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Social and Economic Recovery and Planning Expert at IOM – International Organization for Migration

  • Full Time
  • Blantyre
  • Salary: 00

IOM - International Organization for Migration


Mission and objectives

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration, work-ing closely with governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental partners. Since 2014 when Malawi became an IOM Member State, IOM has been operating in the country addressing adverse drivers of irregular migration and promoting better migration governance. In February 2018, IOM signed the Cooperation Agreement with the Government of Malawi that formalized its presence in the country through recognition as one of the Resident UN Agencies. The IOM Constitution recognizes the link between migration and economic, social and cultural devel-opment, as well as to the right of freedom of movement. IOM works in the four broad areas of migration management: • Migration and development • Facilitating migration • Regulating migration • Forced migration


In Malawi, the mission has a wide range of programmes, including but not limited to, supporting migra-tion and development, migration and health, safe migration, combating Trafficking in Persons (TiP) and human smuggling, immigration and border management, Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR), refugee resettlement, emergency assistance and capacity-building on all relevant migration issues. The IOM country office is located in the capital Lilongwe. IOM works within the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) whose strategic areas derive from the National De-velopment Plan (NDP) dubbed the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy Ill, a national framework for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This Position will be based in Blantyre at IOM’s field office with a possibility of moving to Lilongwe after a few months. The office is heading the emergency response and recovery efforts of IOM, in close cooperation with cluster partners and sector working groups.

Task description

Under the direct supervision of the Head of the Emergency Response and Recovery Unit and in close cooperation with the Governance Unit, as well as project staff, namely the Shelter, Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Officers, the UNV will be responsible for providing support to IOM Malawi in supporting its social and economic recovery efforts following Tropical Cyclone Freddy. The UNV’s tasks is anchored but not limited to the IOM’s SDG-Accelerator Fund project supporting Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in IDP Camps and in relocation sites with support to social and economic recovery efforts. Provided the holistic nature of IOM’s activity in the lifesaving, resilience building and relocation efforts in southern Malawi, the UNV will be part of the interdisciplinary team, steering the social and economic recovery aspects of the project’s activities. IOM is the co-chair of the Shelter, Non-Food Items (NFIs) and CCCM cluster with the Ministry of Lands and Malawi Red Cross. The UNV will further support the project manager in supporting cluster interventions and planning activities. Furthermore, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: – Support IOM’s emergency response and recovery efforts with social and economic in-novative approaches to Malawi building resilience at community level – Map and analyse main stakeholders and develop potential partnerships and collabora-tions to support social and economic recovery efforts at community level – Identify main needs and innovations for social and economic recovery for long-lasting recovery efforts with community structures, such as the Village Civil Protection Com-mittees (VCPCs) and village development committees in cooperation with traditional authorities, local leaders and district officials – Identify new, innovative economic livelihood opportunities for IDPs in cooperation with Camp Management Committees within IDP camps – Select and support a minimum of 3 initiatives and community structures and community businesses to funding opportunities – Train innovative entrepreneurship and financial literacy for IDPs and relocate people to boost their livelihoods and enhance durable resilience – Support and mainstream the social and economic recovery perspective into the hu-manitarian cluster system in Malawi, especially in the Shelter / NFI/ CCCM cluster, link-ing recovery and preparedness efforts – Support and guide the National UN Volunteer in their planning activities to anchor IOM’s long-term social and economic recovery in the resilience building and permanent relocation activities into national and district development and related plans. – Support the collection, preparation and dissemination of case stories, best practices and success stories to promote visibilities of the Organization’s activities


Required experience

15 years of experience in Humanitarian settings Master’s degree in economics, international development, emergency response, rural economic development

Area(s) of expertise

Crisis and emergency response

Driving license


English, Level: Working knowledge, Required French, Level: Working knowledge, Desirable

Required education level

Master degree or equivalent in International development, Economic development, ideally in post-disaster and Southern Africa context

Competencies and values

Accountability Working in teams Building Trust Ethics and Values Empowering Others

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