Migration Health Officer (COVID-19 Response) – UNV


Job Description

OrganizationUN OCHA Sudan’s
Description of the assignment titleMigration Health Officer (COVID-19 Response)
Host entityIOM Sudan
Assignment countrySudan
Duration10 months
Sustainable Development Goal3. Good health and well-being
Number of assignments1
DoA reserved for persons with disabilitiesNo
Advertisement end date11/07/2022


Mission and objectives

Established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the leading intergovernmental organization in the field of migration and is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society. IOM is part of the United Nations system, as a related organization. IOM supports migrants across the world, developing effective responses to the shifting dynamics of migration and, as such, is a key source of advice on migration policy and practice. The organization works in emergency situations, developing the resilience of all people on the move, and particularly those in situations of vulnerability, as well as building capacity within governments to manage all forms and impacts of mobility. The Organization is guided by the principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, including upholding human rights for all. Respect for the rights, dignity and well-being of migrants remains paramount.


Sudan remains one of the world’s largest protracted humanitarian crises with needs increasingly more complex, due to inflation, the economic crisis, poor investment in infrastructure, localised conflicts, on-going protracted displacement and a potential new refugee influx. The increase in fragility, insecurity and vulnerabilities are exacerbated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. High mortality figures due to COVID-19 has been reported, with a chronic lack of health care management. Low rates of COVID-19 vaccination amongst the population is still hindering effective coverage to lessen the resulting morbidity and mortality, and the elderly and vulnerable groups. In addition to COVID-19, Sudan faced with multiple disease outbreaks in 2021, 1.6 million malaria cases had been reported by the mid-October 2021, as well as Hepatitis E, thus, all-hazards emergency risk management was required in 2022. IOM Sudan has been working on the prevention of COVID-19 among migrants in coordination with relevant government authorities and other stakeholders. In coordination with other sectors/ department, the successful candidate will assist the health response for COVID-19 as well as other hazards, such as other epidemic-prone diseases. The work will include the strengthening of infection prevention and control (IPC), and inclusion of the migrants for COVID-19 vaccine.

Task description

Under the overall supervision of the Programme Coordinator (Humanitarian and Transition), and the direct supervision of Migration Health Officer (Emergencies), the successful candidate will support the coordination and implementation of IOM Sudan health program activities relat-ed to COVID-19 response and other outbreak preparedness and response. The UNV will un-dertake the following tasks:

• Support the planning, implementation, and evaluation of IOM’s ongoing and future health response plans, related to COVID-19 and outbreak preparedness and response.

• Provide necessary information, documentation and technical specification to the health programme. Develop or provide technical review for the training materials or IEC mate-rials as needed.

• Support in conducting assessments to identify health needs and gaps among dis-placement and conflict affected communities and migrants including priority causes of ill-health. The support will include collection of disaggregated data and data analysis in line with IOM data protection guidelines.

• Support and guide the team of IOM local staff in field to ensure a quality of on-going health activity. This will include facilitation of safe referral of the patients, ensuring timely and accurate reporting and surveillance to strengthen preparedness and re-sponse, verity and analyse the data collected.

• Regularly inform the supervisor of the updated global and national infor-mation/guidance of COVID-19 as needed; provide updates regarding the ongoing trend of COVID-19 and other outbreaks, or other emerging health needs of the affected communities;

• Coordinate with other technical areas and programme teams within IOM Sudan to en-sure complementarity and linkages between activities in line the an integrated ap-proach.

• Assist in monitoring and evaluation of the health program and quality health-care ser-vices in the field, especially in the area of infection prevention and control. Bring to the attention of supervisor any issues with compliance to national and IOM global stand-ards.

• Support the coordination with relevant counterparts, including the Ministry of Health (MoH), health sector, other UN agencies and I/NNGOs and assist the collective health response plans and coordination efforts and integration of cross cutting issue and SDG.

• Attend relevant coordination meetings when requested.

• Assist in researching potential entry points for expanded collaboration and/or new pro-ject development in close coordination with local health authorities and partners.

• Perform such other duties as may be assigned. Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to:

• Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for in-stance in events that mark International Volunteer Day);

• Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;

• Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities;

• Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publica-tions/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;

• Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers;

• Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.

Eligibility criteria


27 – 80

Additional eligibility criteria

This assignment is funded by the Government of Japan, therefore only Japanese nationals are eligible to apply.


Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.

Donor priorities


Required experience

3 years of experience in the fields of medicine or public health are considered as an advantage. Especially the experience in the field of humanitarian assistance is desirable.

• Previous experience in working for COVID-19 related health projects is considered as an advantage.

• Practical knowledges and previous experience in working for infection prevention and control is an advantage.

• Demonstrated interest in and knowledge about migration issues desirable.

Area(s) of expertise


Driving license


English, Level: Fluent, Required Arabic, Level: Working knowledge, Desirable

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in medicine, nursery, midwifery or any other degree in clinical medicine. Master’s Degree in Public Health.

Competencies and values

☒ Accountability

☒ Adaptability and Flexibility

☒ Building Trust

☒ Client Orientation

☒ Commitment and Motivation

☒ Commitment to Continuous Learning

☒ Communication

☒ Creativity

☒ Empowering Others

☒ Ethics and Values

☒ Integrity

☒ Judgement and Decision-making

☒ Knowledge Sharing

☒ Leadership

☒ Managing Performance

☒ Planning and Organizing

☒ Professionalism

☒ Respect for Diversity

☒ Self-Management

☒ Technological Awareness

☒ Vision

☒ Working in Teams

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

Khartoum is considered, relatively, a safe city; the UN staff can move freely within the city and are able to drive and take taxis. Although Sudan is suffering from an economic crisis, most of the daily needs are available in the market and a number of supermarkets have imported goods. Internet provision is good, but there are often power cuts, thus accommodation should come with a back-up generator. UN staff are living in rented houses / apartments in Khartoum and not in UN compounds.

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy

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