Area Coordinator (IOM)

Open to Internal and External Candidates 

 Position Title


Area Coordinator

 Duty Station


Chisinau, Moldova



General Staff Category, Grade G-5, UN Salary Scale

 Type of Appointment


Special Short-Term Contract for 9 months with possibility of extension for 2 months only.

 Estimated Start Date


01 September 2021

 Closing Date 


August 22, 2021

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and 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. Internal and external candidates are eligible to apply to this vacancy. For the purpose of the vacancy, internal candidates are considered as first-tier candidates.


Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission and the direct supervision of the Project Manager, the incumbent will assist in implementing and coordinating activities intended to contribute to reinforce IOM policy and external capacities as a key stakeholder in the implementation of the UN Reform, as well as in the global governance of migration, and ensure that migration is duly considered in relevant Development Cooperation Frameworks including but not limited to the Common Country Analysis (CCA) and the United Nations Sustainable development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) in order to build opportunities for joint programming. In addition, the Area Coordinator will support the Unit/Supervisor in strengthening IOM’s lead role as Network Coordinator, particularly by ensuring contributions by government and other stakeholders to the 2022 IMRF.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Assist IOM Country Office in performing activities related to integrating and mainstreaming migration in the various development frameworks in coordination with the supervisor and the Senior Area Coordinator,
  2. Assist in developing a coherent mapping of all ongoing processes, initiatives, platforms and strategies related to Migration at the country level, and their associated obligations and requirements for the IOM Country Office:
  • Act as focal point for administrative coordination with the Senior Area Coordinator and other relevant colleagues; and,
  • Compile, summarize and map relevant information on country level into a straightforward document.
  1. Assist in conducting assessment of IOM’s institutional policy and administrative capacities on country level:
  • Act as focal point for administrative coordination and facilitate interviews with key informants at different level of governance in IOM (HQ, RO and COs);
  • Quantify the time and human resources required by IOM Country Offices by keeping a record of time and human resources spent on the implementation of the UN Reform on country level; and,
  • Draft and produce, in coordination with the Senior Area Coordinator, a report with key strategic recommendations based on the identified shortfalls addressed in the Country Office.
  1. Support the CO in advancing further operationalization of the Country Networks and strengthen the role of IOM as the Network Coordinator;
  • Act as a focal point for UN Network related matters, brief IOM Country Office with updates UN Network Secretariat communication, and draft correspondence to support Country Offices in preparing governments and other stakeholders towards the IMRF 2022 through UN Country Networks on Migration or other similar platform;
  • Organize bi-monthly Country Network Meetings, in coordination with the Country Network Co-Chairs and providing regular updates on GCM related matters;
  • Collect information and provide support to encourage Governments to participate in the Champion Country Initiative;
  • Support the Country Office in soliciting government and other stakeholder participation in the relevant migration related events, also as a preparatory exercise to the IMRF 2022 (e.g. High-Level Political Forum, Global Forum on Migration and Development);
  • Collect information and provide support to support the development of Migration-MPTF projects, ideally with a regional scope; and,
  • Contribute and provide inputs on sub-regional knowledge and capacity building needs, that might result in the production of guidance, public information sheets, translated documents and/or thematic events.
  1. Undertake additional activities relating to the mainstreaming of migration in UN Reform and in preparation of the IMRF 2022 as required.
  2. Perform other duties as may be required from time to time.

Required Qualifications and Experience

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, International Relations, Law, or a related field from an accredited academic institution, with three years of relevant professional experience; or,
  • Secondary/High School Diploma with five years of relevant professional experience in above mentioned fields.
  • Professional experience (up to 2 years) in migration, environment and climate change nexus (e.g. policy, research, pilot, capacity development);
  • Experience or familiarity with clean energy, climate-resilient livelihoods, climate-resilient infrastructure, climate technologies or green jobs will be an advantage;
  • Experience as a volunteer and/or professional experience of working with an international financial institution or regional development bank will be an advantage;
  • Experience as a volunteer and/or professional experience of working with the environment and/or climate change team of another UN agency will be an advantage; and,
  • Experience as a volunteer and/or experience of another culture, (i.e. studies, volunteer work, internship) will be highly regarded.


Fluency in English, Romanian is required. Working knowledge in Russian

Required Competencies

 The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following values and 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 1)

  • 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.


Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

Internals of the Organization will be considered as first-tier candidates. This vacancy is also open to second-tier candidates.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment and verification of residency, visa and authorizations by the concerned Government, where applicable.

Only candidates residing in either the country of the duty station or from a location in a neighbouring country that is within commuting distance of the duty station will be considered. In all cases, a prerequisite for taking up the position is legal residency in the country of the duty station, or in the neighbouring country located within commuting distance, and work permit, as applicable.

How to apply:

Interested applicants are invited to send their curriculum vitae and cover letter in English to:  

Please, indicate the position you are applying for and reference code in the subject line of your message.

Closing date for applications is 22 August 2021, however interested candidates are strongly encouraged to apply sooner.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Posting period:

From 06.08.2021 to 22.08.2021

Articol adaugat de: Tatiana Profir
Alte articole: