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Programme Office (Labour Migration) at IOM February, 2020 Job Description
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Position Title : Programme Office (Labour Migration)
Duty Station : Arusha, Tanzania, United Republic of
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


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; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Cook Islands; Cuba; Djibouti; Fiji; Gabon; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Libya; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Montenegro;
Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Papua New Guinea; 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.



The African Union (AU)-International Labour Organization (ILO)-International Organization for Migration (IOM)- Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Joint Programme on Labour Migration Governance for Development and Integration (the Joint Labour Migration Programme (JLMP) in Africa is a long-term joint undertaking between the four organizations, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The JLMP is an implementation instrument of the 5th Key Priority Area of the Declaration and Plan of Action on Employment, Poverty Eradication and Inclusive Development adopted by the Assembly of Heads of States and Governments (AU/Assembly/AU/20(XXIV)/Annex on 3, January 2015)  in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, January 2015;  Its strategy is focuses on intra-African labour migration, in line with and supports the achievement of the First 2023 Ten Year Plan of the AU Agenda 2063 and of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Programme conducts coordinated and simultaneous interventions across two main thematic areas: governance and operational implementation.

The governance component addresses the critical need to develop in concert the four cardinal pillars of labour migration governance: law based on international labour standards, establishing viable and coherent policy, strengthening core institutions, and engaging a whole society approach stakeholders including World of Work actors (Ministries of Labour, and employers and workers’ organizations) relevant Ministries, diaspora associations, migration organizations and associations, academia, among others and cooperation among the main employment and labour market economic actors at the national, regional and international levels.

The operational implementation component covers key inter-dependent technical operational areas: decent work and social protection for migrant workers and their families, addressing the key constraint of skills shortages, and obtaining essential data and knowledge for governance of labour migration and protection of migrants. Each of these reflects a specific area of standards and policy and technical competences, addresses distinct institutions and constellations of stakeholders, and each intersects with different international actors and distinct migration employment and labour market structures.

In order to have a significant yet realistic take-off of the Programme, a Three-Year Project was developed with the overall objective to improve the governance of labour migration to achieve safer, orderly and regular migration in Africa. The programme draws its mandate from relevant frameworks of the AU and Regional Economic Commissions (RECs), as well as international human rights and labour conventions.  The programme stands of four strategic pillars namely:-Enhance effectiveness and transparency of operations of labour migration stakeholders, such as migration authorities, labour market actors and institutions, in consultations and cooperation with private sector and civil society organizations, in delivering improved labour migration governance services; Improve policy and regulatory systems on labour migration at Member state and REC levels, taking into account the gender dimensions; Multi stakeholder policy consultation and practical coordination on labour migration and mobility to provide advisory support to MSs’, AU’s and RECs’ decision makers and continental and regional operational leadership; and Capacity to spearhead/steer coordinate the implementation of the JLMP at all levels.

Under the overall guidance of the IOM Special Liaison Office in Ethiopia Chief of Mission, the administrative supervision of the IOM Chief of Mission, Tanzania as relevant, and in regular technical oversight of the JLMP Programme Coordinators at the African Union Commission (AUC) and IOM in coordination with the Director of Social Sectors at the East African Community (EAC), Secretariat, and in close cooperation with the Programme Steering Committee, the incumbent will be responsible for assisting with the coordination and implementation of the Programme by executing the undermentioned responsibilities.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Perform the role of a Project Coordinator and focal point in coordinating and streamliningJLMP Priority Project interventions to the overall JLMP in the East African Community (EAC).
  2. Facilitate the timely implementation of the JLMP Priority Project in the EAC in accordancewith the planned activities in the workplan.
  3. Assist the Head of Labour and Immigration Department to coordinate experts’ meetings related to labour migration areas of cooperation.
  4. Contribute to the design of programmes geared toward the creation of publicity andawareness of JLMP in accordance to JLMP Communication Strategy.
  5. Draft on a regular basis reports on the status of implementation of JLMP activities.
  6. Contribute to the preparation of funding proposals and other resource mobilization modalitiesto relevant development partners to fund labour migration activities.
  7. Coordinate the development of the EAC Labour Migration Policy and its Implementation plan.
  8. Conduct preliminary Labour Migration policy analysis and development at the EAC andPartner States’ level and assist in managing the JLMP programme, its implementation, and its Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E).
  9. Assist in strengthening and support the EAC migration programme portfolio in theoperationalization of the EAC Labour Migration Policy Framework at regional and Partner States’ level.
  10. Strengthen linkages and coordination of the JLMP Programme with other thematic areas,units and specialized institutions within the EAC and its development partners on issues related to labour migration.
  11. Maintain good working relationships with key interlocutors engaged with migration policyissues within and beyond EAC.
  12. Support the presentation of reports to the policy organs of the EAC on matters of JLMPactivities.
  13. Enhance coordination between EAC, AUC, the AUC Project Support Unit (PSU) and theJLMP Implementing Partners.
  14. Provide recommendations to improve regular labour migration management in the EAC.
  15. Support and coordinate EAC social dialogue processes on labour migration.
  16. Work to promote engagement with a broad spectrum of labour migration actors within andbeyond the EAC region.
  17. Act as the EAC M&E focal person monitoring Programme implementation as stipulated inthe M&E framework.
  18. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Development Economics, Political Science, Business Administration, Law, Labour/Industrial relations Project Management, Public Administration/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.


  • Proven ability to establish and maintain strong working relations with relevant Government andNon-Governmental counterparts, international organizations, civil society or private sector entities;
  • Familiarity with the Labour migration aspects, Labour migration policy and legal frameworks;• Proven knowledge and experience on project management, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting;
  • Experience in budget formulation, financial and financial management and administration;• Experience in developing and maintaining partnerships with government counterparts, UN agencies, donors, and NGO partners; and
  • Excellent command of office software, such as MS Office, spreadsheets, databases.
  • Familiarity with the AU-ILO-IOM-ECA Joint Programme on Labour Migration Governance for

Development and Integration (better known as the Joint Labour

Migration Programme or JLMP) in Africa;

  • Capacity to provide technical advice in the area of labour, employment and labour migration,labour market information systems, as well as on AU Policy Organs relevant for the project implementation, policy oversight and monitoring (Specialized Technical Committee (STC) on Social Development, Labour and Employment, the STC on Migration and Mobility, the Executive

Council, Assembly of Heads of States and Government, Pan African parliament, etc);

  • Knowledge of, and ability to perform a variety of conceptual analyses in the field of the project;• Experience in working with the RECs, IOM, ECA, ILO and European Union (EU) on the fields of labour, employment, social protection, labour migration and labour market information systems;
  • Working experience and collaboration with continental and regional social partners’ organizations (Business Africa, Organization of African Trade Union Unity (OATUU) and International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) Africa)) on M&E, follow-up on employment, labour and social protection policy frameworks, including MS, RECs and international partners; • Ability to work in a multicultural environment.
  • Problem solving capability;
  • Ability to prepare high quality and technically sound reports.


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.

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. df

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.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 16 February 2020  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 03.02.2020 to 16.02.2020 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.

Closing Date : 16 February 2020


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