Senior Regional WASH Programme Manager (P4) Nairobi, Kenya

International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Senior Regional WASH Programme Manager

Duty Station: Nairobi, Kenya

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P4

Type of Appointment: Special short-term graded, 9 months with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 27 March 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. External female candidates:
  3. Candidate 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; Solomon Islands; Suriname; The Bahamas; Tonga; Tuvalu; Uzbekistan; Vanuatu

Second tier candidates include:

All external candidates, except candidates from non-represented member states of IOM and female candidates.


Under the overall supervision of the Deputy Regional Director for Operations and the direct supervision of the Senior Regional Emergency and Post Crisis Specialist, and the technical oversight of the Global WASH Coordinator, the Senior Regional WASH Programme Manager will be responsible for the successful implementation and overall management of the Horn of Africa initiative to enhance, promote and expand disaster risk reduction in water and climate change and to build resilience among cross-border communities across Somalia and Kenya under the EPC Unit of the IOM Regional Office. In particular, the Senior Regional WASH Programme Manager will provide expert technical advice, design and lead field monitoring and evaluation of programmes, ensure tracking systems are consolidated, and build and disseminate evidence of programme achievements across the HoA.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Manage the overall implementation of the Horn of Africa initiative to enhance, promote and expand disaster risk reduction in water and climate change and to build resilience among cross-border communities across the Somalia and Kenya project portfolio, guaranteeing that the scope, budget, time and quality are in accordance with the different project’s specifications, donor requirements and IOM rules and regulations.
  2. Provide expert technical advice and support to WASH programs in the region to develop, guide and support capacity building of country-based WASH programs in coordination with the Global WASH Coordinator.
  3. Proactively identify program development opportunities in line with Regional Economic Communities (REC) and national development plans in the region, expand resource mobilization avenues, new thematic areas of technical intervention and strategic partnerships that would promote the expansion of IOM’s Regional WASH portfolio.
  4. In coordination with the Global WASH Coordinator and the RTS EPC, represent IOM and the Regional Office (RO) Nairobi on technical WASH matters in inter-agency settings, including actively participating in the EWASH fora and regional and international meeting/workshops, present and advocate for IOM operational policies, strategies, results and lessons learned in workshops, seminars and conferences, and substantively contribute to inter-agency publications and reports, ensuring that IOM capabilities at global and regional levels are well reflected.
  5. Review, revise and/or endorse project concept notes and proposals for WASH related projects in the region on behalf of and in coordination with the Global WASH Coordinator, RO EPC team and Regional Support Unit.
  6. Ensure appropriate and timely resource mobilization for WASH programming in the region.
  7. Review and assess lessons learned from previous WASH programmes in the region and prepare ground for developing appropriate regional initiatives geared towards advancing institutional learning in relevant thematic areas.
  8. Organize, lead and/or participate in periodic knowledge networking e-discussions with IOM WASH national focal points, project managers and national and regional partners; provide authoritative advice and exchange experiences and lessons learned on migration crisis and transition recovery management.
  9. Actively liaise with the other UN and INGO partners and government/regional authorities and entities and any other relevant stakeholder to ensure that WASH activities are coordinated according to agreed standards, to avoid duplication, violation of national regulations or contravention of operational agreements set by the partners and donors in the region.
  10. Ensure that the WASH program are driven by a sound Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning framework that leads to continuous improvement and fine-tuning of systems and processes.
  11. Lead and/or participate in external and internal performance and impact evaluations and other quality assurance activities.
  12. Ensure the integration of cross-cutting issues, such as Gender Based Violence (GBV), Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP), Environment, Conflict Sensitivity, Protection, Resilience and DRR, in WASH programming in the region.
  13. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Geology, Public Health or a related field from an accredited academic institution with seven years of relevant professional experience; or,
  • University degree in the above fields with nine years of professional experience.


  • Field experience in a complex humanitarian emergency or post-conflict in Somalia or in the region;
  • Experience in at least two larger recovery and development projects in Somalia or in the region, including proposal development, technical designing, implementation and M&E activities;
  • Experience in working in UN or international organization;
  • Experience and good record in liaising, partnership and engagement with government institutions and donors in Somalia or in the region;
  • Extensive experience and proven track record on program/project implementation and management in Somalia or in the region;
  • Experience of multi-tasking skills as well ability to manage competing priorities under pressure and meeting deadlines; and,
  • Experience and good knowledge of Somalia culture and in the African region is an advantage.


  • In depth knowledge of the broad range of migration related subject areas dealt with by the Organization;
  • Knowledge of analytical skills; and,
  • Good knowledge of software applications including drawing and designing CAD, spreadsheet, database, statistical packages and Microsoft software.


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 Somali 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, makes people feel safe, respected and fairly treated.

Core Competencies – behavioural indicators level 3

  • 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.

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 endorsed by the Appointments and Postings Board 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. For this staff category, candidates who are nationals of the duty station’s country and who do not have prior experience outside the duty station’s country as staff member in the Professional category cannot be considered eligible.

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 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 27 March 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 14.03.2024 to 27.03.2024

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.

Requisition: SVN 2024 74 Senior Regional WASH Programme Manager (P4) Nairobi, Kenya (58726185) Released

Posting: Posting NC58726186 (58726186) Released

Posting Channel: Internal Candidates

Deadline: 27 Mar 2024