Programme Officer (African Regional Migration Programme – ARMP)

International Organization for Migration

Position Title : Programme Officer (African Regional Migration Programme – ARMP)

Duty Station : Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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 : 16 June 2022

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; Curaçao; Fiji; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Libya; Madagascar; 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.


Established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is a related Organization of the United Nations (UN), and as the leading UN agency in the field of migration, works closely with governmental, intergovernmental, and non-governmental partners to promote humane, and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by promoting international cooperation on migration issues, assisting in the search of practical solutions to migration problems and providing humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced persons.

Through funding from the US Bureau for Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM), IOM has supported the implementation of the Africa Regional Migration Programme (ARMP), which aims to develop the capacity of host country governments to effectively adopt, manage, and sustain immigration systems, laws, policies, and practices that that promote well-managed, safe, orderly, and humane migration, while also trying to reduce migrant vulnerabilities. This continental programme is currently implemented at various regional factions in the East & Horn, North Africa, Southern Africa and West/Central Africa.

In the East and Horn of Africa, the project has supported capacity building initiatives in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and Tanzania, as well as the African Union Commission (AUC), the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD), and the East African Community (EAC). With successful outcomes in the past few years, the ARMP continues to support target governments to ensure safe, humane and ordely migration , and enhance their capacities to prevent, mitigate and and respond to crises.

Under the overall supervision of the Head of Special Liaison Office and Chief of Mission of IOM Ethiopia/Representative to the African Union and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the direct supervision of the Liaison Officer – AU, IGAD and UNECA, and in coordination with the ARMP coordination team at IOM Regional Office (RO) in Pretoria, the Programme Officer (African Regional Migration Programme – ARMP) will be responsible for the day-to-day coordination and implementation of activities, including report writing, monitoring, and evaluation, as well as activity tracking and planning for the ARMP’s East and Horn of Africa sub-regional components. They will also work in coordination with Regional Thematic Specialists (RTSs) and Units at the IOM Regional Office for East and Horn of Africa.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

1. Provide technical, logistical and administrative support for coordinating the implementation of all ARMP activities in the East and Horn of Africa, as well as technical guidance for the implementation of activities within target missions.

2. Facilitate information sharing and provide project implementation support to target country offices (Cos), and relevant RTSs in East and Horn of Africa.

3. Coordinate with all IOM country missions under the project (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and Tanzania) to collate content and update activities for quarterly reports of the ARMP.

4. In close collaboration with the Liaison Officer who is the programme supervisor, provide technical inputs to support the next phase of ARMP project development.

5. Monitor the progress of programme activities in the East and Horn of Africa, and document/update programme documents in the relevant information management system.

6. Monitor, coordinate, and follow up on the implementation, logistical and administrative arrangements of the ARMP to identify challenges and propose solutions to facilitate efficient and effective delivery of the programme outputs.

7. Analyze the progress and implementation reports to identify and document significant programme events, decisions, challenges, or deviations in programme activities, budget expenditure, and flag to the local management, relevant RTSs and the ARMP coordination at RO Pretoria.

8. Provide guidance and assistance for the implementation and monitoring of operational, budgetary and administrative components/aspects of the programme activities in close coordination with the relevant units in the target IOM COs, in RO Nairobi, and ARMP coordination at RO Pretoria.

9. Maintain the programme-related correspondence, visibility and communication material, and other relevant background documents.

10. Monitor and follow up on the dissemination of programme-related reports and correspondence to relevant counterparts.

11. Coordinate closely with PRM through the Project Management Unit in RO Pretoria and the donor Liaison Officer in Washington CO to facilitate the dissemination of existing and future programme documents for narrative and financial reporting.

12. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Social Sciences, Migration Studies, Development Studies, Political Science, Law, International Relations, 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 project administration, monitoring, implementation or development;

• Experience in project coordination to ensure maximum outputs;

• Experience in liaising with government authorities and other national/international institutions; and

• Previous experience with AU, UN, and International Agencies, international or local NGOs preferred.


• Excellent writing/reporting skills;

• Excellent analytical skills;

• Good working knowledge of target countries, the AUC, Regional Economic Communities

(IGAD and EAC), the UN, and other Key international organizations;

• Ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally in English, with an intermediary oral and writing knowledge of French;

• Capacity to work in a multicultural environment;

• Ability to efficiently supervise and guide a team;

• Ability to prepare high quality and sound reports;

• Ability to work in a multicultural environment;

• Computer competencies: (Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Excel, etc.);

• Sound knowledge of the thematic area relevant to project development and implementation.


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 is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of French and/or Spanish 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 (

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. 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 via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 16 June 2022 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:

Posting period:

From 10.06.2022 to 16.06.2022

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: VN 2022 177 Programme Officer (African Regional Migration Programme – ARMP) (P2) Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (57620419) Released

Posting: Posting NC57620420 (57620420) Released