Social Mobilization Assistant

Website International Organization for Migration (IOM)


Social Mobilization Assistant

Duty Station: Jajarkot or West Rukum district, Karnali Province, Nepal
Classification: General Service Staff, Grade-5
Type of Appointment: Special Short Term ,6 months with possibility of extension
Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

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.

United Nations- International Organization for Migration is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture amongst others. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups are encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

United Nations, International Organization for Migration has a zero-tolerance against Sexual exploitation and Abuse (SEA) and sexual harassment (SH). Everyone is responsible for preventing sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA), and all UN personnel must adhere to the standards of conduct that preserves PSEA principles (both during work hours and outside work hours). All selected candidates will, therefore, go through a safe hiring process.

Under the overall supervision of the Head of Resources Management Officer and direct supervision of National Procurement Logistics and Government Liaison Officer, Security FP, the incumbent will be supporting procurement activities of the organization. The incumbent’s responsibilities will include the following:

Organizational Context and Scope

On 3 November 2023, Nepal’s deadliest earthquake since April 2015 struck Jajarkot District in Karnali Province in the west of the country. The 6.4 magnitude earthquake, which was followed by over 300 aftershocks, killed 154 (84 females and 70 males, including 81 children)2, injured 366, and displaced tens of thousands of people, forcing many to sleep outside in freezing overnight temperatures for fear of aftershocks. According to the National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC), approximately 62,011 households were damaged (completely and partially) and 250,000 people were affected (127,750 females and 122,250 males, including 69,575 children), with Jajarkot and Rukum West districts bearing the brunt of the damage. Despite the earthquake’s relatively low magnitude, the high levels of damage and casualties were caused by substandard construction of homes and as it occurred at night when most people were asleep in their homes.

In February 2024, the Joint Recovery Action Plan: Western Nepal Earthquake was launched by the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office Nepal with three pronged objectives 1) Support livelihoods and the continuation of basic service delivery 2) Create enabling environments for long term recovery and reconstruction of affected communities 3) support the current season and build resilience to natural shocks in 2024. Under the Joint Recovery UN Project, IOM is leading the Shelter Recovery interventions planned from May 2024 until January 2025.

Under the guidance from Chief of Mission and overall supervision of the National Program Officer/Head MECR (Migration, Environment, Climate Change and Risk Reduction) and the direct supervision of the Shelter Expert, the successful candidate will be responsible to provide assistance in Shelter and Settlements interventions to support the Jajarkot earthquake recovery operation.

Core Functions / Responsibilities

  1. Support to conduct community outreach and awareness campaigns for the project intervention encompassing safe shelter and settlement practices as well as disaster risk reduction and management.
  2.  Support in organizing training sessions, workshops, meetings, and events for local government and communities.
  3.  Support to collaborate with local stakeholders, including government agencies, NGOs, and community leaders, to develop and implement DRR, Shelter, and Settlement initiatives.
  4. Assist the team in the development of DRR policies, guidelines, and action plans at the local and district levels.
  5. Support in organizing advocacy events, forums, and meetings to promote DRR priorities and mobilize support from stakeholders.
  6. Provide support to community members on accessing legal provisions and entitlements related to shelter and tranche disbursement.
  7. Comply with relevant legal frameworks, regulations, and standards in accessing tranche disbursement and shelter-related activities.
  8. Provide regular progress reports, updates, and documentation of activities.
  9. Support on providing training to GoN staff, and field staff on MIS usage and data management best practices with linkage of MIS & BIPAD portal.
  10. Conduct participatory community consultations on beneficiary verification.
  11. Record and manage database.
  12. Perform any duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Required Qualifications and Experience


  • Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies, Social Sciences, Mass Communication from accredited Institute with three years of relevant experience.


  • Experience planning and executing community outreach programs, including designing awareness campaigns and engaging with diverse audiences.
  • Previous involvement in coordinating and facilitating training sessions, workshops, and events on relevant topics such as disaster preparedness, shelter management, and community resilience.
  • Experience in logistical planning, agenda development, participant coordination, and post-event reporting.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to ensure successful event outcomes.
  • Familiarity with the development and implementation of disaster risk reduction policies, guidelines, and action plans at the local and district levels.
  • events, workshops, social media campaigns, and other communication activities.


  • Skills in planning, organizing, and coordinating activities such as training sessions, workshops, meetings, and advocacy events.
  • Effective interpersonal skills to collaborate with colleagues, stakeholders, and external partners, build relationships, and work collaboratively.
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proficiency in using the MS Office package.

Fluency in English and Nepali is required (oral and written).

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 1

  • 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.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment. Only Nepali Nationals will be considered for this position.

How to apply:
Interested Candidates are requested to submit their application indicating clearly the position applied, VN number and CV with three references to the following address: Human Resource Department, International Organization for Migration, P.O. Box 25503, Lazimpat Road, Panipokhari, Kathmandu or email to by 01 May 2024. Only short-listed candidates will be called for interview.

Closing Date: May 01, 2024