Project Assistant at International Organization for Migration (IOM)

International Organization for Migration (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 andnon-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for thebenefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Project Assistant (PxD / AVRR) – G4

SVN No.: SVN2023.124
Location: Abuja
Organizational Unit: Protection – AVRR
IOM Classification: G4
Type of Appointment: Special Short-Term (SST) 6 months with the possibility of extension
Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible


  • Irregular migration along the Central Mediterranean Route (CMR) remains a significant global challenge, with Nigerian citizens seeking economic opportunities in West and Northern Africa. Exploitative practices affect 30% of migrants on the CMR route, necessitating comprehensive reintegration assistance.
  • IOM, in collaboration with various partners, has initiated a protection program to enhance the security, dignity, and rights of migrants and improve returnee reintegration.
  • The broader program areas include protection and assistance to vulnerable migrants, counter-trafficking, voluntary return and reintegration (AVRR), mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS), and facilitating regular migration pathways.
  • The program aims for a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach, fostering synergies and strengthening technical and material capacities for sustainable outcomes.
  • Working under the overall supervision of the Head of Office, Benin City, and technical supervision of the Senior Project Assistant MM/MPA, the Project Assistant will assist in implementing and monitoring AVRR interventions.
  • The focus is on strengthening local actors’ capacities, particularly at the state level, to enhance rehabilitation and reintegration support services.

Core Functions / Responsibilities

  • Provide overall support to the day-to-day implementation of reintegration projects under PxD through rights-based approaches.
  • Offer rehabilitation and reintegration support to returned migrants in coordination with the Senior Project Assistant, including documentation and screening.
  • Facilitate data entry into relevant databases and support data processing and analysis.
  • Support monitoring of reintegration activities and assess the impact of grants and community projects.
  • Undertake duty travel as required.
  • Provide technical and administrative support to state and non-state actors involved in rehabilitation and reintegration assistance.
  • Liaise with relevant stakeholders on partnerships and migrant assistance.
  • Distribute travel allowances and return grants to returning migrants.
  • Contribute to the review of business plan conditions for reintegration programs.
  • Monitor the implementation of activities through field visits to beneficiaries’ business sites.
  • Assist in developing beneficiary profiles and needs assessments, ensuring proper documentation in a database.
  • Collect, prepare, and present information through monitoring reports on reintegration activities.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned.


  • Completed University Degree or High School Diploma with related professional experience.
  • Experience in working with migrants and socio-economic reintegration.
  • Familiarity with programmatic issues related to return, reintegration, and migration management.
  • Knowledge of social development and migration issues.
  • Proficiency in English (oral and written).
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office applications.
  • Strong communication skills (Oral and Written).


  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, including Excel, PowerPoint, Good knowledge of information technology and proficiency in Microsoft Office applications especially Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and SharePoint.
  • Good communication skills (Oral and Written).
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, including Excel, PowerPoint, Good knowledge of information technology and proficiency in Microsoft Office applications especially Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and SharePoint.
  • Ability to independently carry out tasks.
  • Ability to multi-task and to prioritize required

Required Competencies:

  • Inclusion and respect for diversity respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
  • Integrity and transparency: maintain 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 1:

  • Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.
  • Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring, and motivational way.
  • 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.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Cover Letter (not more than one page specifying the motivation for application) addressed to: “Human Resources, International Organization for Migration (IOM)” via : [email protected] using “SVN2023.124 Project Assistant (PxD/AVRR) G4 ABUJA” as the subject of the mail.
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  • Only candidates residing in the country of the duty station and within commuting distance of the duty station will be considered.
  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, confirmation of all documents, and security clearances.
  • Women with the above qualifications are encouraged to apply.
  • In order for the applications to be considered valid, IOM only accepts applications with a cover letter not more than one page specifying the motivation for the application, addressed to Human Resources, International Organization for Migration (IOM), and with a subject line SVN2023.124 Project Assistant (PxD/AVRR) G4 ABUJA.
  • All applications should include a functional email address, mobile numbers, and a detailed curriculum vitae (CV).
  • Please note that this position is open only to Nigerian National applicants, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Application Deadline 17th November, 2023.