Project Officer (IBM) at International Organization for Migration

Position Title : Project Officer (IBM)

Duty Station : Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P2

Type of Appointment : Special short-term graded, nine months with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 23 February 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. Candidates 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; Latvia; Libya; Luxembourg; Madagascar; 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.


Established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is a related Organization of the United Nations (UN), and as the leading UN agency in the field of migration, works closely with governmental, intergovernmental, and non-government partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to government and migrants.

Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM), IOM Laos and in coordination with the Immigration and Border Management (IBM) Unit at Regional Office of Asia Pacific (ROAP), the successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating and implementing IBM projects in Lao People’s Republic Democratic (PDR).

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Coordinate and supervise the implementation of IBM projects at Lao PDR.
  2. Supervise, monitor, and guide IBM project team staff in implementing activities, including reporting, monitoring and evaluation.
  3. Provide technical assistance to IBM project activities in Lao PDR and the region, including medium- and longer-term planning in coordination with CoM, ROAP, Headquarters (HQ) and external/national experts and in compliance with IOM quality standards, rules and procedures.
  4. In consultation with CoM, work as an IBM focal point for the Country Office (CO) and be responsible for interfacing, as appropriate, with stakeholders, UN Country Team (UNCT), including providing technical assistance to national and regional level policy processes, such as country strategy, UN Results Group, national policies, and Global Compact of Migration (GCM), among others.
  5. Maintain relations with relevant governmental counterparts and other strategic partners and/or counterparts, including the UNCT, development partners, and donor community, on border management needs and priorities in Lao PDR. Participate in border management-related technical-level inter-agency meetings within UNCT and relevant coordination meetings in the country as required and authorized CoM.
  6. In coordination with CoM and other relevant colleagues, contribute to resource mobilization efforts by providing technical inputs for the development of programmes and project proposals in the thematic area of IBM and Humanitarian Border Management, in line with IOM’s global IBM strategies and guidance, and document possible cross-thematic synergies and opportunities. A specific focus should also be placed on Covid-19 response and Points of Entry (PoE) work.
  7. Provide information and analyses to the CoM and relevant stakeholders on issues pertaining to immigration and border management in Lao PDR and closely engage and coordinate with other units on aspects related to multisectoral programming and interventions at PoE.
  8. Exercise quality control over procedures and documents and ensure proper follow-up, as necessary.
  9. Serve as a resource on IBM. Draft documents and brief CoM and ROAP on immigration and border management related topics, including contributing to the development of reports, presentations, talking points, and briefings concerning project activities implemented.
  10. Draft various project documents to support donor, UNCT, and IOM requirements, including monthly/interim reports, final reports, concept notes, Note for Files, activity updates, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), and other reports.
  11. Work to expand the technical capacities of government counterparts including Immigration Lao PDR to check and verify travel documents and identities, including the contribution to the Document Examination Support Center (DESC) initiative coordinated by ROAP and its DESC-related activities in Lao PDR
  12. Under the authority of CoM, participate in relevant conferences, workshops, trainings, and seminars.
  13. Undertake duty travels relating to project implementation, liaison with counterparts, and the exchange of information as required.
  14. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Political or Social Sciences, International Law, International Studies, Security Studies, Immigration and Border Management or a related field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience; or

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


• Experience in project management, report writing and project development and implementation;

• Experience of running large IBM projects and programmes, delivering IBM-related training/workshops to Government officials desirable;

• Effective resource management skills, financial management;

• Experience and knowledge in immigration, border management or a related field;

• Experience in liaising with Government authorities, other national /international institutions, and donor agencies and civil society organizations;

• Experience in the Asia Pacific region a distinct advantage.


• Effectively interfaces with government officials of appropriate level on matters related to substantive migration (Immigration and Border Management (IBM)) issues and the work of IOM;

• Effectively applies knowledge of migration (IBM) issues within organizational context;

• Good knowledge of capacity building techniques;

• Excellent organization skills;

• Analytical and creative thinking;

• Understanding of how to apply risk management and conflict sensitivity in insecure, conflict-affected areas.


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 is required (oral and written). Fluency in Lao 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 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 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 23 February 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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Posting period:

From 10.02.2022 to 23.02.2022

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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