UN High Commissioner for Refugees Medical Associate Jobs in Kenya

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Medical Associate Jobs in Kenya

General Background and Context

  • Kakuma refugee camp and Kalobeyei settlement hosts over 192,000 refugees from multiple countries.

  • Under the KISEDP it is envisioned that the inhabitants from both Kakuma and Kalobeyei consisting of both refugees and host community will work together towards achieving the vision for socio-economic integration and self-reliance.

  • In achieving this vision there is need to ensure all inhabitants can access quality health care services.

  • A big component of social integration is ensuring existing health services are integrated in existing county and national health systems.

  • In addition to the integration there is need to ensure that services provided are of high quality, are accessible to both host and refugee community and designed to ensure sustainability.

  • This are actions towards realizing universal health coverage which is a major component of sustainable development goal number 3 of ensuring health and wellbeing for all.

  • Under the overall supervision of the Asst Public Health Officer He/She will be working in both Kakuma refugee camp and Kalobeyei settlement.

  • He/ She will work within the health unit working closely with the UNHCR health implementing partners, Ministry of Health in Turkana West subcounty as well as National Hospital Insurance fund officials.

  • The incumbent will be expected to contribute to the design and successful implementation of the health program, financed through National Hospital Insurance Fund to ensure access to quality health services for both refugees and host community.

  • This will be done in coordination with health implementing partners, MoH, the community and NHIF.

  • Responsibility (processes and functions undertaken to achieve results)

  • Under the supervision of the Assistant Public Health Officer, the Medical Associate will perform the following tasks;

  • Mobilize and facilitate targeted refugees in Kalobeyei and Kakuma to enroll with National Health Insurance Funds under the sponsorship of UNHCR

  • In collaboration with Sub-County Medical Officer of Health, identify and facilitate enrolment of selected host community to NHIF.

  • Together with livelihood officer, develop graduation criteria under the self-reliance program.

  • Mobilize and sensitize able refugees and host community in Turkana West to enroll with National Health Insurance Fund and pay prescribed premium.

  • Support enrolled beneficiaries to access services and or secure pre-authorization from NHIF as need arise.

  • Coordinate Community based health prevention activities, in line with community health strategy, the contribute to universal health coverage.

  • Ensure timely reception of proforma invoice from NHIF and processing through program and finance sections.

  • Monitor and provide regular reports on access and
    utilization of health insurance cover.

  • Lead and participate in coordination forums with health partners, MoH and NHIF to ensure coordinated operationalization of new health financing model.

  • Undertake other relevant duties as required.

  • Authority (decisions made in executing responsibilities and to achieve results)

  • The health needs of the population of concern are met without disruption during implementation of insurance health financing model of care.

  • UNHCR’s policies, standards and procedures are constantly and coherently applied.

  • Enrolment of persons of concerns is facilitated into the NHIF, 9,000 households in the first phase of implementation in 2020

  • Access to benefits accruing are realized within partner run facilities in Kakuma (1), Kalobeyei (2) and identified referral facilities outside Kakuma.

  • Monthly updates of funds reimbursed from NHIF for services delivered in all accredited facilities in Kalobeyei and Kakuma.

    Essential Minimum Qualifications and Experience

  • Diploma in Nursing, Clinical Medicine, Health Records, HMIS, Health Insurance, or Public Health.

  • 5 years’ experience in the medical or health insurance field.

    Desirable Qualifications & Competencies

  • At least three years working in Community based health services.

  • Previous work experience with National Insurance Scheme, Health Management Organization (HMO), or development agency will be an added advantage.



  • Integrity

  • Professionalism

  • Respect for Diversity

  • Core Competencies

  • Accountability

  • Team Work & Collaboration

  • Communication

  • Commitment to Continuous Learning

  • Client & Results Orientation

  • Organizational Awareness

    Candidates may also be tested on relevant managerial and cross-functional competencies. Examples are listed below:-

  • Cross – Functional Competencies

  • Analytical Thinking

  • Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

  • Planning & Organizing Stakeholder Management

    Submissions Of Applications

  • This vacancy is open for qualified Kenyans ONLY.

  • Interested and qualified persons can view and apply for the position on the UNHCR Kenya e-Recruitment portal through the following link

  • Applications received via other means or after the deadline will not be accepted.


  • Only shortlisted candidates will be invited for Interviews.

  • If you are not contacted for an interview, please consider your application unsuccessful.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; UN High Commissioner for Refugees Medical Associate Jobs in Kenya

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