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SVN 2024 43 Shelter and Settlements Officer (2 Positions) (P3) Geneva, Switzerland
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
P3 Mid-level Professional Full-time Internationallly Recruited
Job Expired 28 Feb 2024
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Shelter and Settlements Officer

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Position Title: Shelter and Settlements Officer

Job Code: SVN 2024 43

Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P3

Type of Appointment: Special short-term graded, 6 months with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 28 February 2024

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. Candidates from the following non-represented member states:

Antigua and Barbuda; Barbados; Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Congo


(the); Cook Islands; Dominica; Fiji; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Holy See;

Iceland; Kiribati; Lao People's Democratic Republic (the); Madagascar;

Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Namibia; Nauru;

Palau; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Solomon Islands; Suriname; The Bahamas; Tonga; Tuvalu; Uzbekistan; Vanuatu

Second-tier candidates include:

All external candidates, except candidates from non-represented member states.


Under the overall supervision of the Head of Humanitarian Operations and the direct supervision of the Shelter and Settlements Specialist, the Shelter and Settlements Officer will be responsible for the oversight and implementation of Headquarters (HQ) led projects and improve IOM’s Shelter and Settlements programming globally by providing timely and relevant specialized technical support and advice to field missions, ensuring that IOM’s interventions identify and reflect best practices.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Act as a technical and unit lead for assigned workstreams, e.g., Knowledge Management, Partnerships, Program Quality, Capacity Building, Environment, etc.
  2. Act as a unit lead and focal point for interagency collaboration initiatives as assigned, e.g.Global Working groups, Communities of practice, etc.
  3. Ensure the implementation and sound management of HQ-managed projects as assigned.
  4. Substantively support the implementation of IOM S&S global strategic aims, and review or develop country strategies.
  5. Provide expert remote and in-country support to IOM country teams and deploy as agreed when required in a surge, training, monitoring, or technical assistance missions.
  6. Continuously assess IOM’s capacity needs and existing resources, and develop training resources, guidance notes, guidelines, etc. Develop mechanisms to capture good practices, lessons learned and evidence of quality programming, ensure dissemination, and promote and monitor adoption.
  7. Actively promote, develop, and maintain interagency collaboration and operational partnerships in the sector, ensuring appropriate coordination with all humanitarian and development partners. Represent IOM in relevant fora to facilitate sector dialogue and to identify further opportunities for strategic engagement for IOM.
  8. Support recruitment of S&S staff and as required provide supervision, training, and mentoring to staff.
  9. Provide advice and assistance to country offices for the development of projects in line with institutional best practices and collaborate on resource mobilization efforts at the global level.
  10. Ensure effective and active communication with all stakeholders. Prepare progress and donor reports, and provide advice and support for content development of reports, technical guidance notes, presentations, brochures, web-based information, and social media, as requested, ensuring that all the relevant data and information is archived and shared appropriately.
  11. Ensure cross-cutting issues are integrated into the Shelter and Settlements programming, such as Gender-Based Violence, Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP), Environment, and other cross-cutting issues of relevance.
  12. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Architecture, Engineering, or a related built environment field from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience; or • University degree in the above fields with seven years of relevant professional experience


  • Experience in designing, coordinating, managing, and implementing S&S programs required;
  • Multi-sectoral experience is an asset;
  • Experience working with different international organizations specialized in humanitarian or development assistance (e.g. UN agencies, INGOs, IOs, Donors, IFRC or ICRC) required;
  • Experience in DRR, urban infrastructure, settlement planning, and Market-based interventions is an asset;
  • Extensive knowledge of current humanitarian issues with a particular focus on climate and disaster-related emergencies, post-conflict interventions, Disaster Risk Reduction and Rehabilitation/Recovery;
  • Experience in the development or management of knowledge management systems/resources, including communities of practice, knowledge hubs, etc. is an asset;
  • Previous experience in program reviews and evaluations is an asset; and,
  • Experience in coordinating inter-agency initiatives, working collaboratively to deliver tangible outputs, and cluster coordination is an asset.


  • Excellent leadership, coordination, organization, and management skills;
  • Strong ability to solve complex problems with investigation, analysis, and creative thinking;• Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to quickly build relationships and work effectively and harmoniously in a team of colleagues and external partners of varied cultural and professional backgrounds;
  • Computer literate including Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well computer-aided engineering design and geoinformatics software (e.g. AutoCAD, InfraWorks, or similar engineering software);
  • Working knowledge of statistical packages, graphic and web design software is an advantage;• Proven ability to produce quality work accurately and concisely according to set deadlines; and,
  • Practical experience of multi-tasking, prioritizing, evaluating, and planning work independently.


IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish. All staff members are required to be fluent in one of the three languages.

For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish) 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 five values:

  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: Respects and promotes individual and cultural differences. Encourages diversity and inclusion.
  • 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.
  • Courage: Demonstrates willingness to take a stand on issues of importance.
  • Empathy: Shows compassion for others, and makes people feel safe, respected, and fairly treated.

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 actions 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 leadership and professional potential.
  • Empowering others: Creates an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.
  • Building Trust: Promotes shared values and creates an atmosphere of trust and honesty.
  • Strategic thinking and vision: Works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.
  • Humility: Leads with humility and shows openness to acknowledging own shortcomings.

IOM’s competency framework can be found at this link. df

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.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and background verification 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 in 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, by 28 February 2024 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 15.02.2024 to 28.02.2024

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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