Programme Manager at the International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Programme Manager (DDRR)
Location: Central & WestAfrica
Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P4
Type of Appointment: Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension
Estimated Start Date: As Soon as Possible
The eight-year violent conflict across Northeastern and East Nigeria and bordering areas in Niger, Chad and Cameroon has 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 requests from Governments in the Lake Chad Region, 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.
Working under the direct supervision of the Head, Transition and Recovery Division (TRD) at IOM Headquarters (HQ), and in close coordination with the Chief of Mission and Emergency and Post Crisis (EPC) Regional Thematic Specialist (RTS) at the Regional Office of West and Central Africa (ROWCA), the successful candidate will be responsible for the overall management and coordination of the Demobilization, Disassociation, Reintegration and Reconciliation (DDRR) programme in the respective country office of Niger, Cameroon or Chad.
The successful candidate will provide overall guidance to IOM’s country-level DDRR activities with a particular focus on supporting a government-led process, including the development of respective national legal and policy frameworks, and supporting aspects such as registration and vetting processes, public outreach and communications, community-based reconciliation mechanisms to provide locally tailored reintegration assistance to individuals who have separated from Boko Haram, as a critical step for regional peace-building and restoration of social cohesion.
S/he will convene multiple stakeholders across government, in the international community, and within the Organization to facilitate programme success.
Core Functions / Responsibilities
Manage the implementation of DDRR programme operations at the country level and ensure the programmatic, financial, administrative and technical oversight of programme activities in line with IOM policies and procedures, as well as relevant donor requirements.
Develop and oversee research components of the programme, including stakeholder mapping, assessments of the policy and legal environment, mapping of existing return and reintegration assistance models for disengaged combatants and conflict analyses; assess entry points for regional synergies and outcomes across programme elements.
Working closely with the Chief of Mission and the TRD Advisor, assess strategic opportunities within the programme framework, provide regular risk analysis, and develop a detailed work plan in accordance with the project commitments taking into account developments in context, donor coordination and commitments, and in support of government partnership.
Support country level donor coordination and outreach in coordination with the Chief of Mission, TRD and relevant Divisions at HQ, in order to support programme development, donor information needs and coordination requirements.
Ensure operational oversight across four key pillars of concurrent activity, building on regular context analysis and programme assessment, to include national policy and framework development; technical government capacities and transition processes; individual beneficiary profiling, needs and support (donor support pending); and community-based return, reintegration and reconciliation activities.
Oversee the development of information and strategic communications activities, assessing synergies and partner efforts in this area; within the IOM programme, establish feedback mechanisms to inform adjustments in strategy and implementation.
Train and sensitize staff on the principles of Do No Harm and ensure that conflict sensitivity is integrated in programme analysis, planning, recruitment, procurement, partnerships, communications and monitoring and evaluation.
Promote access to facilitate programme activities, and undertake regular field travel and on-site monitoring; oversee implementation of programme impact evaluations, as required.
Represent IOM at relevant seminars, meetings, and other events to promote awareness of key DDRR initiatives, conflict reduction and prevention of violent extremism and disseminate stakeholder views of context analysis, initiatives and the results of broad partnership initiatives.
Maintain regular outreach to all counterparts including UN and national authorities while participating in and ensuring regular donor coordination updates and reporting, both locally and regionally.
In close coordination with the CoM and RMO, plan and oversee the implementation of core staffing plans and requirements; work in close coordination with HQ / TRD on the deployment of technical expertise and consultancies.
Direct, supervise and train DDRR programme staff.
Provide regular updates and recommendations for operational improvements to the COM, RTS and TRD.
Uphold security procedures and requirements towards ensuring the safety and integrity of programme staff and operations.
Perform such other duties as may be assigned.
Required Qualifications and Experience
Master’s Degree in Law, International Relations, Development Studies and Planning or a related field from an accredited academic institution with seven years of relevant professional experience; or
University Degree in the above fields with nine years of relevant professional experience.
Professional experience at an international level with specialized international agencies (United Nations Agencies, International Organizations, and International Non-Government Organizations) would be an advantage;
Experience in complex crisis operations, including conflict and post-conflict situations required, delivering on programmatic objectives;
Operational field experience in programme formulation, implementation and evaluation relating to demobilization/disengagement and reintegration of ex-combatants;
Past experience facilitating government-led processes, involving multiple government actors and demonstrating sensitivity to the needs of local ownership;
Previous work experience in technical programmes involving legal or policy formulation, community-led recovery and stabilization programmes, and or security sector related reforms.
Familiarity with DDR practices, principles and operations, and/or conflict mitigation components; recent field or research experience on the prevention of violent extremism an advantage;
Previous experience in supervising staff;
Thorough knowledge of the United Nations Department of Safety and Security protocols and experience managing staff in volatile security environments; and,
Experience in setting clear tasks and team-building with staff from diverse environments and backgrounds.
Fluency in English and French is required.
Accountability – takes responsibility for action and manages constructive criticisms;
Client Orientation – works effectively well with client and stakeholders;
Continuous Learning – promotes continuous learning for self and others;
Communication – listens and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience;
Creativity and Initiative – actively seeks new ways of improving programmes or services;
Leadership and Negotiation – develops effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders;
Performance Management – identify ways and implement actions to improve performance of self and others;
Planning and Organizing – plans work, anticipates risks, and sets goals within area of
Professionalism – displays mastery of subject matter;
Teamwork – contributes to a collegial team environment; incorporates gender related needs, perspectives, concerns and promotes equal gender participation;
Technological Awareness – displays awareness of relevant technological solutions;
Resource Mobilization – works with internal and external stakeholders to meet resource needs of IOM.
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.
Application Closing Date
8th January, 2018.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online
Positions will be based in Chad, Niger and Cameroon. As part of the application process, candidates may indicate which country(ies) they do not want to be considered for.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.