Programme Officer

International Organization for Migration, Kigali, Rwanda

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
31st July, 2018

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 environment. Applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged. For the purpose of the vacancy, the following candidates are considered as first-tier candidates:

  • Internal candidates
  • Qualified applicants from the following NMS countries:

Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Cabo Verde, Czech Republic, Djibouti, Fiji, Micronesia (Federated States of), Gabon, Guyana, Iceland, Comoros, Lesotho, Libya, Montenegro, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Malawi, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Seychelles, Slovenia, Suriname, Swaziland, Timor-Leste, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Vanuatu, Samoa


Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission and in coordination with the Regional Thematic Specialist (Migrant Assistance) at RO Nairobi the successful candidate will be responsible and accountable for the implementation, oversight and effective coordination of IOM’s Counter-Trafficking (CT) activities in Rwanda and will serve as IOM's principal interlocutor with relevant stakeholders.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  • Manage the overall implementation of Counter-trafficking projects in a timely manner, being responsible for the financial, administrative and technical oversight of the projects, in line with IOM's policies, practices and global standards on counter-trafficking (particularly focusing on the victim centred response) as well as donor’s requirements, guidelines and grant agreement regarding the issue of trafficking in persons.
  • Manage and oversee all CT activities in Rwanda including, Resource Management, implementation, reporting and evaluation of the assigned project. Liaise with the relevant units in IOM Rwanda with regard to programme, finance and administrative activities.
  • Establish and maintain strong partnerships and liaison with Government entities and donors as well as with implementing partners, United Nations (UN) agencies and other stakeholders.
  • Promote dialogue, information-sharing and cooperation among Government and non-governmental actors on IOM's priority areas for cooperation.
  • Coordinate all project activities and participate actively in training development and delivery. Coordinate closely with the donor mission’s in Rwanda, IOM Washington, IOM Regional Office and other Missions as necessary during the project life-cycle.
  • In close collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and Reporting Officer, provide regular updates on the implementation of the project and responsible for the elaboration of interim and final project narrative reports to be submitted to the Donor.
  • In close collaboration with the M&E and Reporting Officer, respond to any queries from IOM or donors regarding proposals, project implementation, reporting and local counter-trafficking context and manage remote and on-site monitoring by donor during project period.
  • Develop supplementary projects in areas that complement the current CT and related activities.
  • Collect and report critical information related to counter-trafficking activities/stakeholders or existing plans in Rwanda.
  • Supervise project staff as well as consultants recruited to support and/or undertake specific activities.
  • Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Political or Social Sciences, Law, International Relations 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 with a Government, UN agency, or a regional or international organization in the domain of humanitarian response especially human trafficking;
  • Demonstrated experience in development, implementation, analysis and evaluation of humanitarian, development, and counter trafficking management programmes;
  • Demonstrated experience in programme management including budget planning and monitoring and evaluation;
  • Previous experience as a team leader;
  • Experience with staff management.

Languages: Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of French is an advantage.

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.


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