Programme Coordinator (Joint Labour Migration Programme (African Union))

Closing date:

Position Title : Programme Coordinator (Joint Labour Migration Programme

(African Union))

Duty Station : Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P4

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

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 27 January 2022

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. External female candidates:
  3. Candidate from the following non-represented member states:

Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba (Netherlands); Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Congo (the); Cook Islands; Cuba; Curaçao; Fiji; 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 of IOM and female candidates.


Adopted in 2015 by African Union (AU) Member States, the AU/ILO/IOM/UNECA Joint Programme on Labour Migration Governance for Development and Integration in Africa (JLMP) is a long-term joint undertaking among the four organizations in coordination with other relevant partners operating in Africa, including development cooperation actors, private sector organizations and civil society representatives. The objective of the JLMP is to contribute to strengthening effective governance, and regulation of labour migration and mobility, for enhanced sustainable development, for inclusive economic growth and regional integration of the African Continent. It is the programme dedicated to the implementation of the 5th Key

Priority Area of the Declaration and Plan of Action on Employment, Poverty Eradication and Inclusive Development which was adopted by the Assembly of Heads of States and Governments (AU/Assembly/AU/20(XXIV)/Annex 3, January 2015) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as well as labour mobility components of the Migration Policy Framework (MPFA) and Plan of Action for Africa (2018-2030).

The JLMP objective is implemented through several interventions led by the AU, notably: the JLMP Priority (2018-2021) and the JLMP Action (2021-2024) projects. In 2020, after five years of the implementation of the JLMP, the AU, in collaboration with JLMP Implementing Partners (ILO and IOM), adopted the JLMP Strategic Framework and Monitoring and Evaluation Plan for the JLMP (2020-2030). The JLMP Strategic Framework provides a 10-year-strategic vision while consolidating results of the implementation of the first five-years’ period of the JLMP. Its implementation strategy continues to focus on intra-African labour migration management, while addressing emerging issues related to African migrant workers to other regions to ultimately support African migrant workers and their families to live satisfied and dignified lives and contribute to Africa’s development. The sustainability of JLMP interventions hinges on close collaboration among the AU, ILO, IOM and ECA, in cooperation with Regional Economic Communities (RECs), AU Member States and relevant stakeholders, to support activities at national level aiming to enhance the adoption and implementation of gender responsive legal instruments and promote binding commitments to ongoing actions. The African Union Commission (AUC) hosts the JLMP Programme Support Unit (PSU) within the Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development. The PSU is the JLMP’s Secretariat to support programmatic and technical coordination and coherence, and quality assurance of the JLMP, under the leadership of the Program Coordinator.

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Special Liaison Office, and Chief of Mission and technical supervision of AUC Director of Social Affairs, the successful candidate will coordinate the implementation of the JLMP.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Facilitate joint implementation processes between AUC-ILO-IOM and UNECA by clearly defining roles and responsibilities through joint operational arrangements.
  2. Recruit experts for the Program Support Unit at AUC by preparing job description/Tors for the staffs to be in place and organize proper induction and orientation for the new staff, ensuring linkage with other ongoing related AUC’s initiatives. Also, familiarize new staff with AUC partners /donors to maintain existing good partnerships.
  3. Facilitate training on Labour Migration to the new staffs at the project support unit and other staff from other AUC Departments and participate as a resource person in training seminars and workshops.
  4. Participate in advisory missions, including providing technical and administrative support, guidance and assistance to Labour Migration Advisory Committee to identify and document good practices, lessons learned and relevant experiences for sharing through all relevant means for coordination and coherence with AUC policy frameworks.
  5. Provide technical guidance in designing, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of project activities at national and regional levels and contribute to periodic and ad hoc reports on the status of project implementation, including participating in regular briefings with relevant parties.
  6. Represent the AUC, prepare and present reports to AUC and AU policy organs, and provide technical elements for AUC documents.
  7. Develop terms of reference and supervise external collaborators and service providers and provide technical advice and guidance to key stakeholders at all levels on JLMP towards regional and continental policy and operations coherence.
  8. Identify areas for collaboration, and facilitation of cooperation on specific initiatives with other regions in the world, with Europe and Gulf Cooperation Council to promote information exchange and capacity building.
  9. Support the project through negotiation of multilateral or bilateral (where relevant) Labour migration and mobility agreements which can be implemented by the Member States and RECs.
  10. Conduct advocacy activities towards Member States for ratification of key international instruments regulating Labour migration management.
  11. Promote Labour migration knowledge through the Intra-African Technical Cooperation Platform in alignment with the AUC approach.
  12. Coordinate with the AUC relevant directorates, services, and African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) for resource mobilization as required for the implementation of the project and of the JLMP.
  13. Liaise closely with JLMP implementing partners to identify entry points for, and facilitate their comprehensive support to (i.e. over and beyond their engagement through the JLMP), improving labour migration governance for development and integration in Africa in general and the operationalization of the JLMP Strategic Framework and Monitoring and Evaluation Plan for the JLMP (2020-2030) in particular.
  14. Facilitate organization of and participate in continental and interregional meetings on Labour migration, including tripartite meetings, in close collaboration with Member States, RECs, and continental and regional social partners’ organizations such as Business Africa, Organisation of African Trade Union Unity (OATUU) and International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) Africa, the diaspora.
  15. Perform other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s Degree in Labour Economics, Law, Management, Social Sciences or in Public Administration Management or a related field from an accredited academic institution with seven years of relevant professional experience; or

• University degree in the above fields with nine years of relevant professional experience.


• Proven experience in Labour, employment, and social protection policies at continental level, coordinating with the AU RECs, coordinating continental policy frameworks, monitoring and evaluation.

• Familiarity with AUC, IOM and ILO policies and procedures.

• Proven knowledge of and experience with AU policy organs relevant to the monitoring of the project.

• Experience in working with the AU, RECs, IOM, ECA, ILO and EU on the fields of labour, employment, social protection, labour migration and labour market information systems.

• Working experience and collaboration with continental and regional social partners’

organizations (Business Africa, OATUU and ITUC Africa).


• Capacity to initiate and implement technical cooperation programmes and activities with IOM, ECA, EU, ILO, and other relevant international partners.

• Capacity to provide technical advice in labour, employment and labour migration, labour market information systems, as well as on AU Policy Organs relevant for the project implementation, policy oversight and monitoring (Specialized Technical Committee on Social Development, Labour and Employment, Executive Council, Assembly of Heads of States and Government, Pan African parliament, etc.).

• Knowledge of, and ability to perform a variety of conceptual analyses in the field of the project.

• Problem solving capability.

• Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing in both English and French.

• Ability to prepare high quality and technically sound reports.

• Knowledge of UN Joint and bilateral donor programming.

• M&E, follow-up on employment, labour, and social protection policy frameworks, including MS, RECs and international partners.

• Ability to work in a multicultural environment.

• Computer competencies: (Microsoft Word, Power point, Excel, etc.).


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 other African Union Commission working languages or working knowledge of any 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.


1 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 3

• 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 3

• 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. Subject to certain exemptions, vaccination against COVID-19 will in principle be required for individuals hired on or after 15 November 2021. This will be verified as part of the medical clearance process.

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 27 January 2022 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.

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