Programme Coordinator (Legal Support)

  • Added Date: Thursday, 14 January 2021
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 27 January 2021

Position Title: Programme Coordinator (Legal Support)

Duty Station: Erbil, Iraq

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

Closing Date: 27 January 2021

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; Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Cook Islands; Cuba; Fiji; Gabon; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People's Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Luxembourg; 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.


Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) in Iraq, the general technical supervision of the Head of Community Stabilization Unit (CSU) and the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator (Community Stabilization), the successful candidate will be responsible for research, analysis and the implementation of all components related to the provision of legal support within the Unitโ€™s interventions and most specifically the โ€œHousing, Land and Property (HLP) rightsโ€ portfolio in Northern and Central Iraq.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Support implementation of Community Stabilization Unit (CSU)โ€™s provision of legal services to IOMโ€™s direct beneficiaries and Housing, Land and Property (HLP) programming in Iraq within all projects with a shelter rehabilitation component, implemented either directly by IOM or through IOMโ€™s Implementing partners (IP).

  2. Contribute to the development of training modules and materials on legal aspects of HLP for IOMโ€™s team and IPs based on the identified needs of CSU HLP staff and gaps in their technical capacity, and coordinate delivery of HLP and HLP-related support to the communities they serve under relevant programmes.

  3. Provide technical inputs for the development of, and update a case management system for the management of cases arising from the different projects with components on HLP or the provision of legal services.

  4. Provide guidance to CSUโ€™s legal and HLP staff on technical issues related to HLP and HLP-related support.

  5. Provide technical inputs into other activities within the Community Stabilization Programme requiring the provision of legal services to beneficiaries and HLP expertise and assistance. Make recommendations to help advance CSU objectives both internally and with international and national counterparts.

  6. Provide technical inputs for the development of relevant CSU legal services to beneficiaries and HLP projects, proposals, plans and strategies.

  7. Liaise with and provide assistance to CSUโ€™s Capacity Building team for the provision of technical support and the development of tailor-made training modules on legal aspects of HLP to civil society organizations (CSOs), Disabled People Organizations (DPOs) and grass-root organizations in Iraq.

  8. Provide updates on program issues, including regular risk analysis and recommendations for operational improvements, to the Head of CSU.

  9. Compile lessons learned reports following the delivery of all trainings and deliverables under the different projects where this legal guidance to beneficiaries and HLP elements are prevalent.

  10. Participate in HLP working group meetings and other relevant fora, maintaining working relationships with governmental and non-governmental stakeholders to facilitate effective coordination, information sharing, and government involvement in close coordination with the Head of Unit and Programme Coordinators.

  11. Where possible and in close coordination with the Head of CSU and the Project Development and Support Unit (PDSU), liaise with donor counterparts to share information on the progress of activities, gaps, lessons learned, etc.

  12. Assist the Head of CSU, PDSU, and other relevant colleagues/units in the preparation of project proposals, narrative and progress reports, cost modifications, and public information material, as required by project donor(s) and/or IOM.

  13. Facilitate the mainstreaming of gender, Disability Inclusion and protection in project activities.

  14. Undertake duty travel as required.

  15. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


โ€ข Mastersโ€™ degree in Law, Political or Social Sciences, International Affairs, or a related field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience; or

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


โ€ข Experience in the design and/or implementation of components related to the provision of legal services in the region;

โ€ข Experience working on Housing, Land and Property issues, including compensation, establishing ownership, as well as registration of civil and HLP documentation;

โ€ข Experience in capacity building of local organizations and/or government partners;

โ€ข Experience working in non-permissive security environments; and

โ€ข Experience in communicating and working with a wide range of actors including people of culturally diverse backgrounds, government and authorities, humanitarian actors (UN agencies and NGOs).


โ€ข Ability to supervise, train, and direct staff and manage operations in complex post-conflict contexts.


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.


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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