The nine-year violent conflict across North East Nigeria and bordering areas in Niger, Chad and Cameroon has created a deepening social, political, security and humanitarian crisis that has displaced approximately 2.6 million people and affected some 17 million. In response to requests from Governments in the Lake Chad Region, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) will implement a programme aiming to create the necessary pre-conditions for the identification and reintegration of ‘low-profile’ Boko Haram / ISIS – West Africa detainees, and defecting former combatants, reduce recruitment into armed groups and promote broad reconciliation and stabilization for sustained reintegration.
Against this backdrop, IOM is seeking to recruit a Demobilization, Disassociation, Reintegration and Reconciliation (DDRR) Programme Coordinator to work in conjunction with its Headquarters Team, providing thematic expertise and overall coordination for related programming in the Lake Chad region. The DDRR Programme Coordinator will support the HQ role in providing institutional oversight in the thematic areas of work, and liaison support across its engagement with governments, communities and beneficiaries, with the principal task of directing and coordinating country-level programming efforts, promoting consistency and continuity as part of a regional approach to programming, advising on the design and implementation of programming and acting as the key interlocutor between the donor, regional actors and programme teams at the country level.
Under the overall supervision of the Director, Department of Operations and Emergencies (DOE), and direct supervision of the Head of the Transition and Recovery Division (TRD) in Geneva HQ, the successful candidate will work in close collaboration with relevant Chiefs of Mission, country Programme Managers, and the Regional Emergency and Post-Crisis Specialist (RTS) for West and Central Africa, in order to inaugurate regional programming initiatives and coordinate country-specific efforts related to the implementation of the Demobilization, Disassociation, Reintegration and Reconciliation (DDRR) programme with a focus on Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad.
Core Functions / Responsibilities:
- Contribute to IOM’s Peacebuilding Unit’s advances in DDR, PVE and FTFs, including by supporting strategic engagements with key international and regional stakeholders; the development of guidance and internal and external communications materials related to peacebuilding, and the provision of technical assistance to IOM field missions on DDR, Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) and Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTF) work related to designated/sanctioned violent extremist groups, including transitional justice aspects of conflict resolution in coordination with Land, Property & Reparations (LPR).
- Provide thematic oversight and coordination of IOM’s conflict reduction, reconciliation and reintegration efforts focusing on the Lake Chad Crisis (Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad), and effectively integrating prevention initiatives to reduce violent extremism.
- Provide direction and guidance to in-country Programme Managers in all operational aspects of planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of programme activities, ensuring that organizational and donor policies and procedures are adhered to at all times. In the role of coordinator of DDRR programme efforts, foster consistency and continuity in design and implementation within a regional approach.
- Regularly provide Head of TRD, COMs and RTS updates on critical developments, linking global trends and the political-security context in West Africa; produce recommendations for operational or strategic improvements, with particular attention to risk management and impact.
- Support regular donor outreach and liaison in conjunction with relevant IOM offices focusing on programme development, requests for information, and the compilation and handling of regular programme reporting.
- Develop and foster relationships with relevant international and regional organizations, such as agencies of the United Nations, the African Union, and other stakeholders, and represent IOM at meetings, conferences and other platforms,
- Working closely with TRD, advise programme managers on technical and programmatic approaches with particular attention to risk management, drawing from global practice and internal expertise, as well as the tools, experiences and lessons learned generated from IOM’s other global prevention and reintegration efforts, including in Somalia, Nigeria and Colombia, among others.
- Monitor and ensure regular reviews and assessments of programme performance against programme objectives and targets; identify operational constraints in implementation and ensure that timely and remedial action and course-correction is implemented by programme managers.
- Ensure the integration of conflict sensitivity in programme analysis, planning and implementation.
- Advise and assist IOM country teams in their efforts to engage governments on national and policy levels, as well as support operational activities at the individual and community levels aimed at facilitating the disengagement and reintegration of select former combatants.
- Undertake periodic on-site monitoring and field travel to assess programme performance, risks and opportunities and engage with key programme interlocutors and beneficiaries.
- Perform such other duties as may be assigned.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
- Master’s degree in Law, International Relations, Development Studies and Planning, or a related field 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.
- Operational field experience in programme formulation, implementation and evaluation relating to disengagement and reintegration of ex-combatants, post-conflict community reconciliation and community-based recovery with security-related development undertakings, and transitional justice required;
- Experience facilitating government-led DDR, PVE or transitional justice processes with multiple governmental actors and demonstrating sensitivity to the needs of local ownership;
- Field experience at an international level with specialized international agencies (United Nations Agencies, International Organizations, and International Non-Government Organizations) would be an advantage; international experience in conflict and post-conflict situations required;
- Previous work experience in technical support programmes involving legal or policy formulation, community-led recovery and stabilization programmes, and or security sector related reforms. Familiarity with DDR practices, principles and operations preferred, and/or conflict reduction components;
- Experience in African conflict contexts will be advantageous;
- Previous experience in supervising staff;
- Experience in setting clear tasks and team building with staff from diverse environments and backgrounds.
- Awareness of the debates surrounding new challenges in DDR, SPRR, PVE and FTF related issues;
- IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish.
- Fluency in English and French (oral and written). Working knowledge in Spanish is an advantage.
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