Project Officer (Migration Health) At International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Project Officer (Migration Health)

Duty Station: Bujumbura, Burundi

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P2

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

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 19 September 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), and the direct supervision of the

Head of Programmes in IOM Burundi Country Office (CO), and in coordination with relevant Unit Heads, Project Managers, and Departments at Headquarters (HQ) and the Regional Office (RO) for East and Horn of Africa in Nairobi, the Project Officer (Migration Health) will be responsible and accountable for supporting and coordinating the timely implementation of Migration Health project activities, of IOM Burundi CO.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Support the monitoring of timely and quality implementation of Migration and Health project activities in accordance with the project work plans, agreed indicators and in line with IOM standards, including MHPSS and Emergency Health projects, and any other (from hereon in only referred to as “Migration Health”).
  2. Support Head of Programmes coordinating and monitor resource mobilization and project development activities within Migration Health, participating in proposal development, reports, and external visibility material.
  3. Support the monitoring of project implementation and budgets for Migration Health projects, ensuring that expenditure is in line with timeframes and allocated funds.
  4. Facilitate the development of Migration Health public information tools, including but not limited to success stories, newsletters, and press releases.
  5. Collaborate internally with other units in response to calls for proposals, or information from HQ, RO, donors, partners, and other relevant stakeholders.
  6. Facilitate the identification and engagement of technical experts for capacity building required under migration and health project activities.
  7. Assist the Head of Programmes in liaising with relevant stakeholders, including national and local government counterparts, UN agencies and others national and international organizations on matters related to Migration Health.
  8. Help manage Technical Working Group meetings and activities where MHPSS or HealthMigration are concerned.
  9. Assist the Head of Programmes to ensure migration is mainstreamed in government and development partner policies, documents, and programming.
  10. Supervise and contribute to the capacity building of project staff.
  11. Undertake duty travels as required.
  12. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in public health, or a related health field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience; or
  • University degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional experience.


  • Experience in Migration Health within a government or UN agency, or a Regional or International Organization in East and Horn of Africa;
  • Operational and field experience in outbreak preparedness and response;
  • Experience on field epidemiology, and risk communication interventions;
  • Operational and field experience in migration, refugee and displaced persons’ health-related issues, programme development, including experience in evaluating health programs and protocols;
  • Experience in liaising with governmental authorities, other national/international institutions, and Non-Governmental Organization (NGOs); and,
  • Familiarity with the health sector in the African region, with Burundi experience an advantage.


  • Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation.
  • Experience in implementing projects;
  • Knowledge of IOM/UN procedures;
  • Good computer skills and knowledge of relational databases, Microsoft applications, spreadsheets, word processing etc; and,
  • Knowledge of IOM/UN accounting systems, software, and procedures a distinct advantage.


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

For this position, fluency in English and French is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Spanish 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 (

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


Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 19 September 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.

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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.

Requisition: SVN 2023 316 Project Officer (Migration Health) (P2) Bujumbura, Burundi (58337125) Released

Posting: Posting NC58337126 (58337126) Released