Regional Emergency and Post Crisis Officer

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Position Title:  Regional Emergency and Post Crisis Officer

Duty Station:  Dakar, Senegal

Classification:  Professional Staff, Grade P3

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

Estimated Start Date:  As soon as possible

Closing Date:  02 December 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.

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; Fiji; Gabon; 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.


The Regional Office for West and Central Africa provides direct support to the Organization’s crisis-related work including preparedness, response, risk reduction and support to recovery, transition, and peacebuilding processes. The portfolio includes also support to refugee resettlement and population movement operations. The region is affected by sudden and protracted crises inducing population movements such as the Malian crisis, the Central African Republic crisis, the Lake Chad Basin Crisis, recurring flooding in most countries during the rainy season, as well as the ongoing drought, food insecurity and insecurity in the Sahel region. More recently, the Mali-Niger-Burkina Faso triangle is seeing increasing inter-community conflict and displacement.

Under the direct supervision of Regional Emergency and Post Crisis (EPC) Specialist in Dakar, the overall supervision of the Regional Director for West and Central Africa and in coordination with the relevant Department of Operations and Emergencies (DOE) Units in HQ, the successful candidate will act as IOM’s Regional Emergency and Post-Crisis Officer. The Regional Emergency and Post Crisis Officer will monitor and analyze regional thematic trends; support regional and at the Country Offices’ level thematic project and strategy development; support the review and endorsement of projects and reports related to the EPC thematic area of expertise in the region and support field assessments and operations.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

1.Support the Regional EPC Specialist in providing capacity building, training, and general support to Country Offices (COs) in the Region. Contribute to building the capacities of IOM staff in the thematic areas through a combination of formal training and on-the-job mentoring.

2.Contribute to reviewing, endorsing, and tracking project proposals developed by COs in the Region, and maintain regular coordination with relevant HQ Divisions on endorsement, reporting and monitoring of results. Ensure that all endorsed projects are:

a) Consistent with the IOM Constitution, IOM Strategy and the Organization’s policies, thematic guidelines and manuals and any relevant national and/or regional strategies;

b) Coherent, relevant, and feasible, and take into account good practices in the respective migration/thematic area(s); and,

c) Developed according to IOM’s project development procedures as established in the IOM Handbook on Projects.

3.Monitor developments in the thematic areas, in close collaboration with the Regional EPCSpecialist, other Thematic Specialists in the Regional Office, COs and relevant HQ Departments.

4.Support coherent contextual analysis of crisis situations, coordination, prioritization and operational planning, including through the use of the Migration Crisis Operational Framework.

5.Contribute to the development of regional and multi-country programmes and projects within the DOE thematic areas and identify anticipated synergies between them.

6.Contribute to developing regional thematic guidance notes, information sheets and policy documents in coordination with COs and relevant HQ Division(s).

7.Support the development of partnerships with operational agencies in the United Nations,non-governmental organizations and civil society communities. Participate in regional meetings/working groups relevant to the different EPC thematic areas and contribute to country-specific or regional initiatives.

8.Act as the focal point for refugee resettlement in the Region, in close collaboration with the Ghana Office, troubleshooting issues and monitoring charging of Service Fees.

9.Undertake frequent travel throughout the Region.

10.Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Political Affairs, Economic, Social Sciences, International Relations, Law 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 project and programme development and management;

• Experience in liaising with government authorities, inter-governmental institutions, other national and international institutions and national and international NGOs; • Experience in developing and implementing project fund raising strategies.


• Proven technical knowledge of the mobility impact of crises and how migration and crises interlink;

• Proven knowledge and understanding of humanitarian, peacebuilding and post-crisis recovery frameworks and policies as well as crisis-related land and property issues, including the relevant institutional frameworks (e.g. IASC for humanitarian sector);

• Proven knowledge and understanding of the DOE thematic areas and how they relate to preventing and addressing crises, including crises created by natural disasters and conflict;

• Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation processes.


IOM’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 and French is required (oral and written).

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

Required Competencies:

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 level 2

•  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 level 2

•  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.

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 station’s country and who do not have prior experience outside the duty station’s country as staff member in the Professional category 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.