Head of Partnerships and Coordination Division

  • Contract
  • Baghdad Iraq
  • TBD USD / Year
  • Salary: TBD

International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Head of Partnerships and Coordination Division

Duty Station: Baghdad, Iraq

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P4

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

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 27 October 2022

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 www.iom.int/diversity.

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. External female candidates:
  3. Candidate from the following non-represented member states:

Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba (Netherlands); Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Congo (the); Cook Islands; Cuba; Curaçao; Fiji; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Madagascar; 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 of IOM and female candidates.


Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission, and direct supervision of the Deputy Chief of Mission), and in coordination with Heads of Divisions, Heads of Offices, Programme Managers, Resources Management Office and other relevant Departments in IOM Headquarters (HQ) and Regional Office (RO) for the Middle East and North Africa in Cairo, the successful candidate will be responsible for managing the Partnerships and Coordination Division, encompassing the Programme Support (PSU); Public Information (PI) and Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Units, including managing all staff members, and overseeing and leading the programme development, fundraising and resource mobilization, external partnerships and liaison and internal coordination functions of the IOM Iraq Country Office (CO), as well as supporting the development of Country Office strategies.

The incumbent will work closely with the CoM, DCoM(s) particularly in Baghdad, on the following:

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Represents IOM Iraq Country Office at relevant external donor, UN or partner meetings, briefings and conferences at the international and national level; and co-ordinates internal IOM engagement and contributions to HQ/RO or external processes, in co-ordination with the DCoM(s).
  2. Respond to inquiries from IOM HQ, RO Cairo, and the UNCT, amongst others regarding IOM Iraq’s programming, and migration and displacement trends.
  3. Support policy and liaison functions for any issues relating to UN internal planning, programming, working towards frameworks including the UN Strategic Development Co-operation Framework, Agenda for 2030 processes, UN Network for Migration and any other IOM and UN core Working Groups or frameworks.
  4. Lead on providing guidance on relevant and thematic fundraising strategies, and actively contribute to the CO’s fundraising efforts by compiling and analysing information on strategic migration-related initiatives, donor policies and priorities, identifying new funding opportunities, and defining proactive approaches to donors, in coordination with Programme Managers.
  5. Alongside the CoM and DCoM(s), advise on and contribute to the CO’s strategic planning through developing strategy papers that reflect IOM Iraq CO’s priorities and the emerging migration-related needs in Iraq, in line with IOM and UN global, regional and national strategies, the Strategic Vision and frameworks such as the Agenda for 2030 and the Global Compact for Migration.
  6. Direct relevant Units to manage external liaison and donor relations function. Develop and implement effective tools, products and systems, and compile, analyze and advise on donor policies and priorities for Iraq and the Government of Iraq’s policies to identify new funding opportunities and define proactive approaches to donors.
  7. Ensure a results-based approach and provide significant advice, input and contributions to proposals, ensuring compliance with IOM and donor requirements in line with IOM’s Strategic Results Framework (SRF) and Results Based Management Approach.
  8. Oversee and ensure the efficient processing, endorsement and submission of relevant country Office or donor contracts and agreements, in line with specific IOM requirements and procedures.
  9. Act as a Coordinator and Manager of the Programme Support (PSU); Public Information (PI) and Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Units, and support the capacity building activities for these unit by mentoring and providing training.
  10. Directs the Head of the PSU, and provide overall direction to the Unit to identify, assess, coordinate, and lead the design and development of new programme opportunities, projects, or initiatives in coordination with relevant donors, government counterparts, public and private institutions, and UN Agencies;
  11. Advise, guide and coordinate programme units to oversee the compilation and submission of reports for donors, government, and other stakeholders. Edit and revise reports as required, ensuring compliance with agreement requirements and procedures.
  12. Directs the Head of the MEAL Unit and provide overall direction to the Unit including to develop the overall framework for Project Monitoring and Evaluation including programmes/projects reviews, participatory impact assessments, process and operations monitoring, evaluations, and lessons-learned workshops, while ensuring that monitoring and evaluation arrangements comply with donor agreements.
  13. Directs the Head of PI Unit and provide overall direction to the Unit including to create onadvocacy and communications strategies to promote IOM Iraq CO and raise awareness of migration issues nationally and internationally, including supporting Unit to produce key messages, visual content, and managing social media accounts.

14.Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Political or Social Sciences, Law, International Relations 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.


  • Experience in humanitarian programmes for migrants and capacity-building activities;
  • Experience in liaising with governmental and diplomatic authorities, as well as with national and international institutions;
  • Experience in liaising with governmental and diplomatic authorities, international institutions and NGOs;
  • Previous experience working in an international organization and knowledge of the UN is essential; and,
  • Previous work in relevant issues such as migration, displacement, transition or stabilization contexts, humanitarian assistance, the Middle East, or Iraq is essential.


  • Sound and proven understanding of internal and international migration issues in the region,the sub-region and related issues;
  • Knowledge of the Region is an advantage;
  • Familiarity with financial and business administration;
  • In depth knowledge of the broad range of migration related subject areas dealt with by theOrganization; and,
  • Knowledge of UN and bilateral donor programming.


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 is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Arabic 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).

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 3

  • 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 3

  • 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.

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 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. Subject to certain exemptions, vaccination against COVID-19 will in principle be required for individuals hired on or after 15 November 2021. This will be verified as part of the medical clearance process.

Vacancies close at 23:59 local time Geneva, Switzerland on the respective closing date. No late applications will be accepted.

How to apply

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 27 October 2022 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

IOM only accepts duly completed applications submitted through the IOM e-Recruitment system. The online tool also allows candidates to track the status of their application.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

For further information please refer to: www.iom.int/recruitment

Posting period:

From 14.10.2022 to 27.10.2022

No Fees:

IOM does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, processing, training or other fee). IOM does not request any information related to bank accounts.

Requisition: VN 2022 179 Head of Partnerships and Coordination Division (P4) Baghdad, Iraq (57620640) Released

Posting: Posting NC57620641 (57620641) Released