Intern- Migration Health Division

  • Added Date: Friday, 15 March 2019
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 04 April 2019

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Position Title : Intern- Migration Health Division

Duty Station : Geneva, Switzerland

Classification : Intern, Grade OTHE

Type of Appointment : Internship, Six months with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date : 01 July 2019

Closing Date : 04 April 2019

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.


Background Information

Within the Department of Migration Management (DMM), the Migration Health Division (MHD) has the institutional responsibility to oversee, support and coordinate the Organization’s provision of migration health services globally. The Division provides technical guidance and policy advice, establishes partnerships with relevant governmental, multilateral, civil society and private entities in the domain of migration health, and identifies strategies and programmatic approaches that are informed by agreed policies, evidence, standards and trends in the sector.

The successful candidate will support day-to-day strategic activities and liaison to strengthen the Division’s ability to bridge the needs of migrants and IOM Member States through evidence-based policy activities, and thus to ensure the delivery of equitable, rights-based and accessible migration health programmes and initiatives for its beneficiaries. He/she will be support the Senior Migration Health Policy Advisor in liaising with relevant Divisions/Units in HQ on policy related matters.


The successful candidate will work under the guidance and supervision of the of the Senior Migration Health Policy Advisor and in cooperation with other colleagues in IOM Headquarters, and in cooperation with other colleagues of the MHD Division, relevant Field Offices and IOM Headquarters.

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Migration Health Policy Advisor, and in accordance with the overall direction of the Director of the Migration Health Division, the successful candidate will have the following duties and responsibilities:

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Support the Senior Migration Health Policy Advisor on work related to global migration health policy, strengthening partnerships and institutional reporting at HQ level.

  2. Assist in preparations for meetings and events, such as the UN General Assembly meetings, including the September 2019 high-level meeting on Universal Health Coverage (, )the 2019 International Dialogue for Migration as well as take notes, prepare reports and assist with related follow-up tasks.

  3. Assist in researching, editing and proof-checking key MHD HQ publications and communications products. This will include research, writing and editing tasks related to the core IOM migration health strategic position papers, guidance and evidence-based information tools, such as information sheets, concept notes, position papers and others, on various topics relevant to the IOM migration health policy and partnerships area of work.

  4. Support background document preparation and notes for external partner meetings such as with governments, UN partners, health professional associations, civil society organizations, and others.

  5. Conduct secondary research and prepare analytic reports on migration health policy related work areas, such as health in the Global Forum on Migration and Development (, )Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration ( and the Global Compact on Refugees and the related WHO resolutions and plans on the topic of promoting health of refugees and migrants (

  6. Assist in writing grant proposals for global policy and partnerships focused migration health projects.

  7. Assist in reviewing and analyzing institutional reporting results related to migration health, including departmental and overall organizational quarterly and annual reports.

  8. Conceptualize and prepare content and layout for the policy and partnerships section of the IOM migration health webpages, and assist in content for other communications materials during the internship period.

  9. Assist with preparation of presentations or briefing notes for assigned meetings during the internship period and participate in Geneva-based meetings, as assigned.

  10. Perform such other duties as may be required.

In performing these tasks, the successful candidate may be asked to work on his/her own; seek available web-based sources of information; review internal IOM project documents and/or communicate with assigned IOM or non-IOM focal persons.

Training Components and Learning Elements

The successful candidate will acquire technical knowledge in the area of migration and health in the Migration Health Division of the Department of Migration Management, with particular focus on global and regional migration health policies and partnerships, including UN system engagements and multisectoral actions. He/she can also access online training courses at the disposal of all IOM staff to enhance knowledge in migration governance and management in general. He/She will also gain experience in working in an international multi-cultural environment, with a UN related organization as well as be encourage to attend and learn more global health related events in other UN agencies at Geneva level.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


Master’s degree in Global or Public Health, International Relations, Development Studies or International Affairs Medicine, or a related field from an accredited academic institution; or approaching end of studies.


• Familiarity with communicable and non-communicable disease control, HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, public health systems, health policy and other public health and migration health related subject matter;

• Good secondary research skills, with focus on policy and public health topics;

• Demonstrated ability to write clear and concise progress reports, proven skills in writing summary documents and editing reports, project documents and proposals, is desirable;

• Proven ability to produce quality work accurately and concisely according to set deadlines and requirements from supervisors;

• Capability to draft research, policy and other types of papers;

• Strong organizational skills;

• Ability to work effectively both on his/her own, and within a team of varied cultural and professional backgrounds;

• Practical experience of how to multi-task, prioritize and work independently;

• Computer literacy, especially database tools and experience in using medical and public health research tools online;

• Can proficiently use MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point);

• Proven ability to produce quality work accurately and concisely according to set deadlines.


Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of another UN language, especially French or Spanish is an advantage.


Diversity & Inclusion

At IOM we value and invite diversity into our workforce as we know it is one of the factors that make us qualified to deal with the complex issue of migration. We see diversity as one of our organizational strengths. Our aim is to foster an inclusive workplace where everyone treats each other (including colleagues and migrants) with dignity and respect.

At IOM we welcome applications from qualified individuals, irrespective of their race, religion, skin color, nationality, age, disability status, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family structure, mental health status, or any other characteristic. Our policies encourage a workplace free from discrimination and any form of harassment.

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Eligibility and Selection

In general, the Internship Programme aims at attracting talented students and graduates who:

a) have a specific interest in, or whose studies have covered, areas relevant to IOM

programmes and activities

b) are either students approaching the end of their studies and preparing a thesis, or recently graduated, who have less than two years of relevant working experience.

c) Must have a Master’s Degree

d) As part of IOM’s continuous efforts to increase the diversity of its workforce, a special call for interns from non-represented member states and non-OECD DAC countries is being launched.

Please refer to the link below for a list of OECD DAC member countries:

*All candidates who are from countries that are not enlisted are eligible to apply.

IOM’s non-represented member States are:

(Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Congo, Cabo Verde, Czech Republic, Djibouti, Fiji, Micronesia (Federated States of), Gabon, Guyana, Iceland, Comoros, Lesotho, Libya, Montenegro, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Seychelles, Slovenia, Suriname, El Salvador, Swaziland, Timor-Leste, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Vanuatu, Samoa)

• Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted, and additional enquiries will only be addressed if the candidate is shortlisted.

• Depending on experience and location, IOM provides a monthly stipend to help offset costs.

Travel costs will be covered.

• Please consider the cost of living in the Duty Station prior to applying.

• Applications must be submitted by 04 April 2019

Desirable Competencies:


• 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

• 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.


Appointment is subject to funding confirmation.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

No late applications will be accepted.

This vacancy is archived.

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