Project Officer

IOM , Conakry, Guinea
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Position Title : Project Officer

Duty Station : Conakry, Guinea

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 : 09 December 2020

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; Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Cook Islands; Cuba; Fiji; Gabon; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People's Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Luxembourg; 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, 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.

International Organization for Migration (IOM) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Project Officer in Conakry, Guinea.

Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission, and in close coordination with the Programme Manager, the successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating the implementation of the joint Programme in the three relevant countries, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. The Joint Programme (JP) financed by The Start-Up Fund for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (or Migration MPTF) will strengthen capacities of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone for cross-border collaboration on migration and health management in an area where borders of the countries meet. The project will enhance integrated border management to better control illegal activities and health risks, increase trust and support between state institutions and communities, and enhance community social cohesion.

The Migration MPTF was called for by the Global Compact on Migration, adopted by the General Assembly in December 2018. It is a UN financing mechanism established primarily to assist Member States in their national implementation of the Global Compact. UN entities at country-level have worked with national partners on identifying migration needs through joint analysis and have designed a joint programme to provide a collective response to those needs in alignment with the GCM and the national plans (PNDES ) .

The JP highlights IOM’s Global mandate in the implementation of the Global Compact on Migration, IOM’s leading role in the Migration Network as well as the efforts in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s.)

The successful candidate will be responsible for monitoring and coordinating the implementation of all relevant project activities, including supervision of project support staff, and liaising with the UN Network on migration in the three countries of implementation, as well as with government counterparts, the Regional Office and the MPTF Fund Management.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Monitor expenditures and burn rates, follow up on administrative and logistical arrangements, and provide technical guidance for the implementation of Joint Programme (JP) in compliance with IOM policies and standards, as well as donor requirements.

  2. Monitor the overall implementation of the JP, providing support and assistance to IOM Liberia and Sierra Leone project teams for the timely start-up of the various phases or components of the project.

  3. Coordinate the implementation of JP activities on day-to-day basis in close collaboration with the project partners (ITC, WHO, UNDP);

  4. Contribute to the development of the annual programme/project delivery targets and facilitate the achievement of the targets, including the inputs from the project partners.

  5. Perform project quality assurance activities, including monitoring specific aspects of project implementation, identifying problems and proposing action to expedite the delivery of inputs. Analyze progress and implementation reports, and identify and document significant project events, decisions, problems or deviations, liaising closely with other Country Office units as required.

  6. Maintain close working relations with counterparts in the UN Network for Migration Programs and other national programmes linked to GCM implementation.

  7. Contribute to enhancing the visibility of the JP initiatives throughout project implementation periods, in close coordination with the CoM/RCO, UNNM and the Communications Unit.

  8. Facilitate knowledge management and sharing between PUNOs and JP’s stakeholders.

  9. Draft and coordinate regular project reports in a timely manner to be submitted to the CoM, RCO and Donor.

  10. Undertake duty travel relating to project assessments, liaison with counterparts, and project implementation support, as required.

  11. Coordinate the implementation of the communication and visibility strategy.

  12. Liaise with other Units (Finance, Procurement, Human Resources, Fleet, Security) to facilitate the implementation of the project.

  13. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in International Relations, Finance, Project Management, Business Administration 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 project management or finance, preferably in an international non-profit organization;

• Field experience in one of the UN Common System organizations is a distinct advantage;

• Experience in liaising with governments, international organizations and the private sector is an asset;


• Profound knowledge on remittances and financial services is a distinct advantage.


IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish.

For this position, 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.


1 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.

Vacancies close at 23:59 local time Geneva, Switzerland on the respective closing date. No late applications will be