Senior Regional Thematic Specialist (EPC)

  • Contract
  • Vienna


Position Title : Senior Regional Thematic Specialist (EPC)

Duty Station : Vienna, Austria

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 : 05 August 2021

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; Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Cook Islands; Cuba; Fiji; Gabon; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Libya; Luxembourg; 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.


Under the direct supervision of the Regional Director (RD) of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Regional Office (RO) Vienna and the technical oversight of the Director of Department of Operations and Emergencies (DOE), the successful candidate will be responsible for providing technical support for the development and implementation of IOM’s emergency and post-crisis activities and services in the countries covered by the IOM RO Vienna.

This will entail the provision of strong leadership in needs assessment and strategic planning functions in support of emergency and crisis preparedness, mitigation and response in natural disaster and conflict settings. In close collaboration with the IOM Regional and Country Offices (COs), s/he will be responsible for providing technical support in all Regional Migration-Crisis Management and Transition/Recovery Programming.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Promote synergies and oversee appropriate coordination and information sharing on projects/programmes within the Regional Office and with the relevant Departments/Divisions in Headquarters (HQ).

  2. Act as a thematic resource person providing capacity building, training, and general support to CO in the Region. Contribute to building the capacities of IOM staff in the thematic area through a combination of formal training and on-the-job mentoring.

  3. Interact with national governments; international and regional organizations; and civil society actors relevant to the DOE thematic areas in the IOM RO Vienna Region; initiate and support strategic partnerships including resource mobilization partnerships with such actors.

  4. Review, endorse, and track project proposals developed by COs in the Region, and provide regular updates to the concerned HQ Division on projects endorsed. Ensure that all endorsed projects are: a) consistent with the IOM Constitution, IOM Strategy and the Organization’s policies, thematic guidelines and manuals and any relevant national and/or regional strategies; b) coherent, relevant, and feasible, and take into account good practices in the respective migration/thematic area(s); and, c) developed according to IOM’s project development procedures as established in the IOM Handbook on Projects.

  5. Identify emerging issues relevant to the Thematic Area and contribute to the development of thematic policy and reports. Monitor developments in the thematic area, in close collaboration with the Regional Policy and Liaison Officer (RPLO), where available, COs and relevant HQ Departments.

  6. Collaborate with other thematic area’s Regional Thematic Specialist (RTS) to encourage integrated IOM Strategy Vision and program development in the IOM RO Vienna Region, especially in the context of the Migration Crisis Operational Framework (MCOF).

  7. Develop regional and multi-country programmes and projects in the thematic area and identify anticipated synergies between thematic areas in close coordination with the Regional Project Development Officer (RPDO), where available, and RTSs as applicable. Work with the RO and CO to identify new opportunities for DOE programming in the IOM RO Vienna Region and create the conditions to turn these opportunities into programmatic realities.

  8. Develop regional thematic guidance notes, information sheets and policy documents in coordination with the RPLO, COs and relevant HQ Division(s).

  9. Provide thematic guidance to Project Managers through sharing information with the COs at the regional level and providing general technical support upon request from the Field in coordination with the RPLO.

  10. Provide quality control of CO donor reports by reviewing and endorsing interim and final narrative reports.

  11. Ensure the delivery of quality thematic training to governments as required by COs in the Region.

  12. Represent IOM in the Region by actively participating in conferences, workshops and meetings related to the thematic area of expertise, as required by the RD.

  13. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Law, Social Sciences or International Relations 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.


• Minimum of seven years’ experience at international level (or nine years for first level university degree) in providing technical assistance to governments, field missions, and other international, regional and national actors, ideally including operational field experience in those areas and working in and/or on crisis and post-crisis contexts with national governments and international and national partners;

• Proven experience in policy and strategy development in the DOE thematic areas as well as in program and project development, management and administration, ideally complemented with peer-reviewed publications in the areas of expertise;

• Proven experience in resource mobilization; the initiation and maintenance of strategic partnerships; the motivation of teams in contexts of organizational change; and high-level representation and public speaking.


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 is required (oral and written).

Fluency in any language of the region and sub-region is an advantage.

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



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 and who do not have prior experience outside the duty station’s country as staff member in the Professional category 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.

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 05 August 2021 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 23.07.2021 to 05.08.2021

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: VN 2021 168 Senior Regional Thematic Specialist (EPC) (P4) Vienna, Austria (57094059) Released

Posting: Posting NC57094060 (57094060) Released

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