Project Officer At International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Project Officer

Duty Station: Multiple Duty Stations

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade UG

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

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 28 November 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.

Internal and external candidates will be considered for this vacancy. For the purposes of this vacancy, internal candidates are defined as staff members holding a regular, fixed-term or short-term graded or ungraded contract, including Junior Professional Officers (JPOs), staff on Special Leave Without Pay (SLWOP), and staff members on secondment/loan released by the Organization, unless otherwise specified in their contract. Staff members holding a regular, fixed-term or short-term graded contract will not retain their contract type if appointed to an ungraded position.


In support of its institutional efforts to prevent and resolve forced displacement, IOM works to address conflict as a principal driver of displacement, through a range of peacebuilding, community stabilization, community violence reduction and disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programming (DDR). In the last 25 years, DDR has been a core component of IOM’s stabilization and prevention mandate and IOM has supported over 120 DDR operations in more than 30 countries around the world. While the contexts have changed, DDR and DDR-related programmes continue to play a critical role in the de-escalation of conflicts and the establishment of stability and improved security. In support of these efforts, IOM seeks experienced individuals to be engaged for short-term assignments typically of three to six months duration.

The Transition and Recovery Division, within IOM’s Department of Operations and Emergencies, is charged with policy and programmatic oversight for related programmes in Peacebuilding, Stabilization, and an increasing number of DDR-related interventions. The Division works closely with Country and Regional offices and with specialized units within IOM, to provide technical expertise to stakeholders, including Government counterparts, and helps plan, design, and deliver a range of initiatives at the operational, technical cooperation and policy levels.

The Division is currently establishing a small pool of qualified candidates to provide surge capacity for programme development, start-up support, or strategic assistance and technical expertise across the spectrum of peacebuilding and stabilization programmes, and in particular IOM’s Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR), 2nd Generation DDR and DDR-related activities addressing sanctioned groups.

The Project Officer will work under the direct supervision of the Senior DDRR Programme Coordinator.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Provide support for wide-ranging context assessment and help in the development and analysis of background materials for project development.
  2. Support the design and development of DDR and DDR-related projects and programmes including proposal development with detailed budgets and work plans.
  3. Support the framing of programme interventions with Governments, including through technical cooperation partnerships, and community engagement frameworks, addressing resource requirements, and activity-level development.
  4. Support the oversight and the implementation of DDR-related programmes through operations support, planning, and regular risk analysis, by providing expert monitoring and evaluation of programmes, and making operational recommendations for improved coherence, risk management, and delivery.
  5. Support in providing strategic advice, guidance and planning to IOM Missions and partners, including Government partners, in support of DDR programming and related peace processes, ensuring the integration of conflict sensitivity.
  6. Support the development of, and training on, risk management strategies.
  7. Help strengthen strategic alliances with institutional and operational partners.
  8. Support programme reporting and outreach.
  9. Support country level donor coordination and outreach.
  10. Support the coordination and cooperation with primary stakeholders inside the Organization, including Regional and HQ counterparts.
  11. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Law, International Relations, Development Studies, Planning 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.


  • Field experience in support of programme formulation, implementation and evaluation relating to demobilization and reintegration of ex-combatants/fighters and or peacebuilding programming involving ex-combatants/fighters;
  • Previous work experience in community-led recovery and stabilization and social cohesion programmes, youth-at-risk, prevention of recruitment to violent or extremist groups, livelihoods, socio-economic improvement and/or conflict mitigation components;
  • Experience in project implementation, capacity building and Information Management projects, support to grants fund management; administrative and related fields is advantegous;
  • Project start-up experience a distinct advantage;
  • Experience working and teambuilding with staff from diverse environments and backgrounds is advantageous;
  • Previous experience in supporting the development of coherent, nationally led processes as well as transitional and community-based reintegration processes in support of individuals and communities, including in contexts of on-going conflict and or violent extremism a distinct advantage;
  • Knowledge of the United Nations Department of Safety and Security protocols and experience managing staff in volatile security environments.


Knowledge of key concepts related to DDR programming as well as interim stabilization, social cohesion, conflict management, victim’s assistance or transitional justice, with an emphasis on capacity building for governments, the safety of individuals and communities, and supporting community capacity to receive and reintegrate former armed-group members is advantegous.


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 is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of French 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

  • 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

  • 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.

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 28 November 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 15.11.2022 to 28.11.2022

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.

Requisition: CFA 2022 54 Project Officer (UG) Multiple Duty Stations (57829839) Released

Posting: Posting NC57829840 (57829840) Released

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