Chief of Party/Subregional Programme Manager at International Organization for Migration

Position Title : Chief of Party/Subregional Programme Manager

Duty Station : San Salvador, El Salvador

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 : 23 February 2022

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 work environment. Read more about diversity and inclusion at IOM at

Applications are welcome from first- and second-tier candidates, particularly qualified female candidates as well as applications from the non-represented member countries of IOM. For all IOM vacancies, applications from qualified and eligible first-tier candidates are considered before those of qualified and eligible second-tier candidates in the selection process.

For the purpose of this vacancy, the following are considered first-tier candidates:

  1. Internal candidates
  2. External female candidates:
  3. Candidate from the following non-represented member states:

Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba (Netherlands); Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Congo (the); Cook Islands; Cuba; Curaçao; Fiji; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Libya; Luxembourg; Madagascar; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Montenegro; Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Samoa; Sao Tome and Principe; Seychelles; Solomon Islands; Suriname; The Bahamas; Timor-Leste; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu

Second tier candidates include:

All external candidates, except candidates from non-represented member states of IOM and female candidates.


The Programme “Integrated Responses on Migration from Central America” (IRM) funded by the United Stated Development Agency (USAID) is a five-year Programme that will allow IOM to address gaps and challenges on sustainable (re) integration and irregular migration in the region by improving (re) integration-related services at the individual, community, and structural levels.

The overall objective is to reduce irregular migration from Central America, contributing to safe, orderly, and regular migration. The activity’s geographic scope includes seven countries: El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Belize, and Mexico.

Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Missions (CoMs) for El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, the “Integrated Responses on Migration from Central America (IRM)” Chief of Party (CoP)/Regional Programme Manager (PM) and the direct supervision of the Senior Regional Programme Coordinator/Deputy Chief of Mission (DCoM) and working in coordination with the Regional Specialist for Protection based in IOM´s Regional Office for Central America, Northern America and the Carribean, the Chief of Party/Subregional Programme Manager will be responsible and accountable for the overall implementation of the IRM Regional Programme.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Oversee the “Integrated Responses on Migration from Central America” in all countries effectively to ensure the successful implementation of the Programme and provide relevant information for performance management and monitoring of Programme activities.
  2. Manage programmatic, financial, administrative, logistical, and relational responsibilities for all programme activities and ensure that IOM standards and operating modalities are met wherever the programme is implemented.
  3. Act as key point of contact for this programme with the donor regarding day-to-day implementation and management matters relating to the agreement.
  4. Design programme strategies and lead the programme in its efforts to support the successful (re) integration of migrants into local communities in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Belize, and Mexico.
  5. Supervise the tracking of all programme expenditures to ensure budget recommendations are met, that all grant management and financial tracking instruments are reconciled and that all funds are spent in accordance with IOM standards and donor expectations. In coordination with the relevant IOM Mission departments, Headquarters (HQ), and others, ensure the timely submission of financial reports to the donor.
  6. Manage the implementation of the programme’s community-based, grant initiatives to ensure successful (re)integration of migrants, at the field level in accordance with the overall objectives of the programme by directly supervising programme implementation staff in the identification of grantees and partners, technical consultants, and other programme implementers.
  7. Ensure that grant initiatives and related community and government relationships are developed in accordance with programme goals and objectives, in close coordination with the main programme counterparts.
  8. Coordinate all programming thematic areas/units, including capacity-building, training, and general support to national and unit project coordinators. Contribute to building the capacities of IOM staff in the missions’ various thematic areas through a combination of formal training, sharing of best practices, knowledge management and on-the-job mentoring. Ensure that all Units are coordinating together smoothly to achieve the programme objectives.
  9. Ensure regular coordination with other IOM activities in the region, as well as complementarity and synergies among all project activities in the missions, and other USAID implementing partners including, but not limited to: trainings, workshops, study tours, and awareness-raising and information campaigns to achieve the overall objectives of the programme.
  10. Liaise with international and national counterparts to further the development and enhance the objectives of the programme. Seek programmatic partnerships and synergies when appropriate with other humanitarian and development partners and government entities.
  11. Provide strategic technical leadership and create an enabling environment that cultivates a strong adaptive and learning by doing approach.
  12. Coordinate the implementation of a sound Monitoring and Evaluation system to ensure the transparent use of donor funds. Report corruption issues to the donor according to established procedures.
  13. Assist in the development of strategies for working with government entities, civil society actors, private sector companies, returnees, migrants, and others to implement target activities aimed at reducing and responding to irregular migration.
  14. Organize and lead trainings with the support of the Regional Thematic Specialists and experts, for government officials and civil society on topics such as reintegration strategies, challenges related to return migration and recommendations to strengthen laws and public policies, both on national and regional levels, understanding the challenges of migration.
  15. Keep abreast of policies, international standards and best practices relating to the rights of migrants, the protection and assistance of vulnerable migrants, return and reintegration, and humanitarian response, among others, for further enhancing the programme.
  16. Undertake international duty travels as required.
  17. Perform such other duties that may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Public Policy, International Relations, Political Science, 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.


• Extensive experience in implementing programmes of migration, migrant protection and assistance, return and reintegration and strengthening government and civil society capacity;

• Previous experience as a Chief of Party or Deputy Chief of Party on a donor-funded project with a strong reputation for developing excellent collaborative working relationships with counterparts, other contracts and international organizations and donors;

• Specific experience and specialization in at least two of the following is required: migrant protection and assistance, government capacity building, and/or monitoring & evaluation of programmes.

• Demonstrated experience managing programmes that effectively address gender issues and advance women’s empowerment.


• Demonstrated skills in effectively working, coordinating and negotiating with donors, other

USAID projects, US Embassies and host country governments and organizations;

• Ability to manage USAID awards and all required reporting requirements;

• Experience managing staff from diverse environments and backgrounds.


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 (French,

Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese).

For all applicants, fluency in English and Spanish is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of any regional language is an advantage.

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


1 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 3

• 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 3

• 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 endorsed by the Appointments and Postings Board 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 via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 23 February 2022 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:

Posting period:

From 10.02.2022 to 23.02.2022

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.

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