IOM in the North Pacific at a Glance
IOM established its first office in the region in Majuro in May 2009. The opening of the sub-regional Head Office in Pohnpei followed a few months later. The FSM has been a member state since December 2011 and the RMI acceded to membership on 26 November, 2013.
Stuart Simpson took up duties as Chief of Mission of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) in December 2014. In this capacity he is responsible for overseeing the implementation of all country programs which include Disaster Risk Management, Climate Change Adaptation, Migration Health, Community Stabilization, forced migration due to natural disasters, and assisting the Government of The Federated States of Micronesia on immigration issues, including technical assistance, capacity building, counter trafficking initiatives and irregular migration issues. Stuart also represents IOM in the Republic of the Marshal Islands and the Republic of Palau.
Moreover, Stuart is responsible for developing new programs for IOM in cooperation with the Government that focus on the needs and rights of mobile populations. He represents IOM within the United Nations National and Regional teams.
Stuart joined IOM in 2002 as the Operations officer in Timor Leste with the responsibility of co-coordinating the return and resettlement of thousands of East Timorese from neighboring West Timor. He remained in East Timor for three years with IOM, continuing to coordinate the return operations and developing and implementing the emergency food delivery operation in partnership with WFP during the drought of 2004.
Following the 2004 Tsunami, Stuart was transferred to Banda Aceh as part of IOM’s emergency operations team where he coordinated relief and shelter activities. In 2006 he was appointed as IOM Head of Office for Nias Island and managed numerous reconstruction and rehabilitation projects following the island’s destructive earthquake. In 2007, he took up position in Padang as the IOM Head of Office to oversee IOM’s shelter program in response to the earthquake in that region.
For the last seven years Stuart has been the IOM Chief of Mission to Mozambique where in partnership with the Mozambique Government initiated programs addressing the needs in varied migration issues. These included programs addressing irregular migration, migration health, counter trafficking, labour migration, integrated border management, and emergency response actions in times of natural disasters. In Mozambique he chaired The Humanitarian Country Team Working Group (HCT WG) as well as the United Nations Development Results Group on Governance.
Stuart has fifteen years’ experience working on development and emergency issues at the country level in Africa and Asia and now the Pacific.
Mr. Simpson lives in Pohnpei, his wife Faye currently working with IOM in Ethiopia, will join him soon in Micronesia.