Date Published: 
Monday, January 6, 2020
Mr Joe Appiah, IOM Director of Department of Resource Management (DRM) addressing IOM Staff in Tanzania
IOM Staff in Town hall with the Director of DRM in Dar Es Salaam.
Dr Qasim Sufi, handing over Certificates of Appreciation for Long Service to IOM Staff in Dar Es Salaam
Group Photo of IOM Director of DRM and IOM Staff in Dar Es Salaam after the Town hall

Dar Es Salaam, 10 -14 December 2019 – the Director of the Department of Resource Management (DRM) of the International Organization (IOM), the United Nations (UN) Migration Agency, Mr Joe Appiah visited the IOM Mission in the United Republic of Tanzania from 10 to 14 December 2019

The major objectives of his visit were to have an overview of both structures and operations of the IOM Mission in the country through site visits of operational sites and review and discuss on financial planning, monitoring, internal controls, sustainability and other resource management related issues.

Accompanied by the Chief of Mission (CoM) and other colleagues in the Mission, the Director of DRM met with: Government Authorities, United Nations (UN) colleagues and IOM staff and visited IOM project sites and service providers in the Mainland and Zanzibar.

In Dar Es Salaam, the Director met with:

  1. the senior staff in the mission who provided the Director of DRM with an overview of current activities and future initiatives in the pipeline. He stressed the need to enhance coordination within the various functional areas to ensure synergies and foster efficient delivery of projects/services. When it comes to resource management and with the expansion of the Mission’s activities and sub-offices, some of which operate in very remote areas, he emphasized the critical need to establish robust internal control measures and a clearly defined delegation of authority.
  2. all IOM staff in different sub-offices joined via videoconference at a town hall meeting. He provided them with an overview on institutional developments and informed them of the upcoming changes related to the Internal Governance Framework (IGF) and encouraged them to brace themselves up to be part of this transformation. The mission took the opportunity to distribute long service certificates for national staff.
  3. the Commissioner of Revenue Authority (TRA) and two other officials to whom he expressed his appreciation to the Senior Officials of TRA for settling the total amount of outstanding contributions due to the Administration Part of the Budget and for the reimbursements of big amounts of VAT in 2019.
  4. the UN Resident Coordinator (RC) a.i. to whom he provided with an overview of IOM’s work globally and its collaboration with all agencies in its coordination role within the Global Compact Migration (GCM). The RC a.i. provided insights on the collaboration between UN Agencies and their strong relations with the Government. He particularly underlined the active engagement of the IOM CoM and the IOM team and how that serves as a catalyst in addressing migration issues in the country. As one of the initial pilot countries for “Delivering as One”, the UN community in Tanzania has taken a lead in the implementation of the UN reform in the country. IOM has been part of the process in the early stages and continues to be actively engaged.

And he visited the newly set up Canadian Visa Application Centre (CANVAC) that is serving seven countries in the region and the NMB bank.

In Zanzibar, the Director met with representatives from the United Nations Country Management Team (UNCMT) from all 10 UN Agencies in the UN House. In the framework of funds received locally from the UN and distributed among agencies in line with agreed priorities, IOM received funds to undertake a project which is contributing to Pillar III of the Zanzibar Joint Programme (ZJP) which aims at ending Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) under the United Nations Assistance Development Plan II (UNDAP II) from 2016 to 2021 and which is in line with the National Action Plan 2017-2022 to End Violence Against Women and Children in Zanzibar.

For more information, please contact Dr Qasim Sufi, IOM Chief of Mission to Tanzania at email: or telephone +255 682 563 796.