Emergency Health Officer (Cross-Border Operations) At International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Emergency Health Officer (Cross-border Operations)

Duty Station: Gaziantep, Republic of Türkiye

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P3

Type of Appointment: Special short-term graded, six months with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 08 May 2023

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.


Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM)/Deputy Chief of Mission, the direct supervision of the Senior Emergency Coordinator for the Cross-border Operations in Gazientep, and in coordination with Headquarters and relevant Health Unit in the Region, the Emergency Health Officer will be responsible for the coordination, management, and implementation of emergency health activities in Northwest Syria (NWS), focusing on earthquake response and early recovery efforts.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Organize, oversee, and implement emergency health activities in NWS, including earthquake response, early recovery efforts, and ongoing health programs in the region, in close collaboration with implementing partners and relevant stakeholders.
  2. Lead and participate in cross-border missions to assess health needs, monitor program implementation, and ensure the delivery of essential health services in affected areas.
  3. Develop and maintain quality control/quality assurance procedures for emergency health activities, ensuring compliance with relevant technical guidelines and international standards.
  4. Train IOM health staff and implementing partners on emergency health response, early recovery efforts, and other relevant topics.
  5. Coordinate with national and international stakeholders, including government authorities, UN agencies, NGOs, and donors, to ensure effective program implementation and resource mobilization.
  6. Supervise clinical and non-clinical IOM health staff in NWS, ensuring the continuous provision of quality emergency health services.
  7. Conduct performance appraisal of both clinical and non-clinical IOM health staff using the IOM Performance Management and actively identify and promote training needs of the staff.
  8. Monitor budgets and propose corrective measures in coordination with the mission’s Senior Management, Resource Management Unit, and the Regional Health Assessment Coordinator.
  9. Identify opportunities for expanding emergency health activities and programs in NWS, including preparing project concept notes and/or proposals and liaising with UN agencies and local health authorities.
  10. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • University degree in Medical field or Public Health from an accredited academic institution with at least seven years of professional experience; or
  • University degree in medical field or public health from an accredited academic institution plus master’s degree in Public Health, Disaster Management, or other related fields from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience.


  • Experience in emergency health response, disaster management, and early recovery efforts;
  • Experience working within the health sector in conflict-affected settings;
  • Experience coordinating and implementing cross-border health programs;
  • Experience working with refugees, internally displaced persons, and other vulnerable populations;
  • Experience working on clinical and public health programs, including in the context of emergency response, post-disaster recovery, and the promotion of physical and mental health;
  • Experience in project development and management, particularly in community/public health and post-emergency response and rehabilitation, is considered an advantage.;
  • Previous work experience in emergency health programs, Migration Health, Communicable Disease Control among refugees and migrants in an international organization, UN agency, or hospital;
  • Proven experience in capacity building, training, and mentoring of staff and implementing partners


  • Familiarity with the health system and key stakeholders in Northwest Syria is an asset.


IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish.

For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Arabic is an advantage.

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 (https://whed.net/home.php).

Required Competencies:

Values – all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these five values:

  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: Respects and promotes individual and cultural differences. Encourages diversity and inclusion.
  • 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.
  • Courage: Demonstrates willingness to take a stand on issues of importance.
  • Empathy: Shows compassion for others, makes people feel safe, respected and fairly treated.

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 actions 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 leadership and professional potential.
  • Empowering others: Creates an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.
  • Building Trust: Promotes shared values and creates an atmosphere of trust and honesty.
  • Strategic thinking and vision: Works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.
  • Humility: Leads with humility and shows openness to acknowledging own shortcomings.

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 confirmation.

This selection process may be used to staff similar positions in various duty stations. Recommended candidates 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


IOM e-Recruitment system, by 08 May 2023 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.

For further information please refer to: www.iom.int/recruitment

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 accounts.

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