The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has been in Liberia since 2003, reporting to a Regional Representative based in Dakar, Senegal. IOM is a member of the UN Country Team for Liberia. IOM programmes in Liberia fall under Pillar I (Power to the People), Pillar II (Economy and Jobs), Pillar III (Sustaining Peace) and Pillar IV (Governance and Transparency) of Liberia’s Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD) and the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF).
Apart from the Livelihood Support and Counter-trafficking Projects on Irregular Migration Awareness Raising, IOM Liberia also implements other programs, such as the Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) Program, Cross-border Engagement on Strengthening Social Cohesion and Security, Liberian Diaspora Engagement Support, COVID-19 Response, Migration and Governance, Strengthening Border Management, Social Cohesion and Cross-border Security through the Migration Multi-Partner Trust Fund, and the United Nations Network on Migration.
IOM activities in Liberia are supported by the Government of The Netherlands, the European Union Trust Fund (EUTF), United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (PBF), Multi-Partner Trust Fund, Norwayan Funding through Global Humanitarian Response (GHRP), Migration Resource Allocation Committee (MIRAC), and IOM Development Fund (IDF).
- Chief of Mission
Ms. Ana Fonseca is the IOM Chief of Mission in Conakry, Guinea, and the non-resident Chief of Mission of IOM to Liberia. Ana is based in Conakry, Guinea with a non-resident accreditation to Liberia. She took over the two missions in May 2021 and September 2021 respectively. Ms. Fonseca has been with the organization since April 1999. She is currently accountable and responsible for the management of the two countries offices including the oversight of activities and program development, fundraising, institutional liaison and the promotion of IOM services and strategy in Liberia and Guinea.
Ms. Fonseca has twenty years of professional experience on international migration, public representation, and management with specialty in the fields of migration management and direct assistance to migrants, return migration and reintegration. She has verse experience on policy formulation for international cooperation in the field of migration.
Ms. Ana Fonseca is a key developer of IOM’s global footprint, and she also has long standing experience in designing and managing international projects with regional and global scope.
In that capacity, she has also been trained as a trainer, with various thematic training modules (internal and external) designed and delivered at regional level in Asia and the Pacific, Central, North America and the Caribbean, South America, West Africa, MENA, East and Southern Africa. This also includes National trainings in Afghanistan, China, Belarus, and Cyprus.