Project Officer (Africa Regional Migration Programme)

Closing date

Position Title: Project Officer (Africa Regional Migration Programme)

Duty Station: Cairo, Egypt

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: 28 September 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.


In Egypt, IOM has been working on prevention of irregular migration and counter migrant smuggling activities for years already, also by managing and coordinating regional projects. While partnering with various stakeholders and actors to prevent migrant smuggling and enhance the capacities to identify the cases and prosecute the offenders, IOM has also conducted activities to strengthen the national response and mechanisms of protection and assistance to vulnerable migrants.

Under the overall supervision of the IOM Egypt Chief of Mission and the direct supervision of the Head of Migrant Protection and Assistance Division (MPA) Unit, the successful candidate will be responsible for the coordination, implementation and monitoring of IOM MPA activities to be carried out under the programme “Africa Regional Migration Programme (ARMP)”. S/he will also coordinate the Unit’s thematic portfolio related to irregular migration, counter migrant smuggling, protection of vulnerable migrants, and programme support to Government of Egypt (GoE).

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Plan and coordinate timely implementation of activities in Egypt under the regional programme “Africa Regional Migration Programme (ARMP)”. Follow up on logistical and administrative arrangements, cooperate with national and international authorities, provide information and assist with arrangements required for the recruitment of project staff.

  2. Supervise support staff assigned to the programme and coordinate the work of consultants recruited to support and/or undertake specific activities.

  3. Coordinate and liaise with other IOM missions in the region, as well as with the IOM MENARegional Office and relevant Regional Thematic Specialists (RTSs), for timely implementation of relevant activities under the North African component of the same programme, including monitoring and evaluation, data collection and knowledge sharing.

  4. Compile interim and/or final project narrative reports to donors in accordance with IOM procedures and donor requirements in coordination with the other concerning North African IOM country offices, the MENA Regional Office and relevant RTSs, and the ARMP Coordination Hub based in Pretoria.

  5. In coordination with the Head of MPA Unit as required, undertake duty travel and field evaluations to provide information and support with respect to project management and internal procedures for monitoring and reporting, to identify gaps and incorporate findings to improve implementation, and to contribute technical inputs for the development of relevant follow-up programme and actions.

  6. Participate in and contribute to the preparation, development and negotiation of MPA relevant project Implementation Agreements with potential project partners, implementing partners and relevant government entities, specifically under the regional ARMP programme.

  7. Draft or compile updates and summaries on relevant trends and policy developments, partner and donor priorities to be used for the development of a well-defined MPA policy, strategy and programme in irregular migration, counter migrant smuggling and protection of migrant’s rights as well as fundraising.

  8. Contribute to the development of new concept notes, projects and reports by conducting research on mixed migration, selecting and summarizing background information, assessing the local context for the planning and administration of projects, and drafting segments of project proposals and identify, wherever possible, cultivate operational synergies within and between IOM projects and other organizations and agencies.

  9. Assist in planning and preparing all aspects of the relevant projects and programme including project work plans, M&E tools, and arrangements required for the outsourcing of programmatic activities for the effective implementation of national and regional programming in coordination with the Head of MPA Unit.

  10. Assist the Head of MPA Unit in engaging and maintaining partnerships with project/programme partners, Government entities, civil society organizations, UN agencies, diplomatic missions, as well as in presenting and promoting MPA activities on irregular migration, migrant rights and counter migrant smuggling in meetings, workshops and other public events.

  11. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Development, Political or Social Sciences, 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.


• Advanced knowledge of financial and administrative management and effective resource management and mobilization skills;

• Project management experience, preferably of regional projects; and,

• Advanced knowledge of migration management, irregular migration, migrant rights and counter migrant smuggling.


• Highly developed writing and verbal communication skills.


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 Arabic, 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 28 September 2021 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 15.09.2021 to 28.09.2021

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 2021 223 Project Officer (Africa Regional Migration Programme) (P2) Cairo, Egypt (57168988) Released

Posting: Posting NC57168989 (57168989) Released