Migration Program Officer

Job Type

Full Time Contract





Application Deadline:





A Migration Program Officer has responsibility for implementing human trafficking, modern slavery and migration related projects globally. You will have demonstrated project management experience in conflict affected and developing countries; have thematic experience on, and a strong interest in, migration issues; enjoy working in a high performing team from multiple countries; be someone donors trust; are results focussed; and have complete fluency in English. You can be based anywhere in the world will have the opportunity to travel. This is a permanent full-time position.

Job Description

We are a social enterprise with a mission to work with vulnerable people to build a better future. We specialise in justice, migration and social inclusion. Our expertise is in strategic communications, counselling, consulting, monitoring and evaluation, and research. We work in East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, East Africa, North Africa, the Sahel and Europe. For more information about us, please visit http://seefar.org/about-us

To get a sense of the services we specialise in at Seefar, please visit http://seefar.org/services.

For examples of projects relevant to the Migration Program, please visit




Seefar continues to grow and these are new roles to help with that growth. The roles require someone with five years experience implementing migration related projects, and who is smart, intrinsically motivated, worldly, interested in hard challenges and is highly flexible and efficient.


The following are the primary responsibilities of the role, with estimated allocations of time and attention.

Deliver: Project and Mission Implementation

Approximately 70% of your time and attention:

  • Support the Migration Program to advance our mission and deliver projects around the world.
  • Recruiting, training, supervising and developing project teams in various developing and conflict affected countries around the world.
  • Fulfilling the role of project manager using our internal project systems and processes.
  • Project development and reporting.
  • Coordinating projects and personnel within the program and across the organisation.
  • Ensure donors needs are met and expectations exceeded where possible.
  • Provide thematic inputs to programs relating to migration, displaced people, human trafficking and modern slavery.
  • Liaise with donors and partners to report on projects and manage relationships. For example, this would include briefing donors on progress and spending time talking with relevant teams in our partner organisations.
  • Other tasks as directed.

Develop: Capabilities and Program Portfolio

Approximately 20% of your time and attention:

  • Develop project teams. For example, this would include mentoring teams and leading recruitment.
  • Contribute to Seefar fundraising. For example, building and maintaining contacts and networks with potential supporters. This includes identifying new opportunities and creating new projects, as well as supporting existing fundraising activity.
  • Liaise with partners and donors to identify how the Enterprise can assist, and manage proposals or other processes to initiate projects. For example, this would include writing or working on proposals with partner consortia.
  • Learning, growing and developing professionally and personally.
  • Strengthen the Enterprise’s reputation and profile in our areas of expertise.

Direct: Global Management

  • Represent and demonstrate the Enterprise’s values.

Approximately 10% of your time and attention:

  • Cooperate with other areas of Seefar, including to communicate substantive and administrative information that supports corporate management overall. For example, this would include ensuring effective internal reporting at the project and program level.

Your work as a Migration Program Officer will require you to travel. The minimum travel schedule for the past 12 months is provided as an indication of this commitment:

  • Attending twice-yearly all permanent personnel meetings. In 2017 these were in Amman, Jordan and Dubai, UAE.
  • Attending meetings of Migration Program personnel. In 2016-17 these were in the UK, Turkey, Spain and Italy.
  • Travel to implementation countries to train field personnel and initiate and manage projects. Examples of project travel include Ethiopia, Tunisia, Iraqi Kurdistan, Sudan, Egypt, Nigeria, Senegal, Kenya, Italy and Greece.
  • Traveling to meet donors and potential donors to the program, mostly in Western capitals.

Working with Seefar

Current and former personnel have noted the points below as positive features of Seefar’s work environment and culture:

  • The Enterprise combines entrepreneurialism with a focus on social impact.
  • You work with highly diverse people and across a diversity of contexts.
  • There is a high level of trust that supports you to work autonomously.
  • The people in the Enterprise encourage innovation and experimentation.
  • Achieving results is prioritised over rigid structures and workflows.
  • You are never bored and always challenged.

Current and former personnel have noted the points below as negative features of Seefar’s work environment and culture:

  • Collaborating with geographically dispersed teams requires flexibility and patience.
  • Working remotely can make you feel isolated and so requires you to invest time in communication.
  • Travel schedules can sometimes be heavy.
  • A high-growth phase means problem-solving as the Enterprise’s systems evolve quickly.
  • It can be fast paced so you need to be productive and able to prioritise effectively.

An Excellent Candidate

To excel in this role, you will have an undergraduate degree and five years experience implementing migration related projects, preferably in developing or conflict affected countries. You have strong project management skills, and complete fluency in written and spoken English. Your writing skills are excellent and you are confident engaging with donors and stakeholders to ensure projects align with donor expectations. You are highly organised, have the ability to prioritise and are highly productive. You enjoy travelling to developing countries and are motivated by an Enterprise performance framework focused on social impact.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply


On or before 1 June 2017, complete our online application form. Before you start, you should do the following:

1.Confirm you meet these minimum requirements:

  • An undergraduate degree in social sciences, law or similar.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Ability to travel outside your region.
  • Complete fluency in oral and written English, including clear and succinct English writing skills.
  • 5 years experience implementing migration related projects, preferably in developing or conflict affected countries.

2.Prepare a CV in Word or PDF format. You will upload this in our online application form.

3.In Word or PDF format, prepare an introductory letter that includes only the points below. You will upload this in our online application form.

  • 1-2 paragraphs explaining a migration-related project you have implemented. What was the project? What was your role? What were the project’s achievements? If it wasn’t successful, why?
  • 1-2 paragraphs explaining what you have learned is a necessary attitude or approach when delivering successful projects in developing and conflict affected countries. What experiences taught you this?