VN 58-10/21 - National Project Officer



Vacancy Announcement open to internal and external candidates


Duty Station: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Application Deadline:  24 October 2021

Position Title: National Project Officer

Contract type/duration: One Year Fix Term (OYFT)

Contract duration: 12 months, renewable

Grade:  NO-B

Starting Date: as soon as possible

Reference Code:  VN 58-10/21


Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and 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 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.



Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and 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.


Under the overall guidance of the Sub-Regional Coordinator for the Western Balkans and the direct supervision of the Deputy Chief of Mission, the National Coordinator will be responsible and accountable for leading and overseeing IOM’s projects related to social cohesion and resilience.


Core Functions/Responsibilities

  •  Provide technical inputs to the IOM Senior Management Team on programmatic strategy including where to focus projects resources


  • Support and facilitate cross-learning, coherence and coordination in the work carried out by the project teams as well as compliance with IOM and donor policies and guidelines


  • Ensure that projects are implemented to the highest standard and in a timely manner, in accordance with donor requirements and expectations including when it comes to reporting.


  • Work closely with the Resource Management team in Sarajevo to monitor and ensure effective project implementation and financial management and reporting in line with IOM and donor requirements.


  • Work closely together with the Project Development and Monitoring and Evaluation Unit in IOM Sarajevo, the IOM Regional Office in Vienna and IOM Headquarters to initiate and support project development, regular monitoring and evaluation and proper use of relevant IOM experience elsewhere.


  • Plan and participate in the recruitment of field/project staff, as well as provide direction and operational guidance to the regional teams, at the direction of the Deputy Chief of Mission.


  • Monitor the political and security developments throughout the country, with a particular attention to areas of active and potential implementation of project activities.


  • In coordination with the Western Balkans Coordinator and Deputy Chief of Mission, participate in program related meetings and conferences on a national and regional level


  • Work closely with the IOM PSU team in monitoring and evaluating project activities during implementation and once the project activities are completed, and to ensure that lessons learned are incorporated into future activities


  • Carry out relevant duty travel within Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Western Balkans and elsewhere, as required.


  • Support the Deputy Chief of Mission with coordinating with other IOM projects in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Western Balkans.


  • Perform such other duties as may be assigned.


All duties and responsibilities will be carried out in strict adherence to IOM policies and guidelines, including those related to confidentiality and data protection.


Required Qualifications and Experience


  • Completed university degree from an accredited academic institution preferably in Political or Social Science, International Relations, Law or related field;. and

Minimum 4 years of relevant experience in the development and implementation of projects, community organization, media/communications, political activism, research initiatives, or other efforts to improve and strengthen communities in BiH.



  • Proven experience and knowledge in project coordination and management
  • Demonstrated record of establishing and maintaining good working relationships with authorities, donors, partners and civil society actors.
  • Deep understanding of the topic of prevention of social cohesion and violent extremism and its components and the overall political and institutional environment in which the work needs to take place in Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Proven understanding of the United Nations frameworks, policies and practices on social cohesion and preventing violent extremism
  • Proven ability to communicate clearly and effectively including at the highest political level, in writing as well as orally.
  • Proven ability to initiate and manage continuous learning and innovation in the area of the prevention of violent experience.
  • Demonstrable knowledge and understanding of the gender perspectives in different areas of work within IOM;
  • Knowledge of IOM financial rules and regulations



  • Excellent organizational, time management and facilitation skills
  • Having strong knowledge and skills on methodology development related to social cohesion and PVE
  • Demonstrable knowledge and understanding in the field of prevention of violent extremism and social cohesion; 
  • Proficiency in computer applications, such as MS Office, Internet Explorer, PRIMA, PRISM
  • Strong communication, presentation, and coordination skills;
  • Sensitivity to identification of any possible issues, cause of delay or threat to accomplishment of project targets;
  • Valid driving license and possession of a personal vehicle
  • Willingness and ability to conduct travel whenever needed
  • B&H citizenship


Language(s): Fluent English and one of the three languages of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian)


Required Competencies

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


  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.


How to apply


Interested candidates are invited to submit their application (IOM PHF- Personal History Form and  motivation letter ) electronically by email to: Please be advised that only attached PHF will be taken into consideration and processed.

Internal candidates are to apply by sending Internal Application Form in attachment.

Please note that only the attached IOM PHF will be considered.

   IOM CV Form - Personal History Form

Subject: VN 58-10/21



Applications must be received by 24 October 2021.


Posting period: 11 October 2021 – 24 October 2021


The appointment is subject to funding confirmation.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

For all IOM vacancies, applications form qualified and eligible first-tier candidates are considered before those of qualified and eligible second-tier candidates in the selection process.

Vacancy is open to candidates residing in the country of the duty station or from a location in a neighboring country which is within commuting distance of the duty station. Candidates applying from another location outside commuting distance will be considered locally recruited and will not be eligible for allowances or benefits available to eligible internationally-recruited staff. In all cases, a prerequisite for taking up the position is legal residency in the country of the duty station and work permit in possession of time of recruitment, as applicable.





Closing Date: 
Sunday, October 24, 2021