Position Title : Senior Migration Health Emergency Response Officer
Duty Station : Nairobi, Kenya
Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P4
Type of Appointment : Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension
Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible
Closing Date : 19 June 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.
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. External female candidates:
3. Candidate from the following non-represented member states: Antigua and Barbuda; Bahamas; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Cook Islands; Cuba; Djibouti; El Salvador; Fiji; Gabon; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Lesotho; Libya; Marshall Islands; Mauritania; Micronesia (Federated States of); Montenegro; Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Paraguay; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Samoa; Sao Tome and Principe; Seychelles; Solomon Islands; Suriname; Timor-Leste; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu
Second tier candidates include:
All external candidates, except candidates from non-represented member states of IOM and female candidates.
Under the direct supervision of the Regional Director for East and Horn of Africa at the Regional Office (RO) in Nairobi, the technical supervision of the Emergency Operations Health Officer in Headquarters (HQ), and in close coordination with the Migration Health Department (MHD) emergency team in HQ, the MHD focal points and relevant colleagues in the Department of Operations and Emergencies (DOE) at the country, regional, and global levels, the successful candidate will contribute to strengthen the organizational capacity to respond to humanitarian and public health emergencies across regions in the African continent, through staff capacity building for rapid response and assessment, and the development of an effective IOM’ health information system. S/he will also be deployed as a rapid response officer, as needed; in the case of a public health emergency.
Core Functions / Responsibilities:
1. Assist Governments, partners and IOM Missions with strategic and technical guidance for emergency health programming and health system strengthening activities regionally, including outbreak preparedness and response. This includes building IOM’s capacity to work alongside governments in conducting public health risk assessments, identifying procurement and logistics needs for emergency health responses, developing various Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), harmonized across the region to ensure quality control and assurance is mainstreamed at the regional and country levels, using international standards and building upon best practices. Monitoring will include remote guidance as well as in-country support, potentially for extended periods of time.
2. Assist governments and partners in the region in addressing health issues associated with population mobility in the context of emergencies as well as developing responses to disease outbreaks and close interlinkages with human mobility, etc.
3. Engage with IOM Missions to develop and coordinate IOM Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) plans for disease outbreaks and natural disasters in coordination with Government authorities, national and regional health actors. This includes adherence to IOM’s Heath Border Mobility Management (HBMM) framework and its links to International Health Regulations (IHR) and Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA).
4. Identify staff capacity building needs for emergency health programming, provide technical support through a combination of formal trainings and on-the-job mentoring. Assist MHD HQ and Regional Offices to roll out the IOM Health in Emergencies training more broadly.
5. Provide technical support on in the development of a Performance Monitoring Framework for emergency health interventions, specifically aiming at increasing effectiveness, improving quality of care and recommending detailed action plans for implementation.
6. Guide MHD in engaging and coordinating with country and regional humanitarian and health coordination mechanisms/forums both on IOM’s emergency preparedness and humanitarian responses and take a leading role in linking health with other IOM-led sectoral activities with an emergency response.
7. Collaborate with Migration Health Regional Thematic Specialists and IOM Health Assessment Programme Coordinators to support the development of cross-regional technical emergency health projects and programmes ensuring that they are:
a. consistent with IOM’s policies, thematic guidance notes and any relevant national policies and/or regional strategies; b. coherent, relevant, and feasible, and consider good practices in the area of migration health; c. developed and implemented according to IOM’s project development procedures as established by the IOM Project Handbook and related Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
8. Maintain a high level of science, global and public health methods expertise, and ensure that analysis and sharing of health data of significant relevance stemming from IOM emergency health programme is maintained. Identify emerging issues to ensure that IOM programmes are based on scientific evidence. Contribute to periodic technical updates and documentation/ dissemination of best practice materials.
9. Represent IOM at relevant coordination meetings in international fora or, if indicated, lead the response in country and liaise closely with key partners. Liaise with other IOM colleagues within and outside the health sector for mobility and health-related matters across the continent (e.g. Displacement Tracking Matrix, Voluntary Humanitarian Return operations, etc), as well as with
health sector partners to ensure implementation of standardized emergency health programming, including outbreak preparedness and response.
10. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
• Degree in Medicine, Nursing, Public Health or other relevant Health Sciences from an accredited academic institution with a Master’s Degree in Public Health or Epidemiology from an accredited academic institution with seven years of relevant professional experience; or
• University degree in the above fields with at least nine years of relevant professional experience.
• An additional qualification in clinical medicine, tropical medicine, infectious diseases, maternal and child health or public health an advantage.
• At least five years of work experience at an international level, preferably involving migration health issues;
• Work experience in resource-limited settings or, in particular, in Ebola, Cholera or similar outbreaks is advantageous;
• Experience in managing significant and complex emergency health programmes;
• Demonstrated experience in emergency response and coordination, design and delivery of humanitarian assistance in complex environments;
• Experience in Point of Entry and IHR are advantageous;
• Proven capacity and vision to develop and implement programmes in the area of migration and health;
• Sound experience working with international organizations, regional organizations, ministries of health and other governmental entities, the private sector and civil society;
• Proven experience in communicating scientifically to specialized audiences;
• Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation;
• Superior reporting and writing skills;
• Ability and willingness to travel to various locations within the African continent.
IOM’s official languages are English, French and Spanish.
For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of French, Arabic, Swahili and/or Spanish is an advantage.
1 Accredited Universities are the ones listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database (https://whed.net/home.php).
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.
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.
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.
How to apply:
Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 19 June 2019 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 06.06.2019 to 19.06.2019