IOM Panama


IOM is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society.


As the leading international organization for migration, IOM acts with its partners in the international community to:

  • Assist in meeting the growing operational challenges of migration management.
  • Advance understanding of migration issues.
  • Encourage social and economic development through migration.
  • Uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants.


IOM’s structure is highly decentralized and this has enabled the Organization to acquire the capacity to deliver an ever-increasing number and diversity of projects at the request of its Member States. IOM’s Field structure is composed of:


9 Regional Offices, which formulate regional strategies and plans of action and to provide programmatic and administrative support to the countries within their regions. These Regional Offices are in Dakar, Senegal; Nairobi, Kenya; Cairo, Egypt; Pretoria, South Africa; San José, Costa Rica; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Bangkok, Thailand; Brussels, Belgium; Vienna, Austria;


2 Special Liaison Offices which strengthen relations with specific multilateral bodies, diplomatic missions, and non-governmental organizations. These offices are located in New York, United States of America, and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


2 Administrative Centres (Panama and Manila), which provide core support in the areas of information technology and administrative services to IOM’s network of offices.


5 Country Offices with Coordinating Functions that have the additional responsibility of ensuring that migratory realities within a defined cluster of countries are taken into account in programmatic activities of the region. The Country Offices with Coordinating Functions are in Canberra, Australia (covering the Pacific); Rome, Italy (covering the Mediterranean); Astana, Kazakhstan (covering Central Asia); and Georgetown, Guyana (covering the Caribbean). A coordinating function for the cluster of countries in South Asia also exists in the Regional Office in Bangkok.


In addition, 4 Country Offices with Resources Mobilization Functions have the additional responsibility of resource mobilization by assisting in fundraising activities as well as providing advice on fundraising policies, priorities and procedures. These offices are located in Tokyo, Japan; Berlin, Germany; Helsinki, Finland; and Washington, D.C., United States of America.


The Administration recognizes the need to continue improving efficiencies in order to optimize the efficient use of limited resources and adopted measures to contain costs and develop effectiveness, one of them was the delocalization of a number of administrative functions in Administrative Centres in Manila and Panama.


Since its opening in 2007, the Global Panama Administrative Centre (PAC) has taken on a number of responsibilities to support member states in the western hemisphere and worldwide. The services it provides include human resources, training, health and medical insurance, legal, accounting and finance, information, technology and communications, security, internal auditing and emergency and post crisis support.


IOM Panama is not only recognized as a Global Administrative Centre but also as a Country Office for carrying out main projects related to visa applications centers, prevention of violence against women, prevention of trafficking in persons and human security. The Country Office will continue support the Government of Panama in areas of migration policy, strengthening the local capacities of emergency response institution and interacting with UN agencies to complement and address the migration gaps identified in the vulnerable communities.


To be a service centre of excellence, providing timely advice and support in resource management and operations and being a strategic partner of the Panamanian Government for the protection of migrants’ rights.


To provide excellent services to our global customers, donors and counterparts through motivated and committed professionals and specialists offering high-quality and timely advice; ensuring continuity, efficiency and transparency of IOM’s operations in order to maintain the credibility of IOM’s work and commitment to migrants’ wellbeing and rights.


Head of Panama Administrative Center (PAC) / Chief of Mission IOM Panamá

Santiago Paz Noboa is Ecuadorian nationality, has 26 years of experience, 20 of them in International Organization and 18 years in matters related to migration and IOM programs.

He holds a Business Administration Degree, a Masters in Business Administration and two Post Degrees in Project Management, as well as Human Resources.

He Collaborates with IOM since 2001.