Project Officer (MM/AVRR) at International Organization for Migration
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) - 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.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Position: Project Officer (MM/AVRR)
Job Location: Benin City, Edo
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
- Irregular migration along the Central Mediterranean route is increasingly dangerous for migrants. Crossing the Mediterranean to Italy is by far the deadliest route, with 1 death recorded for 35 arrivals (IOM, 2016). In addition, over 70% of the migrants interviewed by IOM on their arrival in Italy report that they were victims of trafficking or other exploitative practices during their migratory journey along the routes of the Central Mediterranean.
- To meet these challenges, the European Union (EU) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have developed the Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration in Africa (hereinafter “Joint Initiative”). Implemented in 14 countries (Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and The Gambia) through 14 specific actions, it aims to protect the security, dignity and rights of migrants along this important and dangerous migration route and to help improving the reintegration of returnees through an innovative approach.
- This will be achieved through different types of interventions including protection and assistance to vulnerable and stranded migrants, assistance for voluntary return, support for sustainable reintegration in the communities of origin, the dissemination of accurate information on migration to migrants, potential migrants and communities, and the collection of data on migration flows.
- The Initiative will aim at strengthening the technical and material capacities of the authorities and organizations involved in these areas so that they can ultimately take over policies and programmes related to the protection and reintegration of migrants in the region, with a view to improving the governance of migration in the region.
- A major component of the Joint Initiative in Nigeria is the provision of sustainable reintegration assistance to more than 8,000 returnees going back to various parts of the country.
- Reintegration can be considered sustainable when returnees have reached levels of economic self-sufficiency, social stability within their communities, and psychosocial well-being that allow them to cope with (re)migration drivers. Having achieved sustainable reintegration, returnees are able to make further migration decisions as a matter of choice rather than necessity.
- Working under the overall supervision of the Deputy Chief of Mission and Programme Manager (FMM), and the direct supervision of the Project Manager (MM) And Head of Sub Office, the successful candidate will be responsible for assisting with the set-up of effective reintegration schemes and the effective delivery of assistance to returning migrants in Nigeria.
- S/he will be responsible to coordinate the planning, budgeting, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of migrants’ reintegration and other Assisted Voluntary Return & Reintegration (AVRR) assistance under the Migration Management Programme.
Core Functions / Responsibilities
- Supervise and coordinate IOM caseworkers and reintegration assistants
- Ensure supervision, training as well as ongoing counselling and guidance to staff and implement a sound case management system in compliance with IOM standards of assistance.
- Support the establishment of national reintegration schemes in coordination with national counterparts (government, civil society, etc.).
- Provide technical inputs and guidance for the development, enhancement and implementation of national Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs) related to return and reintegration.
- Facilitate protection into reintegration activities by ensuring the provision of adequate assistance for vulnerable categories such as victims of trafficking, unaccompanied minors and migrants with health concerns.
- Provide technical assistance, capacity building support and guidance to implementing partners and Government counterpart.
- Ensure adequate monitoring and evaluation of reintegration activities.
- Oversee appropriate data management of beneficiaries, including entering case data into IOM databases and proper filing in accordance with IOM Data Protection Principles.
- Track use of resources in accordance with IOM internal rules and regulations.
- Compile and produce quality internal and external reports on reintegration activities.
- Contribute to the development of project concepts/proposals and resource mobilization initiatives related to reintegration, as appropriate.
- Encourage synergies with other reintegration projects and incorporate lessons learnt.
- Liaise with national and state authorities, programme partners, civil society, the international community and donors to coordinate implementation, improve reintegration services and increase visibility of activities.
- Undertake duty travel as requested.
- Perform such other duties as may be assigned.
Required Qualifications and Experience
- Master's Degree in Development Studies, Economics, Business Management, Political Science, International Relations, Social Studies, International Law 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.
- Experience in assisted voluntary return and reintegration, community reintegration or similar direct assistance work;
- Experience working with specialized international agencies (UN Agencies, International Organizations, and International NGOs);
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills as well as strong strategic and creative thinking;
- Previous work on protection (including, but not limited to, child protection, counter-trafficking) preferable;
- Experience in project management and monitoring and evaluation an asset;
- 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 is required. Working knowledge of French and/or Spanish is an advantage.
- 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.
- In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM only accepts online profiles duly completed.
- Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. You can track the progress of your application on your personal application page in the IOM e-recruitment system.
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