National Programme Officer

Open to Internal and External Candidates
VN 2019/11 (NO-HCMC)

Position Title : National Programme Officer
Duty Station : HCMC, Vietnam
Classification : National Officer Category, Grade NO-A
Type of Appointment : Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension
Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible
Closing Date : December 30, 2019

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and 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 environment. Internal and external candidates
are eligible to apply to this vacancy. Internal candidates should meet the minimum of time
in post requirement of six months or more.


In a globalized economy, migrants make up important parts of the labour force in international supply chains. While the migration experience often leads to positive outcomes for workers and their families, many prospective migrants are subjected to unethical recruitment practices that may include  excessive fees, low wages, unreasonable physical demands or excessive time spent in remote locations. Migrant workers are therefore vulnerable to abusive and exploitative recruitment and employment practices which places them among the estimated 11.7 million people in the Asia-Pacific subjected to various forms of forced labour.

IOM’s Corporate Responsibility in Eliminating Slavery and Trafficking in Asia (CREST) programme identifies businesses as a critical partner in the fight against modern slavery and forced labour, with the private sector offering unique skills, knowledge and market leverage. Under CREST, IOM Viet Nam is currently implementing several partnership projects with the private sector to address the vulnerabilities of migrant workers in international supply chains.

Under overall supervision of the IOM Head of Office in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) and the direct supervision of the IOM’s CREST Project Manager, the successful candidate will be responsible for the implementation of these partnerships and general stakeholder engagement in Viet Nam.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

Private Sector and Multi-Stakeholder Engagement

  • Pro-actively participate in discussions and negotiations with the private sector, public sector, and civil society partners on the topic of corporate responsibility and modern slavery in international supply chains, including human trafficking and exploitation.
  • Pro-actively plan and organize formation of partnerships with both the public and private sector, designed to support the goals of the CREST project and mission.
  • Participate in relevant private sector working groups on corporate social responsibility and irregular migration.

Project Management

  • Provide effective project implementation coordination in accordance with the approved Project Documents and Budget and in close coordination with all stakeholders.
  • Draft project reports for donors, as well as aspects of interim and final reports, in coordination with the Project Manager.

Project Development, Research and Communication

  • Map the landscape of potential and relevant private sector, public sector, and civil society partners to strengthen the capacity of stakeholders to address the risks of labour exploitation including forced labour and human trafficking in supply chains.
  • Monitor progress of CREST projects and activities by preparing and verifying work plans, progress reports, annual and financial reports, and other data for clarity consistency.
  • Assemble and process data required for planning and negotiation of project activities, considering different approaches and alternative methods for project design, management, problem identification and problem resolution.
  • Initiate the design of relevant research activities on the intersection of migration, environment and climate change.
  • Develop communications and promotional products and materials, in line with the communications strategy of the CREST project, and in alignment with IOM global communication strategies and materials.


  • Design and conduct relevant training courses in the area of corporate responsibility and modern slavery.
  • Assess training programs’ effectiveness, success, and periodically report on them. Conduct pre-and post-training surveys and document lessons learned for enhancing the quality of training programs.
  • Prepare training work plans including logistics and budget. Support the programme teams in managing the training costs and project budget lines and tailor the training programs as necessary.


  • Provide technical and backstopping support to various teams in the mission.
  • Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s degree from an accredited academic institution in social sciences or other relevant disciplines; or University degree with minimum two years of relevant professional experience;
  • Significant experience liaising with - and proven network in - the private sector, governmental and diplomatic authorities, as well as with international institutions;
  • Experience in developing and implementing programs related to labour migration, international labour recruitment and corporate sustainability and compliance programs;
  • Demonstrated experience in program development, implementation, analysis and evaluation, including budget planning and monitoring;
  • Experience in facilitation and training of large groups, diverse groups, and groups of senior-level executives as well as experience with innovative training, facilitation approaches and training designer;
  • Strong coordination, negotiation, mobilizing and facilitation skills;
  • Pro-active mind-set. Good verbal and written communication skills in English and Malay Language is essential;
  • Must be proficient with MS Office.


  • Fluency in English and Vietnamese is required.

Required Competencies

The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following values and competencies.


  • 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.


Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances and authorizations by the concerned Government, where applicable.

How to apply:

All interested candidates should download and complete an IOM Personal History Form from the IOM Viet Nam website at

Completed applications, including IOM Personal History Form, application letter, and copies of diplomas and certificates, recommendation letters, etc. may be delivered to the IOM Sub-Office in Ho Chi Minh City at 1B Pham Ngoc Thach, District 1, or submitted electronically to [email protected].

IOM only accepts profiles with IOM Personal History Form duly completed.

Job Details
Organisation Name: 
Ho Chi Minh
Application Deadline: 
Mon, 2019-12-30