Senior Immigration and Border Management Specialist (Capacity Development) at International Organization for Migration

Position Title : Senior Immigration and Border Management Specialist (Capacity Development)

Duty Station : Moshi, Tanzania, United Republic of

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 : 21 April 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. External female candidates:
  3. Candidate from the following non-represented member states:

Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba (Netherlands); Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Congo (the); Cook Islands; Cuba; Curaçao; Fiji; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Libya; 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 of IOM and female candidates.


Under the direct supervision of IOM’s African Capacity Building Centre (ACBC) Manager, technical supervision of the Immigration and Border Management Division Head, and under the overall supervision of the IOM Chief of Mission in Tanzania in coordination with the Director of the Department of Programme Support and Migration Management (DPSMM) as the Chair of the ACBC Advisory Board (AB), the Senior Immigration and Border Management Specialist (Capacity Development) will provide expertise, planning and guidance in the development, coordination, and implementation of training initiatives and migration-related solutions for IOM-ACBC in Moshi, Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania. They will have the responsibility for serving as an expert resource for immigration and border management programming in Africa, including legal identity, integrated border management and one-stop border posts, and border management information systems.

Since its creation in 2009, ACBC has gained across Africa and beyond a solid reputation as a Centre of Excellence for technical trainings and capacity development across the migration management spectrum. In line with IOM’s Vision, Strategic Planning for the ACBC as formulated by IOM’s ACBC Advisory Board (AB).

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Analyse and identify selected African governments’ training needs and priorities in the immigration and border management area in consultation with those governments and relevant IOM Country Offices.
  2. Provide expertise, planning and guidance in the development, coordination, and implementation of training initiatives of the IOM-ACBC, in coordination with the Capacity Development Unit of Department of Programme Support and Migration Management (DPSMM), and relevant Immigration and Border Management (IBM) capacity development initiatives.
  3. Develop curricula and training modules including background material, PowerPoint presentations and group exercises, for specialized training of immigration and border management officials from Africa, and supplement this with Train-of- Trainers (TOT) material.
  4. Coordinate internally with other project-specific interventions to maximize the use of training material, as well as access project funding for delivery and development of additional modules.
  5. Institutionalize IOM’s training interventions through the development of branded and organizationally coherent training programmes and contribute to developing the capacities of IOM staff in the thematic area through a combination of formal training and on- the-job mentoring.
  6. Deliver training and provide facilitation at the ACBC or in the requesting Member State.
  7. Identify and develop programming opportunities for ACBC delivery in coordination with IOM Headquarters, Regional, and/or Country Offices.
  8. Act as a thematic resource person providing capacity development in all its forms to Country Offices (COs) in Africa.
  9. Maintain and develop a roster of immigration and border management trainers who can contribute to ACBC capacity development efforts upon request.
  10. Participate in and actively contribute to IOM’s network of Immigration and Border Management Regional Thematic Specialists globally, analyse and share best practices with relevant HQ Divisions and COs.
  11. Represent IOM in Africa by actively participating in conferences, workshops and meetings related to the thematic area of expertise upon request.
  12. Support the development of relations with regional bodies active in promoting effective migration and border management including the Africa Union Commission (AUC) and the relevant Regional Economic Communities in coordination with IOM Special Liaison Office to the African Union, and relevant Regional and Country Offices.
  13. Manage relevant ACBC Projects as designated by the ACBC Manager, including financial management and donor reporting requirements.
  14. Contribute to timely reporting and information requirements of the ACBC including monthly, quarterly, and yearly summary reports.
  15. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Political or Social Sciences, Business Administration, Migration Studies, International Relations and/or Law 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. Alternatively, a higher degree from a border police academy or similar public institution where higher level officers are trained, as long as the combination of theoretical and practical on-the-job training can be considered to be equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree.


• Extensive experience in the field of migration and border management at the operational level, with migration policy development experience an advantage;

• Demonstrated experience training government and other migration management practitioners at operational level, with policy level training experience desirable;

• Experience with other forms of capacity development, such as development of operational tools, curricula and manuals, border and risk assessments, facilitation of inter-state dialogues, mentoring and peer-to-peer learning an advantage;

• Experience of project development and management for the purpose of delivering immigration and border management solutions to government officials;

• Experience in liaising with governmental authorities, and other national/international institutions, with specific experience liaising with African regional institutions desirable; and,

• Experience of migration and border management issues in Africa.


• Expertise in immigration, border management, and law enforcement structures, systems, and processes, with additional knowledge of law enforcement investigation practices an advantage

• Presentation and facilitation skills, with knowledge of diverse training methodologies

• Partnership development, liaison, diplomacy, and negotiation skills

• Organization and planning skills


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 French, Arabic, Portuguese, Swahili, or another language widely used on the African continent is a distinct 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 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 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 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 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 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 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. 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 via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 21 April 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 08.04.2022 to 21.04.2022

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.

Requisition: VN 2022 86 Senior Immigration and Border Management Specialist (Capacity Development) (P4) Moshi, United Republic of Tanzania (57519393) Released

Posting: Posting NC57519394 (57519394) Released

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