Project Officer, Protection and PSEA (Lagos) at the International Organization for Migration (IOM)

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) – Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and 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.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Project Officer, Protection and PSEA

SVN No. : SVN2022.86
Location: Lagos
Organizational Unit: Protection Unit/MPA
IOM Classification: NOA
Type of Appointment: Special Short-Term (SST) 6 months with possibility of extension
Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible


  • Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) by aid workers is a grave violation of human rights. IOM is committed to combating any kind of SEA by its staff, related personnel and partners. IOM’s zero-tolerance policy also extends to IOM third-party contracted staff, suppliers, service providers and implementing partners.
  • With over 16,000 staff and over 6,000 related personnel operating in 450 Offices and 165 countries throughout the world, the impact of sexual exploitation and abuse on victims and within IOM’s operating environments and the reputational risk it poses for the Organization needs to be addressed and remains a key priority.
  • Over the past decade, IOM has increasingly been a strong player supporting the prevention and response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Sexual Harassment within the UN, IASC, and the humanitarian community. While significant progress has been made to prevent and respond to SEA within the Organization, such as through the development of innovative PSEA trainings, the development of a misconduct platform to report SEA, and extensive interagency collaboration on PSEA, more needs to be done within Country and at the programmatic level and the role of the PSEA Officer will support these efforts.
  • In 2021, IOM developed its strategic approach toward the prevention of and response to sexual exploitation and abuse and sexual harassment focusing on five priority areas: 1) Leadership and Organizational Culture; 2) Institutional Accountability and Transparency; 3) Capacity-Development, Training, and Communication; 4) Quality and Accessible Victim Assistance; 5) Partnership and Coordination.
  • IOM Nigeria has vast programming portfolio including emergency response, transition and recovery and migration management. This requires the implementation of PSEA strategies through a range of actions, including processes, tools and mechanisms to strengthen PSEA prevention and response, management and coordination.
  • Under the direct supervision chief of mission and Protection officer, with technical support from the PSEAH Unit and other experts, the incumbent will be responsible for supporting and facilitating the technical oversight and day-to-day management of IOM’s prevention of and response to sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA) activities in the Southern part of Nigeria.
  • As the technical PSEA Focal Point in the Country, the PSEA Programme Officer (PSEA)/Project Officer (PSEA) will need to support the aspects of the implementation of PSEA activities in direct close coordination with the Head of Office and the Chief of Mission, both internallyand as an active member of the interagency PSEA Network.
  • While the incumbent will support the PSEA agenda within the Country Office and will contribute technical inputs to PSEA within programming (special emphasis on but not limited to resettlement and health assessment programming), the accountability for PSEA remains with the Chief of Mission.

Core Functions / Responsibilities
PSEA Coordination:

  • Provide inputs for the development of an operational PSEA Work Plan for IOM Nigeria based on the peculiarities of the South West, South-South and South Eastern part of Nigeria, in line with IOM’s PSEA Strategy, the IASC’s PSEA Minimum Operating Standards (MOS), and the UNCT country-level framework and work plan, through strategic workshops with IOM Heads of Units and other senior management at the Country and programmatic levels, as assigned;
  • Assist the Chief of Mission in ensuring the resulting work plan is detailed and operational with clear actions, roles and responsibilities to deliver on the actions, timeframes, technical and resource requirements, and internal reporting requirements.
  • Provide technical inputs for the inclusion of PSEA within IOM Country Office Strategy, programming, risk mitigation and management, planning, reporting, monitoring and evaluation and budgeting.
  • Contribute to developing PSEA programming and liaison with relevant donors, as assigned.
  • Actively participate in the in-country interagency PSEA Network (support in the development of the collective PSEA workplan, risk management plan, PSEA Strategies, etc.), as well as actively participate within IOM internal and other interagency PSEA communication and coordination initiatives.
  • Participate and provide inputs to the PSEA Network to develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and establish an inter-agency Community-Based Complaint Mechanism, incorporating existing IOM complaint and feedback mechanisms (CFM) and in line with PSEA and GBV good practice;
  • Participate and provide technical assistance in the establishment of an inter-agency community-based complaints mechanism (in coordination with the Accountability to Affected Populations Unit in HQ), in coordination with the interagency PSEA Network, programme managers and relevant IOM units in Lagos, as well as with communities and implementing partners, as appropriate.
  • In close coordination with the Chief of Mission and relevant colleagues, work closely with Focal Points at the IOM Regional Office in Senegal, Dakar and HQ to check that IOM Nigeria prevention, mitigation and response mechanisms are in line with IOM’s global PSEA Strategy;
  • Provide specific assistance to IOM Teams in Lagos and Benin, programmes and units to ensure the mitigation of SEA risks are developed, embedded and strengthened within all IOM programming and within HR practices; and,
  • At all possible opportunities (during relevant trainings, in staff and programme meetings, through newsletters, in email messages, etc), continually share key messages on PSEA, including mandatory reporting requirements within the Country Office and programming, in close coordination with the Chief of Mission and relevant colleagues.
  • Support coordination of protection related interventions under the supervision of the Protection officer including monitoring and follow up on cases for family tracing, referral, and treatment.
  • Participate in the development and adaptation of tools for direct assistance and case management while oversight providing oversight on case management in MIMOSA to ensure compliance
  • Support effective working relationships with protection stakeholders in Nigeria.


  • Analyze, compile and draft specific country-wide SEA risk assessment reports to identify locations and programmes with the highest SEA risk; Check the appropriate mitigation and response strategies within IOM programming and operations.
  • Participate in developing a training plan and coordinating the delivery and Organization of PSEA and Protection related trainings for IOM staff and related personnel, implementing partners, key institutional stakeholders; Support the work of identified PSEA Focal Points within the Country to deliver key messaging and trainings as appropriate.
  • Yearly, update the number of staff, non-staff trained, contractors, implementing partners, and service providers trained in the Country Office on PSEA to track compliance and facilitate the management of training delivery and refresher courses in coordination with HR. Support the registration of all participants (staff and non-staff) within the IOM system and the delivery of certificates.
  • Participate in the development of communication and awareness-raising strategies and tools to ensure appropriate PSEA messaging and knowledge on prohibited behaviours as well as how to report allegations of misconduct, including SEA within communities and amongst beneficiaries; facilitate the localization of SEA messaging; and,
  • Map existing community engagement projects in Lagos and Benin Office and work with project leads to insert PSEA messages and/or gather community input where appropriate.


  • Participate and provide inputs for developing PSEA proposals and support the mainstreaming of PSEA within IOM programming; coordinate closely with institutional partners, governments, donors, and communities on PSEA needs and responses, as assigned.
  • Support the development and provide inputs to reporting on PSEA and communication to highlight IOM’s PSEA work within programming.
  • Provide inputs for the development and mapping of Country-specific interagency victim assistance pathways and/or existing IOM programmes to refer victims for assistance and other support services in the southern part of Nigeria.
  • Coordinate referrals for victim assistance in coordination with gender-based violence and/or protection colleagues and support the strengthening of victim services within the southern part of the Country and/or programming;
  • Support with report writing programming
  • Undertake duty travel as required; and,
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Law, International Relations, Psychology, Social Sciences, Development Studies and Planning or a related field from an accredited academic institution; or,
  • University Degree in the above fields with two (2) years of relevant professional experience


  • Experience in the fields of sexual exploitation and abuse, protection, child protection, gender-based violence, accountability to affected populations (AAP), gender mainstreaming and/or humanitarian affairs;
  • Coordination experience within the UN system and amongst interagency partners, including governments, NGOs, and communities;
  • Experience in organizing and facilitating PSEA trainings, in particular capacity-building, and communication materials to promote behaviour change;
  • Experience undertaking PSEA risk assessments, in coordination with communities, partners, and UN and other key stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated ability to work across a wide variety of sectors/teams on cross-cutting themes;
  • Good written and oral communication skills, effective in representation and liaison with external partners;
  • Experience in policy and proposal development and the creation of standard operating procedures and tools; and,
  • Ability to organize work, work independently and prioritize work under pressure, coordinate multiple tasks, maintain attention to detail, and coordination with a variety of stakeholders.


  • Knowledge and understanding of IOM’s institutional approach on PSEA and related strategies, policies, rules and regulations;
  • Knowledge of the UN system and architecture;
  • Knowledge of mainstreaming best practices and partnership models to ensure coordination of the same across a diversified range of actors; and
  • Ability to work with and maintain strict confidentiality, when necessary


  • Fluency in English and working knowledge of other local languages.


  • Previous experience in humanitarian work

Required Competencies

  • The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following competencies:


  • Inclusion and respect for diversity respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
  • Integrity and transparency: maintain 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.


  • Only candidates residing in the country of the duty station and within commuting distance of the duty station will be considered.
  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, confirmation of all documents, and security clearances.
  • The appointment is subject to funding confirmation.
  • Women with the above qualifications are encouraged to apply.

Application Closing Date
27th July, 2022.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should submit their Applications via email to: indicating the Position number as the subject of the email.
Click here to apply online

Important Information and Notice

  • In order for be considered valid, IOM only accepts applications with a Cover Letter not more than one page specifying the motivation for application, addressed to “Human Resources, International Organization for Migration (IOM)” and with a subject line “SVN2022.86 Lagos Project Officer Protection and PSEA NOA”.
  • All applications should include a functional email address, mobile numbers, and detailed curriculum vitae (CV).
  • This position is open only to Nigerian National applicants and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • 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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