OIM recruits 01 Project Officer
Position Title : Project Officer – Demobilization Disassociation Reintegration & Reconciliation
Duty Station : Abuja, Nigeria
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 : 12 September 2019
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 www.iom.int/diversity.
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; Bahamas; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Cook Islands; Cuba; Djibouti; El Salvador; Fiji; Gabon; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Libya; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Montenegro; Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Paraguay; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Samoa; Sao Tome and Principe; Seychelles; Solomon Islands; Suriname; Timor-Leste; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu
Second tier candidates include:
All external candidates, except candidates from non-represented member states.
The nine-year violent conflict across North-eastern and East Nigeria and bordering areas in Niger, Chad and Cameroon have created a deepening social, political, security and humanitarian crisis that has displaced approximately 2.6 million people and affected some 17 million. In response to request from Government of Nigeria, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is supporting activities aimed at creating the necessary pre-conditions for the identification and reintegration of ‘low-risk’ Boko Haram detainees and defecting former fighters, reducing recruitment into armed groups and promoting broad reconciliation for sustained reintegration and peacebuilding.
Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission and the direct supervision of the Demobilization Disassociation Reintegration & Reconciliation (DDRR) Programme Manager, the successful candidate will be responsible for the coordination and implementation of the US Bureau of Conflict and Stabilizations Operations – funded Programme “Communications for Defections and Reintegration program”. This eighteen months – programme aims to reduce the threat and impact of Boko Haram and the Islamic State in West Africa (referred to collectively as non-state armed groups or NSAG) by increasing voluntary defections and fostering community conditions for successful reintegration. The programme is implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in close coordination with the Nigerian Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).
Core Functions / Responsibilities:
1. Coordinate and implement the project in coordination with national authorities, implementing partners and other stakeholders.
2. Conduct an initial analysis of current capacity and communication needs of government counterparts, as well as community awareness and information needs, and media availability and capacity, drafting a list of cost-effective recommendations in compliance with the Nigeria DDRR Action Plan.
3. Support the Office of the National Security Adviser by providing technical inputs for the design and implementation of government communication strategies, communications plan and messages
4. Assist in drafting and implementing a project workplan in compliance with the Nigeria DDRR Action Plan, and collaborate with Monitoring / Evaluation and Reporting IOM officer for the provision of weekly updates, monthly, quarterly reports and one final report following also donor requirements; highlight achievements, challenges and recommendations
5. Organize the training of Government officials on awareness and communication techniques at community level, media liaison, outreach activities and channels of communication.
6. Provide technical guidance and assistance to communication and awareness staff and coordinate with relevant government units and professionals to enhance unified messaging and to avoid duplication of efforts.
7. With guidance from the DDRR program manager, facilitate the inclusion of messaging and awareness elements in IOM community reintegration and reconciliation activities.
8. With guidance from the DDRR program manager, coordinate specific aspects of the grant management component of the Project in close cooperation with programme partners and various stakeholders, including ONSA, Operation Safe Corridor, State and local Administrative authorities, media, NGOs, CBOs, and Civil Society Organizations.
9. Coordinate administrative aspects of the project, monitor budgetary expenditures and burn rates, and provide technical guidance to project support staff in close coordination with IOM DDRR Programme Manager and IOM Resources Management Officer (RMO).
10. Under delegation from DDRR Programme Manager, liaise with the Donor, Government counterparts and other project stakeholders as required.
11. Undertake duty travel for project implementation purposes.
12. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
• Master ’s degree in Communications, journalism, Political or Social Science, International Relations, Law, Public Relations, Management 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 supporting assessments, program design, intra-governmental coordination, project management and oversight is highly desirable;
• Experience in managing communications activities, such as an external relations department or office, preferably in the public sector
• Proven experience in communications training and ability to produce quality training materials. Knowledge of multimedia software an asset
• Specific international work experience on DDRR programmes, and/or engagement in security sector initiatives will be an advantage;
• Strong knowledge and cultural understanding of the region and conversant on regional politics;
• Experience in project implementation, Capacity Building and Information Management projects, support to grants fund management; administrative and related fields;
• Knowledge of the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) protocols and experience working in a phase III (or above) security environment;
• Excellent communication and writing skills with the ability to analyses complex problems and identify and convey clear, rapid solutions;
• Strong inter-personal skills and ability to work within and build a team environment, excellent communication and negotiation skills, ability to work effectively and harmoniously within a diverse work environment Effective resource management skills. Previous work experience in the Lake Chad Basin Region is an advantage.
IOM’s official languages are English, French and Spanish.
For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of French and/or Spanish is an advantage.
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.
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.
How to apply:
Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 12 September 2019 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: www.iom.int/recruitment
Posting period: 12.09.2019
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