Established in 1951, IOM is leading inter-governmental organization providing services to governments and migrants in the field of migration. With 172-member states, a further 8 states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, 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.
As of July, 2020 the Regional Interagency Coordination Platform for Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela (RV4) estimated that more than 5,1 million refugees and migrants were outside of Venezuela, with the mast majority being in Latin America and the Caribbean. Many of them are in situations of extreme vulnerability which highlights the need to increase the international commitment and solidarity in support of plans to respond to concerned governments,
addressing the more urgent humanitarian, protection and integration needs. On 12 April 2018, the UN Secretary-General, had tasked United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and IOM to lead and coordinate the response at the regional level. On 28 May 2018, the IOM Director General, and the High Commissioner for Refugees, sent to the Secretary General a joint letter informing him of the establishment by the two agencies of an inclusive, overarching Regional Inter-Agency Platform to steer the response to the Venezuelan refugees and migrants.
As of July 2020, the Platform brought together a total of 151 member organizations which have agreed to work together under the framework of the Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan (RMRP) which stipulates needs of 1,41 billion USD for 2020 alone. The requirements for robust reporting and continued involvement of partner organizations have significantly grown over time.
Under the overall Supervision of the Director General’s Special Envoy for the Regional Response to the Venezuela Situation in Panama City, Panama, the direct supervision of the Head of the Interagency Unit, the successful candidate will be responsible for maintaining and contributing to expanding IOM’s work with partner organizations under the Regional Platform for Migrants and R4V and in particular for coordinating reporting functions and providing support on the implementation of cross-cutting themes in the framework of the RMRP, including Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA), Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP), Gender, Environment and the Centrality of Protection.
Core Functions / Responsibilities:
- In close coordination with the UNHCR Reporting Officer as co-lead of the Regional Inter-Agency Coordination Platform, coordinate continuous and high-quality reporting on implementation of the RMRP and the R4V Platforms’ work.
- Specifically, draft portions of regular quarterly regional Situation Reports and comprehensive semi-annual reports on implementation of the RMRP, in close coordination with the Information Management team.
- Support national and sub-regional platforms in the production of national or sub-regional SitReps monthly through follow up according to the established timeframe, as well as recommending the revision of and the provision of feedback on narratives to finalize reports. Coordinate with IM team for any monitoring and IM issues.
- Provide input and support to the implementation of the RMRP for Refugees and Migrants of Venezuela, by facilitating the mainstreaming of cross-cutting issues including AAP, PSEA, gender, environment, and centrality of protection, across all Regional Sectors, within all aspects of programme planning, implementation and monitoring.
- Coordinate interagency working groups on the cross-cutting themes mentioned, drafting Terms of References (ToR) and work plans, and participating in addressing cross-cutting themes throughout the planning and implementation of the RMRP. Collaborate with Regional Sectors and check on and monitor the integration of considerations based on cross-cutting themes into sectoral initiatives.
- Provide technical guidance and training in collaboration with partners participating in working groups on the cross-cutting themes for the benefit of national and sub-regional platforms and implementing partners.
- Supervise, guide and train, as necessary, the reporting focal points in the national and sub-regional platforms as well as Regional Sectors, and monitor adherence to key planning targets and deadlines for the production of key segments of the RMRP.
- Provide technical support for new joint planning processes and revisions of active response plans, as necessary.
- Participate in R4V sector discussions and provide support for inter-sectorial work on cross-cutting issues of the RMRP such as PSEA, AAP, Gender, Environment, and the Centrality of Protection.
- Provide support for ad hoc reporting requirements, as necessary.
- Undertake field visits as necessary.
- Perform such other duties as may be assigned.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
- Master’s degree in Public Policy, Social/Political Science, Research, Project Management, International Relations, International Development, or a related field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience; or
- University degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional experience.
- Substantial experience in reporting on projects with large-scale donations, with experience in the field of research, monitoring and / or evaluation;
- Experience in interagency work, including in humanitarian settings;
- Proven experience with strategic planning approaches, monitoring, budget control, project development and report writing;
- Previous experience working on social projects, such as strengthening social inclusion and promoting the rights of migrants and refugees.
- Solid analytical and drafting skills;
- Solid knowledge in program planning and implementation of objectives;
- Excellent internal and external communication skills.
- IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish.
- For this position, fluency in English and Spanish is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Portuguese and/or French is an advantage.
- Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.