Programme Coordinator (Development Finance)

  • Added Date: Friday, 26 June 2020
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 08 July 2020

Position Title : Programme Coordinator (Development Finance)

Duty Station : Erbil, Iraq

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P3

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

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 08 July 2020

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 work environment. Read more about diversity and inclusion at IOM at

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. Candidates from the following non-represented member states: Antigua and Barbuda; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Cook Islands; Cuba; Djibouti; Fiji; Gabon; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People's Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Libya; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Montenegro; Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Papua New Guinea; 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.


IOM is a major actor in post-conflict recovery and reconstruction, and as such is heavily involved in livelihood development and job creation programmes. IOMโ€™s strengths lie in its field presence around the country and operational capacity to rebuild community infrastructure, conduct vocational and other trainings, provide grant funding at local levels to support business development, and a variety of other areas key to recovery. Crucially, lack of economic opportunityโ€”even more than ideologyโ€”is cited as a major push factor leading to recruitment of youth by violent extremist groups.

In order to support the reconstruction process and maximise the impact of project activities, IOM is seeking a livelihoods specialist with substantial private sector development or development finance experience, in order to support IOM Iraqโ€™s ongoing activities related to livelihoods, job

creation and private sector development (PSD). This includes but is not limited to technical support to the implementation of IOM Iraq livelihoods activities, especially individual livelihoods assistance and Enterprise Development Fund (EDF).

Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission for IOM in Iraq and the direct supervision of the Head, Returns and Recovery Unit, the successful candidate will lead on the management, development and implementation of livelihoods, job creation and private sector development activities, with a specific focus on the development and implementation of methodologies related to small and medium enterprises (SME) finance, capacity building of staff and leadership of research on PSD and livelihoods.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. In coordination with IOM Iraq and colleagues at Regional Office in Cairo and HQ as required, manage, develop and support the implementation of IOM Iraq livelihoods, job creation and private sector development (PSD) activities.

  2. Review, assess and advise on existing livelihood, job creation and private sector development (PSD) methodologies, including selection criteria, caseload distribution, process mapping, and standard operating procedures, and develop and support the creation of new tools.

  3. In coordination with the Return and Recovery Unit (RRU ) and other relevant units, lead the development of assessment and research activities and tools, including through the design and development of methodologies, training of field teams, oversight of data collection, data analysis, literature review, and preparing and editing of reports and related activities.

  4. Prepare policy and technical advice on innovations and tools related to technological solutions including digital data collection, payments, due diligence frameworks, and knowledge management products.

  5. Work closely with field teams, government authorities, United Nations/ Non-governmental Organizations (UN/NGO) partners and private sector actors to identify and pursue opportunities for additional private sector support and employment creation, including frequent visits to field locations.

  6. Undertake capacity development of IOM Iraq colleagues regarding private sector development, such as labour market assessments, feasibility studies, external evaluations and business plan development and review.

  7. Develop project proposals and documents.

  8. Develop training materials and implement capacity building within IOM Iraq on livelihoods, job creation and PSD.

  9. Support IOM in external representation with UN and NGO partners, donors and government, and contribute to inter-agency processes requiring IOM input and coordination.

  10. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


โ€ข Masterโ€™s degree in Economics, Business Administration or a related field from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience; or

โ€ข University degree in the above fields with seven years of relevant professional experience.


โ€ข Knowledge of private sector work including finance and value chain;

โ€ข Familiarity with and/or experience in post-conflict environments is an asset;

โ€ข Demonstrated understanding of business models, market development and business sustainability issues to engage private sector companies in livelihood creation projects;

โ€ข Familiarity with and/or experience in Iraq or the Middle East an advantage;

โ€ข Familiarity with UN/IOM or development finance institutions an advantage.


IOMโ€™s official languages are English, French, and Spanish.

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

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


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:

โ€ข Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.

โ€ข Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.

โ€ข Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.

Core Competencies โ€“ behavioural indicators level 2

โ€ข Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.

โ€ข Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.

โ€ข Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.

โ€ข Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organizationโ€™s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.

โ€ข Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.

Managerial Competencies โ€“ behavioural indicators level 2

โ€ข Leadership: provides a clear sense of direction, leads by example and demonstrates the ability to carry out the organizationโ€™s vision; assists others to realize and develop their potential.

โ€ข Empowering others & building trust: creates an atmosphere of trust and an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.

โ€ข Strategic thinking and vision: works strategically to realize the Organizationโ€™s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.

IOMโ€™s competency framework can be found at this link.

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 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 stationโ€™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.

Vacancies close at 23:59 local time Geneva, Switzerland on the respective closing date. No late applications will be accepted.

This vacancy is archived.

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