IOM Regional Health Programme Officer Jobs in Kenya

IOM Regional Health Programme Officer Jobs in Kenya


IOM works with partners, government and civil society to:

  • Assist in meeting the operational challenges of migration and mobility

  • Advance understanding of migration issues

  • Encourage social and economic development through migration; and

  • Uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants and mobile populations.

  • IOM’s Regional Office for the East and Horn of Africa supports and monitors the following countries: Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. Through a team of specialists, the Regional Office supports the development, implementation, monitoring, reporting and evaluation of projects and initiatives undertaken by country offices and regional programmes.

  • The project will also install fixed handwashing facilities in each selected country. It is expected that more than 1 million of people will be reached with health and hygiene promotion initiatives in 6 countries and 19 fix handwashing facilities installed in selected hotspot areas along migratory routes including transport and waterway corridors.

  • Under the overall technical leadership of Ministries of Health and WHO, IOM will contribute to Objective 2 (increased access to health and socio-economic support for vulnerable groups) of the project, namely:

    • Deliverable 2.1: Health response capacity and continuity of essential health services ensured

    • Deliverable 2.2: WASH services provided in selected sites

    • Deliverable 2.3: GBV and gender-responsive actions integrated in the COVID-19 response.

    • Deliverable 2.4: Final beneficiaries are sensitized through awareness raising activities and community engagement

  • IOM’s current health programming is aligned with the IOM SRRP and relevant global and regional health plans of concerned stakeholders and agencies including the Regional Economic Commission (EAC and IGAD). Furthermore, the regional programmes are contributing to the achievement of the regional migration strategy for East and Horn of Africa addressing the health component.

    Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  • Provide financial backstopping for two regional health projects in line with internal and donor requirements. Ensure that the budget lines are respected and that burn rates reflect the effective use of funds.

  • Provide advice and substantive inputs for project implementation activities, donor reports, and other reports produced by the office while maintaining close guidance and coordination with IOM Country focal points.

  • Collect and assess data on both project activities for internal and external reports of IOM, clarifying outputs, achievements, challenges, corrective measures taken as well as future plans.

  • Ensure that the projects meet their intended scope, deadline, quality and budget. Notify relevant officials in a timely manner of any pertinent change request and advise of any delay or workaround required for timely completion of activities.

  • Manage and coordinate the procurement and distribution of Personal Protective Equipment(PPE) and other necessary equipment and ensure that the resources are properly and effectively utilized for the provision of services to the beneficiaries.

  • Ensure the start-up of all IOM components of the IOM EAC regional project in coordination with Country Offices (COs), identifying synergies with other projects.

  • Liaise with, guide and support implementing Country Offices (COs) to ensure delivery of agreed work plans, specifically aiming at increasing effectiveness, and recommend or take appropriate action when needed.

  • Establish and maintain coordination with the Regional Thematic Specialists (RTSs) on operational progress and implementation of regional initiatives supporting the COVID response, and research and assess opportunities to expand activities, in particular with the Migration Health RTS.

  • Review and evaluate periodic regional and country reports, donor briefings and papers prepared by IOM missions and prepare regional progress and other reports to ensure proper information exchange between all stakeholders.

  • Design and establish a monitoring plan and accompanying tools for the regional COVID 19 projects.

  • In coordination with the Regional Project Development Officer and relevant RTSs, developCOVID-19 response regional proposals.

  • In coordination with the Regional Media and Communications Officer, identify visibility opportunities highlighting (a) COVID 19 impact in the region and/or (b) IOM’s response to COVID-19.

  • Conduct field visits as needed to monitor and support IOM country implementation of the regionally managed COVID 19 projects and to provide advice and problem solve.

  • Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

    Required Qualifications and Experience:


    • Master’s degree in Social Sciences, Public Health, International Cooperation/Relation or a related field from an accredited academic institution with five years relevant experience, or

    • University degree in the above fields with seven years relevant professional experience.


    • Experience working in emergency context, in a coordination and project management function;

    • Experience of management of complex and multi-country/multi-partner programmes;

    • Experience working in the region or continent with UN or International Non-Governmental Organizations;

    • Previous work experience on health and WASH programme;

    • Proven experience as leading or coordination role in projects with Point of Entry component and cross-border issues;

    • Previous work experience in at least 3 countries in East and Horn of Africa;

    • Experience working in Yemen or in any related countries of the Gulf of Aden is a strong asset;

    • Consolidated work experience on outbreak response and COVID-19;

    • Experience of working in the field of health and migrants is a key requirement.


    • Sound knowledge on Behavior Change Communication (BCC) Strategy;

    • Excellent writing and communication skills; ability and proven track record to prepare and present clear and concise research papers and reports in English

    • Demonstrated analytical and creative thinking skills;

    • Demonstrated coordination and negotiation skills;

    • High computer literacy; familiarity with standard word processing, spreadsheet, database, publishing, internet research, and e-mail communication;

    • Personal commitment, flexibility, efficiency and drive for results; ability to perform research and make effective decisions under time pressure;

    • Ability to work effectively and harmoniously with colleagues from varied cultures and professional backgrounds;

    • Ability to work with a wide cross-section of research partners: Government, NGOs, communities, academic institutions, media and international donors.


  • 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 and Arabic is required (oral and written). Working Knowledge of Kiswahili is an advantage.

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

    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.

    How to apply

  • Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via

  • PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 13 June 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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