Programme Development Officer at International Organization for Migration - Humanitarian Jobs


Programme Development Officer at International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Programme Development Officer

Duty Station: Niamey, Niger

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P2


Type of Appointment: Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 11 August 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 www.iom.int/diversity.

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; Guyana; 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.


Through the Niger Community Cohesion Initiative (NCCI), IOM seeks to improve community stabilization by developing and implementing small-grant activities through a process-oriented, community driven approach in Diffa, Tillabéri and Tahoua regions. The overall goal of NCCI is that at-risk communities have more trust in local government authorities and state structures and have improved resilience and cohesion to resist and address conflict, insecurity, and violent extremist threats in targeted regions.

Under the overall guidance of the Chief of Mission (CoM) in Niger, and the direct supervision of the Deputy Programme Manager (DPM) for NCCI, the successful candidate will supervise the Programme Development Unit and the three Programme Officers (POs) located in the three target regions of the programme in Niger: Diffa, Tahoua and Tillabéri.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Supervise the Programme Development Unit (PDU) and contribute to the successful development of NCCI’s project activities that respond to emerging needs in accordance with overall programme objectives and outcomes.
  2. In close coordination with relevant colleagues, regularly share information on programming trends and impact, lessons learned and best practices with senior staff in IOM Niger, including CoM, Head of Programmes, PM NCCI, DPM NCCI, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officer, and other relevant staff.
  3. Coordinate closely with and support strengthening capacity of field-based colleagues for the participatory development of project activities that respond to the programme strategy, and emerging needs, opportunities, and priorities in areas of operation.
  4. Regularly brief the DPM on the status of project activities and committed funds. Monitor weekly and monthly targets for new grant activities through close coordination with the POs (in the Programme Development Unit and colleagues in the sub-offices.
  5. Design and support an efficient plan for regular travel of PSU staff to the relevant field offices to identify and address solutions to challenges at the field level. Evaluate post-travel reports, facilitate the resolution of challenges undermining achievement of targets, and keep the DPM and senior management informed of efforts and developments.
  6. Carefully review all Yellow Light (YL) and Green Light (GL) activity templates to ensure the proper completion of all sections, that activity descriptions align with programme strategy, objectives and outcomes, and the identified theories of change, and that budgets align with proposed activities.
  7. Support the development and presentation of new YLs and GLs (per established weekly targets) in close collaboration with POs at weekly Senior Programme Team (SPT) meeting and provide strong justifications for submissions for approval.
  8. Provide inputs to cluster background documents by agreed deadlines, in close coordination with the DPM and the M&E Officer.
  9. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Political or Social Science, Business Administration, International Relations, 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


  • Experience in project development, and in the preparation of project narrative reports, statements and or projections required;
  • Prior work experience with IOM is an asset;
  • Exposure to small grants activity programs is an asset;
  • Prior work experience in the west and central African region and/or a good understanding of region issues and trends is an advantage;
  • Proven experience in the development of theories of change, log frames, result matrixes and work plans and M&E plans desired.


  • Excellent writing capacities required and an ability to communicate with a wide variety of audiences in English and French is strongly desired;
  • Commitment, stamina and adaptability in the workplace;
  • Excellent communications and inter-cultural skills and sensitivity towards other culture;
  • Ability to understand, develop and implement administrative and financial control procedures;
  • Proven knowledge of development programme planning and implementation objectives;
  • Ability to use Access database and Microsoft Excel, Outlook and Word.


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 and French is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Spanish and/ or local language 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 (https://whed.net/home.php).

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 endorsed by the Appointments and Postings Board 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

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 11 August 2022 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.

For further information please refer to: www.iom.int/recruitment

Posting period:

From 29.07.2022 to 11.08.2022

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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