Fiji: Chief of Mission

Organization: International Organization for Migration
Country: Fiji
Closing date: 01 Mar 2017

Position Title : Chief of Mission

Duty Station : Suva, Fiji

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P3

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

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 01 March 2017

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

1. Internal candidates

2. Qualified applicants from the following NMS countries:

Antigua and Barbuda, Benin, Bahamas, Botswana, Belize, Congo, Cabo Verde, Djibouti, Micronesia (Federated States of), Gabon, Gambia, Guyana, Iceland, Cambodia, Comoros, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Libya, Montenegro, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Mauritania, Maldives, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Seychelles, Slovenia, Suriname, El Salvador, Swaziland, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, United Republic of Tanzania, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Vanuatu, Samoa


Under the supervision of the Chief of Mission in Canberra and in close cooperation with relevant units at Regional Office (RO) Bangkok and Headquarters (HQs), the successful candidate will be IOM’s interlocutor with the Government of Fiji. S/he will be responsible and accountable for promoting, developing and implementing the full range of IOM programming in Fiji within the overall Pacific regional strategic framework.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Oversee the operational, administrative, human resources and financial activities of the Mission, in compliance with relevant rules, regulations and procedures.
  2. Maintain and further develop liaison with local governmental authorities and diplomatic missions, UN agencies, international, regional and non-governmental organizations.

  3. Review and exchange information on activities, respond to queries and requests for information. Prepare regular and special reports, briefings, presentations and background information, including status, statistical and other types of reports.

  4. Participate in appropriate coordination and programming mechanisms of the United Nations Country Team (UNCT), in particular with a view to advocating for addressing migration-related issues pertaining to the Pacific region.

  5. Network with relevant local governmental authorities, potential donors, international organizations and other stakeholders and identify new programme opportunities and develop new project. Draft project documents or proposals in coordination with the Project Development Officer in Canberra for internal endorsement and submission to potential donors.

  6. Collaboratively develop and/or implement fundraising strategies for the country and/or Pacific region in coordination with IOM Canberra.

  7. Manage and monitor the implementation of ongoing projects and operations and prepare progress reports as required. Provide guidance and information to resolve problems, analyse operational procedures and project effectiveness and recommend improvements.

  8. Contribute to and provide assistance related to regional priorities. Analyse migration-related trends and issues and develop appropriate project responses.

  9. Advise the Chief of Mission in Canberra on government policies affecting the activities of IOM. Prepare briefings and provide background, country specific and other requested information on activities and developments.

  10. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Political or Social Sciences, Business Administration, Law 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 the field of migration issues including operational and field experience, project development / office management;

• Experience on project management;

• Demonstrated expertise in both post- emergency operations and development contexts

(thematically including labour migration and climate change);

• Experience liaising with governmental and diplomatic authorities, as well as with national and international institutions;

• Proven supervisory and managerial experience;

• Experience working in the Pacific region is an asset;

• Knowledge of migration in the Pacific is an asset;

• Previous experience working with IOM and with UN specialized agencies an advantage.


Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of French is an advantage.

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.

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. s

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 01 March 2017 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 e-recruitment system.

Posting period:

From 16.02.2017 to 01.03.2017

Requisition: VN 2017/44 (P) – Chief of Mission (P3) – Suva, Fiji (54976143) Released

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