IOM Senior Project Assistant - Labour Mobility and Human Development - Jobs in Uganda

IOM Senior Project Assistant - Labour Mobility and Human Development - Jobs in Uganda


  • The Labour Mobility and Human Development Division is responsible for providing policy, regulatory and operational guidance in matters related to labour and human mobility facilitation, integration and social cohesion, and migration as an enabler of sustainable development in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

  • It is also the custodian of the IOM Institutional Strategy on Migration and Sustainable Development.

  • It also supports the implementation of programmes to help creating an environment in which migrants can support their societies and develop their individual and collective potential in order to contribute to sustainable development and poverty reduction for the benefit of migrants, their families and communities, and of the countries of origin and destination.

    Core Functions / Responsibilities

  • Provide specialized support to the LHD PM in the overall implementation of the GFEMS project and the other initiatives related to remittances and diaspora engagement in a timely manner, in carrying out its technical, financial, administrative aspects, in compliance with IOM’s policies and donor requirements.

  • Liaise with government institutions and other UN agencies and technical partners on issues pertaining to labour mobility and human development and maintain positive collaborative and working relations. Effectively communicate and follow up with appropriate partners as required.

  • Coordinate the knowledge management aspects of the unit and facilitate information sharing on LHD unit activities with stakeholders.

  • Assist in preparing periodic narrative progress, field, interim and final reports for the LHD projects based on IOM and donor formats, in close coordination with the relevant colleagues and endorsed by Chief of Mission before submission.

  • Act as the unit focal point in the Social Protection Development Partners Working Group and keep the LHD PM update on the key strategic development of the working.

  • Participate in the preparation and development of concept notes, project proposals and corresponding budgets.

  • Draft talking point, speeches, press releases and position papers pertaining to LHD activities in Uganda.

  • Conduct field and desk research of local context on LHD issues and prepare background information to support the development of new project proposals.

  • Maintain effective professional relationships with stakeholders (government, civil society, Employers’ Associations, trade union and private sector) and IOM.

  • Contribute to the LHD Unit fundraising efforts, related to labour migration governance, to secure sustainability of projects and initiatives under this area.

  • Facilitate inter-agency coordination meetings on border management issues and participate in relevant conferences, workshops, steering committees, policy, and technical working groups, as well as other forums to ensure proper coordination and presentation of LHD activities.

  • Regularly communicate with the LHD PM and internal units to ensure proper coordination and timely follow-up on all activities and requests.

  • Coordinate the unit’s procurement of various equipment / supplies / services, etc. and prepare the relevant project purchase requisitions in compliance with IOM’s Procurement policies and

  • Coach and guide junior colleagues and interns

  • Undertake duty travel as requested.

  • Perform such other duties as may be assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Social/Political Sciences, International Relations, Business administration or a related field from an accredited academic institution with four (4) years of relevant professional experience.


  • Completed High school Diploma from an academic accredited institution with six (6) years of relevant professional experience.


  • Experience in coordination and liaising with governmental authorities and local communities, as well as national institutions essential;

  • Experience in liaison with UN and non-UN humanitarian actors;

  • Experience in working in a challenging environment, project management, logistics and administrative and financial management an advantage;

  • Experience in one of the organizations of the UN Common System and field experience are a distinct advantage;

  • Broad LHD Sector knowledge and/or field experience in the areas of humanitarian action or the development field is an asset;

  • Excellent handling of sensitivities, socio-cultural, political issues and high sense of tact and diplomacy skills.


  • Fluency in English and working knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage.

    Required Competencies


  • 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

    The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate the following behavioral competencies:

  • Accountability- Takes ownership for achieving the organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delighted work.

  • Communication – Encourages and contributes to clear and open communication. Explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.

  • Teamwork – Develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.

  • Delivering results – produces and delivers quality services 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.

    How to Apply:

  • Interested applicants may send their applications to no later than 08th January 2021. Reference Number and Position Title (VN/UG/012/2020 – Senior Project Assistant (Labour Mobility and Human Development) should be specified in the SUBJECT field.

  • Applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged.

  • Only short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview.

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