Position Title : Regional Programme Support Officer (Socioeconomic Response & Recovery) Homebased
Duty Station : Home based
Classification : Professional Staff, Grade UG
Type of Appointment : Special short-term ungraded, Six months with possibility of extension
Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible
Closing Date : 09 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.
The IOM Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) in Bangkok, Thailand, covers 40 countries across the Asia and Pacific region. The key responsibility of the ROAP is to formulate regional strategies and plans of action, to coordinate regional initiatives, and to provide programmatic and administrative support to the countries within its region, including in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
IOM in Asia and the Pacific is currently responding to both direct and indirect consequences of COVID-19 on migrants, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), and refugees. Recent examples include millions of overseas migrant workers returning home, losing their jobs and in some cases being stranded (in countries of work, in transit, or on arrival) and requiring transport assistance. Decreased remittance transfers also impact families and communities of origin as both internal and international migrants take more responsibility with less income. IDPs and refugees in a variety of countries, often with already limited access to livelihoods and services, are now under further strain with limitations on mobility and self-reliance options. To better ensure an integrated regional approach to these (and other) socioeconomic impacts on a variety of vulnerable groups, IOM ROAP has formed a Socioeconomic Response (SER) Task Team to ensure a targeted response.
Under the overall guidance of the Regional Emergency and Post Crisis Specialist, and the direct supervision of the Regional COVID Task Force Coordinator, and technical oversight of the Senior Regional Labour Migration/Migration & Development Special and in coordination with other relevant Units of the Regional Office (RO) for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) in Bangkok, Thailand, the successful candidate will provide technical, knowledge management and thematic support to the regional and country offices in regards to IOM’s socioeconomic response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Core Functions / Responsibilities:
Conduct rapid secondary literature review focusing on the 5 pillars of the UN Socioeconomic Response Framework to provide guidance and evidence in support of missions addressing social and economic impacts of COVID on migrants, IDPs and refugees.
Conduct specialized reviews to provide concrete evidence on social and economic models for targeted issues identified by the SER Task Team, which may include econometric analysis, labour and value chain analysis, livelihoods and unemployment, inequality, access to services and assistance and other key issues of concern specifically for vulnerable mobile populations, migrants, IDPs and Refugees in IOM’s ROAP Area of Responsibility (AOR).
Support SER Task Team to develop business cases around the socioeconomic impacts on various groups, develop models and support country offices to use these cases and models to better assess the impact on target populations at the national and sub national levels.
Under direction from SER Task Team, lead specific work stream discussions and online meetings to support IOM Country Offices (COs) in peer to peer learning and exchange and to develop innovative programmatic solutions to the address the needs identified at country, regional and global level related to the socioeconomic impacts of COVID on target populations.
Work closely with the SER Task Team to coordinate and provide technical support to the
ROAP COVID-19 Task Force, including regular support on ROAP Situation Reports (SITREPS), SER-dedicated SITREPS or newsletters, fund tracking and analysis, and other needs as identified with the Regional Director (RD) and the Regional Thematic Specialists (RTSs) in coordination with the ROAP COVID-19 Task Force.
Lead development, quality control and editing for final publication of IOM Country and Regional Office assessments and information sheets related to socioeconomic impacts on migrants and their home and host communities in Asia and the Pacific.
Provide guidance to IOM COs in their engagement and inputs into the UN socioeconomic response framework and programmatic implementation to address impacts, including calls, guidance notes, tools and resources.
Work closely with the COVID Task Force Information Management/Reporting Officer to ensure that the SER Task Team needs are fully addressed and integrated including, tracking of CO proposals, concept notes, projects, assessments and initiatives; with support of IOM manage the SER Task Team MS Teams and SharePoint system, including SER Task Team work streams.
Assist RTSs in activities related to national and regional interagency and/or intergovernmental working groups on COVID-19 socioeconomic response, such as supporting the development and delivery of training materials and reports, compilation of best practices and tools for operational actors, conducting research, collecting data and communicating notes for file of the proceedings of meetings.
Organize and facilitate regional thematic webinars and other forms of internal capacity building such as staff trainings and workshops, as well as information exchange.
At the request of the SER Task Team or the COVID Task Force Coordinator, represent IOM in the region by actively participating in conferences, workshops and meetings related to COVID-19 socioeconomic recovery, independently or with other IOM colleagues.
Support the IOM regional leadership of the IBC on Mobility and Urbanization and within the Inter-Agency Standing Committe (IASC) RDs group, particularly with talking points, data and evidence related to the impacts and needs of migrants and mobile populations, including IDPs, to ensure capacity to advocate for and respond to the needs of those most vulnerable and impacted by COVID-19.
Support project development, endorsement and implementation by reviewing narrative, budget and/or background information in preparation for approval for submission or endorsement and including liaison with ROAP thematic units for secondary coding, the project development unit, and regional resource management unit for budgetary endorsement, ensuring compliance with IOM’s Project Development Handbook and other global and regional instructions.
Participate in all COVID-19 Task Force and SER Task Team meetings, preparing updates and notes for file.
Monitor academic and media articles, as well as knowledge products and guidelines from other UN agencies related to COVID-19 SER and related topics for dissemination to the task force and country offices.
Coordinate, consolidate, and prepare presentations, talking points, reports and other materials, as requested, including visibility materials such as brochures, info-sheets, and web-based content.
Perform such other related duties as may be assigned.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
• Master’s degree in Political or Social Sciences, Law, Business Administration, Public Administration, International Development, 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 in labour mobility and human development and/or labour market and social reintegration and/or community stabilization and recovery with an international or non-governmental organization, preferably in the field of migration including operational and field experience;
• Experience writing papers, briefings, articles and with own work published, an advantage;
• Capacity to conduct econometric or statistical analysis highly preferred;
• Experience coordinating large scale institutional frameworks and responses to humanitarian or development crises;
• Knowledge of procedures for project development, management and reporting;
• Experience working in the region is an advantage.
• Experience in IOM administrative and financial management, budget monitoring, and internal control procedures
• Experience in the usage of office software packages (MS Word, Excel, MS Teams, etc.) and data science tools (e.g. R, SPSS, STATA)
• Experience writing communications products such as press notes/releases, situation reports, external project reports, videos and other social media messaging.
IOM’s official languages are English, French and Spanish.
For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge in Spanish, French and/or other languages spoken in the region 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 (https://whed.net/home.php).
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
• 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 innovate.
• 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
• 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 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.
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.