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Project Officer (Counter Trafficking) at IOM - UN Migration Agency

Position Title : Project Officer (Counter Trafficking)

Duty Station : Maiduguri, Nigeria

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

Closing Date : 20 February 2017

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.

IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment. Applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged. For the purpose of the vacancy, the following candidates are considered as first-tier candidates:

1. Internal candidates

2. Qualified applicants from the following NMS countries:

Antigua and Barbuda, Benin, Bahamas, Botswana, Belize, Congo, Cabo Verde, Djibouti, Micronesia (Federated States of), Gabon, Gambia, Guyana, Iceland, Cambodia, Comoros, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Libya, Montenegro, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Mauritania, Maldives, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Seychelles, Slovenia, Suriname, El Salvador, Swaziland, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, United Republic of Tanzania, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Vanuatu, Samoa


Working under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission in Nigeria and the direct supervision of the Senior Programme Manager (ER) in close coordination with the Regional Thematic Specialists based in Dakar, Senegal the successful candidate will be responsible for assisting with the implementation, monitoring and effective coordination of the counter trafficking projects and activities. S/he will also support in maintaining contact with the relevant government authorities and technical partners, enhance IOM’s presence in the humanitarian community in addressing the risk factors of TIP and exploitation among affected populations. Activities will be carried out in coordination with the United Nations (UN) humanitarian response system, and especially the protection sector working group as well as government counter parts such as NAPTIP. S/he will also contribute to developing and promoting of the IOM's Counter Trafficking policy in Nigeria.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Support the overall implementation of the mission’s counter-trafficking and victim protection activities and the development of new ones especially in North East Nigeria. Monitor and track the financial, administrative and technical oversight of projects to ensure adherence to IOM's policies, practices and global standards on counter-trafficking (particularly focusing on the victim-centred response) as well as relevant requirements, guidelines and grant agreements regarding the issue of trafficking in persons.
  2. Coordinate daily project activities and participate actively in training development and delivery. Communicate and follow up with appropriate IOM units and field offices, including in relation with psychosocial activities, IOM counter-trafficking and other vulnerable groups regular programmes on-going the Mission.

  3. Promote dialogue, information-sharing and cooperation among Government and non-governmental actors on IOM's priority areas for cooperation. Monitor the protection needs of the victims of Trafficking, their families and communities and coordinate systematic reporting.

  4. Collect and report critical information related to counter-trafficking activities/stakeholders or existing plans in Nigeria.

  5. Assist with the integration of victim protection related variables into assessments and tools used by IOM (such as DTM) and coordinate their analysis and treatment within IOM and other key protection actors.

  6. Implement victim protection strategies, notably identification, referral and assistance activities for children (special focus on unaccompanied and separated children), victims of human trafficking and exploitation, victims of gender-based violence and/or other survivors of violence, exploitation and abuse, in coordination with other colleagues and concerned protection actors.

  7. Coordinate project staff as well as consultants recruited to support and/or undertake specific activities.

  8. Participate in protection focused seminars and other meetings of governmental and non-governmental entities, as requested.

  9. Draft regular reports covering Counter Trafficking and protection activities; prepare inputs for briefings, statistical/narrative reports and background information as required including specific information requested by Governments and other entities.

  10. Liaise with IOM Regional Office on project development opportunities linking CT to other programme areas.

  11. Provision of technical support to NAPTIP in North East Nigeria, particularly on counter trafficking in emergencies. This will include provision of support in strengthening their database.

  12. Undertake duty travels, in line with prevailing security restrictions, relating to project assessments, liaison with counterparts, and project implementation, as required.

  13. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Political or Social Sciences, Law, Human Rights, International Affairs, Migration Studies 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 in programme development;

• Experience in liaising with governmental authorities, other national/international institutions and


• Good knowledge of project formulation, administration and evaluation techniques and practices;

• Good level of computer literacy, including database applications;

• Ability to supervise staff and coordinate administrative activities;

• Working experience in the region is an asset.


Fluency in English is required.

Desirable Competencies:


• Accountability – takes responsibility for action and manages constructive criticisms;

• Client Orientation – works effectively well with client and stakeholders;

• Continuous Learning – promotes continuous learning for self and others;

• Communication – listens and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience;

• Creativity and Initiative – actively seeks new ways of improving programmes or services;

• Leadership and Negotiation – develops effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders;

• Performance Management – identify ways and implement actions to improve performance of self and others;

• Planning and Organizing - plans work, anticipates risks, and sets goals within area of responsibility;

• Professionalism - displays mastery of subject matter;

• Teamwork – contributes to a collegial team environment; incorporates gender related needs, perspectives, concerns and promotes equal gender participation;

• Technological Awareness - displays awareness of relevant technological solutions;

• Resource Mobilization - works with internal and external stakeholders to meet resource needs of IOM.


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.

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 20 February 2017 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

For further information, please refer to:

In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM only accepts online profiles duly completed.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. You can track the progress of your application on your personal application page in the IOM e-recruitment system.


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