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OIM seeks to recruit a chief of mission

Duty Station : Lilongwe, Malawi

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P3

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

Estimated Start Date :  As soon as possible

Closing Date : 31 March 2019

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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, Suriname, Sao Tome and Principe, Kingdom of Eswatini, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Vanuatu, Samoa

Context :

Under the direct supervision of the Regional Director (RD) for Southern Africa in Pretoria, the successful candidate will be IOM’s principal interlocutor with the Government of Malawi and relevant sector ministries, United Nations (UN) System in Malawi and civil society. S/he will be the Designated Official of the IOM Director General Diplomatic Representative of the International Organization for Migration Mission accredited to the Republic of Malawi. S/he will be accountable and responsible for promoting, developing and implementing the full range of IOM services in Malawi within the regional framework. In addition, s/he will be responsible for keeping Regional Office (RO) Pretoria 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 Malawi and for managing the related budgetary, financial and administrative functions of the Mission.

Core Functions / Responsibilities :

  1. Manage the IOM Mission in Malawi and provide guidance and supervision to the programs and its entire staff ;
  2. Ensure the coordination of the implemented programs, in line with IOM’s policies and practices as well as donor requirements ;
  3. Supervise and manage the administrative, budgetary and financial activities of the Mission including the daily supervision of its staff, in accordance with the Organization’s rules and procedures ;
  4. Identify, develop, manage and implement new project/programme opportunities and activities in Malawi, in consultation with the relevant partners in Malawi, RO Pretoria and HQs ;
  5. Ensure the timely and regular reporting and updates of IOM’s programme/project activities within Malawi, as required by donors through project agreements and in accordance with IOM procedures ;
  6. Review and evaluate the operational, programme and administrative activities of the Mission and prepare recommendations with a view to increasing their effectiveness and streamlining procedures ;
  7. Advice the Regional Office, HQs and other IOM country missions on national and regional migration developments and on governmental policies affecting the activities of IOM and propose appropriate action ;
  8. Continue to develop and maintain liaison with governmental authorities, diplomatic missions, international and regional organizations, national institutions and non- governmental organizations (NGOs), private sector, as well as public media, to coordinate and promote IOM’s work and to facilitate the implementation of ongoing activities in Malawi ;
  9. Participate in appropriate policy and operational United Nations Country Team (UNCT) inter-agency mechanisms, with a view to inserting migration related issues into the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) process ;
  10. Prepare regular and special reports covering IOM activities in the country; prepare briefings and background information as required, including specific information requested by the government and other entities ;
  11. Develop public relations and media activities in order to promote IOM’s image and programmes ;
  12. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience :

Education :

  • Master’s degree in Political or Social Science, Law, Business Administration or a related field from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience; or
  • University degree in the above fields with seven years of relevant professional experience.

Experience :

  • Experience in programme development and management including advocacy ;
  • Ability and experience in liaising with governmental and diplomatic authorities as well as with national, regional and international institutions ;
  • Good knowledge of programme development and migration related subject areas dealt with by the Organization.

Languages :

  • 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.

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 : Competencies.pdf

Competencies will be assessed during a competency-based interview.

Other :

  • 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 31 March 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 18.03.2019 to 31.03.2019 ;
  • Requisition : VN 2019/64 (P) – Chief of Mission (P3) – Lilongwe, Malawi (55853818) Released ;
  • Posting : Posting NC55860885 (55860885) Released.


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