Project Development Officer At International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Project Development Officer

Duty Station: Bujumbura, Burundi

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: 04 January 2023

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.


Under the overall supervision of Chief of Mission and direct supervision of the Project Development and Support Unit Coordinator, and in close coordination with the Head of Programmes relevant Programme and Project Managers, Regional Thematic Specialists (RTSs) and departments at Headquarters (HQ), the Project Development and Liaison Officer will contribute to the programme/project development and design, and will document and recommend relevant project opportunities, and draft or generate project reports for IOM Burundi Country Office.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Contribute to the development of new programmes and projects in close coordination with relevant donors, government counterparts and project partners, and provide technical inputs that respond to emerging trends and priorities and that are in compliance with donor interests and requirements as well as Burundi CO’s strategic objectives, country, and regional strategy and overall Strategic Vision.
  2. Provide technical support for the development of programmes and projects as well as concept notes in the areas of interest to Burundi CO, and coordinate endorsement of programme/project proposals/reports, fact sheets and other programme and policy documents.
  3. Contribute to the development and maintaining of effective working relationships with donor counterparts, programme partners, such as government authorities, diplomatic missions, and other relevant agencies and working groups.
  4. Support Programme and Resources Management units in monitoring programmatic progress through budget monitoring and support including liaison with relevant donors on budget modifications and project extensions.
  5. Provide technical and administrative support for the planning and organization of new programmes/projects. Monitor and backstop ongoing technical activities in compliance with IOM regional guidelines and the requirements of individual governments.
  6. In close coordination with Burundi CO’s programme units, support the review and coordination of timely and quality submission of programme/project proposals and reports according to IOM and donor requirements.
  7. Compile information requests and draft regular summaries and reports. Check that they are in line with donor requirements and are shared with relevant units.
  8. Research potential funding sources among government and nongovernment donors, in line with IOM’s overall strategy in the country, and regional strategy, and liaise with donor counterparts to discuss programme and project possibilities, coordinate new activities, and assist in raising funds for new programmes/projects.
  9. Participate in seminars and other meetings as requested.
  10. Undertake duty travel relating to project assessments as required.
  11. Perform such other related duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Political or Social Science, International Relations, 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 project management, humanitarian andmigration-related activities, report writing and liaison with relevant stakeholders;
  • Experience working with UN agencies and/or international NGOs addressing migration andhumanitarian assistance;
  • Experience in technical writing, editing and reporting;
  • Experience in donor relations and report writing for relevant donors is an advantage;
  • Experience supervising and guiding staff, and managing administrative matters; and,
  • Work experience in the Region is an asset.


  • Effective programme/project development skills, strategic and creative thinking;
  • Strong management capability and experience;
  • Knowledge of migration and humanitarian issues and the relevant international partners and organizations;
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain strong working relations with relevant Government counterparts, international organizations, and private sector entities;
  • Good communication and negotiation skills. Excellent report writing skills; and,
  • Good computer literacy.


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 (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, or Spanish).

For all applicants, fluency in English and French is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Kirundi and/or Swahili 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

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications HERE via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 04 January 2023 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:

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.

Requisition: SVN 2022 336 Project Development Officer (P2) Bujumbura, Burundi (57886325) Released

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