Project Officer (Information Management), Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Organization: IOM - International Organization for Migration

Country: Burkina Faso

City: Ouagadougou

Office: IOM Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Closing date: Wednesday, 1 September 2021

Country: Burkina Faso

Organization: International Organization for Migration

Closing date: 1 Sep 2021

Position Title: Project Officer (Information Management)

Duty Station: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P2

Type of Appointment: Special short-term graded, six months with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 01 September 2021

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: Internal candidates

Candidates from the following non-represented member states: Antigua and Barbuda; Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Cook Islands; Cuba; Fiji; Gabon; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Libya; Luxembourg; 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.


IOM Burkina Faso provides extensive technical support to the Government to strengthen border management and security. An essential aspect of this support is the enhancement of the Border management Information System (BMIS) and IOM has deployed Migration Information and Data Analysis System (MIDAS) at 14 locations including fixed and mobile border posts. The aim is to enhance the Government’s capability to collect, process, store, and analyse traveller information and streamline data collected from different data bases.

Working under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) and the direct supervision of the Head of Immigration and Border Management Unit, and with the technical support of IOM’s global MIDAS unit, the successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating all projects having the BMIS components, including assessment, installation, upgrade, interconnectivity, interoperability and capacity building.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

Install and upgrade MIDAS workstations in all priority border crossing points and mobiles truck with the most updated software and hardware to ensure continuous operations.

Provide technical inputs for the design and implementation of contextualized capacity building activities and deliver training to immigration officers and other relevant Government officials on the use (including information management and data analysis) and maintenance of border management information systems.

Provide technical support in coordination with relevant institutions and experts, as required to ensure interconnectivity and interoperability of the different systems for (real-time) data exchange between the systems.

Conduct assessments, monitoring and evaluation visits at the border areas of intervention related to the BMIS and in coordination with the MIDAS unit, draft relevant reports, briefs and procurement plans.

Supervise and provide training and guidance to the staff assigned to the project and monitor the work of consultants/implementing partners (IPs) recruited to undertake specific activities.

Support the head of the IBM unit in project implementation according to the work plans, technical requirements and expenditure plans to facilitate timely achievement of project activities and results.

Draft project progress and implementation reports, propose and implement action to expedite project delivery, and identify and document significant project events, decisions, problems or deviations.

Facilitate adequate information management on project related activities including project awareness raising and visibility, and the production of regular updates, summaries, press releases and other relevant materials, in coordination with the donor and IOM’s Public Information Department.

Participate in relevant meetings, conferences, workshops, working groups, interagency coordination meetings, and other forums on immigration and border management.

Undertake duty travel relating to project implementation, monitoring visits, project assessments, liaison with counterparts, etc.

Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


Master’s degree in Information Management/Information Systems, Computer Science, 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.


Technical training in relevant areas of data system development and management and in project management;
Experience in the field of migration issues, including operational and field experience on border management information systems;
Strong background in border management, including border management technologies with ancillary background in travel and identity documents, biometric applications in border management, and related areas;
MIDAS experience is an advantage;
Experience in liaising with governmental authorities, other national/international institutions and partners is considered an added advantage;
Proficiency in the back-end and front-end development based on MS SQL Server database and data replication techniques;
Work Experience of the region is an advantage;

Knowledge of IOM/UN project financial management procedures and tools, an advantage;
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Ability to formulate IM-related technical requirements and operating procedures.


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 and French is required (oral and written).

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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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 01 September 2021 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 19.08.2021 to 01.09.2021

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.

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