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IOM seeks to recruit an operations officer (WASH – Roving)

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IOM seeks to recruit an operations officer (WASH – Roving)


Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P2

Type of Appointment :   Special short-term graded, Six months with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date :    As soon as possible

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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 environment. Applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged. For the purpose of the vacancy, the following candidates are considered as first-tier candidates:

  1. Internal candidates ;
  2. Qualified applicants from the following NMS countries:

Antigua and Barbuda; Bahamas; Cook Islands; Cuba; Cabo Verde; Djibouti; Fiji; Micronesia (Federated States of); Gabon; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Iceland; Kiribati; Comoros; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Saint Lucia; Lesotho; Libya; Montenegro; Marshall Islands; Mauritania; Namibia; Nauru; Papua New Guinea; Palau; Paraguay; Solomon Islands; Seychelles; Somalia; Suriname; Sao Tome and Principe; Kingdom of Eswatini; Timor-Leste; Tonga; Tuvalu; Holy See; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Vanuatu; Samoa.

Context :

Under the overall supervision of the Head of Operations and the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator (WASH), the successful candidate will provide support through the following activities.

S/he will be tasked for deployment to the far-off locations in the country where Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) needs have been identified. S/he will have to be ready for travel in short notice of being informed and will have to remain in the location until the project is completed or tasked to assist in a different location.

Core Functions / Responsibilities :

  1. Lead the implementation of the activities required to provide WASH relief services and rehabilitation activities to internally displaced persons (IDPs) and vulnerable communities affected by conflict or natural disasters in far-off locations country wide identified and endorsed by the national WASH cluster in South Sudan ;
  2. Coordinate on ground a team of national WASH staff, ensuring a balanced division of tasks to achieve the objectives of Project ;
  3. Ensure that the project(s) meet their intended scope, time and budget ;
  4. Ensure that the activities programmed to provide WASH services respond to the needs of the communities affected and that efforts are made to reach compliance of emergency standards for WASH service provision ;
  5. Prepare reports of the assessment or response mission in a maximum of 48 hours after returning to Juba ;
  6. Ensure that a Gender-Based Violence (GBV) prevention approach is mainstream in all activities and in coordination with the GBV officers of the program, as well as to contribute to quality gender analysis ;
  7. Guarantee that activities are performed in accordance to the specifications in the project proposal and notify in timely matter of any change request pertinent to the Programme Coordinator (WASH) ;
  8. Design, in coordination with the Programme Coordinator (WASH), a response strategy and work plan for each intervention, ensuring that the necessary resources are made available on ground synchronized with staff deployment for the rapid response ;
  9. Take decisions on ground, and with the resources available to ensure avoiding delays in implementation and taking the necessary workarounds required for timely completion of activities ;
  10. Contribute to follow-up of project budget according to internal and donor requirements and follow relevant budget lines ;
  11. Mobilize vigorously the community with the support of the WASH Assistants under supervision, to ensure participation, involvement and contribution of the targeted communities for the completion of the activities ;
  12. Monitor the project implementation, ensure that materials are being properly utilized and that WASH items are effectively distributed to the beneficiaries. Follow up the schedule with contractors and prepare and sign completion certificates. Work closely with the Programme Coordinator (WASH) for contracts management; close out procedures and final payments to the contractors ;
  13. Ensure an effective and active communication with all the stakeholders when on ground. Prepare and submit a monthly response report of activities and submit it to the Programme Coordinator (WASH), indicating progress, constrains and requirements for project completion or lessons learned. Ensure that project data and information is archived and shared appropriately ;
  14. Ensure that any needed operational agreement or authorization from the local authorities is convened to guarantee project stability and good relations with the local government ;
  15. Provide necessary information and documentation for the preparation of project proposals for IOM to contact potential donors. Contribute to contingency planning for possible WASH emergency response if required ;
  16. Mentor, coach and manage the staff under supervision; support the performance evaluations and oversee and help to resolve team conflicts ;
  17. Be always ready for deployment and available for travel within two (2) days of being informed ;
  18. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience :


  • Master’s degree in social science, environmental, engineering, architecture 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 relevant professional experience.


  • Experience working with I/NGO or UN agencies ;
  • Experience in programme implementation and management ;
  • Experience in WASH and project management including monitoring and writing reports ;
  • Experience in architecture or civil engineering in the development sector ;
  • Familiarity with different project cycle steps and donor relations ;
  • Knowledge of protection standards ;
  • Ability to supervise staff members and contractor staff.


IOM’s official languages are English, French and Spanish.

For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of French and/or Spanish is an advantage.


With frequent travel to field locations within South Sudan.

Desirable 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 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 ;
  • 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 2 :

  • 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. here

Competencies will be assessed during a competency-based interview.

Othe :

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.

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.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 24 April 2019 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

For further information, please refer to: 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 11.04.2019 to 24.04.2019

Requisition: SVN 2019/108 (P) – Operations Officer (WASH – Roving) (P2) – Juba, South Sudan (55925754) Released

Posting: Posting NC55925755 (55925755) Released

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