ICMPD maintains very limited permanent offices abroad. Centralisation in Vienna continues to provide significant advantages in terms of organisational learning, expertise, economies of scale in operating costs and consistent quality of service delivery.
Apart from the Brussels Mission, which is a fully operational arm of ICMPD, representations exist in a limited number of countries that are of long-term relevance to ICMPD's work. These representations may change over time as the focus shifts to new countries or regions. Whenever feasible, ICMPD maintains project offices that are of a temporary nature and that facilitate the implementation of projects in the field.
The Brussels Mission coordinates contacts and liaises with the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Council Secretariat, Member States' representations and other bodies in Brussels relevant for ICMPD's work. The Brussels Mission manages several projects requiring close contact with the European Commission and other international organisations' offices located in Brussels. It closely cooperates with the relevant departments at HQ (Southern and Eastern Dimension Departments) in order to maintain thematic coherence and leadership.
Regional Coordination Offices
In order to sustain further growth and proximity to the areas of operations, the mid- to long-term goal is to establish strategic regional hubs in the priority regions. To effectively support business development and project implementation in the strategically important Mediterranean region, the first regional coordination office was opened in Malta in May 2016. The office covers ICMPD programmes in the MENA region and is headed by a Regional Coordinator. In 2017, work will continue to establish further regional offices.
The growth in operational volume in recent years has led to a relocation of certain projects to the areas of operations in the field. There are certain benefits from this approach in terms of reducing travel costs, closer and more regular contacts with project beneficiaries and higher visibility in the project country. A field office is tied to the life-time and the budget of a project. ICMPD currently has field offices in the countries of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo*, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Nigeria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
Local Representatives are designated personalities who liaise with the local government and, if and when applicable, provide support to projects taking place in the country. Currently, there are 7 ICMPD Representatives who cover: Bulgaria, Georgia, Lebanon, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Tunisia and Turkey. Here is a detailed list of ICMPD Local Representatives, including their CVs.