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IOM Jobs: Programme Coordinator 2021

Position Title :  Programme Coordinator

Organization: International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Duty Station: Banjul, Gambia

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P3

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

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 20 May 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

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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; Fiji; Gabon; 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.


Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM), and in close coordination with relevant units at Headquarters (HQ) and the Regional Office (RO) for West and Central Africa in Dakar, the successful candidate will be accountable and responsible for oversight, development, implementation, coordination, identification, monitoring, evaluation and reporting on the IOM The Gambia Country Office’s ( CO) Migration Management programmatic areas, specifically Counter Trafficking (CT)/Assistance to Vulnerable Migrants (AVM), Immigration and Border Management (IBM), Labour Mobility and Human Development (LHD), Migration Environment and Climate Change (MECC)), as well as Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) programming, by ensuring the compliance with administrative and programmatic procedures in developing new proposals, coordinating project

activities, monitoring financial budgets, and communicating with counterparts in the Government of The Gambia, United Nations (UN) agencies, civil society organizations and implementing partners in The Gambia.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

1.                   Coordinate and manage the implementation of Counter-Trafficking (CT)/Assistance to Vulnerable Migrants (AVM), Immigration and Border Management (IBM), Labour Mobility and Human Development (LHD), Migration Environment and Climate Change (MECC), as well as Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) programming in a timely manner and ensure the programmatic activities are in line with IOM policies and practices, as well as with donor requirements.

2.                   Provide overall strategic and technical oversight for The Gambia CO’s engagement in the referenced thematic areas, ensuring that activities are implemented in a manner that is in line with international and national laws and human rights standards, context specific, conflict sensitive, and gender responsive fashion while contributing to the identification of new project activities in accordance with research and assessment results in consultation with the donor and the relevant government authorities.

3.                   Contribute to the development and management of strong Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and Knowledge Management (KM) systems to promote effective reporting, organizational learning, financial accountability, safeguards and innovations to improve the effectiveness and appropriateness of the referenced programmatic areas.

4.                   Provide timely updates to the CoM on programmatic issues, including regular risk analysis and recommendations for operational improvements, as well as regular, timely reporting and presentations for donors. Provide any other supplementary written materials such as talking points, visibility/promotional materials, background papers, etc., as required.

5.                   Supervise, coordinate and implement the capacity building of all international and national staff recruited for the referenced programmatic areas. Provide supervision and mentorship to national and international programme staff and consultants, ensuring guidance and support to address technical challenges and navigate cultural and political sensitivities.

6.                   Coordinate and work with the relevant Regional Thematic Specialists ( RTSs) in the RO and relevant units at HQ to facilitate the necessary technical support and expertise is provided for successful implementation of the programme activities.

7.                   Research new project opportunities in the wider migration management and disaster risk reduction themes in line with identified needs, donor and governmental priorities and IOM’s mandate and strategy, and contribute to the development of project proposals and concept notes.

8.                   Provide substantive technical support to the relevant Government and civil society partners in the assigned programmatic areas of Migration Management and Disaster Risk Reduction and conduct capacity building activities to strengthen national systems and capacities in migration management and governance.

9.                   Coordinate and maintain effective working relations with programme stakeholders, including in government, UN agencies, civil society, private sector, academia, media, and other key players. Actively promote coordination and communication between international and national partners with a view to facilitating the achievement of migration management and governance objectives and ensuring participation in and effective integration of ideas in the planning and implementation of activities.

10.               Representing IOM in relevant coordination meetings, such as Project Steering Committees,  ational Coordination Mechanism on Migration (NCM), high-level and Thematic Working Group (TWG) meetings, Development Partners Group (DPG) meetings and Result Group meetings as part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF).

11.               Under the guidance and leadership of the CoM, support and contribute to the CO’s policy and migration governance implementation through the provision of technical assistance to the operationalization and implementation of the already established governance frameworks, e.g. the National Migration Policy (NMP), National Coordination Mechanism on Migration (NCM) and Regional Consultative Processes (RCPs, e.g. MIDWA, etc.), as well as to the implementation of the Global Compact for Migration (GCM) through the UN Network on Migration in The Gambia.

12.               Ensure mainstreaming of gender and data management and Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) principles in the assigned programmatic areas.

13.               Undertake travel duties related to the implementation and development of assigned programmes.

14.               Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


13.               Master’s degree in Law, Political or Social Science, Migration Studies, International Relations, Business Administration or a related field from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience; or

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


14.               Experience in and/or knowledge of migration management programming, especially in the areas of border management, cross-border trade, counter-trafficking, counter-smuggling, labour mobility, diaspora engagement, environmental and climate change migration, disaster risk reduction, data analysis and protection of migrant rights is a distinct advantage;

15.               Demonstrated experience in coordination within an organization as well as outside with external stakeholders;

16.               Background in data analysis and evidence-based policymaking;

17.               Experience in project development, project management, financial monitoring, database management, project monitoring and evaluation;

18.               Experience with international humanitarian organizations, UN agencies, non-governmental or governmental institutions/organizations in a multi‐cultural setting;

19.               Experience in liaising with governmental and diplomatic authorities, as well as with international institutions;

20.               Proven experience in mobilizing funds from various donors including humanitarian and development donors; and,

21.               Experience in coordinating multiple complex programmes simultaneously.


15.               Ability to draft clearly and concisely;

16.               Ability to supervise staff and coordinate administrative activities;

17.               Excellent verbal and written communication skills;

18.               Demonstrated strategic, organizational and time management skills;

19.               Ability to work effectively and harmoniously with colleagues from varied cultures and professional backgrounds and respect for diversity and gender equality;

20.               Proven track record of establishing and maintaining good working relationships with governmental, diplomatic authorities, UN agencies, and civil society ;

17.               Teamwork oriented with a capacity to work independently;

18.               High level of computer literacy;


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 and/or local 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.


                     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 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 May 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.

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Posting period:

From 07.05.2021 to 20.05.2021

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.

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