IOM Programme Manager (MHPSS) Jobs in Nigeria

IOM Programme Manager (MHPSS) Jobs in Nigeria


  • Since the beginning of 2014, north-east Nigeria has witnessed an increase in violence perpetrated by non-State armed groups (NSAGs), causing a major humanitarian crisis. The intensification of attacks has resulted in prolonged insecurity, exacerbating the plight of vulnerable civilians, and triggering waves of forced displacement as well as the violation of human rights.

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has further aggravated the already dire living conditions and the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance in north-east Nigeria rose from 7.9 million at the beginning of 2020 to 8.4 million in 2022. According to IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) Round 40, dated March 2022, the total number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) has increased to nearly 2.2 million.

  • Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) and the direct supervision of the Head of Sub Office & Emergency Coordinator , the direct technical supervision of the Head, Mental Health Psychosocial Response and Intercultural Communication Section, as well as the protection Focal Points in HQ and RO, the successful candidate will be responsible for managing the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS), Protection and Prevention of Counter-Trafficking portfolio as part of IOM’s humanitarian response in north-east and Central Nigeria, in line with the IASC Guidelines on MHPSS in Emergency Settings and the IOM Manual on CB MHPSS in Emergency and Displacement.

    Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  • Manage the overall implementation of the programme on a timely manner.

  • Supervise and monitor technically and administratively the programme team (Mobile Teams, Project Officers, Project Assistants, National coordinators and consultants).

  • Coordinate the promotion of human rights and protection principles and standards or policies ensuring that all internal units, sectors and WG fulfil their responsibilities in mainstreaming protection.

  • Coordinate the implementation and monitoring of IOM programmes and activities ensuring that identified protection needs, including an Age, Gender, and Diversity (AGD) approach, are adequately addressed.

  • Ensure the proper coordination of working groups under IOM’s MHPSS and Protection programme is in place (MHPSS working group, and others as per project scope.

  • Develop curricula for the above, as well as tools to monitor the quality of the interventions including MHPSS/Protection strategy for the Northeast Nigeria

  • Ensure and facilitate close coordination and liaison with all governmental and non-governmental counterparts. In particular:

  • Liaise with national authorities and professionals, including Ministry of Social Affairs, Ministry Women Affairs, Ministry of Health (MoH) and Academic institutions, both at Central and Borno, Adamawa, Kaduna, Nasarawa and Plateau state level;

  • Ensure IOM Nigeria CO’s participation and representation in Mental Health of Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) working group, Protection Sector, GBV subsector, Child protection subsector, Preventing Counter Trafficking Task Force, and other relevant protection related coordination meetings.

  • Administratively supervise and coordinate with the IOM Chair of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC)-Government of Nigeria (GoN) MHPSS Coordination group.

  • Work closely with the Ministry of Public Health in Nigeria to share relevant data also to ensure country’s ownership and an exit strategy.

  • Respond to information requests and coordinate the development of further project proposals based on emerging and identified needs in the psychosocial and protection domain in Nigeria, within and beyond the emergency response as well as durable solutions.

  • Ensure donors visibility including focus on funding and budgetary aspects of the programme.

  • Ensure the integration of cross-cutting issues related to the gender, children, and other vulnerable groups, are considered and mainstreamed in the programme.

  • Undertake frequent duty travel to hardship areas.

  • Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

    Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Psychology, Social, Anthropology Work 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 designing, managing psychosocial, protection and prevention of countertrafficking support programmes in emergency situation and transition and recovery contexts;

  • Experience in providing psychosocial support in emergency situation as well as in mainstreaming psychosocial approach into the response to vulnerable population;

  • Experience
    in a complex humanitarian emergency or post-conflict environment.

  • Experience in facilitating training and developing curricula;

  • Experience in coordination, community-based approaches that are customized to address arange of vulnerabilities across diverse groups to prevent main risk factors such as human trafficking;

  • Experience in clinical supervision of mental health professionals and social workers an asset;

  • Participation to IOM corporate programme in Psychosocial Interventions in Emergency and displacement will be considered an asset; and,

  • Experience of working in the field and familiarity with the region will be advantage.


  • Proficient in MS Office applications and basic knowledge of SPSS;

  • Knowledge of Protection principles and IOM policies and procedures;

  • Knowledge of data driven approaches that guides collective action across local agencies andinstitutions and the priorities of the response in the programme;

  • Commitment to help persons of concern and willingness to cooperate with counterparts;

  • Good analytical skills; and,

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills in a multi-cultural setting.


  • 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). Working knowledge of Arabic is an advantage.

  • Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.

    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.

    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.

    How to apply

  • Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via

  • PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 09 June 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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