Regional Migration Health Nurse At International Organization for Migration

Position Title : Regional Migration Health Nurse

Duty Station : Nairobi, Kenya

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P3

Type of Appointment : Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 07 October 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; Aruba (Netherlands); Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Congo (the); Cook Islands; Cuba; Fiji; Gabon; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Libya; 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 Regional Director (RD) East and Horn of Africa, direct supervision of the Deputy Regional HAP Coordinator (DRHAPC) Africa in coordination with Regional HAP Coordinator (RHAP) Africa and Global Nurse Coordinator, the successful candidate will be responsible for substantively supporting Migration Health Division’s (MHD’s) nursing leadership structure and for carrying out the following duties and responsibilities in relation to the Migration Health Assessment programme in the region.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Establish and maintain an optimal workflow in all the migration health assessment nursing activities in Africa, in coordination with the Global Nurse Coordinator (GNC) and Deputy Regional HAP Coordinator (DRHAPC), to fulfil the technical requirements of the resettlement countries in the areas of: a. Medical examinations; b. Imaging; c. Laboratory testing; d. Vaccinations; e. TB management; f. Treatment and referrals; g. Pre-departure procedures and medical movements; h. Counselling; i. Infection prevention and control; j. Documentation, certification and information transmission; and, k. Other technical areas as may be required.
  2. Backstop and monitor resource management in HAPs in the following areas: a. In coordination with DRHAPC and GNC, recommend staffing levels for nurses and support staff, contribute to the harmonization of grades and post descriptions, and provide advice to senior regional MHD colleagues and CMHOs on optimal staffing levels and organization of nursing and support staff; b. Take part in recruitment of nurses, especially in leadership positions such as Chief Nurses and Senior Nurses; c. Roll out Pharmacy Inventory Management System (PIMS) related to medical equipment and supplies in collaboration with pharmacists, chief/senior nurses, and CMHOs in the region; as well as further development/improvement of the Vaccine Management system in coordination with regional vaccination colleagues; d. Develop Asset and Inventory Management System, related to medical equipment and supplies; e. Assist DRHAPC in budget reviews towards the adequacy of human and material resources for programme implementation; and, f. Maintain an optimal staff flow, including the allocation of routine duties, staff leave planning and work handover in regional mobile unit.
  3. Promote the implementation of best practice standards as they relate to nursing activities within HAP operations by developing and instructing best practice guidelines, evidence-based clinical standards, and supporting the development and implementation of standard operating procedures as they relate to nursing practice.
  4. Coordinate and facilitate nurse education programs, using a variety of learning techniques, including: a. Develop entry on duty and refresher training programmes and guidelines for nurses in the region; b. Organize in-house and external trainings and keep track of nurses’ engagement in trainings and continuous medical education.
  5. Coordinate clear communication strategies for the sharing of clinical practice resources and information to support HAP operations.
  6. Monitor clinical practice across HAP operations using standardized auditing tools and provide feedback on clinical and workflow performance, in respect of principle nursing procedures. Suggest corrective actions while analyzing and disseminating best practices.
  7. Serve as Regional Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Officer; support the implementation of IPC standards in IOM medical facilities; contribute to development of such policies.
  8. Implement sound monitoring system of medical document flow and data entry; perform routine spot checks and apply quality assessment/quality control mechanisms to ensure errors are minimal in the relevant databases.
  9. Ensure that pharmacy, stock, medical kits and emergency kits within the region and for medical escorts if applicable are being monitored, perform spot checks to ensure that they are well maintained.
  10. Assess and recommend purchase of medical supplies; monitor inventory of medical supplies and verify that all Migration Health Assessment Clinics have clear SOP’s regarding medical supply procurement.
  11. Support Regional Medical Movement Coordinator in conducting/supervising pre-departure treatment and pre-embarkation assessments of ‘fitness to travel’ as required, maintaining current relevant records and reports, supervising the implementation of treatment and follow-up actions for cases on medical hold after health assessment, and supervising Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) management and directly observed treatment/therapy short-course (DOTS) on the regional level.
  12. Prepare and finalize medical and administrative reports and program updates as necessary; report any inconsistencies or issues to the Regional Quality Management and Compliance Officer (RQMCO) and the Deputy Regional Health Assessment Programme Coordinator and propose remedial action.
  13. Plan and organize mobile missions, in coordination with Head of Mobile Unit, and supervise the communication with the non-IOM panel physicians with regards to the follow up on the cooperation with non IOM Panel Physicians in PDMS procedures, surveillance, fitness for travel, the vaccination process and the service provider agreements with non IOM Panel Physicians and service providers.
  14. Provide technical, operational and administrative support to the Deputy Regional HAP Coordinator (DRHAPC), GNC and RQMCO in the planning and delivery of the regional United States Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP). This assistance includes ensuring the collation and consolidation of data, information and plans around the management and implementation of USRAP-related health assessment activities in the region, as well as the transformation of such into consolidated action plans.
  15. Contribute to technical medical oversight, planning, monitoring and follow up of IOM migration health assessment programmes in the region where IOM mobile teams conduct health assessments in Africa. Ensure that these programmes fulfil the technical requirements of the resettlement countries, including standardization, Quality Assurance (QA) and Quality Control (QC) of all aspects of the medical examination and documentation process including but not limited to: • Plan the Regional Health Assessments, in collaboration with Heads of Migration Health Assessment Centers and Mobile Units, where they exist, as per the needs in respective remote locations without IOM MHD permanent coverage; cost-effective of mobile missions, analysis and monitoring and production control will also be ensured as part of the health assessment planning in coordination with the Deputy RHAPC.
  16. Coordinate, and perform if needed, the medical escort duties when required to ensure migrants receive continued care throughout all phases of migration (before departure, during the journey and at the final destination).
  17. Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with various partners to ensure follow up and relevant information sharing. Partners include internal IOM departments, other health providers, panel physicians, Embassies other UN agencies or NGO’s and others as applicable.
  18. Prepare and finalize statistical information and share with the RQMCO as per preset and agreed upon format.
  19. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Nursing from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience with at least two years in a management role; or

• University degree in the above field with seven years of relevant clinical experience with three years in a management role.


• Understanding of evidence-based clinical skills and demonstrated experience promoting nursing best practice, nurse educator etc.;

• Training or working experience in the areas of Tuberculosis management, mass immunizations, communicable diseases, laboratory testing or public health is an advantage.


• Track record with exceptional skill in nurse leadership;

• Sound knowledge of USRAP programme implementation and familiarity with IOM’s administrative, financial, and business rules and practices;

• Computer literacy required: MS Office suite (Word, Excel, Access).


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).

For all applicants, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of

Spanish, French, Arabic, Russian or Chinese is an advantage.

Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.


1 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.

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.

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. For this staff category, candidates who are nationals of the duty station’s country and who do not have prior experience outside the duty station’s country as staff member in the Professional category 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.

Vacancies close at 23:59 local time Geneva, Switzerland on the respective closing date. No late applications will be accepted.

How to apply

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 07 October 2021 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

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.

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Posting period:

From 24.09.2021 to 07.10.2021

No Fees:

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.

Requisition: VN 2021 234 Regional Migration Health Nurse (P3) Nairobi, Kenya (57187065) Released

Posting: Posting NC57187066 (57187066) Released

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