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Project Assistant (MM/MHPSS), Lagos,International Organization for Migration

IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment. Internal candidates are eligible to apply to this vacancy. For the purpose of the vacancy, internal candidates are considered as first-tier candidates

Irregular migration along the Central Mediterranean route is increasingly dangerous for migrants. Crossing the
Mediterranean to Italy is by far the deadliest route, with 1 death recorded for 35 arrivals (IOM, 2016). In addition, over
70% of the migrants interviewed by IOM on their arrival in Italy report that they were victims of trafficking or other
exploitative practices during their migratory journey along the routes of the Central Mediterranean.
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”).
Complementing this programme, IOM is also planning to implement additional projects that aim to protect the security,
dignity and rights of returning migrants from along this important and dangerous migration route and to help improving
the reintegration of returnees through an innovative approach. This will be achieved through different types of
interventions including protection and assistance to vulnerable and stranded migrants, assistance for voluntary return,
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 and
complementing projects will aim at strengthening the technical and material capacities of the authorities and
organizations involved in these areas so that they can ultimately take over policies and programmes related to the
protection and reintegration of migrants in the region, with a view to improving the governance of migration in the
Working under the overall supervision of the Project Officer (MM/MHPSS) Lagos, and the direct supervision of the Senior
Project Assistant (MM/MHPSS), Lagos, and in close collaboration with the Project Manager (MM), Lagos, the successful
candidate will contribute to the implementation and monitoring of the MHPSS component as required under the Migration
Management Unit, with a view to strengthen local actors’ capacities especially at state level to provide improved mental
health and psychosocial support as well as reintegration support services as required within the thematic areas of the
Migration Management Unit.
IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment. Internal candidates are eligible to apply to this vacancy. For the purpose
of the vacancy, internal candidates are considered as first-tier candidates.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:
1. Provide overall support in the day-today implementation of the AVRR programme and activities under the
Migration Management unit in Lagos, Nigeria, with a specific focus on the MHPSS component.
2. Provide overall support in training activities for IOM colleagues and other partners’ staff involved with
returnees in MHPSS support, including Psychological First Aid and other relevant PSS trainings (e.g;
understanding emotional issues among returning migrants, positive communication skills, basic MHPSS
concepts, etc.);
3. Assist in the design and timely implementation of community level sensitization on MHPSS issues through
psychosocial and recreational activities adapted to the needs, age and abilities of migrants.
4. Support the provision of reintegration assistance within the case management, specifically for vulnerable cases of
returning migrant, and ensure the documentation and filing of all vulnerable cases for reference and monitoring
including regular update of beneficiaries’ information.
5. Assist the day-to-day implementation and monitoring of the AVRR programme and activities, within the
component of MHPSS.
6. Collect, prepare and present information through periodic and ad-hoc reports on MHPSS activities, and support
coordination and exchange of information with national institutional, professional and academic counterparts.
7. Liaise with relevant governmental, non-governmental (NGOs), international organizations as well as other
relevant stakeholders.
8. Provide general counselling to the returnees to support smooth psychosocial reintegration within family and
community in coordination with protection focal points
9. Provide technical support on the activities of the local NGOs supported by the program component.
10. Monitor MHPSS component activities including those implemented by the local partners by reviewing a variety of
records, including control of plans, progress reports, project inputs, identify issues and propose adjustments as
11. Provide support to the protection screening and needs assessment of the qualitative and quantitative impact of
psychosocial support activities at individual, family and community level.
12. Undertake duty travel to challenging areas when necessary, including field visits to the beneficiaries’ and monitor
13. Perform any other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience
• University degree in clinical psychology, or other branch of psychology / counselling, and in the field of mental health
and psychological support;
• Minimum of five years (three years for Bachelor’s degree holders) relevant professional experience in clinical
psychology, or other branch of psychology / counselling, and in the field of mental health and psychological support;
in particular, assistance to migrants is valued;
• Demonstrated Knowledge on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Program. Knowledge on counselling skills and
protection mechanisms and mainstreaming within case management;
• Experience, interest and knowledge in the field of migration, trafficking of human beings, smuggling of migrants;
• Excellent reporting and communication skills;
• Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, including Excel, PowerPoint, Good knowledge of
information technology and proficiency in Microsoft Office applications especially Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher,
and SharePoint;
• Knowledge of traditional, social practices and cultural norms as well as general migration related issues in the
• Solid knowledge of project development, administration and evaluation concepts and procedures;
• Proven ability to establish and maintain strong working relations with relevant Government counterparts, international
organizations, civil society organizations/NGOs, and private sector entities;
• Experience in supporting all aspects of project management and familiarity with international standards and EU
regulations is advantageous, preferably within the United Nations or within the international humanitarian field.
• Experience in liaising with governmental authorities, relevant government counterparts, other national / international
institutions and other private sector entities.
Fluency in English and Native Language; Fluency in multiple languages advantageous;

Required Competencies
The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following competencies:
• Accountability – takes responsibility for action and manages constructive criticisms
• Client Orientation – works effectively well with client and stakeholders
• Continuous Learning – promotes continuous learning for self and others
• Communication – listens and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience
• Creativity and Initiative – actively seeks new ways of improving programmes or services
• Leadership and Negotiation – develops effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders;
• Performance Management – identify ways and implement actions to improve performance of self and others.
• Planning and Organizing – plans work, anticipates risks, and sets goals within area of responsibility;
• Professionalism – displays mastery of subject matter
• Teamwork – contributes to a collegial team environment; incorporates gender related needs, perspectives,
concerns and promotes equal gender participation.
• Technological Awareness – displays awareness of relevant technological solutions;
• Resource Mobilization – works with internal and external stakeholders to meet resource needs of IOM (optional
depending on position level)
Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.
Only candidates residing in the country of the duty station within commuting distance of the duty station will be
Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any
residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.
Women with the above qualifications are encouraged to apply.

How to apply:
Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via email to [email protected] indicating position
applied on subject line by Monday 20th August 2018
In order for the applications to be considered valid, IOM only accepts applications with a cover letter not more than one
page specifying the motivation for application, addressed to Human Resources, International Organization for
Migration (IOM) and with a subject line SVN2018.49 Lagos. Project Assistant (MM/MHPSS) G5.
All applications should include a functional email address, mobile numbers and detailed curriculum vitae (CV).
Please note that this position is open only to Nigerian National applicants and only shortlisted candidates
will be contacted.