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Migration Activities


The Southern African region is historically characterised by dynamic human mobility that contributes to countries’ economies and individual livelihoods. Migration has long been a feature of the social and economic fabric of Zambia, with Zambia being a country of origin, transit and destination for male, female and child migrants from neighbouring countries and beyond. While migration dynamics are complex, there are significant opportunities for migration to be an enabler of sustainable development in Zambia. Rather than seeing migration as a problem to be solved, IOM recognises that it is a reality to be managed, and that if well managed it can be beneficial to countries of origin, transit and destination, as well as migrants and society.

About IOM

Established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration is the leading intergovernmental organization in the field of migration and is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society. IOM is part of the United Nations system and works with its partners in the international community to meet the growing operational challenges of migration, advance understanding of migration issues, encourage social and economic development through migration, and uphold the well-being and human rights of migrants.
With more people on the move today than at any other time in recorded history, the need for effective migration governance is undeniable. Global estimates indicate that more than one billion people are on the move, which comprises one in seven of the global population. The forces driving migration are many, including climate change, natural and man-made catastrophes, conflicts and changing demographic patterns, among others. In particular, the growing youthful population in much of the developing world, who often experience barriers to employment, as well as global inequalities, shape migration dynamics.
IOM continues to grow globally in response to these dynamics, with a total of 173 Member States and an additional eight States, and numerous international and non-governmental organizations holding observer status. The number of field locations increased from 119 in 1998 to 413 in 2018. Operational staff increased from approximately 1,110 in 1998 to 12,673 in December 2018, with 97% of its staff members being based in the field.

IOM in Zambia

IOM has had a presence in Zambia since 1990 and became an IOM Member State two years later in May 1992. The IOM Zambia office falls under the auspices of the IOM Regional Office for Southern Africa. With its base in Lusaka, IOM Zambia implements migration governance programmes country wide. IOM Zambia employs a comprehensive approach to programming through multi-sectoral, multi-stakeholder engagements and interventions, addressing issues that impact on migrants and migration affected communities at the individual, community, national and structural/ policy levels. IOM Zambia’s programming follows a human rights-based, gender sensitive and participatory approach.
The IOM Regional Office for Southern Africa provides strategic and programmatic guidance, as well as administrative and technical support to IOM Zambia. The United Nations in Zambia is a Delivering as One country and supports the Government and people of Zambia in their efforts to realize the long-term national Vision 2030. It reflects the spirit of the Sustainable Development Goals, including the principle of Leave No-one Behind. As part of ‘Delivering as One’, the UN Country Team in Zambia operates through the UN Sustainable Development Partnership Framework (UNSDPF 2016-2021). The three priorities for SDPF are: inclusive social development; environmentally sustainable economic development; and governance and participation, all of which reflect the priorities of IOM in Zambia. IOM Zambia contributes to the delivery of the Government of Zambia’s Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP) through its participation in the UN governance structures.
IOM Zambia is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits individuals and society alike and sees migration as the new constant going forward. IOM’s vision is for a world in which migrants move as a matter of genuine choice and not as a desperate necessity, in which the rights of migrants are protected throughout their migratory cycle, and in which migration is a well-governed and enabler of development, for the benefit of all, and leaving no one behind.
Based on current priorities and needs in the country, IOM Zambia’s work during 2019-2022 will focus on three key areas of intervention, which are aligned to the Migration Governance Framework:

Population (2017):16,405,229
Area:752,612 km sq
Languages :English
Currency:Zambian Kwacha (ZMK)
GDP per Capita PPP (2018):USD 1,539.9
HDI Rank (2017):144 of 189
Remittances (2017 estimate):USD 85 million
Net Migration Rate (2017-2020):-0.5 migrants/1,000 population
Immigrants (2017):0.9%
Women as a Percentage of Immigrants (2017):49.5%
Population under 15 (2016 projection):45.9%
Adult HIV Prevalence (2017):12%

International Organization for Migration (IOM)
P.O. Box 32036

Tel: +260 211 25 40 55
Fax: +260 211 25 38 56

Email: [email protected]
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Twitter: @Iom.zambia




 Project Assistant (Migration and Development) 

 VNE-1 Chief Observer / Deputy Chief Observer Assistant (1 Position)