Position Title: Cash-Based Initiatives Officer (Operations Support)

Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P2

Type of Appointment: Special short-term graded, six months with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 30 August 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 benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. Read more about diversity and inclusion at IOM at www.iom.int/diversity.

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; Barbados; Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Congo (the); Cook Islands; Dominica; Fiji; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Holy See; Iceland; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Madagascar; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Seychelles; Solomon Islands; Suriname; The Bahamas; Tonga; Tuvalu; Uzbekistan; Vanuatu

Second tier candidates include:

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


The position is placed in the Cash-Based Initiatives (CBI) Unit, the selected candidate will be based in Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland, and undertake regular duty travel in support of IOM country offices. The CBI Unit leads IOM’s effort to increase, coordinate and standardize the use of CBI as a modality to deliver assistance across the organization and implement the IOM CBI Strategy 2022-2026. This includes designing relevant tools and reviewing internal processes in coordination with all relevant stakeholders, while also providing technical support and capacity-building to IOM country and regional offices to make sure they are well-equipped to efficiently implement CBI.

Under the overall supervision of the Deputy Director General for Operations and direct supervision of the Senior Cash-Based Interventions (CBI) Officer; and in collaboration with relevant units at headquarters, the Cash-Based Initiatives Officer will support country offices in designing and implementing CBI, and contribute to capacity-building efforts and CBI progress and achievements reports.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Review and assist in designing CBI tools and guidance that enables the implementation of efficient and effective CBI across IOM programmes, including in emergency response, preparedness, transition and recovery, return and reintegration operations, and others.
  2. Contribute to the CBI Unit’s capacity-building efforts by providing technical inputs for the development of training material, facilitating training, workshops, and webinars, and supporting the roll-out of operational tools and guidance on the planning, design and implementation of CBI.
  3. Support the revision of CBI internal processes and control mechanisms, in close coordination with relevant units in headquarters (HQ) and with the feedback of country offices, to help with strengthening procedures, improving effectiveness, and designing control measures to improve risk mitigation.
  4. Contribute to the CBI Unit’s Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) efforts to continuously assess the achievement of output indicators of the CBI Strategy 2022-2026 and the implementation plan, and continuously examine the relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of global CBI processes applied at the country level.
  5. Review project proposals with CBI components to check if they are in line with institutional best practices and priorities; and assist country offices in the integration of gender, protection, and disability inclusion considerations in CBI projects.
  6. Closely coordinate with the CBI Regional Officers to facilitate the reflection and resolution of operational needs at the HQ level, as needed, and to assist with the implementation of coherent and consistent institutional approaches to CBI at the country level.
  7. Closely coordinate with relevant IOM Departments in HQ to monitor and improve internal procedures to record CBI activities and expenditure in IOM corporate systems, including accounting, budgeting, and procurement.
  8. Liaise with relevant IOM Departments to collect specific requirements, leading to identifying and contracting relevant global and regional money transfer solutions.
  9. Monitor research on the best mechanisms available to help improve IOM’s reach and access of migrants and other assisted populations to CBI assistance in different contexts.
  10. Contribute to the roll-out of the IOM CBI Strategy 2022-2026 and the execution of the accompanying Implementation Plan.
  11. Participate in national, regional, international, inter-agency, and government-led coordination mechanisms, meetings, relevant conferences, workshops, and policy and technical working groups to facilitate the proper coordination and representation of IOM’s CBI portfolio in close coordination with the Senior CBI Officer.
  12. Undertake regular duty travel to assist IOM country offices in the planning, design, and implementation of CBI and in connection with in-person training.
  13. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Humanitarian Operations related subject, or a related field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience; or,
  • University degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional experience.


  • Working experience in CBI programming across a range of sectors and types of response;
  • Working experience in capacity-building activities and in drafting project proposals and reports;• Working experience with international organizations and knowledge of the United Nations;
  • Relevant experience in capacity-building activities.


  • Knowledge of CBI across humanitarian, development, and peace operations, including contexts;
  • In-depth knowledge of CBI-related technical guidelines and standards;
  • Knowledge of current humanitarian issues with a particular focus on natural disaster-related emergencies, post-conflict interventions, Disaster Risk Reduction and Rehabilitation/Recovery;
  • Good project development and report writing skills;
  • Strong facilitation skills and knowledge of adult learning;
  • In-depth knowledge of the broad range of migration-related subject areas dealt with by the organization.


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

For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of French and/or Spanish 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 (https://whed.net/home.php).

Required Competencies:

Values – all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these five values:

  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: Respects and promotes individual and cultural differences. Encourages diversity and inclusion.
  • 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.
  • Courage: Demonstrates willingness to take a stand on issues of importance.
  • Empathy: Shows compassion for others, makes people feel safe, respected and fairly treated.

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 actions 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 leadership and professional potential.
  • Empowering others: Creates an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.
  • Building Trust: Promotes shared values and creates an atmosphere of trust and honesty.
  • Strategic thinking and vision: Works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.
  • Humility: Leads with humility and shows openness to acknowledging own shortcomings.

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 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.

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.

Vacancies close at 23:59 local time Geneva, Switzerland on the respective closing date. No late applications will be accepted.

How to apply

To apply, interested applicants are invited to submit their applications HERE via the IOM e-Recruitment system by 30 August 2023.

IOM only accepts duly completed applications submitted through the IOM e-Recruitment system. The online tool also allows candidates to track the status of their application.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

For further information please refer to: www.iom.int/recruitment

Posting period:

From 17.08.2023 to 30.08.2023

No Fees:

IOM does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, processing, training or other fee). IOM does not request any information related to bank accounts.

Requisition: SVN 2023 293 Cash-Based Initiatives Officer (Operations Support) (P2) Geneva, Switzerland (58306315) Released

Posting: Posting NC58306317 (58306317) Released

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