IOM National Medical Officer (Mobile & Planning Unit) Job in Kenya-September2015


International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Vacancy Notice: IOMKE/SVN/037/2015

Position title: National Medical Officer

Position grade: Grade NO-A/01 (UN Salary Scale for NO staff)
Duty station: Nairobi, Kenya

Seniority band: III
Job family: Migration Health
Organizational unit: Migration Health Department

Position rated: Yes
Subject to rotation: No

Reporting directly to: Head of IOM MHD Mobile and Planning Unit

Overall supervision by: Regional Health Assessments Coordinator for Sub-Saharan Africa

Managerial responsibility: N/A

Contract Duration: 6 months Special Short Term Contract

II. Organizational Context and Scope: Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and nongovernmental 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.

III. Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • Working under the direct supervision of Head of Mobile and Planning Unit and the overall supervision of the Regional Health Assessments Coordinator for Sub-Saharan Africa, the incumbent will carry out the following duties and responsibilities:-
  • Perform migration health assessments (medical exams) and completes related medical documentation of migrants referred for migration health assessment in accordance with the resettlement countries’ technical instructions and the IOM Migration Health Assessment Guidelines;
  • Provide technical supervision and monitoring of IOM health personnel to ensure that the following activities are performed in accordance with the technical requirements of the resettlement countries such as: medical case registration, migration health assessments, medical forms transmission, medical treatment and follow-up programs, data processing and management, pre-embarkation medical examination and report;
  • Refer patients to specialists for treatment as maybe required;
  • Administer treatment and immunizations as per the receiving countries’ requirements;
  • Perform pre-departure and pre-embarkation medical checks on all refugee migrants departing under IOM auspices, making sure they are fit to travel;
  • Ensure timely, accurate and complete reporting of all activities on the predeparture (examinations, treatment, immunization), as per IOM standards and as per the country of resettlement requirements;
  • Implement quality control standards and ensures confidentiality of individual health information;
  • Assist in the analysis and technical elaboration of data gathered from the migration health assessment;
  • Coordinate with the local/national health authorities, physicians, hospitals and laboratories, as needed;
  • Inform and consult with the Head of the MHD and the COM – Kenya on migration health issues and proposes corrective and adjustment measures;
  • Assist in the preparation, and implementation of research activities related to the migration health, tuberculosis and sexually transmitted diseases;
  • Provide healthcare advice to IOM staff in the sub-office; 13. Undertake duty travel and medical escorting activities, be ready for relocation of duty station to remote areas or refuge camps if needed and
  • Perform any other duties that may be required from time to time.

IV. Competencies

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



  • Accepts and gives constructive criticism
  • Follows all relevant procedures, processes, and policies
  • Meets deadline, cost, and quality requirements for outputs
  • Monitors own work to 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
  • Keeps 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 listens 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
  • Expands 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 organizational change
  • Presents goals as shared interests
  • Articulates vision to motivate colleagues and follows through with commitments

Performance Management

  • Provides constructive feedback to colleagues
  • Identifies ways for their staff to develop their abilities and careers
  • Provides fair, accurate, timely, and constructive staff evaluations
  • Uses staff evaluations appropriately in recruitment and other relevant HR procedures
  • Holds directly reporting managers accountable for providing fair, accurate, timely, and constructive staff evaluations

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
  • Gives credit where credit is due
  • Seeks input and feedback from others
  • Delegates tasks and responsibilities as appropriate
  • Actively supports and implements final group decisions
  • Takes joint responsibility for team’s work

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 meet IOM needs


  • Effectively applies knowledge of migration health issues within the organizational context.
  • Correctly frames migration health issues within their regional, global and political context.

V. Education and Experience

  • Kenyan citizen;
  • Degree in Medicine – MBChB;
  • Registered with the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board;
  • Minimum of 2 years continuous professional working experience preferably with experience in migration health, immigration medical assessments, epidemiology and/or international public health;
  • Health sector experience in Africa;
  • Training/experience in Paediatrics, Internal Medicine or Infectious Diseases is an advantage.
  • VI. Languages


  • English and Kiswahili – Fluent in written and spoken.

How to Apply

  Submit cover letter and CV including daytime telephone and e-mail address to:-
International Organization for Migration (IOM),
Human Resources Department,
P.O.Box 55040 – 00200,
Nairobi, Kenya
or send via e-mail to [email protected]
Closing Date: 9th September, 2015
No Fee: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, process or training). IOM does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank details.
Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted