Project Associate
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Special Vacancy Notice
SVN 2023-XK-301223
Open to Internal and External Candidates

Position Title: Project Associate
Duty Station: Prishtina, Kosovo (UNSC 1244)
Classification: General Service Staff (G5)
Type of Appointment: Special Fixed Term, 9 months with possibility of extension
Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: November 15, 2023

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 benefitof all. It does so by providingservices and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment. Internal and external candidates are eligibleto apply to this vacancy.For the purposeof the vacancy, internal candidates are considered as first-tier candidates.


IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migrationissues, to assist in the search for practical solutionsto migration challenges and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.

The Youth Empowered through Inclusive School and Societies (YESS) project, funded by the UN- Secretary General’s Peacebuilding Fund and jointly implemented by UNICEF and IOM under the UN Development Coordinator's guidance in Kosovo, focuses on empowering children and youth aged 13 to 24. This 24-monthinitiative adopts a bottom-up, community-based approach, centering on schools and surrounding communities as platforms for engaging children,young men, and women, especially from marginalized groups historically excluded from decision-making processes. The project aims tocultivate positive agents of change who promote tolerance, diversity, mutual understanding, and social cohesionamong various communities in Kosovo.

The initiative will involve children, youth, their teachers, municipal educational authorities, parents, and broader communities across 10 selected municipalities in Kosovo.

The projectaims to foster tolerance, diversity, and social connections within and betweencommunities, despite the challenges of dual educationsystems and politicalsensitivities. Rather than aligningwith either system,the project will work horizontally with schools, local structures, employingnon-formal education programsand youth-led activities to promote change at individual and communitylevels. Leveraging existingpolicies on socialcohesion and multilingualism, the project aimsto empower young people with critical thinking skills, facilitating dialogue, human rights promotion, and resilience to conflict. The comprehensive approach addresses ethnic polarization and other conflict factors,targeting diverse schoolsand municipalities, and involves incremental implementation considering the political and security climate.

The project, carefully aligned with both local and global methodologies, will impact schools and universities and individuals in selected municipalities, focusing on two main outputs: sensitizing schools and local authorities to create peaceful environments, and enhancing collaboration among youth-led initiatives and stakeholders for community development and peacebuilding. Activities include empowering students, enhancing teachers'capacities, fostering cooperation with local authorities, supporting language learninginitiatives, fostering inter-community cooperation, partnering with the privatesector, and amplifying youth voices throughmedia and culturalpartnerships.

Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission and direct supervision of the National Project Officer, the incumbent will be responsible for supporting the efficient implementation of the project activities and achievement of expected results.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Assist in the implementation and monitoring of project activities.
  2. Retrieve, compile, summarize, analyse, and present information/data on specific project topics.
  3. Monitor budget; verify availability of funds; obtain necessary approval and update budget related information.
  4. Act as focal point for administrative coordination of projectimplementation, involving extensive liaison with diverse organizational units and external parties to initiate requests, obtain necessary clearances, process and follow-up on administrative actions,etc.
  5. Draft status reports, identifying shortfalls in delivery, bring them to the attention of the supervisor and suggest remedial actions.
  6. Draft correspondence on project issues;prepare and updatereports, briefing notes,graphics, statistical tables, presentation and other forms of documentation.
  7. Respond to complex information requests and inquiries; set up and maintain files/records; organize meetings, workshops and trainingsessions;
  8. Participate in meetings and conferences; assistin coordinating implementation activities with local authorities, partners, United Nation agencies,intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, donors and other stakeholders relevant to the project.
  9. Assist in monitoring work of implementing partners and report non-compliances to the supervisor.
  10. Provides guidance/training to new/junior staff.
  11. Perform other related dutiesas assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience


  • School diploma with five yearsof relevant experience; or,
  • Bachelor’s degree in Political or Social Sciences, International Relations, DevelopmentStudies, Migration Studies,Human Rights, Law or related fields from an accredited academic institution with three years of relevant professional experience.


  • Experience in liaisingwith governmental authorities, national/international institutions, UnitedNations agencies and non-governmental organizations.
  • Experience in working with migrants,refugees, internally displacedpersons, victims of trafficking and other vulnerable groups; and,
  • Prior work experiencewith international humanitarian organizations, non-government or government institutions/organization in a multi-cultural setting is an advantage.


For all applicant’s fluencyin English, Albanianand Serbian is required (oral and written).

Required Competencies

The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following valuesand competencies:

Values - all IOM staff membersmust abide by and demonstrate these three values:

  • Inclusion and respect for diversity respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion whereverpossible.
  • Integrity and transparency; maintainshigh ethical standards and acts in a mannerconsistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
  • Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent, and committedmanner and exercisescareful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.

Core Competencies – behavioural indicators level 1

  • Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration withinand across unitsto achieve shared goals and optimizeresults.
  • Delivering results; produces and delivers quality resultsin a service-oriented and timely manner;is action orientedand committed to achieving agreedoutcomes.
  • Managing and sharing knowledge; continuously seeks to learn, share knowledgeand innovate.
  • Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities andassumes responsibility for own actionand delegated work.
  • Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex mattersin an informative, inspiring, and motivational way.


Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancynotice is subjectto funding confirmation.

Appointment will be subjectto certification that the candidateis medically fit for appointment and verification of residency, visa and authorizations by the concernedGovernment, where applicable.

This post is subject to local recruitment. Only persons holding a valid residence and work permit for Kosovowill be eligible for consideration.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications – Personal History Form (click here to download) and Cover Letter to [email protected] by 15 of December 2023, midnight at the latest, referring to SVN 2023-XK-301223 in the subject line.

In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM only accepts applications duly completed.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Postingperiod:

From 30.11.2023 – 15.12.2023

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