Project Officer (WASH & Basic Infrastructure)

at International Organization for Migration
Location Khartoum, Sudan
Date Posted November 29, 2021
Category Management
Job Type Full-time
Currency SDG


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.

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. Candidates from the following non-represented member states:

Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba (Netherlands); Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros;Congo (the); Cook Islands; Cuba; Fiji; Gabon; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People's Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Libya; Luxembourg; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Montenegro; Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Samoa; Sao Tome and Principe; Seychelles; Solomon Islands; Suriname; The Bahamas; Timor-Leste; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu

Second tier candidates include:

All external candidates, except candidates from non-represented member states.


Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission, the direct supervision of the Regional Coordinator (Eastern States and Blue Nile), the technical supervision of WASH & Basic Infrastructure Programme Officer based in Khartoum, and in close coordination with relevant Project Managers under the Humanitarian Response and Transition Team (HRT), the Project Officer (WASH & Basic Infrastructure) will be responsible for contributing to and supporting the successful planning, implementation and monitoring of IOM’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and basic infrastructure activities in Gedaref State. The successful candidate will provide technical support for IOM’s ongoing emergency and transition programming efforts as relates to the refugee situation within the state, as well as to the needs of internally displaced people affected by floods and other hazards.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

1.Provide technical inputs and information for the development and execution of a WASHstrategy for HRT responses, in alignment with the overall mission and programme strategy for the country. Analyze programme development opportunities and contribute to the preparation of proposals.

2.Supervise and coordinate the implementation of WASH and basic infrastructure activities, such as community centers, irrigation canals, drainage systems, markets, feeder roads, culverts, earth embankments etc, in support of IOM’s refugee and flood response programme for Gedaref/eastern Sudan, checking that budget, time and quality are in accordance with project specifications, donor requirements and IOM rules and regulations. Bring issues to the attention of the supervisor.


a. Monitor the design process and compliance of technical specifications for the implementation of the required WASH and basic infrastructure and services.

b. Adhere to the guidelines provided by the programme manager regarding the use of budget lines for the project(s) activities.

c. Monitor the technical work of the WASH and basic infrastructure team working for the response. Supervise relevant staff and provide feedback on performance.

d. In close coordination with the Resources Management Unit, facilitate procurement efforts for supplies and services, checking if processes are transparent and in line with IOM and donor’s regulations. Monitor contractual agreements with service providers and/or implementing parties.


a. Coordinate closely with relevant Khartoum-based Project Managers in HRT, as well as with relevant colleagues supporting IOM’s migration management programme at state-level, to facilitate the alignment and efficiency of activities.

b. Liaise with the WASH Sector, UNHCR as lead of the refugee response and relevant co-leads, other WASH agencies, government authorities / entities and other relevant stakeholders as appropriate to coordinate IOM WASH and basic infrastructure activities. Attend technical coordination meetings convened by the Commissioner of Refugees (CoR) and the Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC).

5.Provide relevant and necessary information to the WASH Programme Manager and to the members of the WASH team under supervision.

6.Monitor project implementation, undertake regular visits to the areas of operation and record relevant data for further analysis. Ensure that all the project data and information is archived and shared appropriately. Draft progress reports to the WASH Programme Manager indicating progress, constraints and requirements for project completion.

7.Facilitate the integration of the core principles of disaster risk reduction, environmental protection, gender, Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) and conflict sensitivity across programming.

8.Perform such other duties that may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, Environmental Engineering, or Public Health from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience; or

• University degree in Civil Engineering with four years of relevant professional experience.


• Experience in the coordination and implementation of WASH and programmes in countries facing humanitarian crises and in support of emergency response, recovery, community stabilization and transition;

• Experience working with international organizations specialized in humanitarian and/or development assistance (e.g. UN agencies, INGOs, IOs, Donors, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) or International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC));

• Experience in the coordination and implementation of WASH and basic infrastructure activities, including contract management;

• Experience in the design and/or implementation of interventions that include addressing behavioral change for the promotion of hygiene;

• Familiarity with Disaster Risk Reduction approaches, concepts and technical solutions desirable;

• Familiarity with conflict sensitivity concepts and principles a distinct advantage;

• Experience in Sudan or the region desirable.


Computer literate (word processors, spreadsheet, database, Epanet, CAD (AutoCAD, ArchiCAD or similar engineering software), and statistical packages, etc.).


IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish.

External applicants for all positions in the Professional category are required to be proficient in English and have at least a working knowledge of one additional UN Language (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese).

For all applicants, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Arabic 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 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 – 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 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 – 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 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.

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 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.

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