IOM Nigeria Vacancy for Project Officer (MM/AVM-Counter Trafficking)

Project Officer (MM/AVM-Counter Trafficking)

Closing date

Position Title : Project Officer (MM/AVM-Counter Trafficking)

Duty Station : Lagos, Nigeria

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P2

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

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 26 May 2019

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 VN, the following are considered first-tier candidates:

  1. Internal candidates
  2. Candidates from the following non-represented member states:

Antigua and Barbuda; Bahamas; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Cook Islands; Cuba; Djibouti; Fiji; Gabon; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Lesotho; Libya; Marshall Islands; Mauritania; Micronesia (Federated States of); Montenegro; Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Paraguay; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Samoa; Sao Tome and Principe; Seychelles; Solomon Islands; Suriname; Timor-Leste; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu


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 IOM, with support from the European Union (EU), has developed targeted interventions in Nigeria and transit countries to protect the security, dignity and rights of migrants along this important and dangerous migration route and to help in 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, provision of direct assistance through search and rescue support, identification, referral and direct assistance to vulnerable 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.

Working under the overall supervision of the Project Manager (MM) and Head of Sub Office, Lagos in Nigeria and the direct supervision of the Programme Officer (MM/MPA), Lagos and the thematic supervision of the Regional Thematic Specialist (MPA), in Dakar, Senegal the successful candidate will be responsible for the implementation, monitoring and effective coordination of the Assistance to Vulnerable Migrants and related counter trafficking projects and activities in Nigeria. S/he will also support in maintaining contact with the relevant government authorities and technical partners, work to enhance IOM’s presence in the development and humanitarian community in addressing the risk factors of TIP and exploitation among affected populations. Activities will be carried out in coordination with the United Nations (UN) humanitarian response system, CSO networks and coordination platforms as well as government counter parts such as NAPTIP. S/he will also contribute to developing and promoting of the IOM’s AVM/Counter Trafficking strategy in Nigeria.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Support the overall implementation of the mission’s Assistance to Vulnerable Migrants (AVM)/Counter-trafficking (CT) activities and contribute to the development of new ones, as required within the Migration Management Portfolio
  2. Support the Programme Officer (MPA) to monitor and track the financial, administrative and technical oversight of projects to facilitate adherence to IOM’s policies, practices and global standards on AVM/CT as well as relevant requirements, guidelines and grant agreements regarding the issue of trafficking in persons.
  3. Coordinate daily project activities and participate actively in training development and delivery. Communicate and follow up with appropriate IOM units and field offices, including in relation with psychosocial activities, IOM counter-trafficking and other vulnerable groups regular programmes on-going the Mission.
  4. Support in the revision and operationalization of national SOPs on AVM/CT and facilitate IOM’s participation in the coordination platforms.
  5. Assist with addressing AVM/CT related indicators in assessments and tools used and coordinate their analysis and treatment within IOM and other key protection actors.
  6. Coordinate project staff as well as consultants recruited to support and/or undertake specific activities.
  7. Regularly monitor and identify needs and gaps in the area of AVM/CT activities in Nigeria and contribute to the design of projects in consultation with governmental and other partners.
  8. With support from the Programme Officer (MPA), provide inputs for the design of, and implement capacity building strategy targeting local actors working on AVM/CT related interventions.
  9. Contribute to the development of and implement AVM/CT strategy for IOM Nigeria, which is aligned with the overall strategy of the Unit, mission and the global standards of IOM’s work within the area of AVM/CT.
  10. Monitor and facilitate the regular review and updating of AVM/CT activities including identification, referral, and assistance activities for vulnerable migrants, including victims of human trafficking and exploitation, victims of gender-based violence, and/or other survivors of violence, exploitation and abuse, in coordination with other teams and concerned protection actors.
  11. Draft AVM/CT related monthly dashboards, interim reports, regular briefings, inputs for press releases, other reports and communications, in conformity with donor requirements and IOM standards and procedures.
  12. Participate in relevant seminars and meetings as well as other events focusing on AVM/CT.
  13. Undertake duty travel as required.
  14. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Development Studies, Migration Studies, Economics, Business Management, Political Science, International Relations, International 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.


• Demonstrated expertise in the thematic area of migrant protection and assistance at both policy and programmatic level;

• Experience working with specialized international agencies (UN Agencies, International

Organizations, and International NGOs);

• Demonstrated experience in liaising with governmental and diplomatic authorities, as well as the private sector;

• Strong communication and interpersonal skills as well as strong strategic and creative thinking;

• Previous work in protection, including counter-trafficking, preferable;

• Experience in project management and monitoring and evaluation an asset;

• Efficiency, flexibility, high level of professionalism and ability to work under pressure and adhere to strict deadlines;

• Ability to work effectively and harmoniously with colleagues from varied cultures and professional backgrounds;

• Ability to guide and supervise staff and coordinate administrative matters;

• Works effectively with local authorities, stakeholders, beneficiaries, and the broader community to advance country office or regional objectives.


IOM’s official languages are English, French and Spanish.

For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of French and/or Spanish is an advantage.

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.

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.

How to Apply

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 26 May 2019 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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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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