Protection Coordinator

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 26 January 2022
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 08 February 2022
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Position Title: Protection Coordinator

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 February 2022

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; Aruba (Netherlands); Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros;Congo (the); Cook Islands; Cuba; Curaรงao; Fiji; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People's Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Libya; 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 general guidance of the Chief of Mission (CoM), overall supervision of the Deputy Chief of Mission, thematic support from the Regional Office for Middle East and North Africa in Cairo and Headquarters, and the direct supervision of the Head of the Protection Assistance Division (PAD), the successful candidate will be responsible for contributing to the development of, and implement and manage protection projects in Iraq, with a particular focus on Counter-Trafficking (CT) and Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) projects.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Contribute to the development of and manage and supervise the implementation of projects on protection of migrants including counter-trafficking (CT), assisted voluntary returns and reintegration (AVRR), durable solutions, and gender-based violence projects. As required, manage and supervise national and international staff in multiple locations.

  2. Coordinate implementation and monitoring of projects with relevant IOM divisions, and heads of sub-offices and field staff, to ensure efficient and timely implementation, in accordance with donor requirements and IOM standards and guidelines.

  3. Contribute to IOMโ€™s Protection strategy, particularly in areas of CT/AVRR, in close coordination with the Head of Protection Assistance Division and the Migration Management Division alongside other concerned divisions in the Mission, relevant Government counterparts, and other relevant stakeholders in the country.

  4. Support in mainstreaming protection of migrants in other sectors such as Labour and HumanDevelopment, Immigration and Border Management as well as capacity building.

  5. Backstop the budget and financial aspects of protection projects and other related activities. Supervise the preparation of financial reports, ensure the implementation of relevant control systems, and coordinate administrative and logistical actions.

  6. Ensure timely preparation and submission of quality internal and external CT/AVRR project reports, including donor reports and their supplementary documents, and ensure documentation of lessons learned and best practices for future project development initiatives.

  7. Support the Head of Protection Assistance Division by contributing to the development of a comprehensive fundraising strategy, with a specific focus on identifying funding opportunities for CT/AVRR projects and developing concept notes and proposals.

  8. Maintain contacts and coordination with Government and non-Government stakeholders to develop action plans to support ongoing and new IOM protection activities across Iraq.

  9. Assess training needs on protection issues and need for capacity building among IOM field staff, implementing partners and other stakeholders and provide training as necessary.

  10. Participate in protection-focused seminars and other relevant meetings representing theOrganization, as requested.

  11. Prepare reports covering protection related activities; prepare briefing, statistical/narrative reports and background notes including specific information requested by IOM, Governments, and other entities.

  12. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


โ€ข Masterโ€™s degree in International Relations, International Law, Development Studies 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 Experience in project/programme management with United Nations Agencies or Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in migration management focusing on counter-trafficking, with supervisory responsibilities and demonstrated achievements, AVRR and/or Mixed Migration;

โ€ข Experience in protection programming, case management of Victims of Trafficking, GenderBased Violence and general protection;

โ€ข Demonstrated experience in management of finance, procurement and Human Resource (HR)for a project or a programme; planning, organising and facilitation of training, drafting donor reports and project proposals with budgets;

โ€ข Experiences in conducting Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), with understanding of M&E toolsand approaches;

โ€ข Familiarity with UN/IOM procedures and processes in finance, procurement and HR;

โ€ข Good command of computer software: Microsoft Office (Outlook, Words, Excel and InternetExplorer).


โ€ข Demonstrated expertise in Protection, including AVRR and Counter Trafficking and prior experience on protection assistance activities and portfolios;

โ€ข Proven expertise in project management with knowledge of IOM financial rules and regulations;

โ€ข Knowledge of Monitoring and Evaluation and project development; and,

โ€ข Knowledge of Microsoft Office Access or other database applications.


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

External applicants for all positions in the Professional category are required to be proficient in English and have at least a working knowledge of one additional UN Language (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese).

For all applicants, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Arabic or Kurdish is desirable.

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. Subject to certain exemptions, vaccination against COVID-19 will in principle be required for individuals hired on or after 15 November 2021. This will be verified as part of the medical clearance process.

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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