National Health Programme Officer at International Organization for Migration


The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is one of the major humanitarian as well as developmental actors in Somalia. IOM is currently implementing primary healthcare projects in Somalia for refugees, returnees, migrants, and the host community and is expected to expand its programme. In this context, IOM is seeking for a qualified National Health Programme Officer (Medical doctor), to support the Migration Health Division project implementation.

Under the direct supervision of the programme Manager, Migration and Health and the overall supervision of the Senior Programme Coordinator, the incumbent will carry out the following duties and responsibilities:

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Perform migration health assessments (medical examinations) and complete related medical documentation of migrants referred for migration health assessment in accordance with the resettlement countries’ technical instructions and the IOM Migration Health Assessment Guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  2. Provide technical supervision and monitoring of IOM health personnel to check that the following activities are performed in accordance with the technical requirements of the resettlement countries such as: medical case registration, migration health assessments, medical forms transmission, medical treatment and follow-up programs, data processing and management, predeparture medical examination and report.
  3. Treat patients with identified medical conditions of public health concern and/or safety such as Tuberculosis, STDs and mental health conditions and refer patients to specialists for assessment and/or treatment as may be required.
  4. Perform pre-departure and pre-embarkation medical checks on all returnees, migrants departing under IOM auspices, making sure they are fit to travel.
  5. Support and coordinate timely, accurate and complete reporting of all activities on the pre-departure (surveillance, examinations, treatment, vaccination), as per IOM SOPs and as per the country of resettlement technical instructions.
  6. Implement quality control standards and ensure confidentiality of individual health information; actively participate in and comply with MHD’s quality control and quality assurance programme by assuming full responsibility as case manager with requisite completion and quality check of health assessment files and management.
  7. Assist in the analysis and technical elaboration of data gathered from the migration health assessment.
  8. Coordinate with the local/national health authorities, physicians, hospitals, and laboratories, as needed.
  9. Inform and consult with the Programme Manager, Somalia, Migration Health Assessment Center (MHAC), Nairobi on migration health issues and propose corrective and adjustment measures.
  10. Assist in the preparation, and implementation of activities related to the migration health, and other conditions of public health significance.
  11. Provide technical inputs to the MHD team that will facilitate results-based implementation of programme activities and to ensure adherence to work plan activities and timelines
  12. Undertake duty travel and medical escorting activities and be ready for relocation of duty station to remote areas as needed.
  13. Perform any other duties that may be required by the Programme Manager.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine, or related degree from accredited institution with 2 years of relevant professional experience.
  • A master’s degree or equivalent with above field.


  • Experience in clinical practice in Somalia as a doctor or nurse in emergency settings, and minimum of four years overall experience in clinical practice.
  • Experience working in Mogadishu
  • Experience in humanitarian programmes for migrants and IDPs.
  • Experience in capacity building of health workers in clinical service provision.
  • Experience in programme management and start-up of new projects.
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation of project performance.
  • Experience working with an international organization is an advantage.


  • Ability to develop positive relationships with stakeholders including government and local authorities.
  • Ability to work independently with limited day-to-day operational support.
  • High level of computer literacy (MS Office Word, Excel, Outlook).


  • Fluency in English and Somali is required (oral and written).
  • Arabic is advantageous

Required Competencies


  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
  • Integrity and transparency: maintain 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: work strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.


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

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment and verification of residency, visa, and authorizations by the concerned Government, where applicable.

Only candidates residing in either the country of the duty station or from a location in a neighbouring country that is within commuting distance of the duty station will be considered. In all cases, a prerequisite for taking up the position is legal residency in the country of the duty station, or in the neighbouring country located within commuting distance, and work permit, as applicable.

How to apply

Interested candidates should submit CV and a cover letter indicating the Special Vacancy Notice Number (SVN No.), Position Title and the Duty Station with three professional referees and their contacts (both email and telephone) to:

Deadline for receiving applications is 14.08.2022

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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