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Special Vacancy Notice SVN 2024-XK- 20108851

Open to Internal and External Candidate

Position Title


National Project Officer
Duty Station


Prishtina, Kosovo(UNSC 1244)


National Officer NOA
Type of Appointment


Special FixedTerm, 9 monthswith possibility of extension
Estimated Start Date


As soon as possible
Closing Date : June 25, 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 benefitof all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment. Internal and external candidates are eligible to apply to this vacancy. For the purpose of 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 migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to 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'sguidance in Kosovo, focuseson empowering childrenand youth aged 13 to 24. This 24-month initiative 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 to cultivate positive agents of change who promote tolerance, diversity, mutual understanding, and social cohesion among 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 project aims to foster tolerance, diversity, and social connections within and between communities, despite the challenges of dual education systems and political sensitivities. Rather than aligning with either system, the project will work horizontally with schools, local structures, employing non-formal education programs and youth-led activities to promote change at individual and community levels. Leveraging existing policies on social cohesion and multilingualism, the project aims to 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 schools and 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 learning initiatives, fostering inter-community cooperation, partnering with the private sector, and amplifying youth voices through media and cultural partnerships.

Under the direct supervision of Chief of Mission and the Steering Committee of the Project, the incumbent will work in close collaboration with the Programme Support Unit (PSU), and will coordinate with UNICEF staff and oversee a team of assistants as well as all phases of the project including:

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

Assist in the coordination and monitoring of the operational, administrative and financial aspects of the project in accordance with IOM policies and practices as well as donor’s requirements.

Keep the supervisor informed on the status of project implementation; identify gaps and suggest actions to improve implementation.

Participate in the development and adjustment of work plans, project budgets, Monitoring & Evaluation tools and standard operations procedures.

Coordinate the collection, verification and analysis of data and background information; update information management systems and social media platforms on project related activities including project awareness and visibility, summaries, press releases and other relevant materials.

Coordinate timely preparation and dissemination of project reports in accordance with IOM procedures and donor requirements.

Liaise and coordinate with donors, partners, United Nations agencies, local authorities and stakeholders and government counterparts.

Contribute to the planning, development, organization and delivery of capacity building activities targeting IOM staff, government and civil society partners, implementing partners and communities.

Attend relevant conferences, workshops, working groups, interagency coordination meetings, and other forums

Participate in the preparation of project proposals and a diverse range of communication products, concept notes and other planning documents

Supervise and provide training and technical guidance to project staff.

Undertake duty travel relating to project implementation, monitoring visits, project assessments, liaison with counterparts, etc.

Perform other related duties as required.

Required Qualifications and Experience


  • Master's degree in international development, International Relations, Anthropology, Sociology, Social Research Methods, or related fields


  • At least five years of project management experience, preferably in area of migration, social cohesion, peacebuilding.
  • Proven track recordof delivering projectson time, withinbudget, and with high quality.
  • Ability to lead and motivate cross-functional teams, manage stakeholder expectations, and communicate effectively with all levels of the organization.
  • Experience in workingwith migrants, minorities, internally displaced persons;
  • Profound knowledge and understanding of inter-ethnic relations in Kosovo
  • Experience in liaising with governmental authorities, national/international institutions, United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations;
  • Prior work experience with international humanitarian organizations, non-government or government institutions/organization in a multi-cultural setting is an advantage.


  • Solid understanding of UN relevant instruments, such as the agenda 2030 and, understanding peacebuilding frameworks and how the project can contribute to achieving them
  • Knowledge of current thinking and development in peacebuilding, capacity development and effective knowledge transfer models, concepts, and principles relevant to humanitarian contexts
  • Familiarity with programme and project life cycle tools, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation desirable.
  • Demonstrated data collection and analytical writing skills, including ability to analyse and consolidate quantitative and qualitative information to understand and identify gap and needs, as well as project’s entry points.
  • Good operational, analytical, and problem-solving skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to produce high-quality written outputs and ability to present them in English and at least one of the official languages in Kosovo.



  • Fluency in English, Albanian and/or Serbian(oral and written)

Required Competencies

The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following values and competencies:

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

  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
  • 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.

Core Competencies – behavioral 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 sharingknowledge: continuously seeks to learn,share knowledge and innovate.
  • Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes

responsibility for own action and delegated work.

  • Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.

Managerial Competencies – behavioral 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 potential.
  • Empowering others & building trust: creates an atmosphere of trust and an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.
  • Strategic thinking and vision: works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and

communicates a clear strategic direction.


Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment and verification of residency, visa and authorizations by the concerned Government, where applicable.

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

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their application– CV or Personal History Form and Cover Letter to [email protected] by 25 June 2024, midnight at the latest,referring to SVN 2024-XK-20108851 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.

Posting period:

From 11 June 2024 – 25 June 2024

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