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Programme Manager (Immigration and Border Governance (IBG)) (P3) Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Programme Manager (Immigration and Border Governance (IBG))

Duty Station: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P3

Type of Appointment: Special short-term graded, 6 months with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 05 February 2024

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 www.iom.int/diversity.

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; Barbados; Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Congo (the); Cook Islands; Dominica; Fiji; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Holy See; Iceland; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Madagascar; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Solomon Islands; Suriname; The Bahamas; Tonga; Tuvalu; Uzbekistan; Vanuatu

Second tier candidates include:

All external candidates, except candidates from non-represented member states.


Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) and with the technical support from the Immigration and Border Governance (IBG) Senior Regional Thematic Specialist in Dakar, Senegal, and in close coordination with IBG Units in IOM offices in the region, the Programme Manager (Immigration and Border Governance (IBG)) will be accountable and responsible for the planning, management, implementation, oversight, coordination and the monitoring and evaluation of the IBG Projects in IOM Côte d’Ivoire.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Manage the overall implementation of the IBG Projects in a timely manner and according to work plans, being responsible for the financial, administrative and technical backstopping of the projects, in line with IOM’s policies and practices as well as donor requirements.
  2. Supervise project teams in implementing activities, including reporting, monitoring, and evaluation.
  3. Plan, manage, coordinate, and monitor the projects for achievement of activities and results, in close coordination with the relevant colleagues in relevant IOM offices, prepare and coordinate regular project reports in a timely manner in accordance with donor’s requirements, IOM regulations, and established procedures and deadlines.
  4. Establish and maintain strong partnerships and liaison with Government entities and relevant stakeholders.
  5. Ensure adequate information management on project related activities including project awareness raising and visibility, regular updates, summaries, press releases and other relevant materials, in coordination with the donor and IOM’s Public Information Department.
  6. Develop and coordinate the implementation of contextualized capacity building activities in migration and border management, targeting relevant institutions, communities, and migrants as well as project staff.
  7. In accordance with IOM’s procedures and regulations, ensure the timely recruitment and briefing of project staff, consultants and/or experts required for the implementation of the project activities and provide guidance to ensure that a cohesive methodology is maintained for the achievement of migration and border management activities.
  8. Provide technical advice and guidance on the expansion of the IBG portfolio, develop new projects and participate in the development of fund-raising proposals and initiatives.
  9. Undertake duty travel, in line with prevailing security restrictions, relating to project assessments, liaison with counterparts, project management and implementation, and problem resolution.
  10. Represent IOM in relevant conferences, workshops, steering committees, policy, and technical working groups, as well as other forums to ensure proper coordination, presentation, and promotion of IOM activities.
  11. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Political or Social Sciences, Law, International Relations or a related field from an accredited academic institution with five (5) years of relevant professional experience; or,
  • University degree in the above fields with seven (7) years of relevant professional experience.


  • Experience in the field of migration issues, including operational and field experience, project development, and management and report writing;
  • Experience in liaising with governmental authorities, other national/international institutions and NGOs; and,
  • Knowledge and working experience in the Western and Central African (WCA) region a distinct advantage.


  • Advanced managerial competencies.
  • Good writing, reporting and analytical skills.
  • Good communication skills and ability to maintain effective working relationships withcolleagues and government authorities.
  • Good level of computer literacy particularly in the usage of office software packages (MSWord, Excel, etc.,) and knowledge of spreadsheet and data analysis.
  • Proven background in border governance.


IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish. All staff members are required to be fluent in one of the three languages.

For this position, fluency in English and French is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of another official UN language and/or local language is an advantage.

Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.


1 Accredited Universities are the ones listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database (https://whed.net/home.php).

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 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 actions 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 leadership and professional potential.
  • Empowering others: Creates an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.
  • Building Trust: Promotes shared values and creates an atmosphere of trust and honesty.
  • Strategic thinking and vision: Works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.
  • Humility: Leads with humility and shows openness to acknowledging own shortcomings.

IOM’s competency framework can be found at this link.

https://www.iom.int/sites/default/files/about-iom/iom_revised_competency_framework_external.p df

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 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 background verification and security clearances. Subject to certain exemptions, vaccination against COVID-19 will in principle be required for individuals hired on or after 15 November 2021. This will be verified as part of the medical clearance process.

Vacancies close at 23:59 local time Geneva, Switzerland on the respective closing date. No late applications will be accepted.

How to apply

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications HERE by 05 February 2024 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

IOM only accepts duly completed applications submitted through the IOM e-Recruitment system. The online tool also allows candidates to track the status of their application.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

For further information please refer to: www.iom.int/recruitment

Posting period:

From 23.01.2024 to 05.02.2024

No Fees:

IOM does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, processing, training or other fee). IOM does not request any information related to bank accounts.

Requisition: SVN 2024 17 Programme Manager (Immigration and Border Governance (IBG)) (P3)

Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (58613160) Released

Posting: Posting NC58613161 (58613161) Released

Posting Channel: Internal Candidates

deadline: 5-Feb-24

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