United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Technical Officer (Health and Migration)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Description

Objective of the WHO Programme: 

The Health and Migration Programme (PHM) sits within the Office of the Director" id="link" class="link">Deputy Director-General of the World Health Organization. The PHM brings together WHO technical Departments, Regional, and Country Offices, Governments and Partners to promote the health of refugees and migrants and those associated with human mobility with the objectives to: In alignment with the Global Action Plan ‘Promoting the health of refugees and migrants’ and the GPW13 to provide leadership and Coordination, including within the UN Network on Migration;  to support policy development on health and migration and to lead high-level advocacy and dialogue to promote related to migration and to raise political commitments and awareness;  to set norms and standards, guidance and tools and promote a research agenda aimed at  generating evidence-based information and indicators for measurement, monitoring and accountability; to provide specialized technical assistance and support relevant technical departments,  Regional Offices and WHO Country Offices, Member States and partners in addressing public health challenges and its impacts associated with human mobility to undertake coherent and coordinated health and migration related actions.

Assignment Summary: 

The Junior Professional Officer (JPO) will be assigned to provide Technical Support to the Health and Migration Programme (PHM) in the roll out and implementation of the Global action plan ‘promoting the health and refugees and migrants (GAP) and the GPW13 PHM workplan including support to the implementation and monitoring of WHO PHM workplan activities carried out by regions and in Member States. The JPO will conduct reviews and provide inputs on policy, humanitarian, gender and economic aspects of governance for health and migration to inform policy discussion with health and non-health stakeholders.  The JPO will support the Director in the interaction, coordination and provision of technical inputs to the UN network on migration. The JPO will participate in the research agenda of the program by conducting systematic reviews, supporting the compilation of policy briefs, technical guidance and reports produced by the program. When needed, s/he will participate in meetings at global, regional, and country level.

Learning objectives of the JPO during this assignment

Upon completion of the assignment, the JPO will have / be able to:
  • Understand the mandate, functioning and scope of WHO at the three levels - Participating in staff orientation training, taking active part in Governing Bodies activities as appropriate (i.e., when the supervisor is attending as well), accompanying supervisor to country missions as needed.
  • Build and hone leadership and management skills - Participation in training workshops as they arise; leadership of at least two major pieces of work per year, such as progress reports;
  • Build collaborative and rewarding professional relationships and networks, on intramural and extramural level - Through activities listed above, as well as through mentorship by first level supervisor and other WHO staff.
  • Develop operational knowledge in the area of migration and public health - Through country assessments, systematic literature reviews and active participation in technical meetings
Content and methodology of supervision: 

As part of the UNDP JPO programme overall framework, the JPO will benefit from the following supervision modalities:
  • Structured guidance provided by the supervisor, especially in the beginning of the assignment, with the purpose of gradually increasing the responsibilities of the JPO
  • Establishment of a work plan, with clear key results
  • Effective supervision through Knowledge Sharing and performance/development feedback throughout the assignment
  • Easy access to the supervisor

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties, Responsibilities and Output expectations

  • Support country-focused work within the operational range of the GAP and GPW13 PHM workplan by contributing to the formulation, implementation and monitoring of WHO PHM workplan activities carried out by regions and in Member States.
  • Assist the development of partnerships and networks with international, regional and national stakeholders, research institutes and policy-makers to identify collaborative actions on health and migration.
  • Support partnership dialogue with health and non-health institutional and non-institutional players in the area of health and migration by supporting PHM to organize meetings, producing relevant documentation and reports and managing e-based information sharing platforms;
  • Compile and review inputs on policy, humanitarian, gender and economic aspects of governance for health and migration in order to inform policy discussion with health and non-health stakeholders;
  • Draft progress reports and other technical communication (e.g. donor reports, annual reports, briefing notes);
  • Perform other tasks that may be assigned by the supervisor.
During the period of assignment, the JPO would have contributed to the following key outputs: 

  • The draft of at least two progress reports on health and migration and an understanding of country focused assessments on health and migration.
  • The implementation of recommendations from technical meetings in the area of health and migration.


WHO competencies required for the assignment: 

  • The candidate is expected to demonstrate and be guided by WHO competencies; specifically:
  • Producing results
  • Moving forward in a changing environment
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural difference

Required Skills and Experience


Work experience:

  • Minimum: At least two years of experience in the area of public health and/or refugee and migrant health.
  • Desirable: International professional experience in refugee and migrant health. Experience working with countries.
Other skills required for the assignment:

  • Some knowledge of the public health aspects of migration.
  • Good organizational and analytical skills combined with the ability to multi-task and produce   accurate results under pressure.
  • Ability to write and synthesize information in a clear and concise manner.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences.
  • Tact, diplomacy and courtesy.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Excellent presentation skills.
Language requirements:

  • Full proficiency in Korean and English:
  • Applicants should submit a minimum of (1) I BT TOEFL score of 100 (or PBT TOEFL 600 and above)
  • or (2) NEW TEPS score of 430 or IELTS 7 or (4) TOEIC 900
  • TOEFL ‘MyBest Scores’ will not be accepted
  • Desirable: Working knowledge of another WHO language

  • Under the UNDP JPO programme framework, the following position is open only to nationals of the Republic of Korea.
  • For the full requirements and information about the JPO Programme, please visit: http://www.jposc.undp.org/content/jposc/en/home/how-to-join/the-jpo-programme.html
Age of applicant:

  • The applicant should be not older than 32 years of age as of 31st December of 2021 (Born after 1 January 1989 (The maximum age limit for those who served in the military will be extended accordingly)
  • Male applicants should complete the Korean military service or be exempted (To be discharged from military service in the year of the application may apply)
Military Service (Only for male applicants)

  • Please attach a certificate of completed Korean Military Service. The maximum age limit for those
  • who served in the military will be extended* in accordance with the Support for Discharged Soldiers
  • Act and the military service law. Age limit for male candidates who have completed the service:
  • less than one year will be extended for one year;
  • one year above and two years under will be extended for two years;
  • two years or more will be extended for three years.
Only for low-income applicants:

Please attach a scanned copy of applicant’s certificate of National Basic Livelihood Security Recipients issued in Korean and its unofficial English translation.

Disability inclusion:

Please attach a scanned copy of applicant’s certificate of person with disability issued in Korean and its unofficial English translation.


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