IOM Programme Officer Jobs in South Sudan

IOM Programme Officer Jobs in South Sudan

Position Title : Programme Officer (MHPSS)

Duty Station : Juba, South Sudan

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P2

Type of Appointment : Special short-term graded, Six months with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 10 December 2019

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; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Cook Islands; Cuba; Djibouti;
El Salvador; Fiji; Gabon; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See;
Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People's Democratic Republic
(the); Latvia; Libya; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States
of); Montenegro; Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Papua New Guinea; 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.


IOM began implementing Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) activities in South
Sudan in 2014, targeting Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in selected displacement sites.

The activities include direct service delivery such as the establishment of psychosocial centres
and mobile teams, and the capacity building of IDP communities, humanitarian actors and
selected ministries on MHPSS-related interventions and mainstreaming.

IOM is currently
providing direct community-based MHPSS services in Malakal, Bentiu and Wau and wishes to
strengthen its engagement in the host communities.

In addition to that, IOM has been chairing
the MHPSS Technical Working at the national level since 2017.
The Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Technical Working was formed in Juba,
Republic of South Sudan in June 2016.

The purpose of the MHPSS Technical Working Group
(TWG) is to bring together all the stakeholders working in MHPSS with the view to enhancing
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the response to MHPSS needs of affected persons in the Republic of South Sudan, and thus
improving their access to quality services and support.

It aims at enhancing coordination among
MHPSS agencies, conducting mapping of MHPSS activities, sharing best practice, building
capacities of MHPSS actors and partners in other priority clusters, supporting the development
of MHPSS policies and strengthening advocacy initiatives with the Government of South Sudan,
the humanitarian community and donors.

Under the overall supervision of the Head of Operations and the direct supervision of the
MHPSS Programme Manager, the successful candidate will be responsible for contributing to
the development and implementation of MHPSS activities and capacity building with internal
and external actors, as well as coordinating the activities of the Technical Working Group at
national level.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

MHPSS programming:

1. Assist the MHPSS programme manager in identifying programme development opportunities
in South Sudan and provide technical inputs and assistance for project proposal development,
and the identification of new donors and thematic areas of technical intervention.

2. Check that relevant capacity building (including curriculum development) is provided to the
IOM MHPSS team and partners

3. Conduct MHPSS mainstreaming activities with relevant actors where applicable (CCCM,
Protection, Health, Nutrition, Education, FSL) including line ministries, academic partners, IDPs
and host community members.

4. Coordinate the activities of the MHPSS Technical Working Group at national level.

5. Monitor the work of sub-national coordinators (Unity, Upper Nile, Western Bahr el Ghazal).

6. Provide technical inputs and guidance to support the formulation of strategies and the annual
working plans for the MHPSS Technical Working Group.

7. Provide technical support to MHPSS within the Cluster system, at the Inter-Cluster Working
Group (ICWG), with MHPSS actors and non-MHPSS actors, the Government of South Sudan
and within the Donor Community.

8. Contribute to the development of MHPSS tools and deliver capacity building actions such as
training of trainers, specialized training and awareness raising initiatives for MHPSS Technical
Working Group members and for the Government of South Sudan.

9. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Psychiatry, Psychology, Social Work, Counselling, Pedagogy or a related
    field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience;
  • University degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional experience.


  • Experience in MHPSS responses in humanitarian contexts;
  • Experience working in conflict/humanitarian contexts;
  • Experience in community engagement, dialogue and conflict transformation is desirable;
  • In depth theoretical and practical knowledge of the IASC MHPSS in Emergency Settings
    Guidelines and associated products;
  • Strong networking capacities for constructive relationships with all humanitarian actors, donors
    and relevant government line ministries;
  • Experience in working in large scale complex humanitarian emergencies (previous working
    experience in South Sudan is an advantage);
  • Familiarity with the humanitarian architecture (cluster system), humanitarian appeals,
    humanitarian response plans and common humanitarian funds;
  • Very good advocacy and negotiation skills.


  • IOM’s official languages are English, French and Spanish.
  • For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Arabic,
  • French and/or Spanish is an advantage.

    1 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:

  • 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
  • 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.

    IOM’s competency framework can be found at this link.

    For more information and to apply see;

    IOM Programme Officer Jobs in South Sudan

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