National Project Officer (Housing, Land & Property -HLP)

National Project Officer (Housing, Land & Property -HLP)


IOM is seeking an experienced National Officer for Housing, Land and Property (HLP) to review the existing legal framework for landownership and property rental and occupation for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and host communities in the BAY States (Borno, Adamawa and Yobe) of North East Nigeria for the purpose of advising IOM project units on integration of HLP awareness within their programming.


Specific Housing, Land and Property aspects pertaining to emergency response programmes have long been an area of concern and focus. Land tenure security remains a critical determinant for successful and durable outcomes. Disputes over land are key drivers of conflict and often the main factor fuelling the continuation of the cycle of violence. Yet capacity in this field of expertise remains limited. From an operational perspective, implementing staff are generally able to identify HLP issues, but often wonder how to consider or address them within projects. At worst, projects run the risk of doing harm by not considering land tenure issues.


The need for support includes assistance to local level programme implementing staff in conducting due diligence and carrying out protocols for clarifying land tenure status; identifying the legal and institutional frameworks relevant to land administration; understanding the local practices on land tenure as well as traditional land dispute resolution mechanisms; improving implementing staff’s understanding of Nigerian land tenure administration and praxis; developing procedures to mitigate the risk of generating disputes over land; integrating a HLP concerns lens for their strategy and programming, identifying vulnerable populations from a tenure security perspective, such as women, marginalized ethnic groups, tenants and the landless.


The National Officer for HLP role will help to increase IOM Nigeria capacity to address this issue through direct intervention, liaison with relevant authorities, referrals, training of frontline staff and the development of practices and procedures that will help mitigate risks and increase security of tenure for our beneficiaries:


IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment. Internal candidates are eligible to apply to this vacancy. For the purpose of the vacancy, internal candidates are considered as first-tier candidates.


Core Functions / Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the IOM Maiduguri Emergency Response Unit’s Field Coordination Officer and in close collaboration with relevant Project Managers including Shelter, Protection, CCCM, WASH and Livelihood, the HLP National Officer role is to contribute to the following objectives:


1. Improve the overall understanding among IOM staff on the legal framework relevant to land and property in Nigeria, as well as of the local practices around land tenure.


2. Assist IOM programmes and staff in the field to identify the government institutions and officials that have authority over land tenure, liaise with and be a focal point to said officials and institutions; Foster productive relationships between IOM and local authorities / humanitarian partners.


3. Identify and establish relationships with HLP stakeholders in emergency field operation sites, identifying the relevant authorities directly or indirectly responsible for land management, their interests, affiliations, power, and area of influence.


4. Establish case management process by maintaining a database of cases of land issues flagged by field staff, including background, identity of claimants, existing means of proof, witness accounts, information from the authorities, agreements, decisions and any other relevant data.


5. Assist IOM programmes and staff to improve the HLP Rapid Assessment Tool or any other due diligence protocols that aim at clarifying land tenure status.


6. Develop guidance for IOM staff, in coordination with IOM Protection, on gender dynamics of Housing, Land and Property issues in Nigeria with focus on mitigating potential occurrence of Gender Based Violence.


7. Support IOM staff on the field to conduct the HLP assessment as well as to conduct any other checks to clarify land tenure, identify rights holders (“owners”), obtain and verify certificates, “land books”, lease agreements and any other relevant tenure documents.


8. Guide IOM programmes and staff to develop and draft contracts, MOUs, lease agreements, use agreements and other documents that can increase security and clarity of tenure.


9. Supervise HLP related support staff including database manager and field support staff.


10. Support IOM programmes and staff to consult the land registry and equivalent Government databases, particularly at local, State and National levels.


11. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.



Is it a local employment?
Requirements and Qualification

Required Qualifications and Experience

• Master’s degree from an accredited institution in Law, field of study related to Land and Property, shelter and settlements, urban planning, or


• Bachelor’s degree in the above-mentioned fields with 2 years’ experience in practicing land laws and experience with humanitarian work highly appreciated.


• Demonstrable interest in humanitarian response and recovery, shelter & settlements and related issues.


• Excellent understanding of Nigerian government affairs and the functioning of Federal, State, and local level institutions is highly desirable.


• Knowledge of the United Nations role, structure, coordination systems and cluster mechanism.


• Experience liaising with State administration institutions, government officials or courts is desirable.


• Experience in organizing and facilitating trainings.


• Personal commitment, results focused, efficiency, flexibility; ability to work effectively and harmoniously both in a team or on their own.


• Experienced and familiar with protection as well as other cross-cutting issues like age, gender, and diversity, disability, and environment



Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English. Working knowledge of Hausa, Kanuri and other local languages of Northeast Nigeria.


Required Competencies


The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following competencies:



• Inclusion and respect for diversity respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.


• Integrity and transparency: maintain 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: work strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction



Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

Only candidates residing in the country of the duty station within commuting distance of the duty station will be considered.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

Women with the above qualifications are encouraged to apply.


How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to


1. Follow this link:


2. Submit your applications -Cover letter & CV via email to indicating position applied on subject line by Tuesday 27th April 2021.


For the applications to be considered valid, kindly follow the above link to fill out the questionnaire and IOM only accepts applications with a cover letter not more than one page specifying the motivation for application, addressed to Human Resources, International Organization for Migration (IOM) and with a subject line SVN2021.31 Maiduguri. National Project Officer (Housing, Land & Property -HLP. ER).

All applications should include a functional email address, mobile numbers and detailed curriculum vitae (CV).


Please note that this position is open only to Nigerian National applicants and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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