Chief of Mission

International Organization for Migration(IOM), Kinshasa, Congo

Skill Required:, Media and CommunicationProject/ Programme ManagementTraining and Capacity Building
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
23rd January, 2015

Job Description

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

I. Development and follow up of strategies, policies and programmes:

  • Develop, clarify and contribute to IOM's overall mandate and strategy through project development and implementation in the country office with appropriate consultation with the Regional Office (RO), Headquarters, Member States and other relevant actors.
  • Play an integral role in migration policy discussions and apply approved policies in the national activities.
  • Advise the Regional Office and HQs on national policy and emerging matters as well as government migration policies affecting the activities of IOM in Kinshasa and its Sub-Offices and make recommendations or prepare proposals for appropriate action.
  • Participate in appropriate policy and operational United Nations Country Team (UNCT) inter-agency mechanisms, in particular with a view to inserting migration related issues into the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) process, the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (PSC-F), as well as the International Security and Stabilization Support Strategy (ISSS).
  • Participate in the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) and provide support to other inter-agency planning processes and the overall humanitarian strategy.
  • Ensure that current obligations as co-facilitator agency for the Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) cluster and the Livelihoods and Community Stabilization cluster obligations are fulfilled.
  • Maintain regular contacts with the United Nations Organisation Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), in the framework of peacekeeping, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Security Sector Reform (SSR) matters.
  • Stimulate, catalyse and support project development in DRC, assessing the appropriateness and effectiveness of programme development and fundraising and strategies and recommend ways to improve these.
  • Direct and monitor the project planning, design and implementation in the DRC and give necessary support to the IOM sub-office(s). Evaluate IOM’s operational activities in the DRC and prepare recommendations with a view to increasing their effectiveness.
  • Take full responsibility for the successful execution of ongoing operational programmes and the development of new ones.
  • Support the regional and international processes and dialogues on migration relevant to the DRC. Ensure the participation of government officials in these initiatives.

II. Resource management and capacity building:

  • Direct the operational, human resources, administrative, budgetary and financial activities of the Mission and oversee those of the Sub-Offices in accordance with the Organization's rules and procedures.
  • Report regularly to the RD and other interested partners on progress achieved and developments in the DRC. Prepare regular and specific narrative, impact, policy, financial, evaluation and statistical reports covering IOM activities; prepare briefings and background information requested by RO and HQs, the Government and other entities.

III. Representation of IOM:

  • Develop and promote liaison with governmental authorities and diplomatic missions, international and regional organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and voluntary agencies, airlines and public media in the region, particularly with view to identifying migration-related areas for developing common activities/projects in a complementary manner, identify needs and priorities for cooperation and project development as well as for fundraising purposes.
  • Represent the Organization at national and international conferences and meetings.
  • Develop public relations and media activities in order to promote IOM's image and programmes.
  • Take part in the development of any other relevant planning tools such as National, Action plans, Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers, Migration Profiles.
  • Perform such other duties as may be assigned.


  • Master’s degree in Law, Political Science, Human Rights, International Relations, Humanitarian Studies or a related field from an accredited academic institution with ten years of relevant professional experience; or
  • University degree in the above fields with twelve years of relevant professional experience.


  • Experience in programme coordination and managerial responsibilities specifically in the humanitarian field relating to migration, returnees, refugee, Internally Displaced Person (IDP) issues, showing increasing levels of responsibility;
  • Experience in field-work in a challenging environment and community based reintegration processes necessary;
  • Experience in implementing projects in fragile and post-conflict political settings;
  • Willingness to travel up to 60% of the time to very remote and isolated field locations and work in a diverse multi-cultural environment;
  • Familiarity with the UN system;
  • Strong and proven, analytical skills.


  • Fluency in English and French is required. Working knowledge of Portuguese is an advantage.

NOTE: *With frequent travel to field locations within the country office.

How to apply:

  • Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment
  • system, by January 23, 2015 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.
  • For further information, please refer to:
  • In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM only accepts online profiles duly filled in and submitted with a cover letter not more than one page specifying the motivation for
  • applications.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. You can track the progress of your application in your personal application page in the IOM e-recruitment system.


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