Costa Rica: Project Manager (Mesoamerica Project)

Organization: International Organization for Migration
Country: Costa Rica
Closing date: 14 Nov 2016

Position Title : Project Manager (Mesoamerica Project)

Duty Station : San Jose, Costa Rica

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P2

Type of Appointment : Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 14 November 2016

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and 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 environment. Applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged. For the purpose of the vacancy, the following candidates are considered as first-tier candidates:

1. Internal candidates

2. Qualified applicants from the following NMS countries:

Antigua and Barbuda, Benin, Bahamas, Botswana, Belize, Congo, Cabo Verde, Djibouti, Micronesia (Federated States of), Gabon, Gambia, Guyana, Iceland, Cambodia, Comoros, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Libya, Montenegro, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Maldives, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Seychelles, Slovenia, Suriname, El Salvador, Swaziland, Timor-Leste, United Republic of Tanzania, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Vanuatu, Samoa


Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) and in coordination with relevant Headquarters (HQs) and Regional Office (RO) units and in collaboration with COMs in countries where the programme operates, the successful candidate will be responsible for the coordination and overseeing to the Mesoamerica Programmes effective implementation (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama).

The Mesoamerica Programme (Regional Program to Strengthen Capacities to Protect and Assist Vulnerable Migrants in Mesoamerica) builds the capacity of governments and civil society in Central America and Mexico, since 2010, for identification, protection and assistance to vulnerable migrants, especially unaccompanied children, victims of trafficking, and others vulnerable to human rights abuses along the migration route.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Monitor and coordinate effective implementation and overall management of the Mesoamerica Programme in coordination with IOM missions in the region and Regional Office, by overseeing the technical, administrative and financial aspects.

  2. Supervise project staff as well as consultants recruited to support and/or undertake specific activities.

  3. Monitor project progress, specifically aimed at documenting and evaluating results as well as increasing effectiveness and recommending appropriate action.

  4. Observe projects’ compliance with the objectives set in project documents and budgets, M&E frameworks and work plans, and ensure overall compliance with donors’ contractual requirements, interests and expectations.

  5. Ensure processing, endorsement and submissions of project proposals, donor reports, partner agreements (Service Agreements, MoUs, LoAs and other types of contracts) and any other relevant documents, in line with specific internal requirements and procedures.

  6. In close coordination with CoM, provide support for the development of new programs, projects and activities on vulnerable migrants in close coordination with the relevant donors, government counterparts, public and private institutions, and project partners, ensuring compliance with donor interests and requirements.

  7. In close coordination with the COM, participate in donor meetings, briefings, conferences, UN meetings and liaise with donors, governmental partners, project partners, think tanks policy centers at the international and national level on vulnerable migrant’s matters.

  8. Act as focal point for assistance to vulnerable migrants in the mission and coordinate with the

Migrant Assistance Department in HQs.

  1. Review and recommend approval of requests for direct assistance to vulnerable migrants, as well as Assisted Voluntary Returns.

  2. Contribute to the collection, study, and sharing of relevant information/data on victims of trafficking and other vulnerable migrants, for dissemination to colleagues and relevant stakeholders.

  3. Brief the CoM on a regular basis; inform on programme matters and on national and regional current affairs that may have an impact on the work of IOM.

  4. Guide and support capacity building and training activities in the field of protection of vulnerable migrants for government officials and others stakeholders through workshops and seminars.

  5. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Development, Political or Social Sciences, Law 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 working in the development and humanitarian fields;

• Experience in project development and implementation;

• Experience in managing and implementing migrant assistance and counter-trafficking projects;

• Knowledge of human trafficking and vulnerable migrants issues in the Mesoamerica Region;

• Understanding of and experience working with international human rights instruments, tools

and standards with the adaptation and implementation of the same in developing countries;

• Experience liaising with government counterparts, UN agencies and/or non-governmental organizations;

• Excellent writing and organizational skills.


Fluency in English and Spanish is required.


Appointment is subject to funding confirmation.

Desirable Competencies:


• Accountability – takes responsibility for action and manages constructive criticisms;

• Client Orientation – works effectively well with client and stakeholders;

• Continuous Learning – promotes continuous learning for self and others;

• Communication – listens and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience;

• Creativity and Initiative – actively seeks new ways of improving programmes or services;

• Leadership and Negotiation – develops effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders;

• Performance Management – identify ways and implement actions to improve performance of self and others;

• Planning and Organizing – plans work, anticipates risks, and sets goals within area of responsibility;

• Professionalism – displays mastery of subject matter;

• Teamwork – contributes to a collegial team environment; incorporates gender related needs, perspectives, concerns and promotes equal gender participation;

• Technological Awareness – displays awareness of relevant technological solutions;

• Resource Mobilization – works with internal and external stakeholders to meet resource needs of IOM.


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.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances. H

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 14 November 2016 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

For further information, please refer to:

In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM only accepts online profiles duly completed.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. You can track the progress of your application on your personal application page in the IOM e-recruitment system.

Posting period:

From 02.11.2016 to 14.11.2016

Requisition: VN 2016/207 (P) – Project Manager (Mesoamerica Project) (P2)-SanJose,CostaRica

(54871794) Released

Posting: Posting NC54871797 (54871797) Released

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