Head of Programmes and Partnerships NGO Vacancy | UNGO Jobs

Job Title: Head of Programmes and Partnerships

Country: Zimbabwe
Organization: International Organization for Migration
Closing date: 20 Jan 2022

Position Title: Head of Programmes and Partnerships

Duty Station: Harare, Zimbabwe

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P4

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

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 20 January 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; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Libya; Luxembourg; 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 direct supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) in IOM Zimbabwe and in collaboration with relevant Units at the Regional Office (RO) for Southern Africa and at IOM’s Headquarters, the Head of Programmes and Partnerships will support the CoM in their responsibilities to ensure coherence between IOM Zimbabwe Programmes and the Support Services. The selected candidate will ensure that programmes are implemented in an effective and efficient manner, in line with IOM Zimbabwe’s overall strategy and with the Government of Zimbabwe, donors, and beneficiaries’ expectations. The incumbent will also be responsible for strategically coordinating ongoing IOM Zimbabwe’s partnerships as well as actively advocating for new funding opportunities and identifying new programme opportunities for the Country Office (CO).

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Assist the CoM in formulating country policies, strategies and approaches across the mission’s operational portfolio, as well as identify and develop new programmes to address emerging needs in line with Government Plans, the UN Country Team strategy in-country, IOM national commitments, as well as regional and global strategies.

  2. Oversee implementation of programmes/activities at national and regional level. Identify potential and existing obstacles to programme delivery, through continuous monitoring of programmes activities, facilitate dialogue between actors and promote solution to emerging challenges.

  3. Lead formulation, planning and evaluation of programme activities and provide expert advice for programme/project management. Promote convergence between all programmes and projects aiming to advance efficiency and effectiveness of emergency operations through balance division of labour, while reducing parallel structures and communication channels, thereby avoiding duplication, overlap and wastage of resources (human, financial, time, other).

  4. Keep abreast of and analyze migration issues, political and socio-economic policies and emerging trends, including but not limited to, migrants’ protection, human rights, reintegration, international law. Identify priorities and inform and recommend actions to the Zimbabwe CoM in anticipation of risks and opportunities for IOM.

  5. In coordination with relevant Units in the mission, support establishment appropriate mechanism to tender bids, negotiate contract and oversee the administration of programme activities that are subcontracted to non-governmental, public or private sector entities.

  6. Coordinate recruitment and coaching/training of programme staff as well as create, deploy and periodically fine-tune all programmatic systems, including information management, procurement and financial tracking. Ensure that all departments are coordinating together smoothly to achieve programmes/ objectives and supervise in-country international and national staff.

  7. Facilitate knowledge building and management focusing on the identification of best practices and lessons learnt for organizational sharing and learning and the organization of trainings for the operations/project staff on programmes issues.

  8. Actively build and maintain strong, regular and cordial communications with key programme stakeholders, including national and local authorities, civil society, UN agencies, service providers and donors. As IOM Zimbabwe expands into new areas, responsibilities include support CoM with negotiations for funding for new programmes.

  9. Oversee liaison with national and international counterparts to further the development and objectives of the ongoing programmes/projects in-country and regionally. Seek programmatic partnerships and synergies when appropriate with other humanitarian and development partners, as well as Government entities.

  10. Assess potential programme opportunities and projects, support project developer (PD) on drafting project proposals and concept notes in the areas of interest to the IOM Zimbabwe Country Office, compile and review project reports, fact sheets and other documents in coordination with relevant program units.

  11. Upon delegation of the CoM, represent IOM and participate in relevant country UN andinter-agency bodies and mechanisms, including but not limited to, HRP processes, UNCT and UNHCT meetings, Human Rights Working Group, relevant mechanisms in close collaboration with RO Pretoria and HQ Departments to ensure that IOM policies and programmes are integrated into inter-agency processes and contribute to inter-agency strategies. When needed, represent the Country Office (CO) in donor briefings, high-level meetings and media presentations.

  12. Support the Advisory Committee for the IOM -UN Joint Strategy contribute directly to the realization of SDG 16 which is on promoting peaceful, inclusive societies for sustainable development, access to justice and effective and accountable institutions.

  13. Formally deputize for the CoM during their absences and/or when require.

  14. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Masters degree (or equivalent) in Law, Social Sciences, Economic and Political Development, International Relations and/or a closely related discipline from an accredited institution with seven years of relevant professional experience;

• University degree in the above fields with nine years of relevant professional experience.


• At least seven years of progressively responsible experience in international emergency and/or development work preferably, extensively involved in project design, coordination, management or implementation at national, regional and/or international levels;

• Experience coordinating and liaising with government agencies, local self-governance bodies, civil society organizations, and donors;

• Experience in providing technical support and/or capacity building for key stakeholders in projects/programmes on promoting human rights and/or gender equality;

• Experience working in the field of emergency response and humanitarian assistance;

• Proven management capability and experience;

• Previous experience working with IOM in the SADC region is an advantage.


• Excellent project management skills, including knowledge of IOM administrative and financial procedures and budget monitoring;

• Good liaison and negotiation skills;

• Knowledge of the cluster systems, various steps of project cycle and coordination with different donors, local authorities, beneficiaries and other stakeholders;

• Ability to supervise, motivate and coach/direct staff;

• Ability to work within autonomy;

• Ability to negotiate and resolve operational problems;

• Good level of computer literacy.


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 Portuguese and/or French 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 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 20 January 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 07.01.2022 to 20.01.2022

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.

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