Project Assistant


Demande d'emploi

Special Vacancy Notice
Open to National Internal and External Candidates

Position Title : Project Assistant
Duty Station : Bujumbura, Burundi
Classification : General Service-G5
Vacancy number : SVN_ 2021_BI10_15 Project Assistant
Type of Appointment : Special Short-Term contract - Six months
Organizational Unit : Disaster and Risk Reduction Unit (DRR)
Direct Supervision : DRR Project Officer
Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible
Closing Date : 07 January 2022

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. Internal and external candidates
are eligible to apply to this vacancy. For the purpose of the vacancy, internal candidates are
considered as first-tier candidates. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Organizational Context and Scope:

Burundi is regularly affected by a variety of hydro-meteorological hazards, including torrential rains and
hailstorms, triggering frequent floods and landslides, and intense winds. The country is also located on the
Albertine Rift, and has experienced considerable damage during past earthquake events. Large parts of the
country also suffer from slower-onset hazards and environmental degradation processes, including
drought, soil erosion, and a loss of freshwater
In order to address some of these challenges, IOM is now launching a country wide Disaster Risk Reduction
Programme, focusing on three main objectives:
1. Identification of risks linked with key hazards in the country.
2. Strengthening of Disaster Risk Management (DRM) procedures and coordination mechanisms at all
levels, with a specific focus on provincial and municipal authorities, as well as engagement of communities
at risk;
3. Protection of communities through community-led hazard prevention and mitigation interventions,
including structural and infrastructural strengthening and sustainable ecosystem management and
Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission in Burundi, the direct supervision of DRR project Officer
and in close coordination with the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator and Programme Manager (DRR),
the selected candidate will be responsible for the following specific tasks:


1. Assist the DRR Project officer in the implementation of preventive and mitigation activities of
natural hazards in close coordination with the Programme Manager, National Platform for Risk
Prevention and Disaster Management (NP), UN agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs),
donors and other relevant stakeholders.
2. Support the analysis of existing data on soil degradation.
3. Contribute to the surveys in project area of interest to identify the direct project beneficiaries.
4. Participate in the recruitment of skilled manual workers and contribute to identification of suppliers
of environmentally sustainable services such as trees, slope management greenery, soil, and water
conservation in slopy areas.
5. In close coordination with stakeholders, assist the DRR Project officer in the planning, preparation
and facilitation of coordination meetings or trainings/workshops, on soil and water conservation
systems for the local NGO’s, associations, and cultural groups.
6. Support the implementation of community-based soil conservation activities in the selected
7. Participate in the organization and implementation of sensitization and communication initiatives.
8. Undertake duty travel related to project implementation activities, as requested.
9. Perform such other duties, as required.

Education and Experience:

1. High School or Diploma in agronomy, environment, and another related field from an accredited
academic with five years of relevant experience;
Bachelor’s degree or higher in the above field with two more years of relevant experience. Have a
minimum of 3 years’ experience in the construction field; supervision of contractors works and
mitigation projects.
2. Have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in environment field.
3. Have a thorough understanding of issues pertaining to Disaster Risk management.
4. Experience in participative approach, community mobilization especially in Risk Management
5. Experience in working with communities, associations and NGOs.
6. Experience in engaging with relevant governmental and non-governmental institution as well as
previous experience working in an international organization or UN agency.
7. Experience in the supervision of Cash for work activities.


• Fluency in French, Kirundi is required.
• Knowledge of English is an added advantage

Required competencies

The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following values and competencies:


• Inclusion & respect for diversity: Respects and promotes individual and cultural differences. Encourages
diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
• Integrity & 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

• 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 and explains complex
matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.


IOM is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment. Both internal and external candidates can
apply for this position. For the purposes of the vacant post, internal applicants are considered first-rank
Taking up the post is conditioned by the certification that the candidate is medically fit.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications to latest 7 January
2022, 4:30 P.M.
In order for the applications to be considered valid, IOM only accepts applications with a cover letter not
more than one page specifying the motivation for application, addressed to the Chief of Mission,
International Organization for Migration (IOM) and with a subject line “SVN_ 2021_BI10_15 Project

All applications should include a functional e-mail address, mobile numbers, copy of national ID card and
detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV).

Note: only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
NO FEE: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) does not charge a fee at any stage of the
recruitment process (application, interview meeting, process or training). IOM does not concern itself with
information on applicants’ bank details.

Posting period: From 24.12.2021 to 07.01.2022