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Regional Project Development Officer (P4) Dakar, Senegal CDI

Country: Senegal
Organization: International Organization for Migration
Closing date: 9 Apr 2024

Position Title: Regional Project Development Officer

Duty Station: Dakar, Senegal

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: 09 April 2024

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; Barbados; Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Congo (the); Cook Islands; Dominica; Fiji; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Holy See; Iceland; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Madagascar; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Solomon Islands; Suriname; The Bahamas; Tonga; Tuvalu; Uzbekistan; Vanuatu

Second tier candidates include:

All external candidates, except candidates from non-represented member states of IOM and female candidates.


The IOM Regional Office for West and Central Africa (WCA) in Dakar, Senegal covers and supports 20 Country Offices across the West and Central Africa Region. The key responsibility of the RO WCA is to formulate regional strategies, processes and programmes in line with the overall priorities and policies of the Organization and to provide strategic and programmatic guidance and support to countries within its region. To this end, the Regional Project Development Officer supports to coordinate and facilitate the full range of RO WCA support and institutional quality assurance related to Project Cycle Management (PCM) and Results Based Management (RBM).

Under the overall supervision of the Regional Director (RD) of the Regional Office for West and Central Africa, and under the direct supervision of the Senior Regional Liaison and Policy Advisor and in close coordination with relevant RO Units, the Regional Project Development Officer will carry-out the following duties and responsibilities.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

Project Cycle Management (PCM)

1. Coordinate the Project Development, Project Cycle Management (PCM) and Results Based Management (RBM) by providing capacity building, training, and general support to the Regional Office (RO) and Country Offices (CO) in the Region.

2. Develop and conduct regional and country level trainings on Project Development, Project Management, Reporting, and PRIMA, based on the IOM Project Handbook and RBM principles, in coordination with the Office of Strategy and Organizational Performance in Headquarters.

3. In coordination with the Regional Thematic Specialists (RTSs) and Regional M&E and Risk Officer (ROMERO), provide technical and substantive inputs to COs on project development while ensuring that relevant programmes, projects and strategies are results-based and aligned to IOM global and regional strategies and frameworks.

4. Coordinate and provide advice and guidance for the development of regional project proposals and cross-thematic project ideas, as well as conceive and develop projects in countries where IOM is not present, limited presence or capacity to develop proposals, in close collaboration with RTSs.

5. Evaluate training needs and coordinate training initiatives for the IOM Project Handbook and PRIMA.

6. Provide guidance to COs on inter-agency programme and project development with special reference to the United Nations (UN) and UN Trust Funds.

Institutional Processes

7. Ensure smooth project proposal endorsement and donor report review processes, in collaboration with relevant RTS and/or designated endorser.

8. Coordinate the IOM Development Fund (IDF) processes in the Region.

9. Serve as the Regional Gender Focal Point for the RO on gender mainstreaming in project design and delivery.

10. Ensure the application and use of the Strategic Results Framework (SRF) in projects, in close coordination with the Regional M&E and Risk Officer, so as to ensure Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Global Compact on Migration (GCM), as the foundation for project development.

11. Enhance effective IOM knowledge management at the regional level on project development and reporting, including project development and reporting tracking, data capture and analysis, using existing IOM platforms and tools, in coordination with the Innovation and Knowledge Management Team in Headquarters.

Resource Mobilization

12. Provide advice and guidance to Country Offices with RTSs as relevant on how to match potential donor interests, respond to donor calls for proposals, and to follow through the complete application procedure.

13. Map, track and disseminate information on donor priorities, interests, funding trends and relevant partnership opportunities, in close collaboration with RTSs where cross-thematic priority is evident, in coordination with Resource Mobilization (RMD) and Private Sector Division.

14. Enhance resource mobilization through private sector mapping, engagement and regional coordination, emerging donors and coordinate further donor briefings, outreach and promote diversification of donor funding and partnership engagement in the region.

15. Coordinate with relevant units in HQ to ensure smooth collaboration, knowledge exchange and information flow and act as focal point for project development and reporting related initiatives as and when required.

16. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Political or Social Sciences, Business Administration, International Relations, Law 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.


  • Experience in Project Cycle Management (PCM) and Results Based Management (RBM);
  • Experience in the field of migration issues, including operational and field experience, IOM project development, management and reporting;
  • Experience in liaising with governmental authorities, donors, academia, other national/international institutions and NGOs;
  • Experience of regional issues in the West and Central Africa a distinct advantage; and,
  • Lived experience as a migrant or migration-affected personnel, especially from countries that have large IOM operational footprint.


  • Knowledge on proposal writing;
  • Knowledge on IOM project management;
  • Knowledge on different donor agreements;
  • Knowledge on project cycle; and,
  • Excellent team building skills with a track record in team coordination and building trust.


IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish. All staff members are required to be fluent in one of the three languages.

For this position, fluency in English and French is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Portuguese 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 five values:

  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: Respects and promotes individual and cultural differences. Encourages diversity and inclusion.
  • 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.
  • Courage: Demonstrates willingness to take a stand on issues of importance.
  • Empathy: Shows compassion for others, makes people feel safe, respected and fairly treated.

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 actions 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 leadership and professional potential.
  • Empowering others: Creates an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.
  • Building Trust: Promotes shared values and creates an atmosphere of trust and honesty.
  • Strategic thinking and vision: Works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.
  • Humility: Leads with humility and shows openness to acknowledging own shortcomings.

IOM’s competency framework can be found at this link. df

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 and who do not have prior experience outside the duty station’s country as staff member in the Professional category 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 background verification 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 HERE by 09 April 2024 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 27.03.2024 to 09.04.2024

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 2024 183 Regional Project Development Officer (P4) Dakar, Senegal (58751122) Released

Posting: Posting NC58751123 (58751123) Released

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  • Date d'expiration: 24 avril 2024
  • Emplacement: Dakar, Sénégal
  • Titre d'emploi: Regional Project Development Officer (P4) Dakar, Senegal
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