Migration Program Manager

Job Type

Full Time





Application Deadline:





This role has responsibility for leading our work around the world on human trafficking, modern slavery, migration and displaced persons. You will have experience in at least one of these migration fields in conflict affected and developing countries. Leadership, fundraising and strategy come naturally to you. Donors believe in and trust you, and you enjoy working with people from multiple countries. You can live wherever you like, must be fluent in English and 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.

This role demands someone who is smart, worldly, interested in hard challenges and has a professional background working on migration issues.

The Migration Program has grown fast and we have secured donors that trust us, enabling us to help our beneficiaries and policy makers. The Program Manager will build on this and has overall responsibility for program performance. They will have the support of everyone in the Enterprise to continue developing our long-term vision and impact.

The Migration Program has a track record of delivering services in more than 30 countries, with a core management team supported by local implementation teams. Our key focus to date has been on our niche in strategic communications, counselling services, research and some program design assignments. Our mixed methods research projects produce novel insights on topics such as migration decision making and the migration-development nexus.

The successful candidate will inherit a program consisting of:

  • Long-term service development projects in areas such as training, strategic communications and community-based counselling initiatives.
  • Self-funded and donor funded research and development projects to learn and extend services to marginalised people.
  • Traditional development consulting assignments, such as in program design and evaluation.

Priority regions and countries for the Migration Program in 2018 are North Africa, especially Libya; West Africa, especially Nigeria, Niger and Gambia; South Asia, especially Afghanistan; East Asia, especially Indonesia; and East Africa, especially Somalia, Ethiopia, and Sudan. Our priority issues in 2018 include helping migrant workers, victims of trafficking and migrants facing uncertain futures in Libya; forced returnees in Afghanistan; refugees in Ethiopia; exploited workers in East Asia and vulnerable migrants in the Sahel.

Our donors are primarily United Nations agencies, philanthropic organisations, universities, international organisations and national governments. We implement alone and in partnership with other development actors.

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





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

Deliver: Project and Mission Implementation

Approximately 50% of your time and attention:

  • Support and guide the Migration Program team to advance our mission and deliver projects.
  • Manage and develop personnel, contractors and support services. For example, this would include mentoring your team; leading recruitment; and managing project subcontractors.
  • Ensure donors needs are met and expectations exceeded where possible. For example, this would include drafting or applying quality assurance to donor reports; running effective performance measurement activities on your projects; and working with our research team to understand the impact of your portfolio.
  • Provide technical inputs to programs relating to modern slavery, human trafficking, migration, displaced people and refugees.
  • Liaise with donors and partners to report on projects and manage new and existing relationships. For example, this would include briefing donors on progress and spending time talking with relevant teams in our partner organisations.

Develop: Capabilities and Program Portfolio

Approximately 35% of your time and attention:

  • Lead fundraising for the Migration Program. Building and maintaining contacts and networks with potential supporters. This includes identifying new opportunities and creating new projects.
  • 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 visiting donors to explore opportunities and leading proposal writing or working on proposals with partner consortia.
  • Identify migration services that the Enterprise should strengthen to improve our impact on the world and to sustain funding.
  • Strengthen the Enterprise’s reputation and profile in our areas of expertise, potentially including demonstration projects if you assess them to be valuable. For example, this would include designing Enterprise-funded pilots to explore new approaches or disseminating novel research to develop your program branding.
  • Work with the Enterprise teams to deliver on strategic priorities and contribute to program development in priority countries.
  • Test and learn from your program portfolio in order to develop the Enterprise’s comparative advantages. For example, this would require innovative approaches to measuring and communicating results from migration projects.

Direct: Division Management

  • Represent and demonstrate the Enterprise’s values.

Approximately 15% of your time and attention:

  • Contribute as a member of the Programs Management Team, including to design, implement and assess global strategy across the Programs Division and the Migration Program.
  • Cooperate with other areas of the Enterprise, 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 on migration. Or internal procedures relating to security and safety of personnel.

Your role 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 of 3-5 days. In 2017 these were in Amman, Jordan and Dubai, UAE.
  • Attending meetings of your program personnel of 2-4 days, approximately every quarter. In 2016-17 these were in the UK, Turkey, Spain and Italy.
  • Traveling to meet donors and potential donors to the program, mostly in Western capitals. This will likely be at least once per quarter for one to three days at a time.
  • Occasional travel to project implementation locations for 1-3 days at a time, several times a year.

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 start with more than 10 years of experience on migration issues. You will have demonstrated success fundraising and building donor relationships. You are trustworthy and seen as credible by all stakeholders. You want a leadership role so you can continue supervising teams effectively and you like the idea of having autonomy to pursue a vision. You have ideas about what works well in this industry and you have seen opportunities to to do much better. You look forward to leading an entrepreneurial program as it grows. You will have a diverse set of tasks that demands a global vision while requiring your focus on activity delivery as the team develops. You are highly organised, have the ability to prioritise and are highly productive. You will be 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 21 March 2018, complete our online application form. Before you start, you should do the following:

1. Confirm you meet these minimum requirements:

  • At least 10 years experience working on migration issues.
  • Demonstrated success fundraising.
  • A track record of supervising teams effectively.
  • Motivation to lead a growing team to achieve social impact.
  • Complete fluency in oral and written English.

2. Prepare a CV in Word or PDF format.

3. In Word or PDF format, prepare an introductory letter that includes only the following:

  • A paragraph interpreting your CV to answer this question: In which of the following areas have you got the strongest track record? Modern slavery (and/or human trafficking), displaced people, migration management.
  • A paragraph demonstrating key achievements in these areas that you have identified as being your strongest.
  • Two examples of fundraising success that you led.