Project Officer (Counter-Trafficking (CT) / Assistance to Vulnerable Migrants (AVM)) at International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Project Officer (Counter-Trafficking (CT) / Assistance to Vulnerable Migrants (AVM))

Duty Station: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

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: 02 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

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.


Established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is one of the United Nations agencies and the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration. IOM works closely with governmental, intergovernmental, and non-governmental partners to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.

Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission and the direct supervision of the Migrants Protection and Assistance (MPA) Programme Manager and with the thematic support of the Migrant Protection and Assistance Regional Thematic Specialist (RTS) , the successful candidate will be accountable and responsible for coordination and implementation of project activities, contributing to the development of new project ideas, as well as monitoring and reporting of Counter-Trafficking(CT)/Assistance to Vulnerable Migrants (AVM) portfolios in IOM Cote d’Ivoire

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Support the MPA Programme Manager in implementing all CT aspects and deliverables of existing projects in Cote d’Ivoire according to the work plans, technical and financial requirements of these projects.
  2. Coordinate assistance to individual cases of concern and facilitate referral and treatment(e.g., screening, interview, counselling, referral or assistance).
  3. Participate in relevant coordination meetings, conferences, workshops, as well as other forums to facilitate proper coordination and presentation CT/AVM activities.
  4. Contribute to the design and implementation of capacity building activities on CT for relevant project stakeholders, institutions, communities, as well as project staff.
  5. Contribute and provide technical inputs in planning, coordinating, and monitoring of CT activities.
  6. Coordinate and work with the MPA RTS and other IOM staff in the Regional Office for Westand Central Africa to facilitate the necessary technical resources and expertise for successful implementation of CT/AVM projects.
  7. Draft periodic and regular reports covering CT/AVM activities; as well as briefing, statistical/narrative reports and background information as required including specific information requested by Governments and other entities.
  8. Supervise protection assistants, provide training and encourage inclusion into training programmes and contribute to regular performance appraisals.
  9. Research new project opportunities in the wider CT/AVM arena in line with identified needs, donor and governmental priorities and IOM’s mandate and strategy, and contribute to the development of project proposals and corresponding budgets.
  10. Undertake duty travel related to project implementation and development.
  11. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in International Law, Development Studies, Political Science, International Relations, Social Studies, 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.


  • Previous experience on protection (e.g., child protection, counter-trafficking) including in the provision of direct assistance to vulnerable groups;
  • Experience in managing teams, mentoring, and delivering trainings;
  • Experience working with specialized international agencies (UN Agencies, International Organizations, and International NGOs) preferable
  • Experience in liaising with governmental authorities, other national/international institutions, and NGOs, as well as in the region, is an asset;
  • Experience in project management and development and/or monitoring, evaluation, and reporting; donors (including, preferably, EU institutions and civil society organizations).


  • In depth knowledge of the broad range of migration related subject areas dealt with by theOrganization;
  • Knowledge of UN and bilateral donor programming;
  • Knowledge of financial rules and regulations;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills as well as strong strategic and creative thinking;
  • Efficiency, flexibility, high level of professionalism and ability to work under pressure and adhere to strict deadlines;
  • Ability to work effectively and harmoniously with colleagues from varied cultures and professional backgrounds;
  • Ability to guide and supervise staff and coordinate administrative matters.


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 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 via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 02 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:

Posting period:

From 20.07.2022 to 02.08.2022

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.

Requisition: SVN 2022 202 Project Officer (Counter-Trafficking (CT) / Assistance to Vulnerable Migrants (AVM)) (P2) Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (57677344) Released

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