National Migration Health Project Officer at IOM July, 2020



Position title: National Migration Health Project Officer
Position grade: NO – B
Contract Type: SVN – Six months with possibility of extension
Duty station: IOM Zambia

Job family: Migration Health
Organizational unit: Migration Health
Subject to rotation: No

Reporting directly to: Chief of Mission
Overall supervision by: Chief of Mission
Managerial responsibility: Yes
Directly reporting staff: Yes


1. Background

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is a dynamic and growing inter-governmental organization, with 162 member states. IOM is committed to the principle that “humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society”. Established in 1951 and now active in over 440 field locations worldwide, IOM works with partners, government and civil society to promote international cooperation to address operational challenges of migration and mobility, assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems, and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people. IOM addresses the migratory phenomenon from an integral and holistic perspective, including links to development, in order to maximize its benefits and minimize its negative effects. Migration Health IOM’s Migration Health programmes address the health needs of individual migrants as well as the public health needs of transit and host communities by assisting governmental and nongovernmental partners in the development and implementation of relevant policies and programmes. In regard to the field of migration health IOM focuses on three strategic programme areas:

1) Migration Health Assessments and Travel Assistance: Providing health assessment services to migrants and refugees on behalf of destination governments. Services include physical examination, laboratory diagnostics, vaccinations, DNA testing, and treatment of excludable conditions as per the specific guidelines of receiving governments.
2) Health Promotion and Assistance for Migrants: Providing health services that meet the specific needs of migrants and their host communities, across a wide range of priority areas such as sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR); mental health; immunizations; environmental health and hygiene; outbreak preparedness; and communicable disease prevention, surveillance, and control. Furthermore, this programme area involves health promotion and education on migration health, while developing government and community  capacity in identifying and responding to the health-related challenges of migration and population mobility.
3) Migration Health Assistance for Crisis-affected Populations: Supporting governments and populations during the acute phase and in the aftermath of emergencies by managing health issues related to the mass movement of people and arranging medical evacuation for individuals. Activities include psychosocial assistance, communicable disease control. Partnership on Health and Mobility in East and Southern Africa (PHAMESA) IOMs Migration Health programmes are implemented under the flagship regional framework, “Partnership on Health and Mobility in East and Southern Africa” (PHAMESA). The overal objective of PHAMESA is to contribute to improved standards of physical, mental and social wellbeing of migrants and migration affected populations in East and Southern Africa by responding to their health needs throughout all phases of the migration process which enables them to substantially contribute to the socioeconomic development of their host, transit and origin communities.

PHAMESA has four key outcome areas that are Aligned to the 2008 World Health Assembly Resolution 61.17 on the Health of Migrants, as well as the corresponding

Operational Framework:

Outcome 1: Improved monitoring of migrants’ health to inform policy and practice.
Outcome 2: Policies and legislations comply with obligations with respect to the right to health of migrants.
Outcome 3: Migrants and migration-affected communities have access to and use migrantsensitive health services in countries of origin, transit and destination.
Outcome 4: Strengthened multi-country/sectoral partnerships and networks for effective and sustainable response to health challenges associated with migration in East and Southern Africa.

Against this background, IOM in Zambia is looking to recruit a National Migration Health Project Officer to provide leadership and support to migration and health initiatives undertaken by the office.


Under the supervision of the Chief of Mission, the National Migration Health Project Officer is expected to perform the following tasks:

1. Coordinate the implementation of all Migration Health projects under the framework of the Partnership on Health and Mobility in East and Southern Africa (PHAMESA) in Zambia including:

  • Plan and implement interventions that will contribute to the PHAMESA result areas.
  • Prepare annual and quarterly work plans and reports, as per an agreed format and with specific indicators for submission to the Regional Migration Health team.

2. Provide project administrative support through:

  • Regularly monitoring of budgets for all migration health projects, ensuring that expenditure is in line with timeframes and allocated funds.
  • Reviewing project implementation budget expenditure of implementing partners (IP’s) and Consolidate internal project update reports.

3. Conduct capacity building of implementing partners to:

  • Develop and implement migration health programmes and M&E plans.
  • Adhere to agreed standards of implementation, data collection including reporting requirements.

4. Mobilizes resources for new migration and health promotion project opportunities by contributing to the development of project proposals (new and extensions of existing projects).

5. Participate as a member of various coordinating bodies including, but not limited to the United Nations Results Groups and GRZ coordination forums.

6. Participate in relevant national and regional meetings.

7. Provide technical assistance to government and partner counterparts on migration and health related issues.

8. Advocate for mainstreaming of migration in strategic and development plans.

9. Provide leadership and oversight to staff working within the Migration Health Unit.

10. Perform such other duties that may be assigned by the supervisor.


The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following technical and behavioural competencies.



  • Accepts and gives constructive criticism
  • Follows relevant procedures, processes and policies
  • Meets deadline, cost and quality requirements for outputs
  • Monitors own work and correct errors
  • Takes responsibility for meeting commitments and for any shortcomings

Client Orientation

  • Identifies the immediate and peripheral clients of own work
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with clients
  • Identifies and monitors changes in the needs of clients including donors, governments and project beneficiaries
  • Keep clients informed of developments and setbacks

Continuous Learning

  • Contributes to colleagues’ learning
  • Demonstrates interest in improving relevant skills
  • Demonstrates interest in acquiring skills relevant to other functional areas
  • Keeps abreast of developments in own professional area


  • Actively shares relevant information
  • Clearly communicates, and listen to feedback on changing priorities and procedures
  • Writes clearly and effectively, adapting wording and style to the intended audience
  • Listens effectively and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience

Creativity and Initiative

  • Actively seeks new ways of improving programmes or services
  • Expand responsibilities while maintaining existing ones
  • Persuades others to consider new ideas
  • Proactively develops new ways to resolve problems

Leadership and Negotiation

  • Convinces others to share resources
  • Actively identifies opportunities for and promotes organization change
  • Presents goals as shared interests
  • rticulates vision to motivate colleagues and follows through with commitments

Planning and Organizing

  • Sets clear and achievable goals consistent with agreed priorities for self and others
  • Identifies priority activities and assignments for self and others
  • Organizes and documents work to allow for planned and unplanned handovers
  • Identifies risks and makes contingency plans
  • Adjusts priorities and plans to achieve goals
  • Allocate appropriate times and resources for own work and that of the team

Planning and Organizing

  • Sets clear and achievable goals consistent with agreed priorities for self and others
  • Identifies priority activities and assignments for self and others
  • Organizes and documents work to allow for planned and unplanned handovers
  • Identifies risks and makes contingency plans
  • Adjusts priorities and plans to achieve goals
  • Allocates appropriate times and resources for own work and that of team members


  • Masters subject matter related to responsibilities
  • Identifies issues, opportunities and risks central to responsibilities
  • Incorporates gender-related needs, perspectives and concerns and promotes equal gender participation
  • Persistent, calm and polite in the face of challenges and stress
  • Treats all colleagues with respect and dignity
  • Works effectively with people from different cultures by adapting to relevant cultural contexts
  • Knowledgeable about and promotes IOM core mandate and migration solutions


  • Actively contributes to an effective. Collegial and agreeable team environment
  • Contributes to, and follows team objectives
  • Give credit where credit is due
  • Seeks input and feedback from others
  • Delegates tasks and responsibilities as appropriate
  • Actively supports and implements final group decisions

Technological Awareness

  • Learns about developments in available technology
  • Proactively identifies and advocates for cost efficient technology solutions
  • Understands applicability and limitation of technology and seeks to apply it to appropriate work

Resource Mobilization

  • Establishes realistic resource requirements to implement IOM needs


  • Good understanding of migration, development and health in Zambia.
  • Knowledge and experience on results-based management and monitoring.
  • Understanding of migration issues in the context of health.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Strong facilitation/training skills, good interpersonal skills.
  • Computer competencies in basic Microsoft Office software.


  • Completed university degree from an accredited academic institution, preferably in Public Health, International Health, Epidemiology, Development, Social Sciences, Migration Studies, Psychology or Social Work.
  • Four years professional experience in migration health, international health,  epidemiology and/or public health, capacity building, project development, management and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Previous work experience with UN or IOM and knowledge of the Zambia Public Health system an advantage.



English Fluent

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their application/ motivation letter enclosed with only detailed CV via our e-mail address: [email protected] by CoB, Wednesday, 15th July 2020, referring the position title and Vacancy number in the subject line of your email;

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. To apply for this job email your details to [email protected]

Only candidates can apply for this job.

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