Project Officer (Immigration and Border Management)

Position Title: Project Officer (Immigration and Border Management)

Duty Station: Algiers, Algeria

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P2

Type of Appointment: Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 25 August 2021

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:

  1. Internal candidates
  2. Candidates from the following non-represented member states:

Antigua and Barbuda; Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Cook Islands; Cuba; Fiji; Gabon; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Libya; 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.


Under the overall guidance of the IOM Algeria Chief of Mission, direct supervision of the Head of Programmes, and in coordination with IBM and Migrant Protection and Assistance Division (MPA) Regional Thematic Specialists (RTS) and departments at Headquarters (HQ), the successful candidate will be responsible for the coordination and implementation of the Country office’s Immigration and Border Management activities, including compliance to administrative and programmatic procedures and reporting.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Provide technical information and guidance on migration management, specifically counter-migrant smuggling and counter-trafficking, including capacity building, training, and general support to the Country Office
  2. Contribute to the development and coordinate the implementation of the Country office Immigration and border management portfolio.
  3. Provide technical support, monitor and supervise the implementation of IBM projects; supervise staff, checking that appropriate structures, effective communication channels and internal processes are in place for the transparent and smooth implementation of activities in line with IOM rules and regulations.
  4. Support coordination and effective communication with relevant regional thematic specialists (IBM and MPA) and HQ Department of Immigration and Border Management with the aim of ensuring up to date institutional coherence of local IBM programming and promoting regular exchange of good practices.
  5. In close coordination with the national Policy and Liaison Officer, liaise with government ministries, local authorities, academic and private sectors, implementing partners, UN agencies and other stakeholders at the technical level to encourage dialogue, information- sharing and cooperation among government and non-governmental actors.
  6. In close coordination with the Head of Programmes, research and recommend programming priorities in the area of migration management, with a focus on immigration and border management, and contribute to the development of an IBM strategy in close consultation with concerned Governments and the IOM missions and Regional Offices.
  7. Contribute to the development of project proposals and corresponding financial requirements within the relevant thematic areas; monitor and coordinate reporting obligations according to IOM, donor procedures and timetables; provide information on embedding feasible risk mitigation measures in project development processes in close cooperation with the Project Support Unit, and coordinate the review, endorsement and submission of proposals, as necessary.
  8. Draft unit progress reports, briefing notes and concept papers on key thematic areas to support the Unit’s engagement with relevant stakeholders and dissemination of key findings to inform programmatic decisions and institutional processes.
  9. Participate in the development and delivery of quality thematic training/workshops to government and partners as required.
  10. In coordination with the programme team, participate in information management on programme related activities, including project awareness raising and visibility, regular updates, summaries, press releases and other relevant materials, in close coordination with the donor and IOM’s Public Information Department.
  11. Participate in IBM conferences, workshops and meetings related to the thematic area of expertise as required.
  12. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Political Science, Social Science, Statistics, Evaluation development, Management, Migration Studies or a related field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience; or

• University degree in the above field with four years of relevant professional experience.


• Experience in the field of migration governance and immigration and border management in particular. Prior experience in the field of counter migrant smuggling or counter-trafficking a distinct advantage;

• Experience in liaising with governmental authorities, national/international institutions and NGOs on matters related to migration issues and overall work and mandate of IOM is desirable;

• Experience working in the development, policing, security sector and/or humanitarian fields;

• Experience in human rights and migrant protection a distinct advantage;

• Experience in working on or in the MENA region an advantage;

• Experience developing training material and developing trainings an advantage; and,

• Experience in programme implementation and administrative and financial support, particularly in the fields of migration and technical cooperation.


• Good written and oral communication skills, effective in representation and liaison with external parties (required);

• Ability to organize work, work independently and prioritize work under pressure, coordinate multiple tasks and maintain attention to detail (required);

• Good interpersonal and problem-solving skills (required);

• Flexibility in working overtime when needed (required);

• Computer literacy (Microsoft Word and Excel) (required);

• Willing to collaborate with and support people from different ethnic groups and different religions (required).


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

External applicants for all positions in the Professional category are required to be proficient in English and have at least a working knowledge of one additional UN Language (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese).

For all applicants, fluency in English and French is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Arabic 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.


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 endorsed by the Appointments and Postings Board 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.

How to apply

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 25 August 2021 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

IOM only accepts duly completed applications submitted through the IOM e-Recruitment system. The online tool also allows candidates to track the status of their application. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

For further information please refer to:

Posting period:

From 12.08.2021 to 25.08.2021

No Fees:

IOM does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, processing, training or other fee). IOM does not request any information related to bank accounts.

Requisition: VN 2021 185 Project Officer (Immigration and Border Management) (P2) Algiers, Algeria (57124720) Released

Posting: Posting NC57124721 (57124721) Released

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