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Migration Health Officer at International Organization for Migration (IOM)

International Organization for Migration (IOM) – 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.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Migration Health Officer

Ref No: VN 2021 143

Location: Lagos, Nigeria
Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P3
Type of Appointment: Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension
Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible


  • Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) and the direct supervision of the Chief Migration Health Officer (CMHO) the successful candidate will be responsible for the supervision of the Migration Health Assessment Centre (MHAC) in Lagos, Nigeria. In particular, she/he will carry out the following responsibilities:

Core Functions / Responsibilities
Health Assessment Portfolio:

  • Organize and supervise Lagos MHAC’s 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
  • Conduct health assessment for refugees and migrants, including review of medical history, physical examination, evaluation of Chest X-ray (CXR) and review of the lab results in accordance with the technical guidelines of the resettlement countries.
  • Maintain the infrastructure and equipment of MHAC premises so that they meet the
    professional standards of quality and safety and are sufficient and adequate for provision of the services.
  • In close collaboration with the Chief Migration Health Officer (CMHO) and Human Resources, coordinate the needs of the MHAC organizational structure to facilitate sufficient and adequate planned levels of health assessments and the necessary qualifications and skills of staff. Contribute to the network of external human resources, such as consultants and medical escorts, to support health assessment process and travel assistance.
  • Ensure that the Chief Migration Health Officer is informed about the MHAC’s health activities and check that the IOM medical facilities have obtained approval to provide health assessments and related services.
  • Contribute to and maintain efficient, client-centered procedures while ensuring a high level of integrity at all stages of the MHAC’s 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 within MHAC a system enabling clients to provide feedback.
  • Contribute to and maintain a system of quality improvement for each service area within the MHAC. Undertake quality control activities on a regular basis, including practice observation, 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); draft and implement Lagos MHAC specific SOPs for each service area. Ensure proper reporting and management of incidents according to the Guidance Note for Incident Management.
  • Collaborate with the CMHO to incorporate additional public health interventions in the HAP context. 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.
  • 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 according to guidelines established by the CMHO. Ensure data quality. Provide periodic, as well as ad-hoc reporting to the CMHO for migration health activities.
  • Monitor MHAC budget and expenditures in close coordination with the mission’s finance staff, including assisting with budget preparation, suggesting adjustments and cost-effective solutions, and reviewing financial reports.
  • Supervise and coordinate the procurement of medical equipment, vaccines, medications and other medical supplies in coordination with the CMHO and the resource management unit.
  • 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. Inform in due time the CoM and the IOM Office of Ethics and Conduct of any issues regarding staff misconduct.
  • Implement the MHAC staff development strategy in coordination with the CMHO. Apart from attendance to external educational events, initiate and contribute to the organization and delivery of various professional in-house trainings.
  • Liaise with external service providers to participate in negotiating agreements in close coordination with Resources Management Officer (RMO). Exercise quality control over outsourced services and take corrective measures if necessary.

Other Health Activities:

  • Facilitate the integration of health assessment activities into the overall migration-related programming of the Mission in Lagos through close collaboration with the various 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.
  • Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • University degree in Medicine from an accredited academic institution with at least seven years of professional work experience; or,
  • University degree in Medicine from an accredited academic institution plus Master’s degree in Community of Public Health, Medical Specialization in Infectious Diseases, Tropical Medicine or other related fields from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience.


  • Working experience in the domain of medicine, four years of which is continuous clinical experience (either in clinical set-ups or immigration / resettlement medical examinations or health assessments);
  • Experience with team management/ supervision is required, preferably within the context of immigration / resettlement medical examinations;
  • Experience in TB, migration health or other communicable disease control programmes among refugees and migrants in an international organization, UN agency or hospital;
  • Experience with occupational health issues related to crisis and in developing countries;
  • International experience in global public health issues, emergencies and policies;
  • Experience in liaising with governmental and diplomatic authorities as well as national and international institutions.
  • Knowledge and experience with the health segment of Unites States Refugees Admission Programme (USRAP) as well as experience in the provision of immigration medical examinations for Australia, Canada, UK and New Zealand;
  • Experience in managing health assessment programmes of a significant size, management of resources and personnel within migration health or public health projects;


  • In-depth knowledge of the broad range of migration-related subject areas dealt with by the Organization;
  • Knowledge of UN and bilateral donor programming; and,
  • Excellent demonstrated analytical skills applied on a wide range of factors, parameters, policies and priorities for the assessment and resolution of complex situations, including technical understanding.


  • IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish.
  • External applicants for all positions in the Professional category are required to be proficient in English and have at least a working knowledge of one additional UN Language (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese).
  • Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.
  • For all applicants, fluency in English is required (oral and written).

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Managerial Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2:

  • 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.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply


  • 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.
  • 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

Application Deadline  1st July, 2021 – 23:59 local time Geneva, Switzerland.