Back Project Manager (CREST)

  • Added Date: Thursday, 17 June 2021
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 29 June 2021

Position Title : Project Manager (CREST)

Duty Station : Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P3

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

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 29 June 2021

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 vacancy, the following are considered first-tier candidates:

  1. Internal candidates

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

Antigua and Barbuda; Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Cook Islands; Cuba; Fiji; Gabon; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People's Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Luxembourg; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Montenegro; Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Samoa; Sao Tome and Principe; Seychelles; Solomon Islands; Suriname; The Bahamas; Timor-Leste; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu

Second tier candidates include:

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


Nearly two thirds of all 272 million international migrants – or 164 million people – move for work. Almost half of international migrants today are women. Migrant workers make countless meaningful contributions to society. They add to the development of their own countries through remittances and help facilitate the transfer of skills and creation of business and trade networks. In countries of destination, migrant workers fill critical labour shortages, especially within the context of ageing populations and changing labour demographics. Many migrant workers face serious human rights risks throughout the migration process and at work, including discrimination, unequal wages, and restrictions on their fundamental rights and freedoms. Migrant workers therefore remain vulnerable to unacceptable working conditions and exploitation that, in the worst cases, can amount to human trafficking and forced labour.

The Corporate Responsibility in Eliminating Slavery and Trafficking in Asia (CREST) project is an initiative implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) that supports businesses in upholding the human and labour rights of migrant workers in key sectors and migration corridors.

Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission (COM) in IOM Viet Nam and in close coordination with the Senior CREST Advisor, the successful candidate will be responsible for the overall management and implementation of the CREST project in Asia and the Pacific Region.

The CREST project is supported by Sweden’s SIDA through the Strategy for Regional Development Cooperation in Asia and the Pacific Region, and private sector actors who are committed to demonstrating respect for human and labour rights of migrant workers.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Employ a Results Based Management approach to manage the CREST project in accordance with the approved project documents, budget and project strategies.

  2. In coordination with the Project Advisory Board, develop a strategy and work plan towards securing the sustainability of the CREST project beyond the first phase of implementation. Maintain an effective monitoring and evaluation system in order to achieve timely and effective implementation of the activities with the respective implementing IOM Country Offices (COs).

  3. Prepare required reports for the donors on project delivery, including interim and final reports on budgetary expenditure and results, in coordination with the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) and participating COs.

  4. Enhance strategic communications and visibility of the project activities the Region.

  5. In coordination with the Senior CREST Advisor, maintain cooperation with other IOM COs, including through the provision of technical guidance on migration, business and human rights topics. Lead a coordinated and strategic approach to the implementation of the Regional activities of CREST project. This will include coordination with the ROAP and relevant IOM thematic programmes and specialists.

  6. Establish strategic partnerships with project stakeholders, including from the private sector and civil society, and contribute to the strengthening and innovation of CREST partnership initiatives with the private sector actors.

  7. Support the Senior CREST Advisor and provide thematic advice and technical guidance to the project partners. Supervise staff assigned to the CREST project by each participating CO in close cooperation with the senior management of the involved COs.

  8. Support the Senior CREST Advisor and contribute to the facilitation of multi-stakeholder dialogue with relevant actors at the Regional level to enhance public-private collaboration towards the protection of migrant workers in Asia.

  9. Provide rigorous review and competent advice to the COMM, Senior CREST Advisor and the ROAP on the overall performance of the project to ensure effectiveness, coherence and integrity in implementation.

  10. Coordinate and monitor the administrative, Human Resources (HR) and financial aspects of the project in close coordination with the Resource Management Unit (RMU).

  11. Undertake travel duties as required to oversee the implement of the project and evaluate the impact the project activities on beneficiaries in all participating COs.

  12. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Social or Political Science, Law and /or Business Administration from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant experience, or

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


· Experience in managing and developing and implementing programmes related to labour migration, the protection of migrant workers in supply chains, labour migration, migrant assistance and private sector engagement;

· Direct experience in applying human rights due diligence frameworks in the context of IOM’s private sector partnerships;

· Direct experience in developing and delivering human rights and labour migration strategies and training programmes with the private sector;

· Experience in liaising with governmental and diplomatic authorities, as well as with international institutions and civil society organizations;

· Previous working experience in the Region is an advantage;

· Demonstrated experience in development, implementation, analysis and evaluation of migration programmes’ management, including budget planning and monitoring; and,

· Experience in working with IOM’s PRIMA system.


• Familiarity with Swedish donor procedures is an advantage;

• Sound knowledge of and commitment to principles of gender equality and human rights.

• Knowledge of labour migration and human development, migrant protection and assistance, business and human rights. In depth knowledge of labour-migration related subject areas dealt with by the Organization;

• Knowledge of UN and bilateral donor programming, particularly related to labour migration; and,

• Knowledge of financial and administrative management tools.


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

External applicants for all positions in the Professional category are required to be proficient in English and have at least a working knowledge of one additional UN Language (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese).

For all applicants, fluency in English is required (oral and written).

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 (

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.

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.

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

This vacancy is archived.

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