Project Officer At International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Project Officer

Duty Station: Antananarivo, Madagascar

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: 19 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.

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; Curaçao; Fiji; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); 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.


Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) in Madagascar, and in close coordination with different Regional Thematic Specialists on Labour

Migration/emergency/Immigration and border management in the Regional Office for Southern Africa in Pretoria, the Project Officer will be responsible and accountable for supervising and coordinating the overall implementation of several projects of Madagascar Country Office (CO), including budgetary, administrative and technical monitoring and follow up of the programme, in line with IOM’s policies, practices and donor requirements.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Supervise and coordinate the implementation of several IOM Madagascar projects, such as those related to Labor migration, emergency or immigration, and facilitate reporting, monitoring, and evaluation activities of relevant projects in a timely manner and in close coordination with relevant colleagues and implementing partners.
  2. Supervise, coordinate and monitor the work of the Unit’s staff in carrying out the project’s activities through conducting regular meetings, discussions, and tasks assignments.
  3. Identify and document emerging issues on migration in Madagascar, and draft briefs and other written materials to facilitate resource mobilization and other strategic engagements with key partners.
  4. Contribute to the management of the human resources of the projects, including evaluating needs, participating in the recruitment process, evaluating performance, and assisting with the resolution of issues in close collaboration with the Resources Management Officer (RMO) and the CoM.
  5. Encourage staff development and learning for both national and international staff of Migration Governance, Labor and Human Development unit.
  6. Monitor budgetary aspects of relevant projects, including staff, office, and operational costs, to help sustain unit solvability in close collaboration with the RMO and the CoM.
  7. Undertake travel duties, in line with prevailing security restrictions, relating to project assessments, liaison with counterparts and Implementing Partners, and project implementation activities.
  8. Liaise with existing and potential donor counterparts to help keep them updated through the provision of information, regular reports, info sheets, factsheets, and other types of visibility material.
  9. In close coordination with the CoM of Madagascar CO, participate in resource mobilization efforts towards project development with new donors.
  10. In close coordination with the donor and IOM’s Media and Communications Division at Headquarters (HQs), facilitate adequate information exchange and management on programme related activities, including project awareness raising and visibility, regular updates, summaries, press releases, and other relevant materials.
  11. Supervise and monitor several project’s public information and communications releases, in close coordination with RO Pretoria Communications Department.
  12. Maintain liaison with and provide technical information to relevant government authorities and other bodies including civil society and the private sector to help build their capacity to manage labor migration in Madagascar.
  13. Facilitate the mainstreaming of migration in the SDGs in close coordination with the Chief of Mission.
  14. Participate in relevant conferences, workshops, steering committees, and technical working groups, as well as other forums to facilitate coordination and presentation of IOM activities.
  15. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Administration, Business Administration, Political Sciences, International Relations, Economics, Finance, Humanitarian Studies, 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 report writing and project management or implementation;
  • Experience in liaising with Government authorities, other national /international institutions, civil society organizations and donors;
  • Knowledge and working experience in the Western Indian Ocean Region a distinct advantage;
  • Experience in the field of migration issues, emergency including operational and field experience, project management or implementation; and,
  • Experience in the thematic areas relevant to labor migration or emergency or border management such as: National migration management strategy approach; Border management practice; Emergency operations such as data collection on internally displaced persons.


  • Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation;
  • Knowledge of IOM project management procedures and tools;
  • Ability to interact efficiently with government officials of appropriate level on matters related to substantial migration issues and the work of IOM; and,
  • Ability to effectively apply skills and knowledge of migration issues within the organizational context.


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).

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 19 January 2023.

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 06.01.2023 to 19.01.2023

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 2023 05 Project Officer (P2) Antananarivo, Madagascar (57916195) Released

Posting: Posting NC57916196 (57916196) Released

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