Project Manager
Yaoundé, Cameroon
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Position Title : Project Manager

Duty Station : Yaoundé, Cameroon

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

Closing Date : 18 September 2020

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

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; Botswana; 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; Luxembourg; Marshall Islands;
  • Micronesia (Federated States of); Montenegro; Namibia; Nauru; Palau; 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.

    Context :

    The European Union (EU)-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration in Africa (EU-IOM Joint Initiative) supports the efforts of African partner countries along the Central Mediterranean migration routes to strengthen migration governance and respond to urgent protection needs of migrants.

    Implemented in 13 countries in Sahel and Lake Chad (Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and The Gambia) , it aims to protect the security, dignity and rights of migrants along this important and dangerous migration route and to help in improving the reintegration of returnees through an innovative approach.

    This will be achieved through different types of interventions including protection and assistance to vulnerable and stranded migrants, assistance for voluntary return, support for sustainable reintegration in the communities of origin, the dissemination of accurate information on migration to migrants, potential migrants and communities, and the collection of data on migration flows.

    The Initiative will aim to strengthen the technical and material capacities of authorities and organizations involved in these areas so that they can ultimately take over the policies and programmes related to the protection and reintegration of migrants developed and / or strengthened in the region, with a view to improving the governance of migration in the region.

    Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) in Cameroon, the successful candidate will be responsible for managing, coordinating and implementing reintegration schemes and other Joint Initiative components such as Protection and MHPSS and Assistance upon arrival.

    S / he will be responsible for overseeing and implementing the Action, and monitoring and evaluating migrants’ reintegration assistance for IOM / Cameroon.

    Core Functions / Responsibilities :

    Monitor the operational, administrative and budgetary activities of the Joint Initiative portfolio, as well supervise IOM Caseworkers, Operations assistants, reintegration assistants and reintegration and / or protection partners.

  • Authorize expenses, maintain project expenditure in accordance with relevant rules, regulations and procedures; participate in the recruitment and training of local and international staff;
  • assign, control and evaluate work.

    Review, assess and exchange information on the Joint Initiative Reintegration activities, respond to queries and requests for information.

    Prepare regular and special reports, briefings, presentations, and background information, including status, statistical and other types of reports requested by the donor, RO / HQ, the Government and other relevant entities.

    Ensure the implementation of Joint Initiative programme and reintegration operations as well as internal and external evaluations, in coordination with Resource Management and Procurement colleagues.

    Provide advice and information for problem resolution, analyze operational procedures and project effectiveness and recommend improvements.

    Ensure that SoPs are followed and adhered to.

    Support and provide technical inputs and advice for the establishment of national reintegration schemes in coordination with national counterparts (government, civil society, etc.

    and establish a sound case management system in compliance with IOM standards of assistance in coordination with IOM RO Dakar.

    Provide advice and technical support for the development, enhancement and implementation of national standard operating procedures (SoPs) related to return operations, Protection and reintegration.

    Ensure the mainstreaming of protection, Mental Health and Psychosocial support into return operations and movements, and reintegration activities by promoting and providing advice on the provision of adequate assistance for vulnerable categories of migrants, such as victims of trafficking, unaccompanied migrants and migrants with psychosocial and / or physical health concerns.

    Provide technical advice, capacity building support and guidance to implementing partners and Government counterparts on Protection and Reintegration when needed.

    Assess training needs on reintegration including psychosocial dimension and / or protection issues, and the need for capacity building among local authorities, local NGOs, international NGOs, and other stakeholders.

    Oversee appropriate data management of beneficiaries, including ensuring case data is entered into MiMOSA and IOM databases and proper filing in accordance with IOM Data Protection Principles.

    Manage the use of resources in accordance with IOM internal rules and regulations, ensure budget monitoring and update project planning expenditures.

    Develop project concepts / proposals and resource mobilization initiatives related to reintegration.

    Identify synergies with other reintegration projects in order to consistently provide comprehensive assistance to migrants in their voluntary return.

    Establish and maintain effective working relations with national and state authorities, programme partners, civil society, the international community and donors to coordinate the delivery of reintegration support, resolve issues, develop new activities, maximize project performance, and maintain visibility of activities.

    Undertake duty travel as requested.

    Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

    Required Qualifications and Experience :


  • Master’s degree in International Development Studies, Economics, Social Studies, International Relations, International Law, 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

  • Professional experience in managing crisis response, recovery and development projects and managing staff;
  • Experience with handling confidential data.
  • Professional experience in assisted voluntary return and reintegration, community reintegration or similar direct assistance work.
  • Experience working with specialized international agencies (UN agencies, international organizations, and international NGOs).
  • Prior work experience with IOM is an asset

  • Experience in protection including, but not limited to, child protection, counter-trafficking preferred.
  • Experience in project management and monitoring and evaluation an asset.
  • Experience working effectively with local authorities, stakeholders, beneficiaries, and the broader community to advance country office or regional objectives as an asset;
  • Prior work experience in the region and understanding of region issues and trends is an advantage.
  • Skills

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills as well as strong strategic and creative thinking;
  • Efficiency, flexibility, high level of professionalism and ability to work under pressure and adhere to strict deadlines;
  • Strong knowledge in report writing.
  • Languages

    IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish.

    For this position, fluency in English and French is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Spanish and / or local language is an advantage.

    Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and / or oral assessments.


    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.

    Competencies will be assessed during a competency-based interview.

    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.

    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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