Project Officer (Immigration and Border Management Unit (IBM)) At International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Project Officer (Immigration and Border Management Unit (IBM))

Duty Station: Nairobi, Kenya

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: 01 December 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.


Under the overall supervision of the Head of Kenya Country Office and the direct supervision of the Head of Programme and Policy Development and in close coordination with relevant parties, especially the Regional Thematic Specialist in the regional office and headquarters, and the IOM Kenya IBM team in country, the Project Officer (Immigration and Border Management Unit (IBM)) will be responsible for supporting all aspects of the IBM Programme coordination, implementation, and monitoring in the country.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Coordinate and monitor the implementation of the IBM project activities including capacity building, border assessments, infrastructure rehabilitation and development of technical reports and polices.
  2. Collaborate with IBM project teams in other countries for timely sharing of information and consolidation of inputs for donor reporting for multi-country projects.
  3. Contribute to the development of a monitoring plan and result based framework for implementation of IBM projects in close coordination with relevant monitoring and evaluation (M&E) teams.
  4. Support the Head of Unit in the development of new projects by selecting and summarizing background information, assessing the local context for the planning, operationalization and administration of individual projects, draft segments of project proposals, and monitor project performance.
  5. Identify gaps and areas for improvements and propose solutions to support results-based management of IBM projects.
  6. Monitoring IBM-related issues and developments in Kenya and the region as well as contributing to the development of thematic reports and policies.
  7. Maintain strong working relationships with government and UN counterparts, other project units in IOM Kenya with a special focus on those coordinating/implementing IBM-related projects/programmes – and provide technical input, when necessary, through research and training.
  8. Contribute to development of information products on IBM, including, but not limited to, the analytical reports, newsletters, lessons learnt, and other relevant products.
  9. Facilitate the integration of other related IOM thematic areas as necessary, and the mainstreaming of issues including on gender, humanitarian and data protection into IBM projects and activities.
  10. Follow up on logistical and administrative arrangements for IBM implementation and reporting; coordinate updates to work plans, expenditures, and budget allocations. Provide information and assist with arrangements required for the recruitment of project staff and service providers.
  11. Act as Officer in Charge of the IBM unit during the absence of Head of Immigration BorderManagement Unit.
  12. Organize and deliver trainings and support capacity building for IBM project staff, operational partners, and government authorities.
  13. Participate in meetings and engagement with partners and local authorities on matters related to IBM matters.
  14. Undertake duty travel, as required related to project implementation, coordination, staff training and liaison with partners.
  15. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Information Management, Computer Science, Political or Social Science, International Law, Humanitarian Affairs, 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 coordinating development of multi-country work plans and budgets;
  • Experience in donor liaison and reporting;
  • Experience in M&E and project evaluations;
  • Experience in drafting technical reports including policy briefs, analytical pieces etc.


  • Solid computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office package (Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook);
  • Knowledge of immigration and border management programming;
  • Knowledge of UN, IOM, international organizations’ and NGOs mandates and programmes in the area border management and humanitarian support.


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 and/or 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 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 HERE via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 01 December 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:

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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