Project Officer (Livelihoods) Vacancy at 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 (Livelihoods)

Requisition: SVN 2020 268
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
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


  • Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission and the direct supervision of the Head of Sub Office, the successful candidate will be responsible for supporting Livelihoods activities in IOM North East (NE) Nigeria programs.
  • S / he will contribute to NE Nigeria Emergency Operations with the main objective to participate in improving the quality of livelihoods activities, ensure the timely implementation of activities, and contribute to the development of relevant projects for IOM operations.

Core Functions / Responsibilities

  • Under the guidance of the Head of Sub Office, monitor and coordinate the operational planning and implementation of key livelihoods assistance services delivered under the emergency response and Reconciliation and Reintegration (RR) portfolio.
  • Research different options and modalities for livelihoods activities to be implemented by IOM and supervise implementation accordingly.
  • Work as part of a team and contribute to the development of a strategy to maximize IOM assistance in the areas of livelihoods for community stabilization and early recovery efforts and other durable solutions for conflict affected populations.
  • Draft new standard operating procedures (SOPs) and forms where required and recommend refinements to existing project implementation tools and methodologies for efficient and effective implementation of IOM’s interventions in the livelihoods sector.
  • Provide technical livelihoods guidance to IOM field operations in line with established methodologies, checking that technical integrity is maintained, and provide inputs on specific issues such as settlement-based approach, etc.
  • Liaise with livelihoods actors, government officials, other programme stakeholders and relevant counterparts.
  • Participate in relevant livelihoods forums including the Early Recovery Working Group or Food Security and Livelihoods Sector.
  • Work closely with the CBI Project Officer in order to facilitate the smooth integration and implementation of cash activities within livelihoods programming.
  • Work with IOM resource management unit and notably the procurement sub-unit and programme staff to implement livelihoods activities successfully.
  • Conduct relevant livelihoods assessments to recommend potential areas of intervention, as necessary.
  • Undertake regular field monitoring visits and evaluations of project activities, including impact evaluations. Facilitate, and supervise as appropriate, reviews conducted by consultants.
  • Check compliance with IOM and donor requirements, including guidelines, rules, and regulations, as well as the field procurement manual.
  • Draft regular reports contribute to project proposals and donor reporting, and document any lessons learned for livelihoods programming.
  • Closely monitor and supervise the implementation of livelihoods activities and corresponding  staff.
  • Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s degree in Development Studies, Business Management, Socio-Economic Development, Private Sector Development and Rural Development 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 working in different types of CBI and livelihoods programming in various humanitarian agencies;
  • Experience (including field experience) in implementing development, community stabilization, and / or livelihoods interventions projects in post-disaster rural and / or urban settings;
  • Experience in interventions aimed at enhancing socio-economic conditions of vulnerable populations, such as micro-finance, private sector development, local economic recovery, employment promotion, agricultural development, entrepreneurship building, natural resource management, vocational and technical education, and training or poverty reduction;
  • Experience working in the formation of cooperatives and small business administration as part of an income-generating intervention would be beneficial;
  • Experience in liaising with government authorities, other national / international institutions, and NGOs, and building effective partnerships with private sector.


  • Ability to formulate relevant programmatic inputs;
  • Ability to work quickly and accurately and pay attention to detail;
  • Willingness to assist efficiently in a very busy project environment;
  • Excellent writing skills with the ability to analyses complex problems and identify and convey clear, rapid solutions;
  • Effective resource management skills;
  • Strong general analytical skills;
  • In depth knowledge of the broad range of migration related subject areas dealt with by the Organization; and,
  • Knowledge of UN and bilateral donor programming.


  • 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 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.

NB: 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 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.

Application Closing Date
17th December, 2020; by 23:59 local time Geneva, Switzerland.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


  • No late applications will be accepted.
  • 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.

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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