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IOM seeks to recruit a project manager (P3) SVN 2018/336 (P) – Nouakchott, Mauritania

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IOM seeks to recruit a project manager (P3) SVN 2018/336 (P) – Nouakchott, Mauritania

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P3

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

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

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 :

  1. Internal candidates ;
  2. Qualified applicants from the following NMS countries :

Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Cook Islands, Cuba, Cabo Verde, Djibouti, Fiji, Micronesia (Federated States of), Gabon, Grenada, Guyana, Iceland, Kiribati, Comoros, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Saint Lucia, Lesotho, Libya, Montenegro, Marshall Islands, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Paraguay, Solomon Islands, Seychelles, Suriname, Sao Tome and Principe, Eswatini, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Vanuatu, Samoa.

Context :

Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission in Mauritania and in coordination with the Regional Office in Dakar, as well as with relevant units at Headquarters (HQs), the successful candidate will be responsible for the management of the activities “Contribuer au renforcement de la gouvernance et de la gestion des migrations et des frontières, et faciliter la protection, le retour et la réintégration durable de migrants en Mauritanie” in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. Furthermore, s/he will be responsible for project development, fundraising, institutional liaison and the promotion of IOM services and strategy in the country.

Core Functions / Responsibilities :

Manage an EU funded joint IBM/AVRR project ensuring adequate administrative and operational measures are in place. Specifically, s/he will :

  1. Coordinate the implementation of capacity building initiatives on border management, assist on the organization of competency-based training needs assessments, help develop training modules, and mainstreaming such training within national border management training programmes ;
  2. Assist in the design of functional and technical specifications for the tender documentation on the construction and refurbishment of border crossing points for the police and the gendarmerie. Oversee the publication and award of the tender and supervise the implementation of the construction process ;
  3. Prepare documentation for the procurement, installation and configuration of equipment and network connectivity ;
  4. Coordinate the completion of a research studies ;
  5. Plan and supervise the implementation of activities to involve border communities ;
  6. Assist in the update of training modules. Support capacity building activities for training departments. Supervise trainings by external experts ;

Coordinate with the AVRR team the voluntary return and reintegration of migrants from :

Mauritania to countries of origin including :

  1. Coordinate under the EUTF the reintegration of migrants from Europe and Africa in Mauritania, including ensuring proper consistency on communication and visibility ;
  2. Under the supervision of the CoM and in coordination with the RTS in Dakar develop and coordinate the reintegration strategy in the country, in liaison with the reintegration unit in the RO Dakar ;
  3. Ensure the highest level of coordination and follow up on the Monitoring and evaluation of all the return and reintegration related aspects in coordination with the M&E officer in the RO Dakar ;
  4. Ensure the proper collection of data on AVRR related matters in coordination with the Information Management Officer in RO Dakar.
  1. Supervise the operational, administrative and budgetary activities of the project and make recommendations for program improvements and streamlining of procedures;
  2. Ensure timely recruitment and training of national and international contractors and consultants relating to the project in accordance with IOM’s procedures and regulations;
  3. Coordinate and supervise the timely collection and analysis of data related to the flows of migrants, the assistance provided, the level of reintegration within the communities of origin ;
  4. Support the M&E effort as a key element in the reporting effort and for the timely adjustment of project activities;
  5. Undertake duty travel, in line with prevailing security restrictions, relating to project assessments, liaison with counterparts, and project implementation, as required;
  6. Produce regular project narrative reports, briefings and background information requested by the Government, donor(s) and other entities, as well as assist in the production of financial reports in accordance with project reporting requirements ;
  7. Develop and contribute to the development of new programmes and activities, in cooperation with the relevant authorities, United Nations (UN) organizations, civil society, media and public/private entities in relation to both internal and international migration;
  8. Support the CoM in the liaison with Government partners, donors, the UN and civil society partners;
  9. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.



Required Qualifications and Experience :

Education :

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 :

  • Experience in project development specifically in public administration, implementation and evaluation, and/or program implementation and management ;
  • Good knowledge of border management, training and capacity building, as well as general migration issues ;
  • Good knowledge of project formulation, administration and evaluation techniques and practices ;
  • Familiarity with financial management ;
  • Excellent analytical skills, including the ability to perform a variety of conceptual analyses required for the development, implementation and evaluation of projects ;
  • Good level of computer literacy, including database applications ;
  • Knowledge of Mauritanian context.


Languages :

Fluency in English and French is required. Working knowledge of Arabic and/or Spanish is an advantage.


Desirable Competencies :

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.


Other :

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 08 January 2019 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.


Posting period :

From 26.12.2018 to 08.01.2019

Requisition : SVN 2018/336 (P) – Project Manager (P3) – Nouakchott, Mauritania (55768273) Released

Posting : Posting NC55768274 (55768274) Released

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