International Organization For Migration (IOM)

Project Officer (Health and Emergencies)

International Organization For Migration (IOM)

Job Description

Position Title: Project Officer (Health and Emergencies) Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P2 Type of Appointment: Special short-term graded, nine months 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. Candidates 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.


Under the overall supervision of the Director of the Migration Health Division and direct supervision of the Emergency Operations Health Officer, the successful candidate will support the Emergency Operations Health Officer to contribute to the overall coordination of IOM’s emergency health operations in humanitarian settings and for public health emergency preparedness and response.

As a formal partner of the World Health Organization (WHO), and as a member of the Strategic Advisory Group of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Global Health Cluster, and the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN), IOM is a key player in responding to humanitarian and public health emergencies, as well as supporting health system recovery and resilience. In addition to being an essential part of IOM’s humanitarian mandate, health in emergencies is recognized by the Organization’s Migration Crisis Operational Framework (MCOF) as being one of the sectors of assistance to address before, during and after crises. IOM’s emergency health programming includes the provision of direct health-care services, health promotion, mental health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS), as well as outbreak preparedness and response. IOM’s health response in emergencies works in close coordination with other sectors and units, including Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), as well as Gender-based Violence (GBV) risk mitigation and response, enabling a multisectoral approach to address the health needs of vulnerable populations.

With migration and human mobility at the core of the organization’s mandate, MHD’s approach to responding to disease outbreaks and preparing for future health threats is particularly anchored upon human mobility, notably through the Health, Border and Mobility Management (HBMM) framework. Understanding human mobility dynamics is essential for the development of public health interventions to prevent, detect and respond to international health threats, and support the implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005).

The successful candidate is expected to carry out his/her duties in accordance with strictest ethical standards, safety of IOM personnel, building and maintaining of partnership with agencies and Governments, and with due respect for gender and socio-cultural sensitivities.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Provide technical inputs for and assist in promoting global technical policy guidance and provide technical and operational support to IOM’s overall health response to crisis affected populations in close coordination with other Migration Health Division (MHD) technical areas such as Mental Health and Psychosocial Response and Inter-Cultural Communications, research, policy and partnerships, assistance to vulnerable migrants and the Health Assessment Programme.
  2. Engage and actively coordinate with the Preparedness and Response Division (PRD) of the Department of Operations and Emergency (DOE) and other Departments at Headquarters and field offices in emergency preparedness and response; facilitate the development and integration of health programmes into IOM’s comprehensive emergency response particularly in IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix, Gender Based Violence and WASH units as well as closely work with the PRD Programme Support Unit on system processes like PRIMA and institutional monitoring and evaluation tools for emergencies.
  3. Participate in meetings related to emergency health programming such as the Global Health Cluster, Inter Agency Working Group on Reproductive Health, HIV in Emergencies, major UN agencies, NGOs, academic institutions, and donors involved in health response in crisis events.
  4. Support field offices in setting up and/or running systems for emergency health response programming and facilitate harmonized implementation of activities that are delivered within the framework of national health response strategies.
  5. Assist field offices in managing resource deployment, project activation, implementation and reporting to partners and donors, and evaluation of emergency health related programs.
  6. Provide feedback and Technical Support for the management of the emergency health staff roster in collaboration with the MHD Human Resources Business Manager and PRD.
  7. Compile and/or draft a set of guidance notes and reference pool of effective practices and lessons learned from previous emergencies.
  8. Provide technical assistance to field offices in preparing the health chapters and proposals for inclusion into rapid response funding mechanisms and appeals such as CERF, Flash Appeals, as well as institutional processes like the IOM Global Crisis Response Plans and other global strategic preparedness and response plans.
  9. Contribute to the development and knowledge management of health in emergencies tools, guidance and publications, including those related to HBMM, Points of Entry and outbreak preparedness and response linked to the International Health Regulations (IHR); provide inputs for initiatives to improve IOM’s health information management system.
  10. Participate in the capacity building of staff globally through trainings, webinars or field visits.
  11. Perform such other duties as maybe assigned.
Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s Degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, Health or Nursing Sciences or Biostatistics from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience; or • University degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional experience.


• At least two years of experience in humanitarian or public health emergency operations and other public health related issues in emergency, research, needs assessments, etc; • Experience and expertise in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), including geo-referencing and the production of GIS database-related products and maps, using Esri Arcgis.


• Excellent communication, research and writing skills with strong computer literacy, especially advanced working knowledge of Microsoft Office; • Familiarity with project development, monitoring and evaluation is an advantage; • Demonstrated ability to write clear and concise progress reports, project documents and proposals; • Flexibility and creative thinking. High personal commitment. Efficiency and determination for results; • Ability to work effectively and harmoniously with colleagues and counterparts from varied cultures and professional backgrounds. Good interpersonal relationships are essential; • Computer skills (word, excel, power point); • Knowledge of social and development issues; • Project planning, organizational skills.


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 any other official UN language 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 2 • 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.

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 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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