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Organization: International Organization for Migration
Country: Niger
Closing date: 15 Oct 2018

Position Title : Head of Programmes

Duty Station : Niamey, Niger

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P4

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

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 15 October 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:

Internal candidates

Qualified applicants from the following NMS countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Cook Islands, Cuba, Cabo Verde, Czech Republic, Djibouti, Fiji, Micronesia (Federated States of), Gabon, Grenada, Guyana, Iceland, Kiribati, Comoros, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Saint Lucia, Lesotho, Libya, Montenegro, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Paraguay, Solomon Islands, Seychelles, Slovenia, Suriname, Sao Tome and Principe, Swaziland, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Vanuatu, Samoa

External female candidates.


Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) in Niamey and in close coordination with the Regional Thematic Specialists (RTS) based in Dakar and in Brussels, the successful candidate will act as Head of Progammes in Niger.

Niger is an IOM Member State since 2004. IOM has established its mission in Niger in 2006 and is present across the country with nine offices located in Niamey (4), Agadez, Diffa (2) Zinder and Tahoua. In addition, six transit centres are operating in Dirkou (border with Libya), Arlit (border with Algeria), Agadez and Niamey (3).

IOM main activities include return and reintegration assistance of migrants in transit, humanitarian response in Diffa and Agadez regions, community cohesion activities in Agadez and Diffa regions, information and awareness campaigns to fight irregular migration, counter-trafficking and anti-smuggling activities, border management.

Niger represents the main gateway for migratory flows from West Africa to North Africa and then Europe. Over 100,000 migrants are estimated to cross Niger in 2018. Equally, an increasing number of stranded or returning migrants is directed or repatriated to the country of origin through Niger. In 2017, more than 7,000 migrants from Niger and West Africa have received

return assistance via IOM Niger.

Main activities in Niger include community stabilization, border management, humanitarian response, job creation and resettlement.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

Assist the CoM in formulating country strategies, policies and approaches across the mission s operational portfolio as well as identify and develop new programmes to address emerging needs.

Formally deputize for the Chief of Mission on an ongoing basis and exercise mission, staff and financial management responsibility.

Oversee implementation of programmes/activities at national level. Identify potential and existing obstacles to programme delivery, through continuous monitoring of programme activities; facilitate dialogue between actors and otherwise promote solutions to these obstacles.

Identify and oversee development at the strategic level of new programmes and strategy-level modifications to existing programmes to respond to changing host country, and donor requirements.

Analyse political, social and economic trends and lead formulation, strategic analysis, planning and evaluation of programme activities and provide expert advice for programme /project management. Oversee the drafting and distribution of written analytical reports on the country s political context, especially the migratory dynamics affecting Niger.

In coordination with relevant Units in the Mission, establish appropriate mechanisms to tender bids, negotiate contracts and oversee the administration of programme activities that are subcontracted to non-governmental, public or private sector entities.

Develop and maintain strong and regular communications and negotiations with project partners, including central and local authorities, civil society, service providers, the international community and donors. As IOM Niger expands into new areas, responsibilities include negotiations for new programmes.

Maintain continuous dialogue with donor, other IOM Missions, Regional Office and Headquarters to facilitate a coordinated approach to project implementation.

Perform periodic field visits to create relationships with local stakeholder, represent IOM at events and meetings and monitor programme activities.

Facilitate knowledge building and management focusing on the identification of best practices and lessons learned for organizational sharing and learning and the organization of trainings for the operations/projects staff on programme issues.

Participate at the strategic level in the design of databases and other information systems that produce updated information for status reporting on programme activities, aggregated data from the field offices and tools for programmatic planning and decision-making.

Supervise the preparation of key periodic reports to donors on programme delivery, including quarterly reports to donors and Headquarters on budgetary expenditure and results and final reports.

Identify and promote programme opportunities. Support the COM in the development and negotiation of new programmes for the Mission and related fund-raising activities.

Upon delegation of the COM, participate in any UN coordination mechanisms, represent the Mission in donor briefings, high-level meetings and events, visits to project sites and media presentations as necessary.

Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


Master s degree in Business Administration, Management, International Relations, Political Science or a related field from an accredited academic institution with seven years of relevant professional experience; or

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


Good knowledge of project formulation, implementation, administration and evaluation techniques and practices;

Sound knowledge of refugee and migration related issues, including economic and social conditions of migrants in several countries;

Experience in liaising with governmental authorities, other national/international institutions. Work experience in the region is an asset;

Excellent knowledge of technical cooperation principles, concepts and techniques;

Experience in UN inter-agency work;

Good level of computer literacy, including database applications.


Fluency in English and French is required.

Desirable 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 Competenciesbehavioural indicators level 3

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 Competenciesbehavioural indicators level 3

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.


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.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 15 October 2018 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

For further information, please refer to:

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.

Posting period:

From 02.10.2018 to 15.10.2018

Requisition: VN 2018/216 (P) - Head of Programmes (P4) - Niamey, Niger (55650144) Released

Posting: Posting NC55650151 (55650151) Released

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