Programme Coordinator

  • Contract
  • Cairo Egypt
  • TBD USD / Year
  • Salary: TBD

International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Programme Coordinator

Duty Station: Cairo, Egypt

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P3

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

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 23 March 2023

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.


Under the direct supervision of the Regional Director of IOM Regional Office (RO) for Middle

East and North Africa (MENA) in Cairo, and the technical oversight of the Regional Emergency

& Post Crisis Specialist, and in coordination with the Senior Regional Resources Management Officer, the Programme Coordinator will be responsible and accountable for coordination of IOM’s operations in response to humanitarian challenges in Syria (Whole of Syria and cross border programmes).

The Programme Coordinator will provide technical inputs and guidance and will coordinate the development of strategies, methodologies and contingency plans that respond to new and emerging operational challenges across Whole of Syria and cross border programmes, and in coordination with IOM senior management and relevant Country Offices under RO MENA.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Coordinate the development of strategies, methodologies and contingency plans that respond to the new and emerging operational challenges for the Whole of Syria response programme, through a consultative process with the Regional Director and IOM senior management.
  2. In coordination with the Regional Emergency and Post Crisis Specialist, ensure that all the components of the emergency response and the regular recovery and development activities operate in a coherent and mutually supportive manner.
  3. Keep abreast of humanitarian policies, international standards and best practices relating to the emergency field and the Whole of Syria response programme; recommend solutions on how the cross cutting issues, including gender, age, education, disability, environment and protection, can be better incorporated for further enhancement of the cross-border humanitarian response.
  4. Ensure timely preparation and submission of all emergency project reports according to IOM and donor formats as required. Coordinate preparation of regular updates, project summaries, lessons learnt, press releases and other relevant materials.
  5. Identify new opportunities for emergency response and participate in the development of emergency project proposals in coordination with Resources Management Unit, Department of Operations and Emergency (DOE) at Headquarters (HQ), the Regional Office and Programme/Project Managers.
  6. Participate actively in various fora, including inter-agency coordination groups, and meetings with governmental authorities, non-governmental organizations, donors and other stakeholders.
  7. Organize regular coordination meetings with IOM stakeholders/Country Offices implementing Whole of Syria and cross border response programmes. Organize conferences, meetings, training and other events, and coordinate the Communication and Public Information matters with relevant units.
  8. In close coordination with the Regional Director and the Regional Emergency and Post Crisis, contribute to the operational, administrative, and financial oversight of Whole of Syria and cross border response programmes to ensure effective programme implementation, and provide guidance, as necessary, to address issues as they arise and identify/address capacity building needs.
  9. Undertake duty travel relating to the concerned Country Offices to provide technical and procedural support/guidance, liaison with counterparts, problem solving, contingency planning, and other relevant duties as required.
  10. Research, analyze and draft documents necessary for donor/partner liaison, planning, and other relevant purposes.
  11. Keep accurate and pertinent records of all correspondences and information in support ofthe Whole of Syria and cross border response programmes.
  12. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in International Relations, Political Science, Business or Public Administration, Humanitarian Affairs, Development Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Public Policy 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 fields related to IOM emergency and recovery programming including emergency coordination, NFI/shelter, CCCM, DTM, protection, transition & recovery, or preparedness and response;
  • Practical experience in project management, including administrative and financial management, procurement procedures, and internal control procedures. Knowledge of IOM procedures is an advantage;
  • Experience working in an emergency context and ability to establish and maintain working relations with government officials, donors, UN agencies, NGOs, and other stakeholders;
  • Previous experience working in an international organization and knowledge of the UN system is essential;
  • Previous work experience in an emergency mission is an advantage; and,
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with donor landscape and funding mechanisms is essential.


  • Sound judgment, ability to extract, interpret, analyse and format data and make decision rapidly to resolve operational problems;
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision;
  • Capacity to work effectively in high-pressure, rapidly changing environments;
  • Solid computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office package (Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook); and,
  • Strong understanding of the UN and IOM Rules Regulations and practices are advantageous.


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 (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, or Spanish).

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 (

Required Competencies:

Values – all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these five values:

  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: Respects and promotes individual and cultural differences. Encourages diversity and inclusion.
  • 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.
  • Courage: Demonstrates willingness to take a stand on issues of importance.
  • Empathy: Shows compassion for others, makes people feel safe, respected and fairly treated.

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 actions 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 leadership and professional potential.
  • Empowering others: Creates an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.
  • Building Trust: Promotes shared values and creates an atmosphere of trust and honesty.
  • Strategic thinking and vision: Works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.
  • Humility: Leads with humility and shows openness to acknowledging own shortcomings.

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 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. 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 HERE via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 23 March 2023 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:

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: SVN 2023 58 Programme Coordinator (P3) Cairo, Egypt (58014230) Released

Posting: Posting NC58014231 (58014231) Released

Deadline: 23 Mar 2023