Kenya: Head, Labour Mobility and Human Development Division

Organization: International Organization for Migration
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 16 Feb 2017

Position Title : Head, Labour Mobility and Human Development Division

Duty Station : IOM Somalia in Nairobi*, Kenya

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 : 16 February 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 direct supervision of the Department of Migration Management Coordinator for Somalia, and the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission, in close coordination with Regional Thematic Specialists, and relevant units at Headquarters, the Head of Labour Mobility and Human Development Division (LHD) at IOM Somalia will be responsible for the overall management of the LHD Division, including planning, managing, budgeting, and timely implementation of the MIDA, Youth Employment and Remittance Programmes in Somalia.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Oversee and support the functioning of the IOM Somalia Labour Mobility and Human Development (LHD) Unit and its projects.
  2. Design the overall framework for IOM’s Youth Employment Programme in line with the UN and Government of Somalia’s youth strategies.
  3. Develop labour migration programme activities, undertake recruitment and selection exercises, conduct pre-departure orientation (including cultural orientation, professional workforce training, financial literacy training and language training) and monitor the employment conditions of Somali migrant workers.
  4. Coordinate training for Somali Government officials on labour migration issues.

  5. Integrate employment, development and skills policies that maximize the employment impact of economic growth, investment and development, which are gender sensitive and inclusive.

  6. Create strategies and develop proposals to increase IOM’s presence in the Somali remittances sector.

  7. Initialize remittance research/surveys on formal/informal corridors and utilisation of remittances for household consumption, development purposes human capital formation (education and healthcare for families of remittances senders).

  8. Contribute to the development an effective labour migration strategy/policy for IOM Somalia to provide assistance to the Government of Somalia in exploring bilateral labour agreements with the Gulf Countries as well as some European countries.

  9. Ensure an efficient implementation of the MIDA Programme. This entails identifying the sectors/ ministries within Somalia that needs the most assistance in terms of institutional capacity building. Conduct regular institutional assessments in order to inform IOM’s level of intervention and duration of such intervention. Develop new MIDA projects and expand current activities when necessary, including providing long-term programming vision.

  10. Develop the LHD Programme budgets to reflect the needs of Somalia as well as making provision for renovations, and equipment for all institutions that the Division deals with. Administer the Division’s budgets and submit financial requests and reports to IOM Finance in an orderly and timely manner. Monitor project activities, financial expenditures as well as oversee and finalize narrative and financial reports of the all LHD project activities.

  11. Develop a coherent approach to institutional capacity building in Somalia, including contingency planning to allow project implementation to adjust to security and political situations on the ground. Create mechanisms to prevent favouritism in the recruitment process. Design a recruitment plan that will make it easier for the Somali diaspora to be part of the MIDA Programme. Oversee the management of the MIDA Website, including regular website updates.

  12. Put in place a structure that allows for constant and consistent coordination with the Somali Government authorities, the donors and other concerned stakeholders. Design an outreach campaign to attract the Somali diaspora to the MIDA Programme; this includes outreach activities in Northern America and Europe.

  13. Manage all of the LHD staff in all seven Federal States of Somalia, as well as Nairobi. Manage all aspects of MIDA Somalia Programme activities, including MIDA-FINNSOM, JSB-MIDA, SIDA-MIDA, MIDA Italy, CD4D and other MIDA projects.

  14. Liaise with relevant departments such as SSU and UNDSS. Assist in monitoring the security situation in Somalia and advise accordingly. Develop an evacuation plan for all of the MIDA diaspora experts/consultants. Work closely with the United Nations Humanitarian Air Services (UNHAS) to evacuate the MIDA diaspora experts when necessary.

  15. Undertake duty travel to Somalia as required and as the security conditions allow to ensure effective implementation of the programmes.

  16. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in International Development, Peace and Conflict Resolution, Social or Political Science 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 international development or humanitarian response, including at least 4 years of field experience in a post conflict, complex emergency and highly insecure area;

• Experience in an international organization, particularly working with diaspora experts and especially with Labour Mobility and Human Development;

• Experience with project management, especially, multi-year and multi-sectoral projects;

• Experience working with government officials, donor agencies;

• Experience in managing websites and/or database preferred as well as experience in making presentations and delivering training;

• Experience working with Somali Government officials an advantage.


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


With possible relocation to Mogadishu, Somalia if and when the situation is conducive.

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


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. “

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 16 February 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 03.02.2017 to 16.02.2017

Requisition: VN 2017/39 (P) – Head,LabourMobility&HumanDev’tDiv(P3)-IOMSomaliainNairobi,Kenya

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