Senior Program Manager Description
Under the overall supervision of the Regional Director and the direct supervision of the IOM
Ghana (resident), Togo and Benin Chief of Mission and with direct technical support from the
Regional Thematic Specialist for the Immigration and Border Management (IBM) as well as the
IBM Team in HQ, the successful candidate will be accountable and responsible for the overall
development, management, coordination and oversight of the IBM projects portfolio and
strategy in the Gulf of Guinea Region to strengthen the capacity of border management
agencies and reinforce the resilience of border communities to respond to emerging challenges
in border management, contributing to stronger migration governance and border security in the
Core Functions / Responsibilities:
1. Develop and manage the IBM regional projects for the Gulf of Guinea (specifically in Benin,
Cote dIvoire, Ghana and Togo) in an effective and timely manner, in line with IOM’s policies
and practices as well as donor requirements, including ensuring the integration of new
modalities and practices and methods for evaluation into the project formulation process,
monitoring and assessing project implementation activities and take corrective or alternative
action for improvement and success.
2. In coordination with the IOM relevant offices including RO Dakar, RO Brussels and IBM HQ,
exercise administrative, operational and financial management responsibility of the regional
3. Provide authoritative advice and technical expertise for the design and implementation of
contextualized capacity building activities on a variety of migration and border management
thematic areas, including but not limited to Integrated Border Management, Border Management
Information System (IOMs Migration Information and Data Analysis System MIDAS),
counter-migrant smuggling and Humanitarian Border Management (HBM), targeting relevant
institutions, communities as well as project staff.
4. Ensure all internal and external narrative and financial reporting are met, including donor
reporting and updates, according to donor guidelines and IOM regulations and established
5. Establish strong working relationships at national and regional levels, including with relevant
government counterparts and regional authorities and participate in external immigration and
border management related engagements to enhance awareness of IOMs capacities in the IBM
field and pursue increased cooperation with key stakeholders such as relevant UN agencies,
international organizations, NGOs, academia, and the private sector.
6. In coordination with relevant government partners and other stakeholders, identify
immigration and border management emerging needs and priorities to expand the IBM
programming in the Gulf of Guinea. Develop key resource mobilization strategy and interact with
donors as required.
7. Ensure adequate information management of project activities including production of
relevant communication and visibility materials according to the donor and IOM rules.
8. Supervise and direct project and other programme staff; oversee and coordinate, as required,
the recruitment of programming staff and consultants.
9. Participate in or lead field missions and other duty travel relating to project implementation,
monitoring and assessment, liaison with counterparts, and any other task as necessary in order
to achieve project objectives.
10. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
Masters degree in Political or Social Sciences, International Relations, Development Studies,
Law or a related field from an accredited academic institution with seven years of relevant
professional experience; or University degree in the above fields with nine years of relevant professional experience.
Experience in managing large complex multi component projects;
Experience in the field of migration and border management, including policy and operational
Strong background in immigration and border management, including border management
technologies, Integrated Border Management, capacity building in migration and border
management, and related areas;
Experience of running large IBM projects and programmes, delivering IBM-related trainings/
workshops to Government officials desirable;
Experience in liaising with governmental authorities, other national/international institutions and
Extensive work experience with Government or an International Organization in the thematic
Strong planning, coordination and logistics skills related to implementation of complex
Strong communication skills, including good oral and written English and French as well as
good computer skills (Word, Outlook, Excel, Power Point);
Very good knowledge of administrative, financial and procedural aspects of project
Familiarity with the region is an asset;
Very good representational skills, including discretion and good judgment.
IOMs official languages are English, French, and Spanish.
For this position, fluency in English and French is required (oral and written).
Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process,
which may include written and/or oral assessments
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
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 stations 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 03 March 2021 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.
To apply for this job please visit recruit.iom.int.