Migration Health Officer

  • Added Date: Thursday, 21 October 2021
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 03 November 2021

Position Title: Migration Health Officer

Duty Station: Algiers, Algeria

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: 03 November 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; Aruba (Netherlands); Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros;Congo (the); Cook Islands; Cuba; Fiji; Gabon; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People's Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Libya; 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 Algiers and direct supervision of the Head of Programmes; and, in collaboration with relevant units at Headquarters and the Regional Office, the successful candidate will be responsible and accountable for the coordination and implementation of IOM Algeria health programmes activities and projects. The Migration Health Officer will also be responsible for contributing to the development and implementation of new health programmes in the country and for monitoring the related budgetary and administrative aspects of health programme activities.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

1.Implement health operations in IOM Algeria. This will include the coordination, monitoring and supervision of the timely implementation of health activities, such as:

โ€ข Provision of primary health care through mobile teams and/or fixed clinic services for returnees, migrants, and host communities.

โ€ข Facilitating procurement, storage and distribution of medicines and medical supplies, maintaining an inventory of partners and goods distributed.

โ€ข Following up health referrals, facilitating emergency transport to/from nearest health facilities.

โ€ข Supporting the enhancement of access to health care services and facilities.

โ€ข Supporting COVID-19 response in particular the key health related pillars.

2.Encourage universal health coverage by facilitating the inclusion of migrants and migration in the national health plans and policies including COVID-19 vaccination related technical working group and national strategies.

3.Participate in the technical capacity building for both internal and external stakeholders on migration health issues including Health, Border and Mobility Management, International Health Regulations, disease surveillance and infection prevention and control.

4.Conduct preliminary assessments of the health needs of migrants, including priority causes of ill-health; draft and suggest plans to address these. Bring to the attention of the CoM and Head of Programmes ongoing or emerging health needs of migrants, returnees and other affected communities to facilitate effectiveness, coherence, integrity and the building of linkages with other relevant programmes.

5.Participate in mission level multi-sectoral assessments, providing health related technical information on programmatic areas of intervention.

6.Provide technical inputs and compile information for the elaboration and implementation of migration health risk surveillance strategies and mechanisms that strengthen preparedness and response, and work to avoid and mitigate these risks.

7.Maintain effective and regular liaison with relevant counterparts, including in the Ministry of Health, Population and Hospital Reform, (MoH), World Health Organization (WHO), UN agencies, and international and national non-governmental organizations working in the health and other relevant sectors.

8.Assist in the monitoring and evaluation of the quality of health care provided to IOMbeneficiaries and bring to the attention of supervisor any issues with compliance to national and IOM global standards.

9.Maintain relevant information sharing channels in close coordination with the Chief of Mission and other IOM Algeria programme managers.

10.Ensure the maintenance of documentation for implemented health activities, including the collection of age/sex disaggregated data in line with IOM data protection guidelines.

11.Draft activity (narrative) reports on project achievements, challenges encountered, pertinent development and needs on a quarterly basis.

12.In close coordination with the Head of Programmes and IOM Algeria Projects Support Unit, participate in the identification of new programme and project possibilities and contribute to the development of health specific as well as multi-sector proposals and the collection of requested documentation for subsequent submission to donors according to IOM project development guidelines and procedures.

13.Facilitate and encourage the mainstreaming of migration in relevant health policies, strategies and planning processes.

14.Research potential entry points for expanded collaboration and/or new project development in close coordination with local health authorities and partners.

15.Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


โ€ข Masterโ€™s degree in Medicine, Public Health or related field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience; or

โ€ข University degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional experience.


โ€ข Experience in the domain of global public health and migration health related issues, including in the context of humanitarian situations;

โ€ข Experience in the implementation and management of a large and complex health programme;

โ€ข Previous public health work experience in international organization is a strong advantage.


โ€ข Proven capacity and vision to develop and implement programmes in migration and health;

โ€ข Proven capacity to communicate to specialized audiences on migration and health topics;

โ€ข Proven skills in coordinating multidisciplinary teams and establishing and maintaining working relations with senior government officials, UN agencies, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Donors, including familiarity with the humanitarian cluster system;

โ€ข Proven writing skills to draft high quality concept notes, proposals and donor reports in both English and French.


IOMโ€™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 and French is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Arabic and/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 (https://whed.net/home.php).

Required Competencies:

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

โ€ข Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.

โ€ข Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.

โ€ข Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.

Core Competencies โ€“ behavioural indicators level 2

โ€ข Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.

โ€ข Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.

โ€ข Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.

โ€ข Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organizationโ€™s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.

โ€ข Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.

Managerial Competencies โ€“ behavioural indicators level 2

โ€ข Leadership: provides a clear sense of direction, leads by example and demonstrates the ability to carry out the organizationโ€™s vision; assists others to realize and develop their potential.

โ€ข Empowering others & building trust: creates an atmosphere of trust and an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.

โ€ข Strategic thinking and vision: works strategically to realize the Organizationโ€™s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.

IOMโ€™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. For this staff category, candidates who are nationals of the duty stationโ€™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.

This vacancy is archived.

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