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Migration Health Officer (MHPSS)

International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Migration Health Officer (MHPSS)

Duty Station: Port Sudan, Sudan

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: 04 March 2024

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.

IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. Read more about diversity and inclusion at IOM at www.iom.int/diversity.

Applications are welcome from first- and second-tier candidates, particularly qualified female candidates as well as applications from the non-represented member countries of IOM. For all IOM vacancies, applications from qualified and eligible first-tier candidates are considered before those of qualified and eligible second-tier candidates in the selection process.

For the purpose of this vacancy, the following are considered first-tier candidates:

  1. Internal candidates
  2. Candidates from the following non-represented member states: Antigua and Barbuda; Barbados; Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Congo (the); Cook Islands; Dominica; Fiji; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Holy See; Iceland; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Madagascar; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Solomon Islands; Suriname; The Bahamas; Tonga; Tuvalu; Uzbekistan; Vanuatu

Second-tier candidates include:

All external candidates, except candidates from non-represented member states.


Under the overall supervision of the Programme Coordinator (Humanitarian Response and Transition (HRT)) and the direct supervision of the Migration Health Officer (Emergencies), and working in close collaboration with other programme teams (in particular Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Emergency Shelter / Non-Food Items, Peacebuilding, Resilience & Durable Solutions, Rapid Response Fund (RRF), Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) and Migrant Protection and Assistance (MPA)), the Migration Health Officer (Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS)) will facilitate the planning, implementation and monitoring of MHPSS portfolio in the health team in Humanitarian Response and Transition (HRT), and the geographical coverage will be for all Sudan.

The Migration Health Officer (MHPSS) will be responsible for contributing to technical capacity building, supervision and standardization of IOM Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) activities. They will provide guidance for the development as well as for monitoring the quality of current and future MHPSS programmes at the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation phases. Additionally, the Migration Health Officer (MHPSS) will participate in meetings with authorities, humanitarian actors and donor counterparts for the MHPSS sector.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. With support and guidance from Migration Health Officer (Emergencies) and in close coordination with other units, in particular the Protection Units, contribute to the development and implementation of mental health and psychosocial support activities for displaced populations, migrants, and other vulnerable populations, with a focus on community based mental health and psychosocial support.
  2. Contribute to knowledge management and capacity development by providing technical inputs and guidance in the field of MHPSS to colleagues and partners, implementing capacity building activities and producing briefs.
  3. Evaluate the training needs on MHPSS and related protection topics among IOM field staff, implementing partners and other stakeholders, and provide training, as necessary.
  4. Review project proposals from partners regarding MHPSS programming, checking adherence to best practice and commonly agreed cluster standards, as well as IOM internal procedures and protocols, based on the IOM Manual on Community-based Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergencies and Displacement.
  5. Actively contribute to strengthening referral systems and networks, in close coordination with the health, nutrition and protection cluster/MHPSS technical working group and other relevant actors, as well as the IOM Sudan’s Protection Unit.
  6. Participate and engage actively in inter-agency MHPSS and related protection/migration health fora/meetings, as required.
  7. Contribute inputs for donor and partner meetings, briefings on IOM MHPSS and related health/ protection activities and achievements.
  8. Draft reports covering MHPSS related activities, including briefing, statistical/narrative reports and background notes, as well as specific information requested by IOM, and other entities.
  9. Monitor and track the financial, administrative and technical aspects of MHPSS projects and activities and check adherence to IOM and donor policies and requirements.
  10. In close coordination with Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) colleagues, contribute to the development of tools and guidelines for partners to track and monitor MHPSS activities.
  11. Encourage and facilitate the mainstreaming of cross-cutting issues such as protection including gender-based violence (GBV), gender, Accountabiltiy to Affected Populations (AAP), inclusion of persons with disabilities and older persons and conflict sensitivity.
  12. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Psychology, Social Work, Education, Social Sciences or a related 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 MHPSS and familiarity with related coordination mechanisms;
  • Experience with providing technical guidance and conducting capacity building MHPSS principles and approaches for various stakeholders;
  • Experience in project management and/or coordination;
  • Experience in humanitarian settings;
  • Experience with remote management;
  • Experience in liaising with partners, other national/international institutions, and non-governmental organization (NGOs);
  • Experience in related protection or migration health programming an asset; and,
  • Working experience with an operational UN agency or a major international NGOs in the field of MHPSS, internally displaced people, and/or migrants, is an asset.


  • Ability to work in dynamic, fast pace environment;
  • Familiarity with the IOM Manual on Community-based Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergencies and Displacement or other relevant guidelines on MHPSS in emergency settings;
  • Knowledge of international protection standards;
  • Knowledge of case management principles an asset;
  • Knowledge of IASC cluster systems; and,
  • Good writing skills in required languages an asset.


IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish. All staff members are required to be fluent in one of the three languages.

For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and 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.


1 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.

https://www.iom.int/sites/default/files/about-iom/iom_revised_competency_framework_external.p df

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 background verification 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 HERE, by 04 March 2024 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

Posting period:

From 20.02.2024 to 04.03.2024

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 2024 49 Migration Health Officer (MHPSS) (P2) Port Sudan, Sudan (58673315) Released

Posting: Posting NC58673316 (58673316) Released

Deadline: 4 Mar 2024

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