Project Officer (ICRS)

Country: Nigeria
Organization: International Organization for Migration
Closing date: 3 Sep 2020

Position Title: Project Officer (ICRS)

Duty Station: Maiduguri, Nigeria

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: 03 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 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:

  1. Internal candidates

  2. 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; 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:

In response to requests for support by civilian and military branches of the Government of Nigeria (GoN) to assist their efforts in de-escalating the Boko Haram and ISIS West Africa conflict in the Lake Chad Basin, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is developing an approach building on 3rd Generation Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) concepts. This is also developed in-line with IOM’s long-standing operational assistance to similar processes, including operations in Somalia and Columbia. The current approach features Demobilization, Disassociation, Reintegration and Reconciliation (DDRR) for Boko Haram and ISIS West Africa (BH/ISIS-WA) former associates and victims, including those caught up in related security operations.

This approach capitalizes on IOM’s longstanding operational experience to integrate various

elements of legal, protection, prevention, stabilization, victims’ assistance, and peacebuilding know-how throughout four key pillars of work: (I) Assessment and Context Analysis to inform the development of policies, legal and operational frameworks; (II) ‘Upstream’ Government Support including development and implementation of vetting systems, capacity building for government service providers and direct assistance to transitional facilities working with low risk individuals; (III) Individual Case Management and Referral Services; and (IV) Community-based Peacebuilding, Reconciliation and Reintegration. These four pillars cover the broad areas of work required to establish a scalable system of support for government counterparts, victims of the conflict including communities, as well as those low risk individuals wishing to disengage and disassociate from BH/ISIS-WA and the conflict.

The current IOM DDRR Programme in Nigeria is supporting the Government in its efforts to create legal, policy and operational frameworks which facilitate positive ‘off-ramping’ options for individuals seeking to separate from BH/ISIS-WA. Furthermore, the key to success of the DDRR Programme will be to assist the government of Nigeria (GoN) in designing and implementing a successful reintegration and reconciliation process, that covers both former associates and vulnerable receiving community members. Therefore, IOM is currently developing and implementing its models and technical skills in supporting Government Agencies with individual case management and social cohesion activities. Whilst the initial and completed first step was focused on the reintegration of around 250 low-risk former associates already in the communities, the current focus is now on 600 former associates that have just graduated from Gombe Rehabilitation Centre, and a further 600 that will be graduating in early 2021.

Scope of work:

Under the direct supervision of the Support for Reconciliation and Reintegration (S2R) Senior Project Coordinator, technical supervision of the Regional ICRS Manager, and overall supervision of the DDRR Programme Coordinator, the successful candidate will be responsible for supporting the development and implementation of the Information, Counselling and Referral Services (ICRS) system in Nigeria. S/he will participate in supervising a team of around 40 ICRS staff members, covering the following areas of support: Socioeconomic counselling; Psychosocial support; Outreach; Medical; and Database and profiling. The ICRS team are supporting the Military and Civilian management authorities in Rehabilitation and Transition Centres, and Social Cohesion Platforms in receiving communities throughout the NE of Nigeria.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Support the design, scale up and implementation of the ICRS system to support individual case management for the reintegration of former ISIS WA and Boko Haram low risk associates in Nigeria, eligible for reinsertion programmes in transition centers, and during their return to receiving communities. This ICRS Project will include the following aspects: a) Information: including socio-economic/demographic profiling and the management of a reintegration database (registration and profiling) and information management system including the support in designing and effective implementation of periodic risk assessment protocols; b) Counselling: for programme participants and their host families to address psychosocial needs and be provided with socioeconomic and vocational guidance. c) Referral mechanism: to link former associates with skills training, education and job opportunities based on their backgrounds, ambitions and specific needs. The system will promote effective implementation.

  2. Direct implementation of the ICRS project: with a specific initial target of 1200 low risk male adult BH/ISIS-WA former associates from Gombe Operation Safe Corridor rehabilitation center (600 of them have already graduated and currently in a transition center in Maiduguri), in addition to 600 adult women who were already released and are back in the communities.

  3. Support in the identification, set up and roll out of material, financial and human resource needs: for larger project design and implementation.

  4. Support the S2R Senior Project Coordinator, Regional ICRS Manager and the DDRR Programme Officer in exploring potential ways for IOM to collaborate at field level: with relevant UN agencies and other key implementing partners to address the ICRS systems overall link with community reintegration and reconciliation support.

  5. Support the S2R Senior Project Coordinator and Programme Officer in liaising with relevant Federal and State Government counterparts involved in low risk BH/ISIS-WA former associates’ rehabilitation, reinsertion, reintegration and reconciliation programming, implementation of the National DDRR Action Plan, and capacity building priorities for National and State Government Agencies.

  6. Support the S2R Senior Project Coordinator, Regional ICRS Manager and the DDRR Programme Officer in identifying the links between the ICRS system and the ongoing databases being implemented in screening areas, detention centers and reinsertion facilities.

  7. Assist the S2R Senior Project Coordinator and Regional ICRS Manager in preparing user manuals and conducting trainings as required.

  8. Participate in supervising a large number of field staff and provide backstopping for ICRS administration and finance aspects.

  9. Travel to different field locations as needed.

  10. Perform such other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:

Education

• Master’s degree in International Relations, Management, Development Studies, Planning, Business Administration, or a related field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience; or

• Bachelor’s degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional experience.

Experience

• Reintegration Assistance Programmes: specific management of ICRS programmes is an asset;

• Specific international work experience on DDR programmes, and/or engagement in security sector initiatives will be an advantage;

• Experience in project implementation, Capacity Building, and Information Management projects;

• Experience in Conflict settings;

• Experience in management of multidisciplinary teams and working with individuals from different cultural backgrounds is an asset;

• Experience in developing and maintaining budgetary disciplines across a wide range of grant activities;

• Experience living or working in a developing or transitioning country an asset.

Skills

• Knowledge of the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) protocols and experience working in a phase III (or above) security environment;

• Excellent communication and writing skills with the ability to analyses complex problems and identify and convey clear, rapid solutions;

• Effective resource management skills;

• Strong knowledge and cultural understanding of the region and conversant on regional set up;

• Strong general analytical skills;

• Significant reporting and database experience required, preferably with Microsoft Access.

Languages

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

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

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

Notes

Accredited Universities are the ones listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database

(https://whed.net/home.php).

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.

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 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 03 September 2020 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: www.iom.int/recruitment

Posting period:

From 21.08.2020 to 03.09.2020

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 2020 178 Project Officer (ICRS) (P2) Maiduguri, Nigeria (56578876) Released

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