Chief Migration Health Officer (Health Assessment Programmes), Agent en chef de la santé des migrants (programmes d’évaluation de la santé), Yaoundé, International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Chief Migration Health Officer (Health Assessment Programmes), Agent en chef de la santé des migrants (programmes d’évaluation de la santé), Yaoundé, International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Role Responsibilities/ Responsabilités du rôle

Position Title : Chief Migration Health Officer (Health Assessment


Duty Station : Yaoundé, Cameroon

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 : 13 October 2022

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; Curaçao; Fiji; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau;

Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s

Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Madagascar; 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 direct supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) and technical supervision of the

Regional Health Assessment Programme Coordinator (RHAPC) and in coordination with the

Regional Migration Health Specialist for Central and West Africa, the Chief Migration Health

Officer (Health Assessment Programmes (HAP)) will be responsible for the development,

implementation and management of the Health Assessment and other health Programmes in

the Cameroon.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

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Health Assessment Portfolio

  1. Organize and supervise the migration health assessment process to fulfil the technical

requirements of the resettlement countries in the areas of:

  1. Medical examinations;
  2. Imaging;
  3. Laboratory testing;
  4. Vaccinations;
  5. TB management;
  6. Treatment and referrals;
  7. Pre-departure procedures and medical movements;
  8. Documentation, certification and information transmission; and,
  9. Other technical areas as may be required.
  10. Ensure that the infrastructure and equipment of HAP premises meet professional standards

of quality and safety and are sufficient and adequate for provision of the services.

  1. Ensure that human resources and HAP organizational structure are sufficient and adequate

for the planned levels of health assessments and that the staff has necessary qualifications and

skills. Establish a sufficient network of external human resources, such as consultants and

medical escorts, to support health assessment process and travel assistance. In coordination

with the Human Resource Unit, ensure that all medical personnel maintain valid licenses to


  1. Ensure that the regulatory government authorities are informed about IOM’s health activities

and that the IOM medical facilities have obtained approval to provide health assessments and

related services.

  1. Establish and maintain efficient, client-centered procedures and ensure high level of integrity

at all stages of HAP 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 and

maintain a system, enabling clients to provide feedback.

  1. Establish and maintain a system of quality improvement for each service area. Undertake

quality control activities on a regular basis, including practice observation, regular supervisory

visits to all facilities/teams involved in the health assessment operations, 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);

create and implement country-specific SOPs for each service area. Ensure proper reporting and

management of incidents according to the Guidance Note for Incident Management.

  1. Incorporate additional public health interventions in the HAP context. Such 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.

  1. 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

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timely manner. Ensure that all staff are aware of the IOM Standards of Conduct under Article 42,

and continuously reinforce these standards. Informs in due time the CoM and the IOM Office of

Ethics and Conduct of any issues regarding staff misconduct.

  1. Establish the HAP staff development strategy and ensure that the appropriate plan is

implemented. Within that plan, apart from attendance to external educational events, initiate,

organize and deliver various professional in-house trainings.

  1. Liaise with external service providers to negotiate agreements in coordination with the

Resource Management Officer (RMO). Exercise quality control over outsourced services and

take corrective measures if necessary.

  1. Maintain confidentiality and security of migration health data in accordance with the IOM

Data Protection Principles.

  1. Organize systematic collection, processing and analyses of migration health data. Ensure

data quality. Provide periodic, as well as ad-hoc reporting to MHD, for MH activities.

  1. Oversee the financial aspects of the health programmes in close coordination with the

mission’s finance staff: supervise budget preparation and ensure monitoring of MH projects,

suggest adjustments and cost-effective solutions, and review financial reports.

  1. Provide oversight and coordinate the procurement of medical equipment, vaccines,

medications and other medical supplies in coordination with the resource management unit.

  1. Organize and supervise activities of mobile medical teams, if applicable.

Other health activities

  1. Facilitate the integration of health assessment activities into the overall migration related

programming of the Country Office through close collaboration with the various units at the

Country Office.

  1. 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.

  1. Perform such other duties as may be assigned by the direct supervisor, 2nd SES manager

or Director of the Migration Health Division.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • University degree in Medicine from an accredited academic institution with preferred

specializations: internal medicine and its subspecialties, paediatrics, anaesthesiology,

emergency medicine, family medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology; and minimum of seven (7)

years of relevant professional experience of which at least three (3) years managerial

responsibilities; or,

  • University degree in Medicine from an accredited academic institution with preferred

specializations: internal medicine and its subspecialties, paediatrics, anaesthesiology,

emergency medicine, family medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology plus Master’s Degree in

Community or Public Health, Medical Specialization in Infectious Diseases, Tropical Medicine or

other related fields from an accredited academic institution with five (5) years of relevant

professional experience of which at least three (3) years managerial responsibilities.


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  • 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;

  • 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;

  • 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; and,
  • Experience in liaising with governmental and diplomatic authorities as well as national and

international institutions.


  • In depth knowledge of the broad range of migration related subject areas dealt with by the


  • Knowledge of UN and bilateral donor programming;
  • Knowledge of financial rules and regulations;
  • Effectively applies knowledge of migration issues within the organizational context;
  • Correctly frames migration issues within their regional, global, and political context.


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 (Arabic,

Chinese, French, Russian, or Spanish).

For all applicants, fluency in English and French is required (oral and written).

Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process,

which may include written and/or oral assessments.



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

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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


  • 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


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 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. Subject to certain

exemptions, vaccination against COVID-19 will in principle be required for individuals hired on or

after 15 November 2021. This will be verified as part of the medical clearance process.

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 13 October 2022 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.

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Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

For further information please refer to:

Posting period:

From 30.09.2022 to 13.10.2022

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


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