Chief Migration Health Officer at the International Organization for Migration (IOM)

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) – Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and 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.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Chief Migration Health Officer

Requisition: VN 2021 59

Location: Abuja, Nigeria

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P4

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

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Context

  • Under the overall supervision of the Regional Director, the administrative supervision of the Chief of Mission and the technical supervision of the Regional Health Assessment Programme Coordinator (RHAPC) and in coordination with the Regional Migration Health Specialist for the region, the successful candidate will be responsible for the development, implementation and management of the Health Assessment Program (HAP) and other health Programmes in Nigeria.

Core Functions / Responsibilities

Health Assessment Portfolio:

  • Coordinate, implement and supervise the migration health assessment process to fulfil the technical requirements of the resettlement countries in the areas of:

    • Medical examinations.
    • Imaging.
    • Laboratory testing.
    • Vaccinations.
    • TB management.
    • Treatment and referrals.
    • Pre-departure procedures and medical movements.
    • Documentation, certification, and information transmission; and,
    • Other technical areas as may be required.

  • Ensure that the infrastructure and equipment of the Health Assessment program (HAP) premises meet professional standards of quality and safety and are sufficient and adequate for provision of the services.
  • Ensure that human resources and HAP organizational structure are sufficient and adequate for the planned levels of health assessments and that the staff has necessary qualifications and skills.
  • Establish a sufficient network of external human resources, such as consultants and medical escorts, to support health assessment process and travel assistance. In coordination with the Human Resource Unit, ensure that all medical personnel maintain valid licenses to practice.
  • Ensure that the regulatory government authorities are informed about IOM’s health activities and that the IOM medical facilities have obtained approval to provide health assessments and related services.
  • Establish and maintain efficient, client-centered procedures and ensure high level of integrity at all stages of HAP 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 and maintain a system, enabling clients to provide feedback.
  • Establish and maintain a system of quality improvement for each service area. Undertake quality control activities on a regular basis practice observation, regular supervisory visits to all facilities / teams involved in the health assessment operations, 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 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs); create and implement country-specific SOPs for each service area. Ensure proper reporting and management of incidents according to the Guidance Note for Incident Management.
  • Incorporate additional public health interventions in the HAP context. Such 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.
  • Supervise health- and non-health staff as well as external consultants, involved in the health assessment process; ensure that performance evaluations for health staff are completed in a timely manner. Ensure that all staff are aware of the IOM Standards of Conduct under Article 42, and continuously reinforce these standards. Informs in due time the CoM and the IOM Ethics Committee of any issues regarding staff misconduct.
  • Establish the HAP staff development strategy and ensure that the appropriate plan is implemented. Within that plan, apart from attendance to external educational events, initiate, organize, and deliver various professional in-house trainings.
  • Liaise with external service providers to negotiate agreements in coordination with the Resource Management Officer (RMO). To the extent possible, exercise quality control over outsourced services and take corrective measures if necessary.
  • Liaise with relevant partners at government level, immigration health authorities of the receiving countries, as well as other international UN and non-UN agencies, NGOs, donor community and national partners.
  • Maintain confidentiality and security of migration health data in accordance with the IOM Data Protection Principles.
  • Organize systematic collection, processing and analyses of migration health data. Ensure data quality. Provide periodic, as well as ad-hoc reporting to MHD, for MH activities.
  • Oversee the financial aspects of the health programmes in close coordination with the mission’s finance staff: supervise budget preparation and ensure monitoring of MH projects, suggest adjustments and cost-effective solutions, and review financial reports.
  • Provide oversight and coordinate procurement of medical equipment, vaccines, medications, and other medical supplies in coordination with the resource management unit.
  • Organize and supervise activities of mobile medical teams, if applicable.

Other Health Activities:

  • In coordination with the HoO/CoM, reinforce partnerships and liaise with the Migration Health (MH) sector with Ministry of Health, health institutions and academia, as well as other relevant leading agencies. Incorporate multi-sectoral approaches to partnerships, as well as capitalize on IOM strengths across all service areas within the overall framework of IOM’s 12-point Strategy adopted by IOM Members States (June 2007).
  • Conceptualize, develop and implement appropriate migration health related projects that may benefit migrants, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and host communities as well as conflict/natural disaster affected population in coordination with relevant Units, the Regional Thematic Specialists (RTSs) and other colleagues.
  • Facilitate the integration of health assessment activities into the overall migration related programming of the Country Office through close collaboration with the various and units at the Country Office level.
  • Advise IOM colleagues on the link between the Health Assessment Programme with the two other core MHD programme areas – Health Promotion and Assistance to Migrants, and Migration Health Assistance to Crisis-Affected Populations.
  • Identify opportunities for expanding migration health activities and programmes by informing embassies and consulates of IOM’s migration health work and lobby for IOM MHACs becoming panel sites for MHA, responding to announcements for call of proposals by drafting project concept notes and/or proposals and liaising with UN agencies and Ministry of Health to identify project development opportunities.
  • Perform such other duties as may be assigned by the direct supervisor, 2nd SES manager or Director of Migration Health Department.

Required Qualifications and Experience

Education:

  • University degree in Medicine from an accredited academic institution with preferred specializations: Internal Medicine and its sub-specialties, Paediatrics, Anaesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology; and minimum of nine (9) years of relevant professional experience of which at least three (3) years managerial responsibilities; or,
  • University degree in Medicine from an accredited academic institution with preferred specializations: internal medicine and its sub-specialties, paediatrics, anaesthesiology, emergency medicine, family medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology 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 seven (7) years of relevant professional experience of which at least three (3) years managerial responsibilities.

Experience:

  • Minimum of four (4) years, post-graduation, (post internship) of continuous clinical experience, preferably in a multidisciplinary hospital setting or at IOM/similar international clinic context;
  • Experience in Migration Heath Assessment;
  • Demonstrated progressive experience in health programme management;
  • Experience in project development, management and report writing;
  • Experience in migration health emergency response is an asset;
  • Experience in establishing partnerships with government institutions, health institutions and other partners.

Skills:

  • In depth knowledge of the broad range of migration related subject areas dealt with by the Organization; and,
  • Knowledge of UN and bilateral donor programming.

Languages:

  • IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish.
  • For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of French 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.

NB:  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 3:

  • 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 3:

  • 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.

Other:

  • 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.

Application Closing Date

7th April, 2021 at 23:59 local time Geneva, Switzerland.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:

Click here to apply online

Note

  • No late applications will be accepted.
  • 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.
  • 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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