IOM- UN Migration – WASH and Infrastructure Coordinator
Duty Station : Nairobi, Kenya
Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P3
Type of Appointment : Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension
Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible
Closing Date : 08 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 a premier actor in Kenya for provision of comprehensive assistance to populations and
communities affected by or vulnerable to the interconnected impacts of climate change,
environmental degradation, natural hazards, conflict and instability. With a focus on assisting
impoverished and climate change-impacted communities in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs)
of Kenya, and informal settlements in urban and peri urban areas, IOM applies a humanitarian,
development and peace nexus approach to addressing needs, risks and vulnerabilities over the
short-, medium, and long-term. The overall goal of this programming is to foster comprehensive
and sustainable solutions to displacement and strengthen resilience. IOM’s gender-, diversity-,
inclusion-, protection-, and conflict-sensitive interventions adopt an integrated, multi-sectoral
approach to delivery of assistance. Activities span livelihoods and economic recovery; basic
infrastructure and services; shelter and settlements; peacebuilding and social cohesion; and
disaster risk management. The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Infrastructure Team
is an integral part of the Recovery and Resilience programme and supports the planning and implementation of small to medium scale infrastructure projects in displacement sites and host
communities. The team is responsible for planning, designing, and supervising the construction
or rehabilitation of critical community infrastructures and facilities, such as water and sanitation
systems, health clinics, irrigation, drainages, markets, feeder roads, and earth embankments.
The team is responsible for ensuring the delivery of related technical training for operations and
maintenance of installed facilities, as well as provision of hygiene promotion activities.
Under the overall supervision of the Head of Programme and Policy Development, and the
direct supervision of the Senior Coordinator (Recovery and Resilience), and in close
coordination with relevant project managers and sub-office teams, the WASH and Infrastructure
Coordinator will be responsible and accountable for the successful planning, implementation
and monitoring of IOM’s WASH and infrastructure activities in Kenya. Specifically, the WASH
and Infrastructure Coordinator will provide technical support for the development,
implementation and evaluation of discrete WASH and infrastructure elements of IOM’s
integrated recovery and resilience programme that address the immediate and longer-term
basic service needs of internally displaced people, refugees and host communities affected by
conflict and/or disaster. The WASH and Infrastructure Coordinator will also monitor construction
or refurbishment works related to the maintenance or expansion of IOM office premises and
Core Functions / Responsibilities:
- Strategy: Contribute to the development of the WASH and infrastructure strategy for IOM in
- Oversight: Coordinate the implementation of WASH and community infrastructure projects
and activities, ensuring scope, budget, time and quality are in accordance with project
specifications, donor requirements and IOM rules and regulations; supervise refurbishment or
expansion works of IOM office premises and facilities, as needed; prepare Bill of Quantities
(BoQs), drawings, cost estimates and work plans for general building construction or
rehabilitation of IOM’s existing building, and/or any new prefabricated structures or temporary
structures as required; plan and monitor the progress of such works.
- Resource Mobilization: Participate in resource mobilization efforts, liaising with donors to
secure funding that sustains relevant programming and drafting proposals for funding.
- Supervision and control areas/aspects:
a. Technical: Lead design processes and oversee compliance of technical specifications in the
implementation of WASH and infrastructure activities to guarantee quality of output and
alignment with international and national standards and donor requirements.
b. Administrative: Provide financial and administrative backstopping to projects. Identify,
participate in recruitment processes, train and supervise the WASH and infrastructure team in
Nairobi and in the field. Provide technical advice and monitor WASH and infrastructure related
procurement processes for project supplies and services.
a. External: Actively participate in WASH Sector meetings and activities; liaise with relevant UN
agencies, key WASH actors, government authorities/entities and other relevant stakeholders for
project development, coordination and implementation.
b. Internal: Coordinate internally with IOM units/programmes for the implementation of activities
and ensure that inter-sectoral activities/approaches are planned and coordinated with the
- Communications: Ensure that relevant information is transmitted to members of the WASH
and infrastructure team in a timely manner. Prepare project reports, situation reports,
programme updates as necessary and/or as requested and ensure that relevant project data
and information are archived appropriately.
- Monitoring and Evaluation: Monitor and expedite WASH and infrastructure project
implementation, ensuring the utilization of the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning framework
that facilitates continuous improvement of programming, systems and processes.
- Cross cutting issues: Integrate cross-cutting issues, such as Accountability to Affected
Populations (AAP), Environment, Conflict Sensitivity, Protection, Resilience and Disaster Risk
Reduction (DRR), in WASH and infrastructure programming.
- Perform such other duties that may be assigned.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
• Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, Architecture, Urban Planning, Construction Management
or a related field from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional
• University degree in the above field with seven years of relevant professional experience.
• Experience in managing WASH and construction-related projects with UN or international
• Experience working in developing and/or fragile contexts;
• Experience in supply chain management and working and supervising building contractors;
• Experience in managing and directly implementing quality and compliance control on
engineering and construction-related projects; and,
• Experience in coordinating actions with implementing partners, government partners,
stakeholders and beneficiaries.
• Ability to supervise, direct, coach and mentor staff;
• Demonstrated ability to supervise and manage staff at an operational level in humanitarian
• Excellent knowledge of project cycle management;
• Ability to write and speak clearly and concisely in English;
• Strong computer skills; and,
• Proven high-level representation skills, such as speaking at meetings and providing situational
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 Swahili
is an advantage.
Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process,
which may include written and/or oral assessments.
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
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
• 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.
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 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.
How to apply:
Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment
system, by 08 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.
Application Deadline: 08.02.2024