Project Officer (Migrants and Community Outreach)

Closing date

Position Title: Project Officer (Migrants and Community Outreach)

Duty Station: Niamey, Niger

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: 20 September 2020

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; Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Cook Islands; Cuba; Djibouti; Fiji; Gabon; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People's Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; 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.


Irregular migration along the Central Mediterranean route remains dangerous for many migrants. Many migrants report exploitation and human rights abuses, including human trafficking, during their migratory journey.

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 in improving the reintegration of returnees through an innovative approach.

This is to be achieved through different types of interventions including protection and assistance to vulnerable and stranded migrants, assistance for voluntary return, and 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 aims to strengthen the technical and material capacities of authorities and organizations involved in these areas so that they can ultimately take over the policies and programmes related to the protection and reintegration of migrants developed and/or strengthened in the region, with a view to improving the governance of migration in the region.

In Niger, IOM currently implements the Migrants Response and Resource Mechanism (MRRM), providing dignified and informed direct assistance to migrants transiting through Niger, including after returning from Libya and Algeria.

The objective of the MRRM is to support Niger’s response to complex migration flows by promoting economic and social development through circular, regular, and safe migration. The MRRM is a comprehensive mechanism that is comprised of activities aimed at protecting the life of migrants while promoting viable alternatives to migration, informing individuals about safe migration and encouraging activities that ensure that migrants can actively contribute to the economies in their countries of origin.

Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission, and the direct supervision of the MRRM Program Manager, and in close coordination with the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officer and the Regional Awareness Raising Officer in IOM’s Regional Office in Dakar, the successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating the provision of accessible and timely information to migrants in IOM’s transit centres and along the migratory routes about the different aspects of irregular migration, so that they are able to make informed decisions. Moreover s/he will facilitate and support the integration of accountability of IOM’s support, such as Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP), which includes feedback and complaints mechanisms amongst others, in all aspects of the MRRM response.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Assist in developing Communicating with Communities (CwC) activities in line with AAP objectives and MRRM and EU communication requirements, with clear deliverables and milestones.

  2. Identify CwC and AAP opportunities and gaps, including mapping and analysis of communication approaches done by other partners and recommend best practices.

  3. Assist in developing information dissemination activities aimed at increasing knowledge among migrants and potential migrants on their rights and obligations, using different media and communication platforms and tools, in close coordination and collaboration with the MRRM manager, the media and communication unit, protection and operations officers.

  4. Coordinate the effective implementation of sensitization activities in all Orientation Offices in Niger and participate in expanding community outreach to new locations if needed, in response to emerging migration trends.

  5. Implement tools to monitor and evaluate the implemented outreach activities and the strategy as a whole and draft regular reports on activities and documentation for donor reporting/visibility tools.

  6. Improve sharing / dissemination of information through two-way communication with migrants, potential migrants, returning migrants, host communities and other relevant stakeholders.

  7. Work closely with the M&E Officer to help establish and strengthen AAP measures that facilitate communication with migrants, in collaboration with the Protection team.

  8. Undertake travel duties as required and compile field monitoring reports highlighting implementation challenges and solutions.

  9. Liaise with international, governmental, and non-governmental counterparts at national and regional level as required.

  10. Facilitate the integration of cross-cutting issues such as gender and that women, children, and other vulnerable groups are considered in the programme’s activities.

  11. Contribute to resource mobilization efforts, researching potential new project opportunities and contributing to the preparation of new project proposals.

  12. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Communications, Political Sciences or Social Sciences, Business Administration, Migration Studies, International Relations, 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 in community-based or community mobilization work in humanitarian context;

• Experience in communications, community outreach, sensitization campaigns and community engagement;

• Experience in liaising with local authorities, migrants, and hosting communities;

• Familiarity with the west African region is an asset;

• Sound understanding and/or previous experience related to migration in West Africa is an added advantage.


• In depth knowledge of the broad range of migration related subject areas dealt with by the Organization;

• Sound understanding of CwC and AAP tools and procedures;

• Excellent knowledge of media and communication;

• Excellent writing and analytical skills;

• Solid management skills;

• Strong computer skills.


IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish.

For this position, fluency in English and French 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.


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.

How to apply

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 20 September 2020 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 07.09.2020 to 20.09.2020

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 2020 191 Project Officer (Migrants and Community Outreach) (P2) Niamey, Niger

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