Regional Migration Health Adviser

Employer:  International Organization for Migration
Location: Thailand
Closing date: 12 May 2016

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P5
Type of Appointment : Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension
Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible
Closing Date : 12 May 2016

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and 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 environment. Applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged. For the purpose of the vacancy, the following candidates are considered as tier candidates:

Internal candidates
Qualified applicants from the following NMS countries:

Antigua and Barbuda, Benin, Bahamas, Botswana, Belize, Cabo Verde, Czech

Republic, Djibouti, Micronesia (Federated States of), Gabon, Gambia, Guyana, Iceland, Cambodia, Comoros, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Libya, Montenegro, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Maldives, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Seychelles, Suriname, El Salvador, Leste, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Vanuatu, Samoa
External female candidates.


Under the direct supervision of the Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok and the technical supervision of the Director of the Migration Health Division (MHD) in Headquarters (HQs), the successful candidate will be responsible and accountable for the effective coordination and strategic direction of all migration health programmes undertaken by IOM in the Asia and the Pacific region covered by the Regional Office (RO).

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

Migration Health Programme Development
Develop migration health strategies and priority setting based on regional as well as global migration and health related trends and existing policy frameworks set by relevant health authorities, in coordination with the Regional Director, and the Director of Migration Health Division (MHD) in HQs, and in close consultation with Chiefs of Mission (CoMs) in the region, other ROs, and relevant thematic specialists.

Project Development and Endorsement Functions
Review, endorse and track project proposals developed by Country Offices (COs) in the region to ensure that they are:

a) consistent with IOMs policies, thematic guidance notes and any relevant national policies and/or regional strategies;

b) coherent, relevant, and feasible, and take into account good practices in the area of migration health;

c) developed according to IOMs project development procedures as established in the IOM Project Handbook and related guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

Facilitate the development of new migration health projects in the region by providing technical and project development support to IOM's COs in the region, with a focus on facilitating access to health services for labour migrants, irregular migrants and populations of humanitarian concern in line with MHD priorities and aligned with regional and global migration health strategies.

Identify project opportunities and develop project proposals for regional migration health programmes which should benefit multiple countries in the region in two programme areas of MHD:

d) Health Promotion & Assistance for Migrants (including but not limited to HIV, TB, malaria, (re) Emerging Diseases, Mental Health and Social Support, Maternal and Child Health, and Sexual and Reproductive Health);

e) Migration Health Assistance for Crisis Affected Populations (incl. HIV, TB, Malaria, Cholera, Mental Health and Social Support, health and disaster risk reduction, preparedness and response within the framework of the Migration Crisis Operational Framework).

Review and endorse interim and final narrative progress reports submitted by COs, for forwarding to the Donor Relations Division (DRD) and Special Liaison Offices (SLOs).

Coordinate closely with the Senior Regional Programme Coordinator of IOMs Health Assessment Programme (HAP) for the region, with regard to activities in the relevant programme area.

Lead and/or support the emergency health response operations and be a member of the rapid response or surge team as needed, in close cooperation with the ROs Emergency and Post Conflict Unit.

Coordinate with the Head of the Global Mental Health, Psychosocial Response cultural Communications Unit (based in RO Cairo) and/or the designated regional focal point(s) to ensure the inclusion of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) components in emergency, community stabilization, disaster risk reduction and migration management.

Facilitate close collaboration with IOM's other service areas in the region, such as Labour and Facilitated Migration, Migration Assistance including Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) and Trafficking, Immigration and Border Management (IBM), Migration and Development, Emergency and Post Conflict Response; in order to integrate and mainstream health into project proposals, tools and strategies where relevant and possible.

Facilitate increased coordination and cooperation with IOM migration health units in the region and in other regions.

Project Coordination, Strengthening Capacity and Mentoring of MHD Staff in the region
Manage the migration health team including supervising, managing and mentoring all

relevant staff and consultants working on national and regional migration health programmes in the RO.

Support project implementation in the region with thematic guidance and project management backstopping and monitoring assistance to project managers.

Build the capacities of IOM staff in the area of migration health through a combination of formal training and job mentoring.

External Relations/Partnership Building

Lead the Joint United Nations Initiative on Migration and Health in Asia (JUNIMA) Secretariat in moving the regional migration health coordination mechanism forward that aims to contribute towards regional health security by bringing together governments, civil society organizations, regional associations, development partners and UN agencies to effectively advocate, promote policies, build partnerships, share information and support action on the right to health and access to disease prevention, treatment, care, psychosocial support and other services for migrant and mobile populations throughout the migration process.

Develop strong relations and partnerships with key regional and national stakeholders from government, international community, civil society and academic institutions on migration health issues, including but not limited to, regional health organizations, WHO, UNAIDS, UNFPA, and ILO as well as the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and for the Pacific Islands among others.

Liaise regularly with donors to raise funds for project proposals on migration health in the region.

Represent IOM at various meetings, conferences and workshops in the region and conducting public presentations at workshops, conferences and technical meetings within and outside IOM.

Knowledge Management

Maintain a high level of thematic expertise, monitoring developments in the area of migration health, and identify emerging issues, ensuring consistent application of the Organizations thematic guidance notes to the development and implementation of projects.

Analyze and share best practices with the MHD, and contribute to thematic policy development and global reports.

Participate as a member of IOMs thematic network of regional specialists on migration health.

Disseminate relevant migration health materials and updates to colleagues in the region, ensuring all stay abreast of key developments in the domain.

Perform such other related duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• University degree in Medicine and masters degree in Public Health, International Health or a related field from an accredited academic institution with ten years of relevant professional experience.


• Clinical experience of which at least five years are at an international level, preferably involving emergency health response and migration health issues;

• Strong programme development and management experience, preferably in the field of migration health, including HIV and TB and malaria;

• Proven capacity and vision to develop and implement programmes in the area of mobility and health;

• Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation;

• Proven record of writing, publishing and presenting on migrant health related topics;

• Proven experience in communicating scientifically to specialized audiences;

• Sound experience in working with international organizations, regional organizations, ministries of health and other governmental entities, the private sector and civil society;

• Experience in managing health programme in the Pacific region a distinct advantage.


Fluency in English is required.

Desirable Competencies:


• Accountability – takes responsibility for action and manages constructive criticisms

• Client Orientation – works effectively well with client and stakeholders

• Continuous Learning – promotes continuous learning for self and others

• Communication – listens and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience

• Creativity and Initiative – actively seeks new ways of improving programmes or services

• Leadership and Negotiation – develops effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders;

• Performance Management – identify ways and implement actions to improve performance of self and others.

• Planning and Organizing - plans work, anticipates risks, and sets goals within area of responsibility;

• Professionalism - displays mastery of subject matter

• Teamwork – contributes to a collegial team environment; incorporates gender related needs, perspectives, concerns and promotes equal gender participation.

• Technological Awareness - displays awareness of relevant technological solutions;

• Resource Mobilization - works with internal and external stakeholders to meet resource needs of IOM.


Internationally recruited professional staff are required to be mobile.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM Recruitment system, by 12 May 2016 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

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In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM only accepts online profiles duly completed.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. You can track the progress of your application on your personal application page in the IOM recruitment system.

Posting period:

From 29.04.2016 to 12.05.2016

Requisition: VN 2016/100 (P) - Regional Migration Health Adviser (P5) - Bangkok, Thailand (54791213) Released

Posting: Posting NC54791214 (54791214) Released