Head of Sub-Office

IOM , Mauritania

Skill Required:, HR and AdminMonitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
1st April, 2020

Job Description

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 www.iom.int/diversity.

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:

Internal candidates

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 International Organization for Migration (IOM) is an intergovernmental organization created in 1951 which occupies a leading position on the migratory scene. Composed of 166-member states, plus eight other states with observer status, IOM has offices in more than 100 countries. IOM works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non- governmental partners to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people. Since September 2016, IOM has become the United Nations migration agency. IOM has been present in Mauritania since 2006 and currently has its main office in Nouakchott and sub-offices in Bassikonou, Selibabi and Nouadhibou.

Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission in Mauritania, and in coordination with relevant units within IOM Mauritania, the successful candidate will be in charge of coordinating all activities implemented by IOM in Nouadhibou with a particular focus on activities of protection and assistance to stranded migrants.

S/he will provide all necessary support and supervision for the effective and timely implementation of activities in the city of Nouadhibou.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  • Supervise a small team of project assistants in charge of the provision of direct assistance and protection services to migrants stranded in the city of Nouadhibou.
  • Provide training to newly recruited colleagues with focus on providing specific case work guidance and ensuring same assistance and protection standards of IOM Mauritania are implemented in Nouadhibou.
  • Liaise with the authorities of the city for the smooth running of all activities, especially those concerning departure and assistance to migrants and those concerning data collection operations run by IOM.
  • Work to further deepen the partnership with the public health sector in line with a programme strategy aimed at referring migrants to public hospitals for medical support.
  • Liaise with relevant UN agencies (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR, etc.)) and all civil society actors present in the city to facilitate coordinated efforts in terms of management of challenges and opportunities presented by mixed migratory flows passing through the city of Nouadhibou.
  • Support the management of the IOM Development Fund project: “Enhancement of migration governance in Mauritania, in the full respect of international rights".
  • Supervise the budget and administrative management of Nouadhibou-based activities.
  • Facilitate visibility of the donor and IOM in implementation of project activities.
  • Ensure regular reporting to IOM Nouakchott through written and verbal reports.
  • Perform such other duties as maybe assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Statistics, Political or Social Sciences, International Affairs 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 working and communicating with local authorities is an advantage;
  • Experience in humanitarian programmes for migrants and capacity-building activities;
  • Demonstrated capacity in project management and budget monitoring, including grants administration;
  • Experience in Disaster Risk Reduction and Integrated Border Management;
  • Ability to manage project assistants and works effectively with authorities, stakeholders, beneficiaries, and the central and local authorities and border communities to advance IOM’s objectives;
  • Experience in liaising with governmental and diplomatic authorities as well as with national and international institutions;
  • Familiarity with financial management and monitoring;
  • Previous related experience in the West African counties is an advantage.


  • Excellent drafting ability and analytical skills, in particular the ability to draft papers of high quality primarily in French;
  • Good knowledge of internal and international migration issues;
  • Excellent analytical skills, including the ability to perform a variety of conceptual analyses required for the development, implementation and evaluation of projects;
  • Good knowledge of project formulation, administration and evaluation techniques and practices;
  • Good documentation skills in donor proposals and narrative reports;
  • Good level of computer literacy.


  • IOM’s official languages are English, French and Spanish.
  • For this position, fluency in French and English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Arabic, local languages 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. https://www.iom.int/sites/default/files/about-iom/iom_revised_competency_framework_external.pdf

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.


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