Programme Officer

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 11 August 2020
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Position Title: Programme Officer

Duty Station: Tahoua, Niger

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P1

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

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 18 August 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; 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; 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.


Through the Niger Community Cohesion Initiative (NCCI), IOM seeks to improve community stabilization by developing and implementing small-grant activities through a process-oriented, community driven approach in Diffa, Tillabรฉri and Tahoua regions. The overall goal of NCCI is that at-risk communities have more trust in local government authorities and state structures and have improved resilience and cohesion to resist and address conflict, insecurity, and violent extremist threats in targeted regions

Under the overall guidance of the Deputy Program Manager (DPM) and the direct supervision of the Program Development Officer (PDO), the successful candidate) will provide specific technical programmatic assistance to support the identification and approval process for project activities in Tahoua and internal and external reporting for NCCI. S/he will be expected to have

solid professional skills and quickly develop functional knowledge of IOM processes, procedures and guidelines.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Support PDO by generating and updating weekly and monthly grant commitments for project activities in Tahoua.

  2. Work closely with relevant field colleagues in Tahoua and provide specific technical inputs for the development of joint grant activities for approval that contribute to the overall objectives and outcomes of NCCI.

  3. Complete โ€œYellow Light (YL)โ€ and โ€œGreen Light (GL)โ€ templates for approval by senior management (and sometimes donor) where suggested activities are clearly described in a Theory of Change linked to programme objectives and outcomes.

  4. Liaise with Finance, Procurement and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Units to track their timely and appropriate inputs into project activities, and the alignment of budgets and implementation timelines with activity descriptions and timelines.

  5. Regularly monitor the project cycle for activities implemented in Tahoua.

  6. Upon instruction, draft the Terms of Reference for consultants to be hired as part of activities to be implemented.

  7. Draft specific portions of the Final Evaluations Reports (FERs) for review and inputs by PDO, M&E and other colleagues.

  8. Gather contextual information on the Tahoua region of Niger on a weekly basis.

  9. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


โ€ข Masterโ€™s degree in International Development, Political Science, International Relations, Diplomacy, Social Science or a related field from an accredited academic institution; or

โ€ข University degree in the above fields with two years of relevant professional experience.


โ€ข Work experience in project implementation in the field of development or peacebuilding;

โ€ข Work experience under pressure; should be willing to work overtime and on weekends when required.


โ€ข Excellent writing and analytical skills;

โ€ข Ability to understand, develop and implement administrative and financial control procedures;

โ€ข Sound knowledge of development programme planning and implementation objectives;

โ€ข Capacity to write concise reports;

โ€ข Open to feedback - NCCI works in an environment where the development of activities occurs in a collaborative team approach;

โ€ข Ability to use Access database and Microsoft Excel, Outlook and Word


IOMโ€™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 and/or local languages 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:

โ€ข Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.

โ€ข Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.

โ€ข Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.

Core Competencies โ€“ behavioural indicators level 2

โ€ข Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.

โ€ข Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.

โ€ข Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.

โ€ข Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organizationโ€™s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.

โ€ข Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.

IOMโ€™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 stationโ€™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.

This vacancy is archived.

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