Vacancy for Site Planner at IOM Nigeria

Site Planner at IOM Nigeria

Closing date

Position Title : Site Planner

Duty Station : Maiduguri, Nigeria

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 : 05 June 2019

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

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 VN, the following are considered first-tier candidates:

  1. Internal candidates
  2. Candidates from the following non-represented member states:

Antigua and Barbuda; Bahamas; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Cook Islands; Cuba; Djibouti; El Salvador; Fiji; Gabon; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Lesotho; Libya; Marshall Islands; Mauritania; Micronesia (Federated States of); Montenegro; Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Paraguay; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Samoa; Sao Tome and Principe; Seychelles; Solomon Islands; Suriname; Timor-Leste; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu


Under the overall supervision of the Head of Sub-Office and the direct supervision of the Shelter Programme Manager, the successful candidate will be a key member of IOM Shelter unit, responsible for assisting with identifying sites and developing site plans to provide safety and dignity for displaced populations. In particular, he/she will:

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Conduct technical feasibility studies (site assessments) for identification of adequate sites in close coordination with local authorities and implementing partners.
  2. Conduct site assessments (of existing and potential sites) to determine the viability of sites and absorption capacity, and to detail works needed to improve drainage, mitigate hazard or any other improvement required to make the sites viable for the wet season.
  3. Contribute to the development of, in close coordination with National Emergency Management Committee (NEMA), State Emergency Management Committee (SEMA), implementing partners and other stakeholders, site plans and their implementation modalities, including construction/rehabilitation of latrines, water points, etc., considering the overall needs of target groups, their cultural preferences and the concerns of the local communities.
  4. Contribute to the development of site plans in coordination with the Shelter, NFI and CCCM Sector, inter-sector working groups, relevant government authorities and other actors, for both new sites, site extensions, consolidation or improvement, and including contingency plans for population flux.
  5. Verify if site plans and sites under development meet basic technical criteria of land availability/property, accessibility, security, topography, water resources, absorption capacity, and adequate terrain for proper sanitation facilities and acceptable humanitarian standards are taken into consideration while selecting potential sites. Bring issues and short falls to the attention of the supervisor.
  6. Check that site plans and designs take into consideration protection issues such as SGBV (Sexual and Gender Based Violence) and the specific needs of women, men, girls and boys. The security and privacy of the people of concern, the adequate location of sanitary/health facilities, communal services and distribution areas should also be verified. Bring issues and short falls to the attention of the supervisor.
  7. Liaise with key actors for implementation of site plans. Check that site works and phasing are in line with site development plans. Coordinate particularly with WASH sector when it comes to incorporating the drainages in site plans of existing camps.
  8. Provide technical support and relevant training to members of IOM Shelter Unit in site planning.
  9. In coordination with the Shelter Programme Manager and Shelter Project Officer, evaluate the needs and resources of IDPs in terms of shelter and site planning, with participation of the community and taking into consideration the implementation partners’ views and in recommending appropriate solutions and verifying that sites meet needs. Provide information on matters related to the procurement of site planning equipment, including assisting with the development of technical specifications and the review/inspection of the quality of products/works.
  10. In coordination with the Shelter Programme Manager and Shelter Project Officer, provide technical guidance and supervision in shelter and construction activities and refurbishment of existing housing units.
  11. Prepare lay out, bill of quantities, assist in calling for bids, provide the technical evaluation, assist in preparing the contractual agreements and supervise the work of successful contractors.
  12. Perform other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Architecture, Engineering, Urban Planning, Civil Engineering or a related

field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience;


• University degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional experience.


• Training and experience in rural development, Urban and physical planning;

• Experience in direct construction supervision and management;

• Experience working with low-income communities and government counterparts preferred;

• Experience with common engineering-related software;

• Previous working experience in humanitarian assistance programmes;

• Ability to manage and lead a group of technical experts and to coordinate with technical counterparts, NGOs and local authorities;

• Knowledge of computer graphics and mapping software, as well as the capacity to use mapping tools (GPS) and related software (map info etc.) Knowledge of CAD/CAM is essential; versatile in use of design related software and ability to prepare schedules/bills of quantities and estimating cost;

• Understanding of complex social-political environments;

• Ability to work under extreme pressure in difficult conditions while maintaining security awareness;

• Flexibility and focus on processes and their improvements.


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.

1 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.

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.

How to Apply

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 05 June 2019 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:

Posting period:

From 23.05.2019 to 05.06.2019

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.

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