Project Officer

  • Added Date: Thursday, 22 October 2020
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 04 November 2020

Position Title : Project Officer

Duty Station : Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P2

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

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 04 November 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; Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Cook Islands; Cuba; Fiji; Gabon; Grenada; 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.


The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has been operating in Papua New Guinea (PNG) since 2001, working on complex emergencies, providing humanitarian relief, and building capacity of the Government. With generous support from the Governments of Australia, the United States (US) and the European Union (EU), and in close partnership with Government partners, the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) and civil society, IOM is reaching displaced populations in remote communities, assisting stranded migrants, and safeguarding the rights of vulnerable groups. Operating through its Head office in Port Moresby and numerous satellite offices in the provinces, IOMโ€™s programmes focus on disaster management, emergency preparedness and response, peace-building, counter-trafficking in persons, assisted voluntary return, migration and border management, and integration.

Under the overall guidance of the Chief of Mission (CoM) in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea and direct supervision of the Emergency and Disaster Management (EDM) Coordinator, the successful candidate will provide day to day programmatic support to the EDM programme in PNG, with high quality, accuracy and consistency of work.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Provide guidance and technical inputs for the day-to-day implementation of IOMโ€™s EDM activities in PNG.

  2. Support project development of the EDM programmes for national preparedness and community Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), as well as emergency and peace-building programmes in response to natural disasters and/or conflict in the country.

  3. Review the current methodology of the Community Based Projects/Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) approach that IOM is implementing in target communities, identifying weaknesses and develop solutions.

  4. Provide training and capacity building modules for IOM EDM field office staff.

  5. Contribute to the development of new EDM-related programmes/projects in cooperation with Country Offices (CO) and/or targeting countries without representation, monitor compliance with identified needs and IOMโ€™s strategies, thematic guidelines and project development procedures, and recommend improvements.

  6. Developing and conducting EDM-related training workshops and provide technical input when necessary through research and training.

  7. In coordination with the EDM Coordinator, liaise with partner stakeholders operating in the area of DRR/Disaster Risk Management (DRM), displacement, and peace-building, including representatives of central, provincial and local government, humanitarian and development agencies, United Nations (UN) and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

  8. Proactively participate in United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) priority working groups and other DRR/DRM, peace-building and climate change related fora, including proving input to annual work plans and updating UNINFO reporting.

  9. Monitoring EDM-related issues and developments in the region and contributing to the development of thematic reports, procedures, press releases, etc.

  10. Encourage mainstreaming of gender in DRM Strategies assimilation exercises.

  11. Contribute to data collection and analysis though delivering training on and deployment of IOM Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM).

  12. Conduct research on relevant assigned topics; draft and/or contribute to information sheets, presentations, training curricula and materials and thematic guidance notes on EDM, DRR, displacement, peace-building, and other relevant topics as well as providing technical inputs for various DRR raising awareness events.

  13. In coordination with the EDM Coordinator draft and review reports/presentations for the Disaster Management Team, Shelter/Non-Food Items (NFIs) and Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) Cluster, IOM, UN, donors and other partners.

  14. Travel to Field Offices to monitor/evaluate programme implementation, conduct activity reviews, quality control, and impact assessments.

  15. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


โ€ข Masterโ€™s degree in Development Studies, Social Sciences 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 DRR/DRM programming and Disaster Management, Hydrology, Environment Studies an advantage;

โ€ข Experience designing capacity building events and facilitating training sessions for a variety of audiences;

โ€ข Experience in using, Statistical Package for Social Science, MapInfo, geographical information system (GIS) software for various mapping purposes will be considered an advantage;

โ€ข Experience of working in a multi-cultural setting.


โ€ข In-depth knowledge of development issues.

โ€ข Advanced English writing, communication and negotiation skills.

โ€ข Ability to advocate and lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting.


IOMโ€™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.

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 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 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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