Programme Manager (IBM) At International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Programme Manager (IBM)

Duty Station: Pemba, Mozambique

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P3

Type of Appointment: Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 12 April 2021

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.


IOM Mozambique is implementing a Community Engagement and Policing (CEP) project that seeks to strengthen community security and stability in communities affected by violence in the Northern Region of Mozambique through police capacity building and community engagement. The objective of the intervention is to contribute to building resilience to violence in communities and increase law enforcement’s positive relationships with communities in Cabo Delgado. The activities are planned to be implemented across multiple districts and Communities, and will require significant coordination, networking, and liaising responsibilities in addition to technical, operational and management oversight.

Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) in Maputo, and in close coordination with the Head of Programme and Operations and Head of Sub-Office in Pemba, the successful candidate will be responsible for developing, managing, and coordinating IOM Mozambique projects on Immigration and Border Management (IBM) in support of the Government of Mozambique’s migration management policies and priorities. S/he will be responsible for managing all aspects of the IBM unit, including effective and efficient management of human and financial resources, and effective implementation of intended programme objectives. Travel to different locations in Mozambique will be required to monitor IBM teams in field locations.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Develop and maintain relations with relevant governmental counterparts and other strategic partners, including the donor community, on border management on needs and priorities in Mozambique.
  2. In coordination with the Project Development Officer, CoM and Head of Programme and Operations, contribute to resource mobilization by developing programmes and project proposals in the thematic area of IBM and Humanitarian Border Management, in line with IOM’s global IBM strategies and guidance, and identify cross-thematic synergies and opportunities. A specific focus should also be placed on trade facilitation and the promotion of the free movement of person protocols in Southern Africa.
  3. Provide advice, strategic analysis and input to the CoM and relevant stakeholders on all issues pertaining to immigration and border management in Mozambique and closely engage and coordinate with other units all aspects related to multisectoral programming and interventions at Points of Entry.
  4. Oversee and coordinate the implementation of the IBM portfolio, including activities around community engagement, infrastructural work, as well as training on community engagement and policing (CEP). It also includes activities related to intelligence led policing, document examination and fraud detection and countering human trafficking and smuggling of migrants.
  5. Manage all aspects of IOM Mozambique IBM projects in line with IOM and donor requirements as well as exploring further funding opportunities and resource mobilization. Oversee and coordinate the work of all project staff members, including externally hired staff and consultants, operations/logistics, procurement, and financial/budgetary processing. Exercise quality control over all procedures and documents and ensure proper follow-up, as necessary.
  6. Identify, train, and supervise the project team in accordance with the Organization’s Human Resources (HR) procedures and regulations. Guide staff implementing activities, including reporting, monitoring, and evaluation, promote staff development, and participate in resolving performance issues.
  7. Oversee and coordinate timely submission of project reports in line with donor requirements and according to IOM standards.
  8. Serve as an expert resource on IBM. Draft documents and brief senior management on immigration and border management related topics, including the development of reports, presentations, talking points, and briefings concerning project activities implemented.
  9. In coordination with the Head of Sub-Office in Pemba, maintain constant overview of the security situation across the province. Closely monitor contextual dynamics and emerging trends on the evolving situation in the area of responsibility; identify constraints and obstacles to the implementation of projects assigned and propose solutions.
  10. Identify and promote strategic and technical partnerships with relevant government entities, international organizations, private sector and civil society partners, and other relevant stakeholders to promote and strengthen IOM’s immigration and border management portfolio.
  11. Represent IOM and participate in relevant conferences, workshops, trainings, and seminars.
  12. Ensure timely recruitment of staff and closely monitor staff performance, project progress. and ensure mainstreaming of gender according to IOM procedures and regulations.
  13. Undertake duty travel, in line with prevailing security restrictions, relating to programme management.
  14. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Political or Social Sciences, International Law, International Studies, Security Studies, Immigration and Border Management or a related field from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience; or

• University degree in the above fields with seven years of relevant professional experience;

• Studies in the National Border or Police Academy of country of residence may be considered an equivalent diploma with 7 years of relevant professional experience.


• Experience in project management, report writing and project development and implementation;

• Experience of running large IBM projects and programmes, delivering IBM-related training/workshops to Government officials desirable;

• Effective resource management and HR skills, financial management as a unit head;

• Experience and knowledge in immigration, border management or a related field;

• Experience in liaising with Government authorities, other national /international institutions, and donor agencies (including, preferably EU institutions) and civil society organizations;

• Knowledge and working experience in the African region a distinct advantage.


• Effectively interfaces with government officials of appropriate level on matters related to substantive migration (Immigration and Border Management) issues and the work of IOM;

• Effectively applies knowledge of migration (Immigration and Border Management) issues within organizational context;

• Good knowledge of capacity building techniques;

• Excellent organization skills; analytical and creative thinking;

• Understanding of how to apply risk management and conflict sensitivity in insecure, conflict-affected areas.


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

For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Portuguese, 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.

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 via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 12 April 2021 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:

Posting period:

From 30.03.2021 to 12.04.2021

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.

Requisition: VN 2021 65 Programme Manager (IBM) (P3) Pemba, Mozambique (56918438) Released

Posting: Posting NC56918439 (56918439) Released

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