Programme Coordinator (Transition and Recovery) at International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Programme Coordinator (Transition and Recovery)

Duty Station: Yola, Nigeria

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P3

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

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 04 October 2022

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; Curaçao; Fiji; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Madagascar; 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.


For 20+ years, IOM has provided policy and practical support to the Federal Government of Nigeria on migration management; The IOM mission in Nigeria also provides wide-ranging operational and programmatic support to vulnerable populations throughout the country; displaced persons, refugees/migrants and communities in need of support. With offices in Abuja, Lagos, Maiduguri, Benin City and Yola, IOM engages with various partners, authorities, and stakeholders to meet strategic goals.

North-East Nigeria is one of the most conflict-affected regions in the country, with a high caseload of historical and recent IDPs. As the context has evolved, the international community has started to focus on creating foundations for durable solutions to protracted displacement, focusing initially on the sustainable return, (re)integration and resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), returnees and the host communities.

In line with the Federal and State level government efforts to promote and facilitate durable solutions for the IDPs and returnees, IOM is implementing Area Based Approach pilot initiatives aiming to provide durable solutions through a multi-sectoral and multi-level approach, including Livelihoods, Shelter/NFI and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) as well as and protection interventions in Borno and Adamawa states.

Under the overall supervision of the Deputy Chief of Mission and the direct supervision of the Head of Sub-Office in Maiduguri, and in coordination with senior management, resources management and programme managers, the successful candidate will manage, coordinate and ensure the implementation of the transition, recovery and durable solutions programme portfolio, including housing, land and property (HLP), livelihoods, cash-based interventions (CBI) and social cohesion. In particular, they will carry out the below responsibilities:

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Manage, coordinate and ensure the implementation of IOM Nigeria’s transition and recovery programming portfolio focusing on durable solutions, stabilization, livelihoods, CBI, HLP and social cohesion.
  2. Co-chair the inter-agency durable solutions technical working group (DSWG) solutions in the Northeast and lead advocacy discussions with stakeholders in close consultation with mission management in Abuja.
  3. Backstop the financial, administrative, and programmatic aspects of transition and recovery related activities in the Northeast, in cooperation with relevant support units in the Mission.
  4. Lead inter-agency efforts towards partnership and resource mobilization to expand the support towards durable solutions programming for IDPs, host communities, returnees and relocated persons from both humanitarian and development donors.
  5. Conduct workshops with humanitarian and development partners and government technical commissions to plan and develop durable solutions strategies for states.
  6. Oversee Livelihoods and HLP units in the Northeast in coordination with programmes teams.
  7. Conduct technical workshops supporting wider mission advocacy efforts on DS, ensuring that national and sub-national priorities messages are aligned, the issues are addressed, and IOM initiatives are well documented and produced for wider internal and external communications.
  8. Substantively support context and conflict-sensitive analysis at the country level to strengthen the evidence-base for stabilization, transition, and recovery, in coordination with relevant programmes.
  9. Work with Programme Support Unit (PSU) on donor engagement and resource mobilization for transition and recovery initiatives. Provide quality inputs to PSU for programme development and reporting purposes and prepare concept notes and project proposals.
  10. Carry out technical missions as needed to the different displacement-affected areas of the country.
  11. Organize high-level missions on transition and recovery initiatives including durable solutions and community stabilization.
  12. Promote and coordinate durable solutions initiatives with the relevant humanitarian clusters, development coordination initiatives, and forums to ensure that durable solutions elements are incorporated in their efforts.
  13. Lead and/or participate in assessments and research related to internal displacement in the country.
  14. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Humanitarian Studies, Migration Studies, Social Science, Political Science, Communication, Economics, Business Administration 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.


  • Minimum of five years proven experience working on transition and recovery related issues in humanitarian or development environments, including provision of technical advice to field teams;
  • Experience in both humanitarian and transition or development settings and programming;
  • Knowledge and experience in disaster management, internal displacement, protection challenges and conflict analysis; and,
  • Proven experience on strategy development and advocacy on durable solutions for IDPs as well as in-depth knowledge of main protection and humanitarian standards.


  • Excellent leadership, coordination, capacity building, planning and analytical skills;
  • Solid understanding and first-hand experience of UN/INGO System coordination mechanisms;
  • Sound understanding of Development Cooperation frameworks, tools, mechanisms;
  • Delivers on set objectives in hardship situations;
  • Effectively coordinates actions with other implementing partners;
  • Works effectively with local authorities, stakeholders, beneficiaries, and the broader community to advance country office or regional objective; and,
  • Good computer skills (MS Office, Internet browsers).


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 or other UN language(s) 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. Subject to certain exemptions, vaccination against COVID-19 will in principle be required for individuals hired on or after 15 November 2021. This will be verified as part of the medical clearance process.

Vacancies close at 23:59 local time Geneva, Switzerland on the respective closing date. No late applications will be accepted.

How to apply

To apply, interested applicants are invited to submit their applications HERE via the IOM e-Recruitment system by 04 October 2022.

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 21.09.2022 to 04.10.2022

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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