IOM National Project Development and Policy Officer Jobs in Kenya

IOM National Project Development and Policy Officer Jobs in Kenya


  • Under the overall supervision of the Head of Kenya Country Office, and the direct supervision of the Project Development and Liaison Officer, the successful candidate will oversee the work of national staff of Mission Support and Innovation Unit in close collaboration with other relevant colleagues in Kenya Country Office (KCO) and will provide technical and programmatic support for project development and related activities carried out in KCO.

    Core Functions / Responsibilities

  • Supervise the work of project development/monitoring/reporting staff and deliverables within the IOM Kenya CO facilitating quality control of project proposals, reports and external material in the mission.

  • Verify that all projects of Kenya CO are in line with IOM’s strategic goals, KCO and policy priorities.

  • Draft IOM’s policy inputs on migration issues in the country and the region for submission to donors and other stakeholders.

  • Participate in the preparation of funding proposals considering national and donor priorities, United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), and IOM’s country, regional and global strategic priorities and objectives.

  • Coordinate the timely and quality submission of project reports and new proposals in accordance with IOM and donor formats.

  • Organize and conduct regular training sessions and on job training for staff in KCO and sub-offices to build capacities on project development and reporting.

  • Liaise and coordinate with relevant stakeholders, such as national and local government counterparts, civil society groups, diplomatic missions, UN agencies and other national and international organizations and existing business networks on IOM work in Kenya.

  • Coordinate internally with all units and sub-offices in response to requests for information from HQs, Regional Office, donors, partners, and any other relevant stakeholders.

  • Write, edit and review documents both for internal and external use, as requested.

  • Support the role of IOM Kenya in leading discussions of the UN Migration Working Group.

  • Whenever possible, undertake visits to the field in coordination with programme/project managers to support project development and reporting.

  • Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

    Required Qualifications and Experience


  • Master’s degree in Political or Social Science or a related field from an accredited academic institution; or University degree in the above fields with two years of relevant professional experience.


  • Experience in project development and project management, humanitarian and migration-related activities, report writing and liaison with relevant stakeholders;

  • Work experience in the region is an asset;

  • Good knowledge and experience of Inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations mandates and programmes in the humanitarian responses;

  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills;

  • Excellent report writing skills;

  • Effective resource management skills and strategic and creative thinking.


  • Computer/software literate, preferably advanced skills in Microsoft software.


  • Fluency in both written and spoken English and Kiswahili is required.**

    Required Values

    Inclusion & Respect for Diversity

  • Shows respect and sensitivity towards gender, culture, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, political conviction and other differences.

  • Encourages the inclusion of all team members and stakeholders while demonstrating the ability to work constructively with people with different backgrounds and orientations.

  • Challenges prejudice, biases and intolerance in the workplace.

    Integrity & Transparency

  • Upholds and promotes the Standards of Conduct and Unified Staff Regulations and Rules.

  • Delivers on commitments; manages the organization’s resources reliably and sustainably.

  • Embraces and encourages transparency, balancing this with the need for discretion and confidentiality as appropriate.

  • Does not abuse one’s position and acts without consideration of personal gain. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns.


  • Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter and willingness to improve knowledge and skills.

  • Seeks to raise professional standards in self and others through daily work and activities.

  • Adapts quickly to change and is decisive and versatile in face of uncertainty.

  • Shows self-control and persistence when faced with difficult problems, and remains calm in stressful situations.

    Required Competencies


  • Fosters a sense of team spirit by developing a shared understanding, accountability and enthusiasm for the team’s work.

  • Displays a high level
    of cultural awareness, sensitivity to different ways of working and leverages individual strengths in order to build a better team.

  • Shares credit for team accomplishments and ensures that the contribution of others is recognized.

  • Helps create a positive team spirit, putting aside personal considerations to help the team achieve its goals.

    Delivering Results

  • Produces high-quality results and workable solutions that meet clients’ needs.

  • Anticipates constraints, identifies solutions and takes responsibility for addressing critical situations.

  • Monitors own and others’ work in a systematic and effective way, ensuring required resources and outputs.

  • Aligns projects with Organization’s mission and objectives and demonstrates a good understanding of the impact of team’s and own work on external and internal counterparts.

    Managing and Sharing Knowledge

  • Disseminates and shares knowledge openly and actively contributes to knowledge/network communities for topics relevant to area of expertise.

  • Encourages knowledge sharing across units/departments and ensures that knowledge as captured, recorded and disseminated appropriately.

  • Builds networks for the effective communication and exchange of knowledge and ideas and puts others into contact with various sources of knowledge.


  • Proactively seeks responsibility in delivering towards the goals of the organization.

  • Plans and organizes work with a clear and deliberate focus, ensuring commitments are easily identified and progress is widely communicated.

  • Stands by the actions of team or department, publicly accepting ownership.

  • Takes responsibility of own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.


  • Speaks and writes clearly and effectively.

  • Seeks to share information with others, with due respect for diversity and confidentiality of specific sensitive information.

  • Listens and seeks to understand without bias and responds appropriately.

  • Shares information and keeps others up to date; actively seeks others’ views and ideas and respects their contribution.

    Managerial Competencies


  • Assigns responsibilities fairly and manages performance, taking account of individual strengths, workloads and interests.

  • Is inclusive in decision-making and actively seeks feedback from team members and colleagues in order to identify opportunities for improvement.

  • Takes sound and timely managerial decisions that are consistent with the Organization’s vision and purpose.

  • Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of stakeholders to understand needs and gain support.

    Empowering Others and Building Trust

  • Delegates appropriately to make the most of others talents, clarifying expectations and allowing autonomy in important areas while providing necessary support.

  • Encourages others to take responsibility for their performance; promotes ownership, responsibility and accountability for desired results at all levels.

  • Creates an atmosphere of trust and confidence in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion.

  • Gives proper credit to others, shows appreciation and rewards achievement and effort.

    Strategic Thinking and Vision

  • Aligns own actions to the Organization’s vision, values and mandate

  • Translates strategic direction into short and medium-term plans and objectives for own team; revises objectives to reflect changes in organizational goals.

  • Identifies key issues/priorities in complex situations and how they may be related to one another.

  • Clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals.


  • 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 and verification of residency, visa and authorizations by the concerned Government, where applicable.

    How to Apply

  • Interested candidates are invited to submit their application by sending a Motivation Letter and the updated CV to the email address

  • referring to this advertisement.

  • Closing Date: 25 March, 2020

  • Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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