Technical Coordinator/ Team Leader

International Organization for Migration, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
5th March, 2018

Job Description

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 environment. Applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged. For the purpose of the vacancy, the following candidates are considered as first-tier candidates:

  • Internal candidates
  • Qualified applicants from the following NMS countries:

Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Cabo Verde, Djibouti, Fiji, Micronesia (Federated States of), Gabon, Guyana, Iceland, Comoros, Lesotho, Libya, Montenegro, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Malawi, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Seychelles, Slovenia, Suriname, El Salvador, Swaziland, Timor-Leste, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Vanuatu, Samoa


The Site Management and Shelter-Non-Food Items (NFIs) Sectors in Cox’s Bazar are responsible for coordinating respectively:

  • The site management/coordination response including site planning, development and improvements across displacement sites and;
  • The shelter and non-food items response.

Under the overall supervision of the Emergency Coordinator and under the direct supervision of the Site Management Sector Coordinator, the successful candidate will lead and manage the technical team supporting both sectors, coordinating technical activities and developing standards, guidance and support to the sectors.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:


  • Supervise the joint technical support team of the Shelter-NFI and Site management sectors.
  • Allocate roles and responsibilities within members of the joint technical support team following prioritization in coordination with the Sector Coordinators.
  • Identify expertise and resources needed to support the work of both sectors.


  • Lead coordination & monitoring of site planning and development activities ensuring they meet the sector priority needs and minimum standards.
  • Advice on specific issues such as site planning, development or upgrade of infrastructure and facilities, development of shelter upgrades/more-durable solutions; standardization of essential household item specifications.
  • In coordination with the sector coordinators, coordinate sectors efforts around:
  • Contingency planning;
  • Environment protection and mitigation of negative impacts on the ecological habitats;
  • Exit/transition strategy for communal settings, as needed.


  • Support coordination of activities of the technical working groups and provide secretariat services.
  • Supervise adaptation and dissemination of relevant policies and guidelines and technical standards appropriate to the context and development of contextualized guidance notes on shelter, site planning and site development as required, in coordination with other sectors (particularly Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Health and Logistics).
  • Ensure that sector partners are aware of relevant policy guidelines and technical standards.
  • Support sector partners by compiling and harmonizing materials specifications and standard operating procedures.
  • Ensure the site and shelter design supports protection and assistance of men, women, boys and girls.


  • Coordinate provision of technical inputs on sector reports; and develop monitoring mechanisms to review the impact of the sector and progress against technical implementation plans.
  • Coordinate the tracking of performance and humanitarian outcomes using benchmarks, indicators, and data (disaggregated by sex and age) as agreed through sector and inter-sector mechanisms.


  • Ensure that shelter and site planning responses build on local capacities, context-specific strengths and national response capabilities.
  • Ensure appropriate links with and promote the capacity building of relevant authorities including RRRC (Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner) and their CiC (Camp in Charge) staff.
  • Strengthen and maintain relationships with key technical advisers and programme staff within the humanitarian community, respectful of their individual mandates and programme priorities and with other key partners, including relevant national authorities, the military, and national academic institutions (including urban planning, statistics, engineering, architecture and geotechnics) as well as cooperative relationships with relevant sectors, particularly Logistics, Health, WASH, Protection and Education.


  • Promote, deliver and support relevant shelter, site planning and site development training for NGOs, UN agencies, local government officials and members of displaced and host communities as needed.
  • Support efforts to harmonize and strengthen the capacity of the national authorities and civil society.
  • Support the Capacity Building Focal Point in the development and implementation of a common strategy within the Site Management Sector for capacity building and training.


  • Ensure appropriate technical coordination with all humanitarian partners (including national and international NGOs, the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, UN and other international organizations), as well as with national authorities and local structures.
  • Coordinate and/or support Technical Working Groups including Sub-Working Groups, in collaboration with the Sector Coordinators, including for Site selection, physical planning, site development and expansion, urban planning, land tenure, site improvement, and fire safety awareness, fire prevention and response, as may be needed.
  • Ensure an appropriate distribution of responsibilities within the Technical Working Groups, with clearly defined focal points for specific issues as required.
  • Ensure that Technical Working Group partners work collectively in a spirit of mutual cooperation and through consensual decision-making, ensuring complementarity of various stakeholders’ actions as far as possible.
  • Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Urban Planning, Architecture, Civil Engineering or a related 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.


  • Relevant experience, in the field, with international organizations;
  • Experience in cluster / sector coordination;
  • Knowledge of the Red Cross Movement, UN System, and NGO humanitarian community;
  • Knowledge of site planning in emergency, post-conflict and transitional settings;
  • Knowledge of current best practices, technical guidelines and standards in site selection and planning in emergencies as well as transitional phases;
  • Knowledge of GIS is a plus.

Languages: Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of any local and/or regional language is an advantage.

Desirable Competencies:


  • Accountability – takes responsibility for action and manages constructive criticisms;
  • Client Orientation – works effectively well with client and stakeholders;
  • Continuous Learning – promotes continuous learning for self and others;
  • Communication – listens and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience;
  • Creativity and Initiative – actively seeks new ways of improving programmes or services;
  • Leadership and Negotiation – develops effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Performance Management – identify ways and implement actions to improve performance of self and others;
  • Planning and Organizing - plans work, anticipates risks, and sets goals within area of responsibility;
  • Professionalism - displays mastery of subject matter;
  • Teamwork – contributes to a collegial team environment; incorporates gender related needs, perspectives, concerns and promotes equal gender participation;
  • Technological Awareness - displays awareness of relevant technological solutions;
  • Resource Mobilization - works with internal and external stakeholders to meet resource needs of IOM.


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