Project Officer (ShelterNFI) At International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Project Officer (ShelterNFI)

Duty Station: Mekele, Ethiopia

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P2

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

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 01 February 2023

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.


Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission, under the direct supervision of the Emergency Crisis Coordinator/Head of Sub-Office Mekele, Ethiopia, and technical supervision of the Programme Manager (Shelter/ Non-Food Items (NFI)), the Project Officer (Shelter/NFI) will be responsible for supporting the effective implementation of emergency, transitional and permanent Shelter NFIs projects in Mekele area of responsibility of Tigray region in Ethiopia.

In addition to coordinating and supporting the field-based response in the region, the Project Support Officer (Shelter/NFI) will provide technical support and training to IOM national Shelter NFI team, partners, and stakeholders on emergency shelter NFI response and programming, and contribute to planning and strategy for IOM Shelter NFI response. The position will be based in Mekelle with frequent travel across the region.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Contribute to the review and/or development of detailed work and activity plans for ShelterNFI project implementation in collaboration with Programme Manager and in accordance with Programme documents and donor agreements. Monitor adherence to work-plans, deadlines, and budgets.
  2. Monitor Shelter NFI project progress by assisting with the development of monitoring systems for tracking progress in area of responsibility and relevant locations in Tigray region. Identify challenges and bottlenecks and make recommendations on corrective action to be taken including in the procurement and delivery of shelter NFI materials. Document best practices and share lessons learned.
  3. Work closely with technical working groups and the national and regional Shelter NFI cluster including relevant Government sectors and Technical Working Group (TWiG) on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Returnees, Host community, IDPs shelter NFI needs in the region to check adherence to work plans. Contribute to the implementation and periodical review of strategies,. Provide technical inputs in producing the assessment reports and making recommendations for further action.
  4. Provide technical support on IOM Emergency Shelter NFI assistance to IDPs including engagement with the Shelter NFI Cluster on the development of shelter and NFIs interventions for emergency, recovery and resilience of individuals displaced by conflict and natural disasters.
  5. Contribute to the development and maintaining of positive relations with government counterparts, on assistance to IDPs, returnees and IDPs hosting communities and National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC) and regional Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Bureau (DPPB), UN agencies, and other partners, including non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations, and regional state authorities at the technical level on assistance to affected populations.
  6. Assist Programme Manager and work closely with the project development and communications teams in Country Office to identify new project opportunities on Shelter NFI and provide regular updates on activities for purposes including ensuring appropriate donor visibility and project implementation sites.
  7. Supervise the Shelter NFI unit’s staff based at Sub-Office level to ensure compliance to implementation plans. Provide guidance and support to Shelter NFI programme field staff (including development/revision of standard operating procedures (SOPs) and technical notes) and technical support on synergies between head- and field offices regarding staffing needs and the efficient use of resources.
  8. Check that the integration of cross-cutting issues such as protection, environment, gender, children, Gender Based Violence (GBV), Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) and other vulnerable groups are considered in shelter NFI project design, budgeting, and implementation.
  9. Participate to the meetings of Shelter NFI team at sub-national level at Shelter NFI Cluster and with the regional government’s authorities, state representative’s institutions, Shelter NFI partners, local and Sub-national coordination forums.
  10. Provide technical support on planning and assist in shelter and non-food items (SNFI) strategy making on activities within the area of Cash-based interventions (CBIs) projects including needs and market assessments, planning and budgeting, technical choices, legal and regulatory aspects, implementation modalities and coordination.
  11. Support the adequate inter-agency coordination mechanisms on CBIs and assist in building and maintaining strong relations with partners, regional entities and represent IOM in cash working group and overall coordination.
  12. Work closely with Programme Support Unit (PSU) and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) team for the establishment of a sound monitoring process for cash assistance, with proper data collection, use and monitoring of baselines, standards and indicators needed to measure and analyze CBI’s performance.
  13. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, Architecture or a related field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience; or
  • University degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional experience.


  • Experience with supervision roles for tasks of a similar nature to this assignment;
  • Minimum of two years’ experience in the Shelter sector; and,
  • Experience liaising with donors, government officials and other stakeholders and a proven track record of resource mobilization.


  • Proven skills to analyse statistical information;
  • Ability to translate planning and specifications into technical briefs for data capture and analysis, and vice versa;
  • Demonstrated ability for leadership in the context of partnership building and consensual decision making;
  • Demonstrated team building and information management skills;
  • Advanced data visualization and information design skill;
  • Skills and knowledge on the planning, design, execution and supervision of shelter implementation; and,
  • Ability to conduct travel duties freely and frequently in different areas of Ethiopia;
  • Demonstrated understanding of different data collection methodologies;
  • Understanding of relational data theory;
  • Proven track record of working with government officials, UN agencies, NGO and communities in the execution of humanitarian shelter projects;
  • Knowledge and experience working with UN administrative procedures; and,
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, networking and presentation skills.


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 (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, or Spanish).

For all applicants, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of French, Spanish, Amharic and/or other languages spoken in Ethiopia is an advantage.

Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.


Previous applicants do not need to re-apply

Accredited Universities are the ones listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database (

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 2

  • 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 2

  • 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 HERE via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 01 February 2023 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:

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.

Requisition: SVN 2022 300 Project Officer (ShelterNFI) (P2) Mekele, Ethiopia (57812800) Released

Posting: Posting NC57812801 (57812801) Released

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