International Organization For Migration (IOM)

Global Vaccination Coordinator

International Organization For Migration (IOM)

Job Description

Position Title: Global Vaccination Coordinator Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland 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: 25 February 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

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; 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 of IOM and female candidates.


Under the direct supervision of the Director, Migration Health, and in collaboration with relevant units at Headquarters, Regional and Country Offices, the successful candidate will be responsible and accountable for Coordination and management of IOM’s Global Vaccination Programme within the Migration Health Division (MHD).

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

1.Conceptualize, plan, develop and coordinate IOM's global strategy for providing high quality vaccination services worldwide.

2.Provide technical and operational guidance and advice to ensure up to date IOM Global Vaccination Programme implementation within the Migration Health Division (MHD) at all levels, including: a. Reviewing, collating, documenting and analysing current IOM practices in performing vaccination programmes, including mass vaccination campaigns, developing global guidelines and assisting Country Office teams in developing country specific Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), in line with global recommendations.

b. Providing guidance on vaccine procurement, storage and distribution in collaboration with the Global Procurement Team and Country Offices and ensuring best practice and safe vaccine delivery is maintained across all MHD vaccination efforts.

c. Preparing training materials and conducting training of staff in implementing vaccination programmes and mass campaigns for IOM’s Migration Health projects.

d. Technically supporting Regional Vaccine Focal Points, Vaccine Coordinators and relevant Programme Managers to deliver a cohesive Global Vaccination Programme and expand services where needed, including assisting the Team in delivering the related public health efforts such as prevention of transmission of Communicable Diseases.

e. Developing reporting and analytical instruments to inform the performance and budget requirements of vaccination programmes, including contingency for outbreak preparedness and mop up mass vaccination campaigns.

f. Collaborating and coordinating with MHD at various levels (HQ, Regional and Country levels) and across disciplines (e.g. Migration Health Informatics, vaccination related research, health emergencies and operations, etc.) to develop and implement tools for tracking, monitoring, surveillance and evaluation of vaccination programmes.

g. Strengthening existing and developing new reporting and analytical instruments to enhance the performance and cost-effectiveness of the vaccination programmes.

h. Assisting in the development of surveillance systems and serve as a Focal Point in reviewing and coordinating clinical management of Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFI) reports from the field vaccination programs.

i. Coordinating with MHD Communications Officer, MHD Regional Thematic Specialists and MHD Regional Vaccination Focal Points and Coordinators to develop vaccination Information, Education and Communication material (IEC) in addition to Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) and global communication strategies targeting migrants and other beneficiaries.

j. Working with Country and Regional Offices to monitor vaccine hesitation in migrant and displaced communities and develop targeted interventions to improve vaccine acceptance.

3.Global liaison on all vaccination and related matters, including: a. Liaising closely with MHD staff, other Divisions and Departments at global, Regional and Country levels and act as the IOM Focal Point to ensure a coherent IOM approach and voice on the topic of vaccination, including briefings for IOM senior staff, communications with partners in and beyond the UN and Member States.

b. Establishing relevant internal and external partnerships in the implementation of vaccination activities across MHD and providing support during the implementation.

c. Strengthening collaborations and liaising with WHO, UNICEF, GAVI, UNHCR, Donors, CDC, Permanent Missions and representing IOM in various relevant interagency meetings, donor briefings and technical meetings.

d. Preparing and/or providing technical contribution to the analytical reports and papers which reflect and interpret relevant vaccination data and IOM knowledge, and experience on the topic.

4.Support Country Offices by visiting and reviewing vaccination efforts on the ground.

5.Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Medicine, Nursing, Social Sciences or Public Health from an accredited academic institution with seven years of relevant professional experience; or • University degree in the above fields with nine years of relevant professional experience.


• Minimum seven years of relevant international work experience in designing, delivering, and evaluating vaccination programmes with managerial responsibilities; • Experience with supervising and managing the roll out of mass vaccination campaigns in fragile or humanitarian settings; • Experience of advocating for and working with neglected populations, including refugees and/or migrants is highly desirable; • Proven experience in liaising with governments and international and national public health entities, such as Ministries of Health, WHO, GAVI, The Vaccine Alliance, UNICEF, John Snow, Inc (JSI).


• Proven abilities to produce written guidance (instructions, manuals, SOPs), reports and education materials; • Knowledge of epidemiology and experience in data Analysis; • Strong technical/medical writing skills in English; • Excellent understanding of global health policy and the key actors/stakeholders in the global vaccination arena.


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

For this position, fluency in English and working knowledge of French is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Spanish and/or 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 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.

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.

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.

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