Programme Manager (IBM)

Country: Ethiopia
Organization: International Organization for Migration
Closing date: 24 Aug 2020

Position Title : Programme Manager (IBM)

Duty Station : Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P3

Type of Appointment : Special short-term graded, Nine months with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 24 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.


IOM Ethiopia’s Migration Management Unit (MMU) works closely with the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) to improve migration management and governance. In the field of Immigration and Border Management (IBM), the unit supports the GoE to design and implement strategies and actions aimed at enabling the Government to manage its immigration system and borders in a manner consistent with international standards, while supporting national and regional security, economic development and the protection of migrants’ rights. IOM Ethiopia collaborates with the GoE through various projects and activities implemented under its IBM Capacity Building Programme Framework, which consists of four areas of action (or pillars):

1) Governance Framework Pillar (development of laws, policies, regulations, and standard operating procedures);

2) Human Resource Development Pillar (design of training strategies and delivery of priority training sessions);

3) Operational Improvement Pillar (development and installation of new systems and technologies); and

4) Cross-Border, Regional and Cross-Regional Coordination Pillar (activities to promote stronger cooperation in immigration and border management).

Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission and the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator, Migration Management, and in close coordination with the IBM Senior Regional Thematic Specialist at IOM’s East and Horn of Africa Regional Office in Nairobi, as well as from the IBM Division at IOM Headquarters in Geneva, the successful candidate will be responsible for supervising, managing and coordinating the implementation of IOM Ethiopia’s IBM programming.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Contribute to the development of the mission’s IBM strategy focusing on border and identity management, immigration services and key cross-thematic areas including human trafficking, migrant smuggling, socio-economic development, inter-service, and inter-agency cooperation. Provide advice, analysis, and input into this process.

  2. Manage the timely implementation of IBM projects, ensuring technical soundness, alignment with donor requirements and relevant IOM resources management procedures, and synergy with other MMU projects and relevant border management actors.

  3. Coordinate the design and delivery of demand-driven and evidence-informed capacity building and training activities on migration and border management for the GoE, UN Agencies and non-governmental actors.

  4. Oversee the installation and operationalization of Border Management Information Systems at border control posts for improvement of Ethiopia’s immigration services and policymaking.

  5. Recruit and supervise IBM staff and external consultants as per IOM’s procedures and regulations.

  6. Regularly review and assess country activities and recommend programme improvements; identify and pursue opportunities for expanding the mission’s IBM portfolio.

  7. Ensure the timely preparation and submission of periodic progress and impact reports in line with donor and IOM requirements, working in close coordination with the programme support team.

  8. Prepare documents and brief IOM senior management, government officials and donors on migration and border management related topics, including through presentations, briefing notes, talking points, and position papers.

  9. Provide advice, analysis, and input into GoE efforts aimed at fostering integrated border management approaches. Priority actions are the integration of IBM functions into inter-ministerial/cross-sectoral cooperation mechanisms, particularly the National Coordination Mechanism on Migration and National Referral Mechanism for Victims of Trafficking and vulnerable migrants.

  10. Liaise and coordinate with project partners, donors, and Regional thematic Specialist for IBM applying quality control to all aspects of the various projects’ implementation.

  11. Represent IOM Ethiopia in conferences, seminars, workshops, and meetings related to IBM programming & thematic areas.

  12. Serve as the IOM Ethiopia focal person for United Nations Legal Identity Agenda initiatives. In coordination with the Programme Coordinator, identify entry points for the establishment of legal identity programming in the areas of the civil registry, identity documentation and consular services.

  13. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Political or Social Sciences, Migration Studies, International Relations/Law, Humanities, Military Science, 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.


• Experience in immigration & border management, project/programme management including operational and policy-related experience;

• Experience in developing and managing programmes focusing on IBM, security sector reform and other related fields, with supervisory responsibilities and demonstrated achievements;

• Experience in liaising with governmental authorities and institutions in the immigration, security, and other related sectors;

• Experience in designing and delivering training and other forms of capacity building in IBM and other related fields is an advantage;

• Experience and understanding of Border Management Information System (BMIS) is an advantage;

• Experiences in conducting monitoring and evaluation (M&E), with an understanding of M&E tools and approaches.


• Advanced knowledge of IBM and integrated border management concepts and approaches within the region an added advantage; and

• Familiarity with MS Office software (Word, Excel, Access).


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

For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Amharic, 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 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 24 August 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 11.08.2020 to 24.08.2020

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.

Requisition: SVN 2020 171 Programme Manager (IBM) (P3) Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (56554542) Released

Posting: Posting NC56554543 (56554543) Released


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