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Project Officer Economic Livelihoods and Opportunity Conflict Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire-July 2020

Project Officer Economic Livelihoods and Opportunity Conflict Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

Position Title: Project Officer (Economic Livelihoods and Opportunity Conflict)

Duty Station: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade UG

Type of Appointment: Special short-term ungraded, six months with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 05 August 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.


The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s initiative, “Strengthening Community Resilience and Learning in Côte d’Ivoire’s Border Areas to Counter Violent Extremism (CVE)”, also known as Resilience for Peace (R4P), focuses on preventing the spill-over of VE from the Sahel into Côte d’Ivoire’s northern border areas. The main objectives of this programme are as follows: increase knowledge, learning, and understanding (KLU) of violent extremism (VE) in border communities; reduce socio-pol-economic marginalization and inequality in border areas; and increase positive narratives to counter radicalization and hate speech, particularly for youth women and girls in border areas’.

Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) in Cote D’Ivoire and direct supervision of the Chief of Party (CoP), the successful candidate will provide technical and programmatic leadership to R4P activities aimed at building entrepreneurial knowledge, capacities, and skills of youth and women which will sustain the creation of bridging and bonding social capital, trusting transactional relationships, and collaborative engagement with government authorities.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Support and advise the CoP and other project staff on Objective 2 (Reduce socio-political-economic marginalization and inequality in border areas) activities that contribute to the result (Result 2.4) of promoted innovative economic livelihood opportunities in northern border areas for youth and women.
  2. Provide technical input for the development, coordination, and implementation of complex and diverse sets of interventions to produce the Result 2.4 expected outcomes.
  3. Lead efforts to refine relevant activity methodologies and to provide training and technical assistance to staff and relevant stakeholders on their application.
  4. Contribute to quarterly programme reporting and ensure that other written products related to the relevant activities under Objective 2 are of high quality.
  5. Integrate “Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting” (CLA) and complexity-aware monitoring results into the Result 2.4 technical approach, ensuring that the technical team is continually learning and sharing lessons they have learned, and adapting project activities to these and other changes in the community-level context.
  6. Collaborate closely with the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), programme and grants, and finance and operations teams to ensure that Result 2.4. activities are informed by, and contribute to, other programmatic, M&E, financial and operational considerations.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in International Relations, Economic Development, Business Administration, Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences, International Development, 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.


• Minimum of five years relevant experience in managing project activities and providing strategic input and advice to relevant projects, including work on building entrepreneurial knowledge, capacities, and skills of youth and women and/or creating public-private partnerships;

• Experience with United States Agency for International Development (USAID) rules and regulations and experience working in an international Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) environment highly desirable;

• Familiarity with integrating conflict sensitivity, gender equality and social inclusion, collaborating, learning, and adapting (CLA), countering and preventing violent extremism (P/CVE), and conflict management and mitigation approaches into project activities;

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

• Experience managing staff from diverse environments and backgrounds and in UNDSS phased security areas.


• Outstanding written, editorial, and verbal communication skills;

• Understanding of the political and social contexts in Côte d’Ivoire’s northern border areas;

• Strong supervisory and organizational skills; and

• Strong interpersonal, negotiating, decision making, and problem-solving skills.


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 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

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

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.

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 05 August 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:

Posting period:

From 30.07.2020 to 05.08.2020

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.


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