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Deputy Director, Operations and Emergencies

Geneva (Switzerland)

Position Title : Deputy Director, Operations and Emergencies

Duty Station : Geneva, Switzerland

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade D1

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

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 08 June 2016

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and 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 environment. Applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged. For the purpose of the vacancy, the following candidates are considered as tier candidates:

  1. Internal candidates

  2. Qualified applicants from the following NMS countries:

Antigua and Barbuda, Benin, Bahamas, Botswana, Belize, Cabo Verde, Czech

Republic, Djibouti, Micronesia (Federated States of), Gabon, Gambia, Guyana, Iceland, Cambodia, Comoros, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Libya, Montenegro, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Maldives, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Seychelles, Suriname, El Salvador, Leste, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Vanuatu, Samoa

  1. External female candidates.


The Department of Operations and Emergencies (DOE) oversees the full spectrum of IOMs migration related activities. It coordinates IOMs participation in humanitarian responses, provides migration services in emergencies or post-crisis situations, and promotes stabilization, transition and recovery at the individual and community levels. The Department provides technical support to field efforts, particularly in responding to forced migration and large scale population displacement, including protracted internal and border displacement and refugee situations; delivers strategic recommendations on both policy and operational issues; and provides guidance to field operations on project development and implementation agency coordination.

In addition to undertaking specialized projects and programmes, DOE is composed of four divisions and one unit: (a) Preparedness and Response Division; (b) Transition and Recovery Division; (c) Land, Property and Reparations Division; (d) Resettlement and Movement Management Division; and (e) Statistics and Knowledge Management Unit. The Department also supports the secretariat of the led Migrants in Countries in Crisis (MICIC) initiative.

Under the direct supervision of the Director of DOE, the successful candidate will support the

Director to oversee and coordinate DOEs field operations portfolio, including activities undertaken in preparedness, emergency response, transition/stabilization, resettlement and movement contexts, ensuring coherence of purpose among the respective thematic areas which fall under DOEs purview. In addition, the Deputy Director will support the Director to manage related institutional tools, policies and strategies including ensuring the implementation of the IOM Migration Crisis Operational framework (MCOF), Principles for Humanitarian Action (PHA) and other humanitarian policies, as well as the IOM Migration Governance Framework (MiGoF) and external frameworks as they apply in DOE contexts such as 2030 SDGs (sustainable development goals) in relation to for example to forced migration, peace and stability.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

The Deputy Director serves as the Directors principal adviser on humanitarian and crisis issues as well as provides substantive support to the direction, planning, management, implementation and monitoring of the work of the Department. The incumbent will also assist the Director to position and promote IOM humanitarian and related objectives and priorities within multilateral processes and partnerships. The role of the Deputy Director will be further to support the Departments overall coordination and collaboration with other Headquarter departments and divisions as well as with Regional Offices and Country offices and across the organization as whole, in order to enhance the timeliness, relevance and quality of the technical outputs. The Deputy will also ensure congruence between the Departments substantive and technical objectives in relation to available resources.

In particular, the Deputy Director has the primary responsibility for the following key roles: a) crisis analysis and strategic planning; b) technical leadership and coordination; c) management of the Departments resources and institutional obligations, including operationalization of substantive and technical objectives and monitoring results.

A. Crisis analysis and strategic planning

• Coordinate and oversee the work of DOE teams, including heads of divisions, to assess and analyze major conflict, resettlement contexts, trends and developments in relation to IOM strategic direction, polices, operational capacities, and their implications for the work of the Department and the organization as a whole.

• Advise the Director of the Department on related matters, and recommend and oversee specific courses of action, including staff deployments as well as the mobilization of internal funding mechanisms.

• Supports the Director in strategic planning and in identifying priorities for the work of the Department and its divisions, also ensuring the Department fulfills wide policies and commitments.

• Ensure the coordination of policy formulation, technical support and strategic planning from an overall department and organizational wide perspective.

• In coordination with relevant departments and units of the Organization, oversee the research and policy processes and outputs of the Department, including promotional materials, and the preparation of Migration Dimensions of Crisis Working Papers.

B. Technical leadership and coordination:

• In coordination with relevant divisions and departments, oversee IOMs field operations in crisis and humanitarian emergency contexts, including in relation to movements and humanitarian operations.

• Support the Director to maintain ongoing dialogue with partners as well as development institutions on migration and mobility trends in crisis situations.

• Act as IOMs primary focal point to the Agency Standing Committee (IASC), including serving as the focal person for the IASC Working Group and representing IOM in the IASC Emergency Directors Group (EDG).

• Oversee the Departments development of policies and guidelines in the context of scale

emergency responses, including Level 3 operations, emergency operational manual, supply chain management in coordination with DRM and other key internal processes for which the Deputy Director will coordinate DOEs support measures, in collaboration with relevant divisions and units at Headquarters.

• Undertake field missions to oversee the effective implementation of IOM crisis operations and participate in joint missions, including representing the Director on Emergency Director Group (EDG) joint missions in order to ensure that the mobility dimensions of crisis and IOM positions are adequately reflected in agency efforts.

• Support the Director in developing global operational partnerships with relevant governmental, multilateral and governmental partners in coordination with relevant divisions and the International Cooperation and Partnerships Department.

C. Management of the Department’s resources and institutional obligations

• In coordination with respective Regional Directors, support, supervise and coordinate the work and activities of the Departments Regional Thematic Specialists across IOMs nine Regional Offices.

• Oversee the coordination and preparation of institutional documents, including, among others, the annual Director Generals report, MCOF reporting, papers to the governing bodies, etc.

• Support the Director to lead and guide the Departments contribution to knowledge sharing systems, MiGoF, gender policy, monitoring and evaluation and based management.

• Provide updates to the Director on policies, activities, reports, statistics and analyses related activities and planning undertaken by the Organization.

• Act as Officer in Charge during the absence of the Director from Headquarters.

• Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Masters degree in Political or Social Sciences, Humanitarian Affairs, International Relations, International Humanitarian Law or a related field from an accredited academic institution with ten years of relevant professional experience.


• Operational experience in humanitarian emergencies and/or crisis and crisis settings;

• Sound knowledge of financial and business administration and of the principles and practices of management;

• Experience in the mobility dimensions of crisis, including legislation, policy and direct expert advice/support to governments as well as in liaising with governmental and diplomatic authorities and international institutions;

• Sound knowledge of project cycle as well as of monitoring and evaluation.


Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of French, Spanish, Arabic or other languages is an advantage.


  1. In the interest of widening the pool of applicants for this position that is expected to coordinate DOEs work as it relates to protracted humanitarian and post crises situations, including L3 emergencies, as well as interagency coordination frameworks, the commensurate and relevant work experience has been adjusted to minimum of ten years for those candidates who have significant and relevant experience in the mentioned fields of work.

Desirable Competencies:


• Accountability – takes responsibility for action and manages constructive criticisms

• Client Orientation – works effectively well with client and stakeholders

• Continuous Learning – promotes continuous learning for self and others

• Communication – listens and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience

• Creativity and Initiative – actively seeks new ways of improving programmes or services

• Leadership and Negotiation – develops effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders;

• Performance Management – identify ways and implement actions to improve performance of self and others.

• Planning and Organizing - plans work, anticipates risks, and sets goals within area of responsibility;

• Professionalism - displays mastery of subject matter

• Teamwork – contributes to a collegial team environment; incorporates gender related needs, perspectives, concerns and promotes equal gender participation.

• Technological Awareness - displays awareness of relevant technological solutions;

• Resource Mobilization - works with internal and external stakeholders to meet resource needs of IOM.


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.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM Recruitment system, by 08 June 2016 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

For further information, please refer to:


In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM only accepts online profiles duly completed.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. You can track the progress of your application on your personal application page in the IOM recruitment system.

Posting period:

From 26.05.2016 to 08.06.2016

Requisition: VN 2016/117 (P) - Deputy Director, OpeGeneva,Switzerland

(54809152) Released

Posting: Posting NC54809163 (54809163) Released

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: IOM - International Organization for Migration
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: Senior - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Accounting (Audit, Controlling)
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Emergency Aid and Response
  • Closing Date: 2016-06-08

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