Director, Migration Health Division at International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Director, Migration Health Division

Job Code: VN 2022 231

Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade D1

Type of Appointment: Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 03 August 2022

Established in 1951, IOM is a Related Organization of the United Nations, and as the leading UN agency in the field of migration, works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. Read more about diversity and inclusion at IOM at

Applications are welcome from first- and second-tier candidates, particularly qualified female candidates as well as applications from the non-represented member countries of IOM. For all IOM vacancies, applications from qualified and eligible first-tier candidates are considered before those of qualified and eligible second-tier candidates in the selection process.

For the purpose of this vacancy, the following are considered first-tier candidates:

  1. Internal candidates
  2. External female candidates:
  3. Candidate from the following non-represented member states:

Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba (Netherlands); Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Congo (the); Cook Islands; Cuba; Curaçao; Fiji; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Madagascar; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Montenegro; Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Samoa; Sao Tome and Principe; Seychelles; Solomon Islands; Suriname; The Bahamas; Timor-Leste; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu

Second tier candidates include:

All external candidates, except candidates from non-represented member states of IOM and female candidates.


Under the overall supervision of the Deputy Director General for Operations and direct supervision of the Director, Department of Programme Support and Migration Management (DPSMM), the successful candidate will oversee and coordinate global activities of the Migration Health Division (MHD).

MHD is a Division within DPSMM, with considerable thematic autonomy, responsible for the development of migration and health related policy guidance to the Field, the formulation of global strategies, standard setting and quality control as well as for knowledge management with relation to issues pertaining migration and health. Dealing with cross-cutting subject matter, MHD deals with migration and health issues in both emergency and non-emergency contexts.

MHD has technical supervision of Regional Medical Thematic Specialists in the field and their project review/endorsement functions. As required, MHD is responsible for reviewing/endorsing/managing multi-region and global projects. It is within its area of specialization that the division is responsible for identifying opportunities for IOM, developing global programmes and establishing operational partnerships, in particular with relevant partners such as key Member States, Global Medical Institutions such as CDC, DG-SANCO of the EU, WHO, the United Nations (UN) and other multilateral players as well as with the private sector.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Conceptualize, plan and develop IOM’s global migration health strategy and focus, reflecting current and anticipated global migration patterns and evolving international health situations, taking into consideration ethics and human rights principles.
  2. Position IOM’s approach towards migration and health within the UN system.
  3. Lead on the mainstreaming of migration health in international global health fora andmigration debates, including in the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), which features health as a cross-cutting priority, in line with the 2030 Agenda and IOM’s organizational objectives in close collaboration with the Member States, the UN and other partners.
  4. Communicate the objectives, directions, accomplishments and messages of the Organization with relation to migration and health in technical and other strategic fora with a view of promoting the health of migrants and the role of IOM in this domain.
  5. Advise partners and governments on the management of migration health matters and perform liaison, awareness raising and advocacy functions ensuring that the health of migrants is properly addressed at national, regional and global levels. Represent IOM’s institutional, policy and operational interests, capacities and roles in the field of migrant health at national, regional and international venues.
  6. Integrate migration health as a cross-cutting theme into the work of the Organization through close collaboration with other IOM organizational units.
  7. Respond to internal and external reporting requirements on MHD activities.
  8. Oversee, guide and manage the global IOM Migration Health programme activities managed out of Headquarters (HQ). In coordination with the MHD Regional Thematic Specialists, monitor health projects implemented in the field.
  9. Manage a global team of health professionals and non-health professionals working for MHD at HQs and beyond; promote inter-disciplinary capacity building for the migration and health sector. Plan and oversee the necessary administrative, financial and human resources aspects of the Division.
  10. Enable analytical research on the health aspects of population movements to ensure evidence based messaging and programing. Synthesize, analyse, predict and report on the health consequences and outcomes of migratory movements and population displacements.
  11. Increase the Organization’s stature by ensuring that the above noted objectives are met or exceeded.
  12. Perform such other duties as may be assigned

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in a health related field such as: Medicine, Health sciences, Public health administration, Psychology; from an accredited academic institution with fifteen years of relevant professional experience; PhD in the above fields is preferable.
  • Postgraduate degree in Public Health or degree related to Migration Studies, obtained from an accredited academic institution is highly desirable.


  • Fifteen years of relevant professional experience in both a health domain and with migration health at national and international levels;
  • Experience in medicine or other health domain and public health, including migration health matters;
  • Experience in providing expert advice, support to governments as well as in liaising with governmental and diplomatic authorities and international institutions;
  • Experience in communication of migration heath issues in the framework of international fora.


  • Sound knowledge of project cycle management, in particular in health programme management as well as of monitoring and evaluation;
  • Good knowledge of financial and business administration and of the principles and practices of management; and,
  • Proven record of international publications in the domain of public health and migration.
  • In depth knowledge of the broad range of migration health related subject areas dealt with by the Organization;
  • Knowledge of UN and bilateral donor programming;
  • Capacity to effectively interface with government officials of appropriate level on matters related to substantive migration health issues and the work of IOM; and,
  • Capacity to effectively apply knowledge of migration health issues within the organisational context.


IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish.

External applicants for all positions in the Professional category are required to be proficient in English and have at least a working knowledge of one additional UN Language (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese).

For all applicants, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of French or Spanish is an advantage.

Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.


Accredited Universities are the ones listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database (

Required Competencies:

Values – all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these three values:

  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
  • Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
  • Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.

Core Competencies – behavioural indicators level 3

  • Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.
  • Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
  • Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
  • Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.
  • Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.

Managerial Competencies – behavioural indicators level 3

  • Leadership: provides a clear sense of direction, leads by example and demonstrates the ability to carry out the organization’s vision; assists others to realize and develop their potential.
  • Empowering others & building trust: creates an atmosphere of trust and an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.
  • Strategic thinking and vision: works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.

IOM’s competency framework can be found at this link.

Competencies will be assessed during a competency-based interview.


Internationally recruited professional staff are required to be mobile.

Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

This selection process may be used to staff similar positions in various duty stations. Recommended candidates endorsed by the Appointments and Postings Board will remain eligible to be appointed in a similar position for a period of 24 months.

The list of NMS countries above includes all IOM Member States which are non-represented in the Professional Category of staff members.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances. Subject to certain exemptions, vaccination against COVID-19 will in principle be required for individuals hired on or after 15 November 2021. This will be verified as part of the medical clearance process.

Vacancies close at 23:59 local time Geneva, Switzerland on the respective closing date. No late applications will be accepted.

How to apply

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 03 August 2022 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

IOM only accepts duly completed applications submitted through the IOM e-Recruitment system. The online tool also allows candidates to track the status of their application.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

For further information please refer to:

Posting period:

From 21.07.2022 to 03.08.2022

No Fees:

IOM does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, processing, training or other fee). IOM does not request any information related to bank accounts.

Requisition: VN 2022 231 Director, Migration Health Division (D1) Geneva, Switzerland (57679237) Released

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