Migration Health Officer (Emergency Response) (2 positions) at International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Migration Health Officer (Emergency Response) (2 positions)

Duty Station: Multiple Duty Stations

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P2

Type of Appointment: Special short-term graded, 6 months with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 14 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 www.iom.int/diversity.

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. Candidates 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.


Under the overall supervision of the Migration Health Programme Manager, and the direct supervision of the Migration Health Emergency Operations Coordinator, the Migration Health Officer (Emergency Response) will be responsible for the day-to-day monitoring, implementation, coordination, and particularly quality control and quality assurance tasks of International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) Emergency Health Programming in designated areas (Oblasts) in Ukraine.

The successful candidate will provide technical oversight and daily management support to emergency health field teams in designated areas; liaise with the Ministry of Health (MoH), World Health Organization (WHO) and health sector partners; collaborate with other IOM sectors in areas of operation and contribute to program development.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Monitor the emergency health response, including supervising and implementing project activities (human resources, medical equipment and supplies, health infrastructure, health information systems), supervising health teams in IOM-supported health facilities, and facilitating outreach#and referral activities.
  2. Supervise and facilitate capacity building of IOM’s emergency health team in the area of responsibility for the continuous provision of quality emergency health programming; provide in-field coordination and ensure the implementation of planned activities; research opportunities for training and professional development; and conduct performance appraisal of emergency health staff using the IOM Staff Evaluation System (SES).
  3. Assist with the identification and mobilization of logistical and human resources needed for the emergency health response in a timely and effective manner, in close coordination with the Migration Health Emergency Coordinator.
  4. In close collaboration with the field staff, contribute to the development of project management tools such as work plans, procurement plans, Human Resources (HR) plans, and budget/financial projections for each project in designated areas to facilitate the timely availability of material, financial, and human resources required for health response.
  5. Provide technical support to the monitoring and evaluation of health interventions in the field, including contributing to the development of tools that increase effectiveness and improve quality of#care, and recommend detailed action plans for implementation.
  6. Using IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) and other assessments conducted by IOM and partners, continuously identify health needs and propose interventions to help strengthen IOM’s emergency health response to conflict-affected populations, including Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), returnees, host communities, and non-displaced populations.
  7. Support the development and implementation of contingency plans at the field level. This may include supporting supply chain management at the field level and planning for disease-specific preparedness and response activities.
  8. Draft regular reports (i.e. weekly field reports from the field teams) on IOM activities, including key performance indicators, and support the analysis of regular epidemiological reports in close conjunction with the Health Information Management Officer.
  9. Conduct regular visits to designated areas under their supervision (Oblasts) to monitor the implementation of IOM’s health programs, help build the team’s capacity, and meet with local authorities and other stakeholders.
  10. Check that health services provided at IOM supported mobile and health facilities meet national and international quality standards and facilitate the harmonization of IOM’s activities across different locations in their designated areas.
  11. Maintain knowledge of the context, including the evolution of the conflict, humanitarian needs, population movements, and security issues that can affect the health status and needs of the population and the implementation of IOM’s programs.
  12. Remain abreast of changes in MoH policies and regulations that might affect IOM’s operations in the designated areas and check IOM’s adherence to the latest updates from MoH.
  13. Check that IOM’s health activities conducted by Implementing Partners (IPs) at the field level follow agreed plans and raise challenges and concerns to the Migration Health Emergency Coordinator in a timely manner.
  14. Work with the Migration Health team and the Procurement and Logistics team to implement the supply chain management system to monitor medical commodities’ consumption in the field and facilitate the efficient use of resources.
  15. Participate in key coordination forums such as the regional coordination meetings or sub-national Health Cluster meetings and technical working groups; liaise and coordinate with national and international health and development assistance authorities in respective geographical areas; key counterparts may include the Ministry of Health, WHO, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and other stakeholders.
  16. Contribute to IOM resource mobilization efforts by providing inputs on needs, opportunities, implementing partners, operational strategies and financial requirements.
  17. Liaise closely with IOM’s other thematic areas in the country, such as Water, Sanitation and hygiene (WASH), Protection, Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) and others, to help integrate and mainstream health into project proposals, tools and strategies where relevant and possible.
  18. Liaise with the IOM security officers and officers of the United Nations Department for Security and Safety (UNDSS) in the region and civilian and military governmental authorities.
  19. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in medicine, health sciences, public health or a health-related field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience; or
  • University degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional experience.


  • Minimum of two years of experience in humanitarian or development programs managementor coordination, preferably in the public health field;
  • Previous experience in conflict and outbreak settings;
  • Experience in emergency response and coordination, including supervision of field-basedteams and delivery of humanitarian assistance in complex environments;
  • Experience working with international organizations, regional organizations, ministries of healthand other governmental entities, the private sector and civil society;
  • Experience in communicating scientifically to specialized audiences.


  • Excellent computer skills, especially in MS Office applications such as MS Word, MS Excel, MS Access, Internet Explorer
  • Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation, and excellent written communication skills (forexample, through extensive experience in writing reports).
  • Excellent communication, presentation and writing skills with strong computer literacy,especially advanced working knowledge of Microsoft Office


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 Ukrainian 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 (https://whed.net/home.php).

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 2

  • 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 2

  • 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 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. For this staff category, candidates who are nationals of the duty station’s country cannot be considered eligible.

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 14 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: www.iom.int/recruitment

Posting period:

From 01.08.2022 to 14.08.2022

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

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