Monday, May 20, 2019

Title of Position:

Project Operations Coordinator – Regional Migration Fund


Monitoring and providing logistical support to the FMU

Duty station:

IGAD Secretariat, Djibouti


36 months (with the possibility of extension, subject to availability of funds and performance)

Reporting Line/Supervision:

Director of Health and Social Development


In March 2017, the German Government and IGAD agreed to cooperate in addressing mobility and displacement challenges in the IGAD region. The Agreement encompassed complementary activities under Financial Cooperation (via KfW Development Bank) and Technical Cooperation (via GIZ). Under the Agreement, IGAD intends to set-up a “Regional Migration Fund supporting Refugees, Migrants and Host Communities in IGAD region” (RMF). The RMF will initially be funded via KfW Development Bank and will be supported by a complementary GIZ programme. The RMF shall serve as the nucleus for the IGAD Migration Fund that is foreseen in the Regional Migration Policy Framework (RMPF) and the Migration Action Plan (MAP).

The RMF shall finance different projects in the IGAD region to improve living conditions and economic opportunities for migrants, refugees and host communities and to strengthen social cohesion. Two possible investment windows have been identified for the RMF. Measures within Investment Window 1 shall enhance economic potential of border areas along migration routes through increased employment and livelihoods for migrants and local communities, in particular youth. Measures within Investment Window 2 shall enhance the socio-economic inclusion of refugees and host communities in protracted displacement situations. Furthermore, the RMF measures will strengthen the mandate of IGAD within the migration context and contribute to regional integration. The day-to-day operations of the RMF will be conducted by a contracted international consultancy acting as Fund Management Unit (FMU).

Overall Responsibilities:

In order to support the roll-out and the implementation of the RMF, IGAD wishes to recruit a fund-dedicated Project Operations Coordinator. S/he shall have the overall responsibility for monitoring the day-to-day operations of the FMU and for project management by providing support to the Director of Health and Social Development as well as liaising with relevant IGAD Divisions particularly the Division of Finance and Administration, and with KfW. Moreover, S/he should pay regular visits to the activity sites in the Member States and reports back to the Director of Social development, KfW, GIZ and other fund-related partners.

Under the direction and supervision of the Director of Health and Social Development, the Project Operations Coordinator shall perform the following:

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Act as IGAD’s focal person in overseeing the operations of the FMU.
  • Primary focal person for liaising with KfW in relation to the RMF issues.
  • Primary focal person for IGAD Member States, GIZ and other development partners, NGOs at all levels to ensure coordination and information exchange on the Fund related activities (in particular investments).
  • Support the FMU in mobilizing and convening various regional, national and subnational consultations related to the Fund, including participatory investment planning forums.
  • Facilitate approvals and any other clearance that may be required from IGAD, Member States by the FMU.
  • Review all documents submitted by the FMU and advice the Director for Health and Social Development before issuing consent/signature/approval.
  • Hold periodical briefing sessions with the Director of Health and Social Development to update on the operations of the RMF.
  • Participate in regular meetings of the FMU and ensure adequate communication with IGAD’s hierarchy as well as provide support in addressing challenges faced by the FMU.
  • Support the implementation of the RMF projects by undertaking regular monitoring/inspection visits together with the FMU.
  • Coordinate inputs from the Technical Working Group on Migration on the RMF related issues.
  • Identify and assess risks related to the RMF projects and collaborate with the FMU and other key stakeholders in mitigating or addressing these risks.
  • Consolidate reports, inputs, lessons learnt and other information from the FMU for reviewing the overall Fund strategy by MS and other stakeholders.
  • Any other assignment that requested by the Director of Health and Social Development in direct relation the RMF.

Profile and Qualifications:

  • A Master’s in economic development, rural development planning, project management or an equivalent qualification from a recognized University.
  • A minimum of 10-year relevant experience in rural development and agricultural policy, economic diversification and rural livelihoods, rural development strategy, nature conservation and agri-environment, rural tourism, local products development, cooperation with rural stakeholders and agricultural economics.
  • Overall knowledge of migration and displacement dynamics in the IGAD region and a good understanding of community infrastructure development.
  • Working knowledge of English, with strong oral and written communication and presentation skills.

How to apply

Only candidates who meet the profile of the minimum qualifications, experience and core competences stated above need apply. Submitted applications should be accompanied by the candidate’s detailed CV, copies of both academic and professional certificates and testimonials, names and addresses of three reputable referees and the candidate’s contact details (E-mail address and telephone numbers).

The applications should be addressed to:
The Director, Administration & Finance, IGAD,
P. O. Box 2653, Djibouti,
Republic of Djibouti;
Sent by email:

E-mail to the following e-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., bearing the subject line: "Project Operations Coordinator – Regional Migration Fund"

Deadline for submission of applications
Must be received at the IGAD Secretariat by c.o.b.21st March 2019.

IGAD is an equal opportunities employer. Female candidates are encouraged to apply.


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