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Position Title: Programme Officer (Migration Governance)

Duty Station: Niamey, Niger

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P3

Type of Appointment: Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 27 October 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; Aruba (Netherlands); Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros;Congo (the); Cook Islands; Cuba; Fiji; Gabon; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People's Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Libya; 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.


Under the overall guidance of the IOM Niger Chief of Mission, the direct supervision of the

Senior Programme and Policy Liaison Officer (SPPLO) and in coordination with the Head of the Migrant Resource and Response Mechanism (MRRM) and relevant Regional Policy Liaison Officer (RPLO) in IOM’s Regional Office in Dakar, the successful candidate will be responsible for the management and coordination of the Country Office’s (CO) migration governance strategies and programmes.

In particular, the Programme Officer will facilitate IOM Niger’s support to the Government of Niger with regard to Migration Governance, in line with the objectives of the Global Compact for Migration and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, in particular “facilitate orderly, safe, and responsible migration and mobility of people, including through implementation of planned and well-managed migration policies (SDG target 10.7). The selected candidate will also coordinate with regional bodies such as ECOWAS on migration matters and oversee ECOWAS Commission activities in Niger under the Free Movement of persons and Migration (FMM) in West Africa including Migration Dialogue in West Africa (MIDWA).

The Programme Officer will work closely with the SPPLO to oversee the implementation of the mission’s country strategy and liaise closely with a variety of Nigerien government counterparts on different migration policies as well as with representatives from embassies and consulates from West and Central African countries in Niamey to facilitate assisted voluntary return of stranded migrants to countries of origin.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Backstop all financial, administrative and technical aspects of the Migration Governanceprojects under her/his supervision to ensure the timely implementation in accordance with IOM rules and regulations, donor requirements, in close coordination with the Support Services, and regularly brief and advise the Senior Management on any related matter.

  2. Advise the Chief of Mission and Senior Programme and Policy Liaison Officer on strategic priorities, gaps and opportunities with regard to Migration Governance in Niger including (but not limited to): migration policies, migration statistics, the implementation of the Global Compact for Migration, Migration Governance indicators, and labour migration agreements).

  3. Work closely with relevant government ministries and agencies involved in migration governance in Niger, including inter-ministerial coordination of migration at national and sub-national level. Strengthen the capacity of partners on a variety of technical migration topics and the implementation of the national migration policy in Niger.

  4. Work closely with the Migration Data and Research Unit to strengthen the capacity of theNational Statistics Institute to gather, analyze and disseminate migration statistics and support the operational roll-out of their migration data platform

  5. Initiate the development of new project proposals on migration governance, in close coordination with the Programme support unit and the SPPLO.

  6. Strengthen relations between IOM, the Government of Niger and relevant regional organizations and platforms on strategic migration governance matters, including the economic community of west African states (ECOWAS) and MIDWA (Migration Dialogue for West Africa), and promote dialogue, information- sharing and cooperation among government and non-governmental actors.

  7. Participate in country-level meetings, public events, forums, seminars, and workshops on migration governance, and other technical activities relevant to the Migration Governance portfolio as required.

  8. Prepare unit progress reports, briefing notes, concept papers on key thematic areas to support the IOM Niger’s’ engagement with relevant stakeholders and dissemination of key findings to inform programmatic decisions and institutional processes.

  9. Supervise and provide technical support to all relevant staff working on migration governance, and ensure staff development etc.

  10. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Political or Social Sciences, Law, Migration, International Cooperation / Relations or a related field from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience; or

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


• Experience in liaising with governmental authorities, other national/international institutions;

• Experience working in Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), UN, International Organizations and Diplomatic missions;

• Experience in developing policies, strategies, and strategic partnerships and working in low-capacity environment;

• Experience in supporting Governments in achieving the objectives set out in the Global Compact for Migration (GCM) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in particular SDG 10.7;

• Experience in liaising with donor countries and international funding mechanisms;

• Familiarity with programmes focusing on different aspects of migration governance;

• Experience in liaising with ECOWAS on migration matters in relation to the Free Movement of persons and Migration (FMM) in West Africa including Migration Dialogue in West Africa (MIDWA);

• Strong experience working with government institutions in West and Central Africa and Niger in particular;

• Extensive experience in project development and reporting;

• Experience in organizing and facilitating workshops and trainings for government and othernational/international partners.


• Proven ability to establish and maintain strong working relations with relevant Government counterparts, international organizations and private sector entities; • Excellent leadership, coordination, and information management skills;

• Detailed knowledge of the UN System, NGOs and other international organizations/institutions;

• Knowledge of migration data, labour migration patterns in west and central Africa, and ability to negotiate with government authorities;

• Good knowledge of human and financial resources management;

• Strong conceptualization, analytical and writing skills;

• Strong communication, organizational and interpersonal relationship skills;

• Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure with minimum supervision; and,

• Ability to establish and maintain partnerships with development partners, government counterparts, UN agencies, local authorities and other relevant stakeholders.


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 and French 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 endorsed by the Appointments and Postings Board 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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