Project Development and Donor Liaison Officer at IOM

  • Company: IOM
  • Location: Ghana
  • State: Accra
  • Job type: Full-Time

Job Description

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 direct supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) in Ghana (resident), Togo and Benin and in close coordination with Project/Programme Managers (PMs), the successful candidate will be responsible for managing, coordinating and providing support to the Country Office (CO) including Benin and Togo on donor liaison, project development and reporting activities.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Manage and coordinate the Project Development, Project Cycle Management (PCM) and Results Based Management (RBM) activities of the CO, develop and implement Capacity Building, training, and advice to project managers on project development, monitoring, donor liaison and reporting requirements. Develop and conduct country level trainings on Project Development, Project Management based on the IOM Project Handbook and RBM principles.
  2. Provide advice on and coordinate the development of project proposals and cross-thematic project ideas, in collaboration with the PMs , RMO, and RTS’s in the regional office in Dakar to ensure that relevant programmes, projects and strategies are results-based and aligned to IOM global and regional, country strategies and frameworks.
  3. Prepare or coordinate the preparation of donor reports and ensure timely submission of reports to donors, in collaboration with relevant RTS.
  4. Establish and maintain strong and regular liaison with relevant authorities, donors, United Nations (UN) agencies, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders aiming at coordinating and promoting new activities and facilitating fund raising for new projects/programmes.
  5. Represent IOM at donor, working group meetings, briefings and seminars, and liaise with donors and project partners.
  6. Develop and enhance effective IOM knowledge management at the country level, including project tracking, data capture, analysis, monitoring and evaluation, and information sharing.
  7. Provide advice and expert guidance to field missions in Ghana, Togo, and Benin on how to match potential donor interests, and lead the response to donor calls for proposals, and ensure the complete application procedure.
  8. Ensure the mapping, tracking and dissemination of information on donor priorities, interests, funding trends and relevant opportunities, in collaboration with RTS’s.
  9. Develop, advise on and ensure the delivery of capacity building initiatives to Implementing partners. Assess partners’ capacities during the selection processes. Develop and implement Monitoring tools for partners to closely monitor their activities in the field. Review and approve implementing partner narrative reports.
  10. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Political or Social Science, International Relations, Economic Development, Humanitarian affairs, Project Management 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 in project development and project management, humanitarian and migration-related activities, complex project implementation, budget drafting, research, report writing, liaison with governments, donors and international agencies;

• Experience with project planning, scheduling and deployment of resources, and evaluation and assessment.


• Excellent communication, writing and organizational skills; ability to prepare clear and concise reports; knowledge of monitoring and evaluation;

• Strong analytical, planning and people management skills; and the ability to establish working relationships with governmental authorities, other national/international institutions, and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs);

• Ability to supervise and train support staff; ability to work effectively and harmoniously with colleagues from varied cultures and professional backgrounds;

• Ability to work with accuracy under constraints and pressure; to deal patiently and tactfully with staff members and others and to have high sense of confidentiality, initiative, and good judgment;

• Personal commitment, efficiency, flexibility, drive for results, creative thinking;

• Good level of computer literacy, including database applications.


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 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.


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.

Method of Application

Submit your CV and Application on Company Website : Click Here

Closing Date : 12 August. 2024

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