Programme Manager (Central Asia and Russian Federation Migration Corridor)

Closing date

Position Title : Programme Manager (Central Asia and Russian Federation Migration Corridor)

Duty Station : Moscow, Russian Federation (the)

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P3

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

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 19 October 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.


Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) in Russian Federation, in coordination with Regional Thematic Specialist (RTS) for Labour Mobility and Human Development (LHD), and relevant units in the Regional Office (RO) in Vienna, the successful candidate will be responsible for managing a regional labour migration programme within the Central Asian-Russian Federation corridor. The Programme Manager (Central Asia and Russian Federation Migration Corridor) will also be responsible for the development, planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of project activities.

The successful candidate will assist the CoM in the areas of administration or operational activities in the Russian Federation, as and when required.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Manage all aspects of the implementation of the Labour Migration Programme within Central Asia and the Russian Federation in a timely manner and be responsible for its budgetary, administrative, and technical backstopping in line with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) policies and practices as well as donor requirements.

  2. Ensure effective implementation of the programme by supervising and coordinating the work and among the project’s participating Country Offices (COs) in Central Asia and the Russian Federation. In close coordination with participating COs and relevant stakeholders, establish and carry out monthly management meetings to monitor the progress of implementation and ensure timely, regular and cross-institutional information-sharing.

  3. Ensure quality control of project outputs and keep good and orderly record of activity reports, monitor budget expenditure, anticipate and address emerging challenges, and report these in a timely manner to the direct supervisor.

  4. Under IOM Moscow CoM’s guidance and in coordination with RO Vienna and CoMs in participating countries, identify potential donors and contribute to the development of a donor outreach strategy to mobilize co-funding for the programme. Identify and maintain regular contact with potential donors in the region for fund raising.

  5. In coordination with the Senior RTS on LHD and the Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Officer in RO Vienna, develop and implement an M&E plan that captures, inter alia, beneficiary satisfaction, measurement of project outputs, and project impact. Carry out analysis as relevant.

  6. Ensure regular donor reporting in accordance with the donor agreement and in coordination with the Project Development and Reporting Unit and RO Vienna.

  7. Provide technical and thematic support on labour mobility and human development thematic areas as required externally by government and non-governmental partners as well as internally within IOM in project implementation and strategic guidance.

  8. Represent IOM and participate in relevant conferences, workshops, steering committees, policy and technical working groups, as well as other forums to ensure promotion of the regional programme and IOM´s work on labour mobility and human development.

  9. Identify and advise the CoM on project development opportunities and support further expansion of IOM´s Moscow programme portfolio in coordination with the RO in Vienna.

  10. Support the CoM with the overall management of the IOM Moscow CO, external representation and coordination with RO Vienna and IOM Headquarters (HQ) as needed.

  11. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Political or Social Sciences, Migration Studies, International Relations or a related field from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience; or

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


• Experience in the field of migration issues, including operational and field experience, project development, project management and resource mobilization;

• Demonstrated high level of expertise and experience in the field of labour migration, particularly in the Central Asia-Russian Federation corridor;

• Experience in liaising with governmental authorities, other national/international institutions and


• Experience working in international organizations and knowledge of donor landscape in the region is a distinct advantage.


• Working knowledge of data tracking, project monitoring and evaluation is desirable.


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 Russian, languages within the region, or any other UN languages 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.

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 19 October 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 06.10.2021 to 19.10.2021

No Fees:

IOM does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview,

processing, training or other fee). 10M does not request any information related to bank accounts.

Requisition: VN 2021 241 Programme Manager (Central Asia and Russian Federation Migration Corridor) (P3) Moscow, Russian Federation (57200763) Released

Posting: Posting NC57200765 (57200765) Released

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