Migration Health Programme Assistant At International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Job Title: Migration Health Programme Assistant

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.

Position Title : Migration Health Programme Assistant

Duty Station : IOM Regional Office in Pretoria

Position Grade : G5 (UN Salary scale for General Services in the Republic of South Africa)

Type of Appointment : Fixed Term, One year with possibility of extension

Closing Date :6 April 2023

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), United Nations Migration Agency, is a dynamic and growing inter-governmental organization, with 175 Member States. IOM is committed to the principle that “humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society”. Established in 1951 and now active in over 440 field locations worldwide, IOM works with partners, government, and civil society to promote international cooperation to address operational challenges of migration and mobility, assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems, and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people. IOM addresses the migratory phenomenon from an integral and holistic perspective, including links to development, in order to maximize its benefits and minimize its negative effects.

Migration Health programme: IOM’s Migration Health programme in the Southern African region address the health needs of individual migrants as well as the public health needs of transit and host communities by assisting governmental and non-governmental partners in the development and implementation of relevant policies and programmes. The programme addresses the health needs of individual migrants as well as the public health needs of host communities by assisting governmental and non-governmental partners in the development and implementation of relevant policies and programmes.

IOM Regional Office for Southern Africa is seeking to employ a Migration Health Programme Assistant to provide support to the implementation of the SRHR and HIV Knows No Borders (KNB) Phase. The program seeks to improve sexual and reproductive health and HIV (SRH-HIV) outcomes and quality of life among young vulnerable people (YVP) aged 10 to 29 years, migrants and sex workers living in migration-impacted communities in Southern African region covering six countries, namely: Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia. The programme is implemented by the IOM in partnership with Save the Children, ministries of health and local governments, and local NGOs in the respective countries. The programme coordinates with other relevant SRHR and HIV programmes in the region.

Under the direct supervision of the Regional Programme Coordinator (MH/SRHR) and in close coordination with the Regional Technical Specialist Migration Health (RTS), programme team and implementing partners, the incumbent will support implementation of the SRHR and HIV Knows No Borders programme activities in Southern Africa region, including participating in project implementation, monitoring, reporting and documentation of program results.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  1. Support regular updating and development of external communication materials, including project fact sheets, IEC/SBCC tools, success stories and other promotional materials; and ensure they are technically sound prior to their distribution and dissemination.
  2. Assist in the writing and review of technical project reports, drafting manuscripts for publication, editing of research concept papers and project proposals, and other publications.
  3. Collect and systematically organize and analyze existing information from academic and governmental sources dealing with migration health to support the development of quality concept papers, presentations, technical guidance notes and information sheets;
  4. Develop a database to track and describe existing national, regional and international recommendations, policies and strategies related to the management of migration health issues in Southern Africa.
  5. Support the M&E Unit in the identification, and documentation of emerging best practices based on work done by IOM in migration and health, and IOM’s current response to health emergencies.
  6. Support implementation of capacity building activities for country project teams and implementing partners so as to ensure full mainstreaming of SRHR, gender equality and migration into their institutional plans and policies.
  7. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience


  • University Degree in public health, medicine, migration health, social sciences or related field with three years experience OR
  • High School degree/certificate in the aforementioned field of study with five years of professional experience.


  1. At least 3 years of professional experience in working in public health, HIV and SRHR and livelihood programs focused on youth, adolescents and migrants, preferably within government, UN agencies, NGOs and Academia.
  2. Basic documentation and reporting writing skills, facilitation/training skills, and good interpersonal skills.
  3. Basic Knowledge and skills in computer use, particularly MS word and working knowledge of data analysis using STATA and SPSS.


  1. Working knowledge of the broad range of migration health such as development of IEC/SBCC tools, , human rights approaches to capacity building in SRHR and HIV programming.
  2. Knowledge on operations research in public and knowledge translation
  3. Ability to work independently and as a team member.
  4. Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure



Fluency in English is required (oral and written).


Working knowledge of IOM official languages will be an added advantage.


The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following values and 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.


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.

Additional Notes:

IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment. External and internal candidates are eligible to apply for this vacancy. For the purpose of the vacancy, internal candidates are considered as first- tier candidates and will be given priority over external applicants if they meet the minimum requirements.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment and obtains nationality ID or valid residency/work permit.

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.


Interested and qualified candidates can apply through IOM RO Pretoria website using the link below or by navigating through “view career section”


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