Project Assistant (MM/MPA), Benin,International Organization for Migration

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and 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.
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/MPA), Lagos, and the direct thematic supervision of the
Senior Project Assistant (MM/MPA), Lagos and the administrative supervision of the Project Officer (MM/AVRR) Benin City
successful candidate will contribute to the implementation of the AVRR component under the Migration Management Unit,
with a view to strengthen local actors’ capacities especially at state level to provide improved rehabilitation and
reintegration support services as required within 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-to-day implementation and monitoring of the Assisted Voluntary Return and
Reintegration component under the Migration Management unit in Benin City, Nigeria.
2. Provide rehabilitation and reintegration support to returned migrants in close coordination with the Senior Project
Assistant (MM/AVRR) and other AVRR units, by preparing, filing and presenting the documentation of vulnerable
cases for references and monitoring.
3. Provide technical and administrative support to relevant state and non-state actors, including training institutions,
involved with providing rehabilitation and sustainable reintegration assistance.
4. Liaise with relevant governmental, non-governmental (NGOs), international organizations as well as other
relevant stakeholders, in coordination with the supervisor.
5. Distribute travel allowances and return grants to returning migrants, as appropriate.
6. Review conditions of the business plan as pertaining to the reintegration/AVRR program and raise any issue, and
carry out field visits to the beneficiaries’ business sites to gather information on the implementation of the
7. Develop the beneficiary profile and needs assessment formats and ensure the documentation and filing of all
beneficiaries in a database for reference and monitoring including regular update of beneficiaries’ information in a
8. Collect, prepare and present information through periodic and ad-hoc monitoring reports on reintegration
activities for evidenced-based programming. Assist in the preparation for the exchange of information to relevant
9. Facilitate the entry of returning migrant data as required in MiMOSA and/or other relevant database as required by
the project in coordination with the Senior Reintegration Assistance. Prepare data for further processing, analysis and
10. Support the monitoring of the reintegration of beneficiaries’ related activities where necessary.
11. Provide support to the assessment of the qualitative and quantitative impact of grants and community projects.
12. Undertake duty travel as required.
13. Perform any other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience
• University degree in Law, Social Sciences, Development Studies, Human Rights, Business Administration from an
accredited academic institution, with a minimum of three years of relevant experience in the field of migration
including operational and field experience in an International Humanitarian Field.
• Minimum Five Years (Three Years for holders of University Degrees) of relevant experience in the field of
migration including operational and field experience in an International Humanitarian Field.
• Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality is mandatory;
• Good 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 and private sector entities.
• 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.
• Previous work experience in international organizations and companies would be an advantage preferably within
the United Nations or within the international humanitarian field;
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.

Organizational Unit : Migration Management (Migrant Protection
Assistance), (10012078)
Duty Station : Benin City
IOM Classification : G5
Type of Appointment : Special Short Term (SST) Grade Equivalent
Contract (Renewable)
SVN No. : SVN2018/50
Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible
Closing Date : 20 August, 2018

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 SVN2018.50 Benin City. Project Assistant (MM/MPA) 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.