Fixed Term Project Officer (Capacity Building)
Position Title : Project Officer (Capacity Building)
Duty Station : Abuja, Nigeria
Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P2
Type of Appointment : Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension
Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible
Closing Date : 23 January 2018
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 environment. Applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged. For the purpose of the vacancy, the following candidates are considered as first-tier candidates:
1. Internal candidates
2. Qualified applicants from the following NMS countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Cabo Verde, Djibouti, Micronesia (Federated States of), Gabon, Gambia, Guyana, Iceland, Comoros, Lesotho, Libya, Montenegro, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Maldives, Malawi, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Seychelles, Slovenia, Suriname, El Salvador, Swaziland, Timor-Leste, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Vanuatu, Samoa
Irregular migration along the Central Mediterranean route is increasingly dangerous for migrants. A general improvement in the assistance and protection of migrants and migration management capacity in the region is necessary to better respond to these complex migration flows.
To meet these challenges, the European Union (EU) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have developed the Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration in Africa (hereby called “the Joint Initiative”). Implemented in 14 countries, it aims to protect the security, dignity and rights of migrants along this migration route and to help improve the reintegration of returnees. This will be achieved through different types of interventions, depending on the context and needs of each country, including protection and assistance of vulnerable and stranded migrants, assistance for voluntary return, support for sustainable reintegration in communities to which migrants return, the dissemination of accurate information on migration risks and legal avenues to migrants and communities, and the collection of data on migration flows and on Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) activities and outcomes.
Amongst other interventions, facilitating access to consular services for stranded and vulnerable migrants is an essential step in the voluntary return process. Currently, numerous migrants seeking IOM support to return home from transit and destination countries in Africa do not have valid travel documents. IOM is working to ensure timely access to basic consular services for migrants in need and to provide more systemic support to reinforce consular procedures, increase coordination between the capitals and the embassies/consulates, and enhance
cooperation among Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Member States.
Based on the assessed needs, a facility is established to provide to countries in need within Western and Central Africa the necessary means to build the capacity of government officials on migration management topics; including targeted support to enhance consular services and to support intergovernmental cooperation on migration management topics.
Under the overall supervision of the Regional Director and the direct administrative supervision of the Chief of Mission, Nigeria and the direct functional supervision of the Regional Programme Coordination Officer in Dakar, in collaboration with the Support to Free Movement of Persons and Migration in West Africa (FMM West Africa) Programme Manager in Abuja, the Capacity Building Officer is responsible for contributing to the formulation and implementation of capacity building and technical support strategies to support the Joint Initiative countries and, in particular, the set-up and management of the Facility for Consular Assistance (FCA).
Core Functions / Responsibilities:
- Together with the Joint Initiative Regional Coordination Unit, participate in the development of a capacity-building strategy as well as the corresponding training programmes and materials on migration management related topics.
- Manage the Facility for Consular Assistance (FCA), including setting up relevant procedures, implementing assistance and ensuring monitoring and evaluation of activities carried out under the FCA.
- Conduct assessments of capacity building needs of government authorities and partners at regional level, when requested.
- Plan and coordinate the delivery of regional workshops and trainings under the Joint Initiative.
- Ensure production of quality internal and external reports on the capacity building and technical assistance provided under the Joint Initiative.
- Provide advice and technical assistance on different aspects of training programmes to IOM, government’s counterparts and partners.
- Support the organization of capacity building activities in key areas such as reintegration, protection and assistance to vulnerable migrants in countries under the Joint Initiative, as per need and availability.
- Support activities aimed at fostering regional dialogue and coordination, including through assisting with the creation of a regional strategy on migration and the harmonization of national plans of action on migration.
- Support the establishment of a regional migration resource center at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and facilitate the creation a group of experts from West Africa to promote inter-regional exchanges of expertise.
- Liaise with national and state authorities, programme partners, civil society, the international community and donors.
- Encourage synergies with the EU funded “Support to Free Movement of Persons and Migration in West Africa (FMM West Africa)” Project as well as with ongoing regional and ECOWAS-led initiatives.
- Liaise with ECOWAS especially on return and reintegration components as well as Migration Dialogue for West Africa (MIDWA) Working Group.
- Coordinate any discussion/action related to or with ECOWAS with the FMM Program Manager prior to such discussion/action taking place.
- Undertake duty travel as requested.
- Perform such other duties as may be assigned.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
• Master’s degree in International Law, Development Studies, Political Science, International Relations, Social Studies 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.
• Proven experience on trainings or workshops facilitation, development of training curricula/modules relevant to migration management;
• Minimum of 2 years of professional experience in Project Management, Project
Implementation, monitoring and evaluation
• Experience working with specialized international agencies (UN Agencies, International
Organizations, and International NGOs) and at the regional level.
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills as well as strong strategic and creative thinking.
• Efficiency, flexibility, high level of professionalism and ability to work under pressure and adhere to strict deadlines.
• Ability to work effectively and harmoniously with colleagues from varied cultures and professional backgrounds.
• Ability to guide and supervise staff and coordinate administrative matters.
• Works effectively with local authorities, stakeholders, beneficiaries, and the broader community to advance country office or regional objectives.
Fluency in English and French is required.
• Accountability – takes responsibility for action and manages constructive criticisms;
• Client Orientation – works effectively well with client and stakeholders;
• Continuous Learning – promotes continuous learning for self and others;
• Communication – listens and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience;
• Creativity and Initiative – actively seeks new ways of improving programmes or services;
• Leadership and Negotiation – develops effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders;
• Performance Management – identify ways and implement actions to improve performance of self and others;
• Planning and Organizing – plans work, anticipates risks, and sets goals within area of responsibility;
• Professionalism – displays mastery of subject matter;
• Teamwork – contributes to a collegial team environment; incorporates gender related needs, perspectives, concerns and promotes equal gender participation;
• Technological Awareness – displays awareness of relevant technological solutions;
• Resource Mobilization – works with internal and external stakeholders to meet resource needs of IOM.
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.
Requisition: VN 2018/11 (P) – Project Officer (Capacity Building) (P2) – Abuja, Nigeria (55303133) Released
Posting: Posting NC55310540 (55310540) Released