Colombia: Head of Programmes

Organization: International Organization for Migration
Country: Colombia
Closing date: 22 Jul 2018

Position Title : Head of Programmes

Duty Station : Bogota, Colombia

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P4

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

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 22 July 2018

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 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, Bahamas, Cabo Verde, Czech Republic, Djibouti, Fiji, Micronesia (Federated States of), Gabon, Guyana, Iceland, Comoros, Lesotho, Libya, Montenegro, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Malawi, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Seychelles, Slovenia, Suriname, Swaziland, Timor-Leste, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Vanuatu, Samoa

  3. External female candidates.


IOM started operating in Colombia in 1956. In accordance with its humanitarian mandate it provides assistance to the Colombian Government and civil society by promoting an orderly flow of migration that will guarantee humane treatment of the migrants and ensure their well-being.

IOM broadened and increased its activities associated with the priorities identified by the Colombian Government and civil society regarding displaced and vulnerable populations in the country. As the Colombian Government increases its commitment and financial capacity to assist groups affected by conflict, IOM’s role is increasingly focused on institutional strengthening and addressing new challenges and opportunities, such as land restitution, disaster risk reduction and migration in rural contexts.

IOM has close partnerships with international donors, including USAID, the Government of Canada and the World Bank, as well as government agencies, such as the Ministry of Agriculture, the Department of Social Prosperity, the Colombian Family Welfare Institute, the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, the Ministry of the Education, among others.

Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission (COM) the successful candidate will be responsible and accountable for the coordination and management of four programmes in the Mission and its sub-offices. S/he will develop, clarify and articulate programme strategy and

operation plans and communications for four programmatic units (Migration Governance Strengthening, Migration and Health, Institutional Strengthening for Peace, Private Sector, Migration and Social Innovation). S/he will also mainstream the migratory approach in all the programmatic areas of the Mission.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Oversee implementation of programmes/activities at national level. Identify potential and existing obstacles to programme delivery, through continuous monitoring of programme activities; facilitate dialogue between actors and otherwise promote solutions to these obstacles.

  2. Identify and oversee development at the strategic level of new programmes and strategy-level modifications to existing programs to respond to changing host country, and donor requirements.

  3. Analyse political, social and economic trends and lead formulation, strategic analysis, planning and evaluation of programme activities and provide expert advice for programme /project management. Oversee the drafting and distribution of written analytical reports on the country’s political context, especially the migratory dynamics affecting Colombia.

  4. Establish appropriate mechanisms to tender bids, negotiate contracts and oversee the administration of programme activities that are subcontracted to non-governmental, public or private sector entities.

  5. Develop and maintain strong and regular communications and negotiations with project partners, including central and local authorities, civil society, service providers, the international community and donors. As IOM Colombia expands into new areas, responsibilities include negotiations for new programs.

  6. Maintain continuous dialogue with donor, other IOM Missions, Regional Office and Headquarters to facilitate a coordinated approach to project implementation.

  7. Perform periodic field visits to create relationships with local stakeholder, represent IOM at events and meetings and monitor program activities. Under new programs, IOM is setting up new field offices, requiring intensive liaison work with local stakeholders.

  8. Facilitate knowledge building and management focusing on the identification of best practices and lessons learned for organizational sharing and learning and organization of trainings for the operations/projects staff on programme issues.

  9. Supervise and build capacity among programme teams and the individuals who comprise those teams, including technical advisors and consultants, and field officers.

  10. Liaise with IOM finance and administration units to facilitate interdisciplinary and inter-program support within IOM in planning, programming and execution and oversee the budgetary implementation of the programme and administrative activities.

  11. Participate at the strategic level in the design of databases and other information systems that produce updated information for status reporting on programme activities, aggregated data from the field offices and tools for programmatic planning and decision-making.

  12. Supervise the preparation of key monthly implementation and periodic reports to donors on programme delivery, including quarterly reports to donors and Headquarters (HQs) on budgetary expenditure and results and final reports.

  13. Identify and promote programme opportunities. Support the COM in the development and negotiation of new programmes for the Mission and related fund-raising activities.

  14. Upon delegation of the COM, participate in any UN coordination mechanisms, serve as officer in charge, represent the Mission in donor briefings, high-level meetings and events, visits to project sites and media presentations as necessary.

  15. Perform such other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Public Policy, Political or Social Sciences, Law, Economics or a related field from an accredited academic institution with seven years of relevant professional experience; or

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


• Experience in migratory issues including border management, counter-trafficking, smuggling, emergency response and health in migratory contexts, among others;

• Field experience in large-scale program management, development, negotiation, implementation and inter-institutional co-ordination;

• Work experience in integrated assistance programs for vulnerable groups;

• Previous experience working in developing countries necessary, and in Latin America with governmental or international organizations advantageous;

• Familiarity with programme regulations of the UN and other donors, is desirable;

• Ability to prepare clear and concise reports, supervise staff (large and inter-disciplinary teams) and to coordinate administrative activities. Good level of computer literacy is required, in particular good knowledge of MS Office.


Fluency in English and Spanish is required.

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.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 22 July 2018 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 09.07.2018 to 22.07.2018

Requisition: VN 2018/167 (P) – Head of Programmes (P4) – Bogotá, Colombia (55559609) Released

Posting: Posting NC55559619 (55559619) Released