Programme Support Associate

  • Contract
  • Bangkok

IOM - UN Migration

IOM’s longstanding relationship with government authorities in Thailand, and with bordering countries, ensures that IOM’s strategies and operations are in line with broader national, regional, and sub‐regional frameworks and that interventions take into consideration all stakeholders in the migration process, including origin and destination countries. IOM’s engagement with private sector employers and migrant workers along with its continued presence in migrant communities gives IOM a comparative advantage, as the Mission is uniquely placed to identify needs and challenges related to migration and provide targeted advice and assistance. Drawing on its institutional capacity and extensive expertise and presence in
Thailand, IOM has developed this 2021 Strategic Response and Recovery Plan (SRRP) to respond to the ongoing threat of COVID‐19 with a continued focus on addressing the needs of vulnerable migrant populations and with a longer-term view for socio‐economic recovery.

Under the direct supervision of Policy and Program Support Coordinator, the International UN Youth Volunteer Programme Support Associate will:

• Assist on development of guidance, tools and improvement of data management systems to increase efficiency and capacity of the Policy and Programme Support Unit.
• Support the establishment of an overall Monitoring and Evaluation system to streamline reporting and analysis functions within the Program Support Unit.
• Work with the team to ensure the timely preparation and generation of analysis and reporting of information for IOM Thailand’s Preparedness Actions and other similar processes.
• Support the development of overall Mission reports and updates to the RO, HQ and external stakeholders such as the UNCT and other coordination mechanisms as needed.
• Work closely with the Regional Data Hub (RDH) to ensure that data submitted by the Mission meets the RDH’s requirements for mapping and data analysis.
• Support other units within the Mission to augment capacity to develop reports as needed.
• Assist with identification of gaps on data and information relevant to the Mission’s strategic priorities and contribute to the preparation of project proposals aiming to address such
• Support the design and implementation of strategic planning sessions and the subsequent development of an IOM Thailand Country Strategic Plan.
• Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.

Furthermore, UN Volunteers are encouraged to integrate the UN Volunteers programme mandate within their assignment and promote voluntary action through engagement with communities in the course of their work. As such, UN Volunteers should dedicate a part of their working time to some of the following suggested activities:

• Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance
in events that mark International Volunteer Day);
• Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
• Provide annual and end of assignment self- reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities.
• Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;
• Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers;
• Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever
technically possible.

  1. Results/Expected Outputs:

• Develop guidance, tools and improve data management systems
• Support the establishment of an overall Monitoring and Evaluation system
• Support the preparation and finalization of reports
• Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment
• A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities
participated in and capacities developed

• Professionalism: demonstrated understanding of operations relevant to IOM; technical capabilities or knowledge relevant or transferrable to IOM procedures and rules; discretion,
political sensitivity, diplomacy and tact to deal with clients; ability to apply good judgement; ability to liaise and coordinate with a range of different actors, especially in senior positions; where appropriate, high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; resourcefulness and willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures.
• Integrity: demonstrate the values and ethical standards of the UN and IOM in daily activities and behaviors.
• Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; excellent interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, mixed-gender environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; sensitivity and adaptability to culture, gender, religion,
• Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment.
• Planning and organizing: effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner;
• Communication: proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to conduct presentations, articulate options and positions concisely; ability to make and defend recommendations.
• Flexibility: adaptability and ability to live and work in potentially hazardous and remote conditions.
• Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement,

or demonstrated interest in Monitoring and Evaluation or a related field from an accredited academic institution;

• At least, 2 years of professional experience in monitoring and evaluation, reporting and/or information Management, data analytics is desired;
• Demonstrated interest in inter-agency coordination is an advantage;
• Computer skills (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, social media, and others).

Thailand is considered to be a safe country to live in with a moderate crime rate of 47.7 percent. However, in the past three years, the country has increased its crime rate by 62.7 percent. Due to is high demand for entertainment and for being the economic, cultural, historical and commercial hub of the country, Thailand’s capital Bangkok is the most expensive city to live in and is among the world’s 100 most expensive cities. Prices are generally higher in the central business area (Sukhumvit and Sathorn Roads, Ploenchit,Rajadamri), but lower across the river to the west and in the eastern and northern suburbs, with the exception of Nichada Park which surrounds the American international school well to the north of Bangkok. Bangrak, Petchburi, Prakanong, Phya Thai, Phaholyothin, Samsen and Dusit are intermediate price areas for accommodation.

During the majority of the year, the weather is extremely hot in Thailand. April is the hottest month when the temperature can reach more than 30 degrees Celsius. From May to October, the country is in the monsoon season, presented with the particularly hot weather, but along with it with heavy rains. This can be thought for the ones not prepared for these living conditions. The traffic in Thailand is considered a bit chaotic, as the average time index is 39.38 minutes. A car is the most used form of transportation, further compounding to the issue of air pollution in the country. Public transportation in Bangkok is convenient as to commute around such as sky train, metro airport rail link express boat, buses and taxi.

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