International Organization for Migration Regional Sustainable Development Specialist Jobs in Kenya

International Organization for Migration Regional Sustainable Development Specialist Jobs in Kenya


As the world faces the impact of major global transformations – from climate change, demographic transition and urbanization to digitalization –, human mobility and people on the move (international migrants, internal migrants, Internally Displaced Persons – IDPs) must be part of the solution.

IOM pursues a comprehensive, development-focused to deliver on the promise of migration by providing holistic, systems-strengthening as a central feature of IOM’s way of working at global, regional, and country level, as guided by its global Strategic Plan.

Managed well, human mobility and pathways for regular migration can be a cornerstone of sustainable development, prosperity, and progress; a reality that is clearly recognized in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda) and articulated in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), the United Nations Secretary General Action Agenda on Internal Displacement, and various other thematic frameworks and instruments.

Under the overall supervision of the Deputy Regional Director for Operations, the direct supervision of the Senior Regional Policy and Programme Coordinator and in close coordination with the Head of the Policy Coordination Division at HQ, the Regional Sustainable Development Specialist will be responsible for strengthening IOM’s migration and development work, especially as it relates to pathways for regular migration and regional integration, in the East, Horn and Southern Africa Regions, through programmatic response, to increase access to development funds at regional and CO levels; and, to position IOM as the thought leader on the positive dimension of human mobility through strengthened partnerships.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

Develop and support integrated programming to deliver at-scale and impactful development outcomes:

  • Provide expert advice to the Regional Director and the Senior Management Team in the RO, and to the COs covered by the RO in the area of migration and sustainable development, including through regular updates, information sharing, and briefings on key relevant internal and external processes and opportunities.

  • Produce policy, analysis and research products on key linkages between migration and sustainable development, including regional integration and human mobility with a view to advance policy development enable RO and COs to develop at-scale programmes designed to support implementation of government frameworks, policies and programmes.

  • Actively engage in the conceptualization and formulation of RO and COs Strategies to advance migration and development and project proposals under the “Mainstreaming Migration into Development – MD” code, and work in close collaboration with Regional Thematic Specialists to advance integrated and at-scale government-led solutions across other project types.

    Develop capacities to mainstream integrated approaches across policy and planning processes:

  • Train and equip IOM staff in RO and COs with the capacities to leverage existing tools and resources that enable policy coherence across Regional Economic Communities and different levels government, including cities and sectors of governance to effectively leverage the potential of human mobility’s impact on development.

  • Spearhead policy dialogues on migration, development and regional integration to enhance IOM’s contribution to shaping relevant policy discussions.

    Expand opportunities for integrated solutions funding through strengthened partnerships:

  • Actively support regional liaison efforts to expand partnerships with key development donors, and ensure IOM is better positioned to tap into new funding streams with regional bodies, MDBs, bilateral development banks and UN agencies through a sustainable development lens.

  • Develop capacities of RO and COs to position at-scale programmatic responses framed by the SDGs and the GCM anchored in government frameworks, policies and programmes, in joint UN country-level planning processes, notably in the UNSDCF; and, to access UN pooled funds.

    Increase IOM's capacity to report on the SDGs and document the positive impact of human mobility for
    economies and societies overall in regional and country contexts:

  • In coordination with the relevant RO and CO colleagues, establish and maintain a dynamic community of practice on migration and sustainable development, with a particular focus on pathways for regular migration and regional integration, across COs within the RO, between ROs, and with HQ.

  • In coordination with the Senior Regional Policy and Liaison Officer, participate in various platforms called for in the UN Reform, including but not limited to, Peer Support Groups (PSGs), and the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development and supporting CO’s in their support to governments in the development of Voluntary National Review (VNRs).

  • Support and provide technical guidance to RO and COs on IOM-UN partnership in the context of the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks (UNSDCF), and related mechanisms, in coordination with the Senior Regional Policy and Liaison Officer and Regional Thematic Specialists.

  • Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

    Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Political or Social Sciences, International Relations, Development Studies, Economics or a related field from an accredited academic institution with seven years of relevant professional experience; or,
    University degree in the above fields with nine years of relevant professional experience.


  • In depth experience of applying the 2030 agenda and the Global Compact on Migration lenses to policy and programming;

  • Experience of working with UN partners, the African Union, Regional Economic Communities, government counterparts, and other stakeholders in migration, development, and regional integration;

  • Field experience operating development programmes with an international organization or non-governmental organization is a distinct advantage;

  • Experience in usage of computers, office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.); and,

  • Experience in handling of web-based management systems.


  • Excellent writing and communication skills;

  • Demonstrated excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, ability to think strategically;

  • Proven ability to work effectively and harmoniously within a team of colleagues from varied cultures and professional backgrounds;
    High degree of responsibility and motivation;

  • Demonstrated high level knowledge on the interrelationship between human mobility and sustainable development and how it applies to policy, strategic planning, programme design and implementation;

  • In-depth understanding of regional integration and human mobility in Africa;

  • Good track record of fundraising for at scale development programmes linked to government frameworks, policies and programmes is an advantage;

  • Proven capability to foster strong relationships with governmental authorities, regional platforms and fora, academia, the private sector, and other regional/international institutions and NGOs to develop strategic partnerships and joint programmes;

  • Proven capacity to deliver technical expertise and capacity development support to government and staff, including through drafting policy and position papers; and,

  • In depth understanding of complex drivers of human mobility in regional contexts is a distinct advantage.


  • IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish. All staff members are required to be fluent in one of the three languages.

  • For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of French and/or one of the regional languages is an advantage.

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

    How to Apply

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