriately integrated in national activities. Support the regional and international processes and dialogues on migration relevant to IOM Ethiopia. Ensure the participation of government officials in these initiatives. Advocate and promote the Organization’s position on migration issues of concern. Participate in the development of any other relevant planning tools such as National Action Plans, Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers, Migration Profiles, etc.

d. Advise the RO and HQ on national policy and emerging migration issues affecting the activities of IOM Ethiopia and make recommendations or prepare proposals for appropriate action; develop and update IOM Ethiopia Country Strategy as guided by IOM’s Strategic Vision, Continental Strategy for Africa and Regional Strategy for the East and Horn of Africa, and in alignment with the national development priorities of the Government of Ethiopia and the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework, as well as global frameworks including the Sustainable Development Goals and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

e. Stimulate, catalyse and support project development in Ethiopia through regular stakeholder consultations. Assess the appropriateness and effectiveness of programme development strategies and fundraising and recommend process improvements.

f. Direct and monitor project planning, design and implementation of IOM activities in Ethiopia. Evaluate IOM’s operational activities and prepare recommendations with a view to increasing their effectiveness. Take full responsibility of the successful execution of ongoing operational programmes and development of new ones. Ensure participation of government officials in these activities.

g. Supervise the management, implementation and assure high quality performance of a large variety of projects related to migration, protracted care of refugees in an urban environment, social inclusion of migrants; community stabilization in rural areas; migration and health; diaspora engagement; Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR); labour migration; border management and trafficking in persons and smuggling; and assure the inclusion of cross-cutting issues such as gender and ethnicity.

h. Advocate and support the authorities and key stakeholders on development of appropriate policies and strategies on migration management including mainstreaming into national plan and budget. Support their proactive engagement in global/regional processes such as the IGAD RCP, Regional Ministerial Forum on Migration for the Horn of Africa, African Union – Horn of Africa Initiative on Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling (AU HoAI), the Khartoum Process; Migration Dialogue from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa Member States (MIDCOM), Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) and follow up and implementation of the Global Compact for Migration (GCM) for Orderly, Safe and Regular Migration, including the International Migration Review Forum and regional reviews of the GCM, and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) going forward.

i. Promote and strengthen relationships and identify opportunities for IOM activities in response to changing issues and situations.

  1. Resource Management and Capacity Building.

a. Direct the operational, human resources, administrative, budgetary and financial activities of the Country Office and oversee those of the Sub-Offices in accordance with the Organization’s rules and procedures.

b. Exercise oversight of financial management, expenditure, and budget preparation and ensure appropriate and timely reporting to donors and prepare briefings and background information requested by RO EHoA and HQ, the Government and other entities. Ensure establishment and strengthening of internal controls aimed at preventing fraud and mismanagement in all activities.

c. Facilitate knowledge generation and management through the identification of best practices and lessons learned to ensure more comprehensive and efficient delivery. Coordinate the Country Office’s intra-programmatic knowledge product development and knowledge service delivery. Facilitate learning through organization of competency advancement training initiatives.

d. Report regularly to the Director General, RD EHoA and other interested partners on progress achieved and development. Prepare regular and special reports including narrative, impact, policy, financial, evaluation and statistics covering IOM activities. Prepare briefings and background information requested by the Regional Office, HQ, the Government and other entities.

e. Ensure that safety and security management of IOM personnel, facilities and assets are addressed, in coordination with the Regional Field Security Officer and that safety/security oversight in Ethiopia is provided. Ensure establishment and regular maintenance of Business Continuity Plans (BCP) and risk mitigation and management mechanisms are in place.

f. Gather and promote sustainable/best practices, as well as lessons learned from activities carried out by the respective IOM Sub-Offices under its supervision.

  1. Resource Mobilisation

    a. Explore funding opportunities and secure funding and in-kind contributions from different departments of the Government for the organization’s activities, in the respective countries and globally, and from other donors in the Region.

  2. Representation of IOM

a. Develop and promote liaison with governmental authorities and diplomatic missions, international organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and voluntary agencies, airlines, public media and civil society in Ethiopia, particularly with a view to identifying migration-related areas for developing common activities/projects; identify needs and priorities for cooperation and project development as well as for fundraising purposes.

b. Participate actively within the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) inter-agency mechanisms, with a view to insert migration related issues into the Common Country Analysis and the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) process and the coordination of the UN Network on Migration.

c. Represent the Organization at national and international conferences and meetings, developing public relations and media activities to promote IOM Ethiopia image and programmes. Ensure participation in appropriate policy and operational United Nations Country Team (UNCT) inter-agency mechanisms in Ethiopia.

d. Participate in the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) when established and contribute and provide support to inter-agency planning processes and the overall humanitarian strategy in Ethiopia; as a cluster lead agency ensure the Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) obligations are carried out including reporting and capacity requirements.

  1. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Political or Social Sciences, Law, Economics or a related field from an accredited academic institution with fifteen (15) years of relevant professional experience.


• Extensive experience in general management as well as project and resources management;

• Extensive experience in diplomacy, fundraising and public relations, as well as in liaising with governmental and diplomatic authorities and international institutions; and,

• Significant experience in delivering large and diverse programmes within complex environments and settings.


• Excellent communications skills, both oral and written;

• Ability to prepare and deliver speeches on the various activities of the Organization;

• Excellent liaison and negotiation skills;

• In depth knowledge of the broad range of migration related subject areas dealt with by the Organization;

• Strong knowledge of UN and bilateral donor programming;

• Knowledge of Monitoring and Evaluation procedures and Frameworks;

• Strong and effective resources management skills, sound knowledge of financial and business administration and of the principles and practices of management;

• Ability to deliver during crisis response; and,

• Good 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

French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese is an advantage.

Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.


Previous applicants do not need to re-apply.

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.

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 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 29 March 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.

Posting period:

From 16.03.2022 to 29.03.2022

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 65 Chief of Mission (D1) Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (57474129) Released

Posting: Posting NC57474130 (57474130) Released

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