Position Title : Project Officer (Engineer)
Duty Station : Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
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 November 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; Solomon Islands; Suriname;
The Bahamas; Tonga; Tuvalu; Uzbekistan; Vanuatu
Second tier candidates include:
All external candidates, except candidates from non-represented member states.
Violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar, which began on 25 August 2017 has driven an estimated
655,500 Rohingya across the border into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The large influx of Rohingya
is placing tremendous stress on the natural resource base in and around the refugee
settlements, with far-reaching impacts on biodiversity, agro-forestry, water sources and air
quality. Compounded by climate change, these impacts are generating new disaster risks which
threaten lives and livelihoods of both refugees and host communities in an already fragile
environment and displacement setting.
As part of scaling up its capacity to address these issues, the International Organization for
Migration (IOM) Cox’s Bazar is implementing different projects to support local government in
enhancing the resilience capacities of host community and Rohingya refugee’ population in
Cox’s Bazar and in Bangladesh in general.
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Much of the infrastructure and public buildings in Cox’s Bazar was in a desperate condition even
before the refugee influx. Recurring disaster, lack of maintenance and limited funding capacities
has worsened the condition of these infrastructures and public buildings. Therefore, for IOM,
support on small to medium scale investments for improving critical infrastructure and
equipment to improve the competency and absorptive capacity of host communities is very
Infrastructure is an operational unit within IOM Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The unit is integral to
the Rohingya Refugee Response implemented by the International Organization for Migration
(IOM) with funding from various international donors. Infrastructure Unit activities include
planning, designing, and construction of medium-complexity infrastructure projects, primarily
roads, bridges, health and community facilities and various types of site rehabilitation works,
including drainage, pedestrian access, earth stabilisation and installation of solar energy
throughout the camps and ‘out of camp’ sites in Cox’s Bazar District, Bangladesh.
Under the overall supervision of the Head of Humanitarian Assistance and Operations and
direct supervision of the Infrastructure Coordinator, the Project Officer (Engineer) will assist the
implementation of the programme, including but not limited to engineering design and
construction support for new site development works; existing site enhancement works and
small to medium scale community building projects.
Core Functions / Responsibilities:
1. Assist the Infrastructure Coordinator on the construction aspect of relevant
infrastructure/construction projects and in the technical area of responsibility, including but not
limited to assessment, design and technical specifications, Bill of Quantity (BoQ) calculations,
scheduling, tendering, and contracting in accordance with the relevant international/national
2. Supervise and monitor technically and administratively the field team of the specified
Infrastructure projects. Facilitate the provision of adequate and relevant capacity building to the
members of the team, including training the field technical and office team on monitoring tools,
data entry, data processing and analysis.
3. Document problems and propose innovative solutions in infrastructure programme
implementation and suggest action to resolve issues in close coordination with the Infrastructure
4. Assist the Infrastructure Coordinator on management support activities for multiple
construction projects, including those implemented in remote locations, and work with
multi-disciplinary project teams.
5. Draft civil designs for small to large scale areas, with the guidance of the Project
Infrastructure Coordinator. Civil designs include (but not limited to), health and community
facilities, drainage, hydraulic analysis, culvert design, large scale cut/fill, quantity take offs,
retaining wall and road design.
6. Contribute to the management of construction projects to ensure quality completion is on time
and within budget by utilizing and applying professional skills and knowledge in project
management and stakeholder engagement.
7. Draft periodic reports on various aspects of projects including but not limited to work
progress, financial, quality control, schedule compliance, and technical.
8. Assist with the development and implementation of design standards, monitoring
mechanisms, quality assurance mechanisms, and construction specifications in respective
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9. Participate in the tender evaluation process including assessment of bidders’ qualifications,
competency, and experience, and in analysing and reviewing the quoted unit rates and
specifications against IOM-prepared cost estimates and specifications.
10. Ensure accurate record keeping, construction inspections, and quality audits. Ensure that
drawings and records of actual quantities maintained are kept up to date and variations and
addendums are issued correctly.
11. Provide necessary information and documentation for the preparation of project proposals
for IOM to contact potential donors and/or government agencies. Contribute to operational
planning for emergency preparedness and response and hazard mitigation / disaster risk
12. Undertake regular field visits to all rehabilitation/reconstruction/enhancement project sites to
monitor, evaluate and supervise the activities implemented by partners/contractors and take
necessary action to achieve quality standard of engineering design.
13. Check that local communities and/or relevant authorities have been consulted on all
activities and that all necessary approvals have been granted prior to the execution of projects.
14. Comply with IOM’s policies and procedures including prevention of sexual exploitation and
abuse (PSEA) and promotion of a respectful work environment to contribute to a healthy
15. Act as a unit focal point for the development and production of visibility materials, in close
collaboration with the Communication unit.
16. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
• Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, Architecture, 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.
• Experience in camp rehabilitation and site development, civil design, direct construction
supervision, contract administration, surveying and levelling, quantity surveying;
• Experience with International Organizations and/or Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)
is an advantage;
• Experience working within the region an advantage; and
• Experience in building structural design, computer aided drawing, and common
engineering-related software is a plus.
• Demonstrated ability to supervise and manage staff at an operational level in humanitarian
• Must have thorough knowledge on AutoCAD drafting operations;
• Excellent knowledge of the IOM project management cycle;
• Good knowledge of UN and bilateral donor programming; and
• Ability to write and speak clearly and concisely in English.
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IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish.
For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of
Bangla/Rohingya language is desirable.
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
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
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
• 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.
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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
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. 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.
Vacancies close at 23:59 local time Geneva, Switzerland on the respective closing date. No late
applications will be accepted.
How to apply:
Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment
system, by 30 November 2023 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.
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
From 17.11.2023 to 30.11.2023
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
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