Programme Manager (GMMA) At International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Programme Manager (GMMA)

Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P3

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

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 30 March 2023

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. Candidates from the following non-represented member states:

Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba (Netherlands); Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Congo (the); Cook Islands; Curaçao; Fiji; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Madagascar; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Samoa; 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.


The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is offering a project manager role working on behalf of the Global Media Migration Academy (GMMA), co-managed by the Department of Programme Support and Migration Management (DPSSM) and IOM Ireland, funded by Irish Aid and the IOM Development Fund.

Migration has been of particular interest to the media landscape for the last number of years, seeing an increasingly misrepresented narrative on migration related themes, a rise in hate-speech and disinformation. This has often led to misinformation and rhetoric encouraging an anti-migrant discourse. With information flowing rapidly in increasing volume and speed, there exists a need to counter such approach with training that would create understanding on the complexities and nuance that is part of a migrant’s journey, the challenges and contribution of migration, evidence-based reporting etc.

The Global Academy of Media and Migration aims to ensure migration related topics are more objectively represented, ethically produced, factual and contextualised in journalism, multimedia and film. Supporting objective journalism means developing the capacities at individual, organizational and systemic level and GMMA seeks to develop a broad range of capacity development tools that will allow media content creators of all walks of life to further skills and knowledge on migration related topics. These tools include a GMMA platform, an e-learning foundation course as well as various workshops and activities aiming towards a high professional standard that are integral to appropriate coverage of migrants and migration in general.

The Programme Manager will be working under the direct supervision of the Programme Advisor (Migration Management).

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Lead and coordinate on all the elements of the implementation of the Global Migration Media Academy project with the Coordination and Capacity Development Unit (CCDU) and IOM Ireland.
  2. Coordinate the regular updating and reporting to donors (Irish Aid and IDF) and partners. This includes preparing reports, and sharing outputs with necessary stakeholders, as well as preparing and finalising interim and final reports.
  3. Coordinate with IOM Resource Management Unit in Ireland and Headquarters in Geneva to track and report project expenditures are being implemented according to the workplan and update the project implementation team at regular intervals.
  4. Coordinate activities of subject matter experts hired to develop course materials and specialized modules for GMMA online platform.
  5. Coordinate the finalization and packaging of course materials between partner universities and country missions.
  6. Ensure alignment of modules to IOM content, practices and policies.
  7. Issue regular newsletters and updates to internal colleagues and external partners about activities and announcements about GMMA.
  8. Coordinate the development of additional proposals and networking opportunities with IOM missions and external partners to expand the scope of the GMMA and mobilise additional funds.
  9. Lead the development of GMMA digital platforms including the e-learning platform, website and project management tool in coordination with different IOM units.
  10. Assist missions in identifying digital tools and resources to package and produce course materials.
  11. Lead efforts in soliciting partnerships with different private and public sector stakeholders for the GMMA.
  12. Manage and curate content for the social media platforms for the GMMA.
  13. Liaise across CCDU with unit teams to strengthen sustainable capacity development in IOM programming and toward external stakeholders.
  14. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Migration, Communication, Media Studies, Social Sciences (e.g. Humanitarian Affairs, Development Studies, Political Science, International Relations 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.


  • Five years (seven years for bachelor’s degree holders) of experience in project/programme management in media and communication in migration and development;
  • Practical experience of digital content production tools such design and video editing software.


  • Excellent research, writing, communication and analytical skills in the area of media andmigration particularly;
  • Excellent communication skills in English (oral and written);
  • Ability to manage teams and coordinate activities;
  • Good understanding of communication campaigns and tools, including engaging audiences via social media and other digital channels;
  • Excellent level of computer literacy;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Ability to work effectively and harmoniously in a diverse environment;
  • Proven ability to produce accurate, high quality work and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and work independently.


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 (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, or Spanish).

For all applicants, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of either French, Spanish, or any other UN Language is an advantage.

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


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 five values:

  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: Respects and promotes individual and cultural differences. Encourages diversity and inclusion.
  • 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.
  • Courage: Demonstrates willingness to take a stand on issues of importance.
  • Empathy: Shows compassion for others, makes people feel safe, respected and fairly treated.

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 actions 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 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 leadership and professional potential.
  • Empowering others: Creates an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.
  • Building Trust: Promotes shared values and creates an atmosphere of trust and honesty.
  • Strategic thinking and vision: Works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.
  • Humility: Leads with humility and shows openness to acknowledging own shortcomings.

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.

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


Via the IOM e-Recruitment system by 30 march 2023.

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.

For further information please refer to:

Posting period:

From 17.03.2023 to 30.03.2023

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 2023 97 Programme Manager (GMMA) (P3) Geneva, Switzerland (58024529) Released

Posting: Posting NC58024530 (58024530) Released

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