Migration Health Officer (Health Assessment Programme) At International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Migration Health Officer (Health Assessment Programme)

Duty Station: Niamey, Niger

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P2

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

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 27 April 2021

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; Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Cook Islands; Cuba; Fiji; Gabon; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Luxembourg; 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 Chief of Mission (CoM) in Niger, the direct technical supervision of the Chief Migration Health Officer (CMHO) in IOM Ghana Country Office and administrative supervision of the Movement Operations Manager in IOM Niger, the successful candidate will be responsible for the management of the Migration Health Assessment Unit (MHAU) in Niamey, Niger.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

1.Supervise the Migration Health Assessment Unit (MHAU)’s migration health assessment process to fulfil the technical requirements of the resettlement countries in the areas of:

• Medical examinations;

• Imaging;

• Laboratory testing;

• Vaccinations;

• Tuberculosis management;

• Treatment and referrals;

• Pre-departure procedures and medical movements;

• Documentation, certification and information transmission;

• Review of Medical Assessment Forms (MAF);

• Provision of required information on medical escorts or special requirements of beneficiaries to

Operations in a timely manner; and,

• Other technical areas as may be required.

2.Support and coordinate the health assessments activities based on donor requirements for refugees and migrants, including review of medical history, fit for travel verifications, physical examination, evaluation of Chest X-ray (CXR) and/or review of the lab results in accordance with the technical guidelines of the resettlement countries.

3.Ensure that the infrastructure and equipment of the Migration Health Assessment Unit (MHAU) meet the professional standards of quality and safety, are sufficient and adequate for the provision of the services.

4.Adequately plan health assessments and ensure that medical staff have necessary qualifications and skills to conduct health assessments. Contribute to the building of the network of external human resources, such as Consultants and Medical Escorts, to support the health assessment process and travel assistance. Ensure close collaboration with the Movement Operations Manager and the Operations Unit in IOM Niger and ensure full adherence of the medical teams to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for communication and required changes to logistical arrangements surrounding health assessments.

5.Inform the CoM, the Movement Operations Manager, CMHO and Procurement and Logistics Officer about the MHAU’s health activities, logistical and movement requirements in a timely, coherent and conclusive manner, through bi-weekly update reports on the Health Assessment activities.

6.Maintain efficient, client-centered procedures with a high level of integrity at all stages of the Migration Health Assessment process, including client information and appointment system, payment, registration, pre- and post-test counselling, examination, testing, treatment and referrals submission of health assessment results, pre-departure and other procedures. Establish within the MHAU a system enabling clients to provide feedback.

7.Maintain a system of quality improvement for each service area within the MHAU. Coordinate and manage the quality control activities on a regular basis, including practice observation, desk audits and use of self-assessment tools. Use data analysis and web reporting system to monitor performance indicators. Ensure implementation of the global IOM SOPs; provide technical inputs and implement MHAC specific SOPs for each service area. Ensure proper reporting and management of incidents according to the IOM Migration Health Division (MHD) Guidance Note for Incident Management.

8.Collaborate with the CMHO and Regional Health Assessment Programme Coordinator (RHAPC) in Nairobi to incorporate additional public health interventions in the HAP context, in close coordination with the COM and the Public Health Officer (20058084) in IOM Niger Interventions may include surveillance for communicable diseases, outbreak preparedness and response, health education and health promotion, public health services for host communities, liaison with public health institutions and other activities.

9.Oversee health and non-health staff, as well as external Consultants involved in the health assessment process; ensure that performance evaluations for staff are completed in a timely manner. Ensure that all staff are aware of the IOM Standards of Conduct, and continuously reinforce these standards. Immediately inform the CoM of any suspected misconduct in the MHAU.

10.Facilitate the MHAU staff development activities in coordination with the CMHO and Human Resources Officer in IOM Niger to ensure that the appropriate staff development plan is implemented. Within that plan, apart from attendance to external educational events, initiate and contribute to the organization and delivery of various professional in-house trainings.

11.Maintain contacts with external service providers to negotiate agreements in coordination with Senior Resources Management Officer (SRMO). Exercise quality control over outsourced services and take corrective measures if necessary.

12.Systematically collect, process and review migration health data according to guidelines shared by the CMHO and RHAPC. Ensure data quality and provide periodic, as well as ad-hoc reporting to the CMHO on migration health activities in Niger.

13.Oversee the financial aspects of the MHAU in close coordination with the Finance Unit, and the Regional Programme Support and Administration unit in the Regional Office in Nairobi and Finance Unit in IOM Ghana. Review draft budgets, suggest adjustments and cost-effective solutions and review financial reports.

14.Monitor and oversee the procurement of medical equipment, vaccines, medication, and other medical supplies in coordination with the CMHO and the Resource Management Unit in IOM Niger and the Resource Management Officer in IOM Ghana.

15.Facilitate the integration of health assessment activities into the overall migration related programming in close collaboration and coordination with the various teams in the country office.

16.Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• University degree in Medicine from an accredited academic institution with at least four years of professional experience; or

• University degree in Medicine from an accredited academic institution plus Master’s Degree in Community or Public Health, Medical Specialization in Infectious Diseases, Tropical Medicine, or other related fields from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience.


• Working experience in the domain of medicine, three years of which is continuous clinical experience (either in clinical set-ups or immigration / resettlement medical examinations or health assessments);

• Experience with team management/ supervision is required, preferably within the context of immigration/resettlement medical examinations;

• Knowledge and experience with the health segment of Unites States Refugees Admission Programme (USRAP), as well as experience in the provision of immigration medical examinations for Australia, Canada, UK and New Zealand;

• Experience in managing health assessment programmes of a significant size, management of resources and personnel within migration health or public health projects;

• Experience in Tuberculosis, migration health or other communicable disease control programmes among refugees and migrants in an international organization, UN agency or hospital;

• Experience with occupational health issues related to crisis and in developing countries;

• International experience in global public health issues, emergencies and policies; and,

• Experience in liaising with governmental and diplomatic authorities as well as national and international institutions.


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

For this position, fluency in English and French is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Arabic 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 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. https://www.iom.int/sites/default/files/about-iom/iom_revised_competency_framework_external.pdf

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. 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.

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 27 April 2021 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 14.04.2021 to 27.04.2021

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 2021 79 Migration Health Officer (Health Assessment Programme) (P2) Niamey, Niger (56936953) Released

Posting: Posting NC56936954 (56936954) Released

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