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National Migration Health Officer (Global Health Security)

International Organization for Migration

Position Title: National Migration Health Officer (Global Health Security)

Duty Station: IOM Philippines Country Office (Cotabato City)

Classification: National Officers, NO-A

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

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 29 February 2024

Established in 1951, IOM is a Related Organization of the United Nations, and as the leading UN agency in the field of migration, it 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 environment. It is one of the factors that makes the organization qualified to deal with the complex issue of migration. IOM sees that diversity is one of the organizational strengths.

IOM aims to foster an inclusive workplace where everyone treats each other (including colleagues and beneficiaries) with dignity and respect.

Internal and external candidates are eligible to apply to this vacancy. For the purpose of the vacancy, internal candidates are considered as first-tier candidates.


Under the overall supervision of the Head of Sub-Office (HoSO) in Cotabato and direct supervision of the National Migration Health Programme Coordinator; and in close collaboration with the Global Health Security (GHS) Program Advisor, the successful candidate is responsible and accountable for coordinating the quality implementation of IOM’s health programming in Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). The successful candidate is expected to work closely with Ministry of Health (MOH) – BARMM and its local constituents especially in Maguindanao del Sur, Maguindanao del Norte, and Special Geographic Area (SGA) to achieve Global Health Security (GHS) in the region, integrating mobility lens and in line with IOM standards, policies and commitments.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

1. Provide strategic leadership, analysis, and technical inputs, with direct oversight from the National Migration Health Programme Coordinator and in close collaboration with the GHS Program Advisor, on the planning, implementation, and development of GHS projects and activities in line with global standards, national policies, and BARMM health priorities.

2. Provide direct monitoring to GHS projects and activities such as but not limited to needs and capacity assessment, technical training, community organizing, risk communication and community engagement, mentoring and feedbacking, supporting policy development, and emergency response.

3. Contribute to the development and implementation of effective strategies, SOPs and technical tools for GHS programming, including but not limited to integration of One Health approach, Health Border and Mobility Management (HBMM), and Population Mobility Mapping (PMM). Infection Prevention and Control (IPC), Biosafety and Biosecurity, laboratory network, field epidemiology, disease surveillance, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in Health (DRRM-H).

4. Provide technical assistance to government counterparts, CSOs, implementing partners and support the implementation of the planned activities for GHS through continuous guidance, and monitoring.

5. Provide technical guidance, review, recommend, and advocate, in close collaboration with the GHS Program Advisor, contextualized, culturally appropriate, and gender-sensitive GHS approaches and policies that address the unique challenges of the BARMM.

6. Provide technical support, in collaboration with the Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Learning, and Adapting (MERLA) Officer, on designing, planning and implementation of MERLA to identify corrective actions and to inform continuous learning and adaptation for GHS programming.

7. Serve as the team leader for GHS in IOM’s migration health programming in Mindanao to ensure effective resource management, coordination amongst other technical health officers, and mainstreaming of technical advice and guidance from the GHS Program Advisor and National Migration Health Program Coordinator.

8. Undertake rapid deployment to provide onsite technical support to local response to public health emergencies, where required.

9. Contribute to the resource mobilization of IOM’s migration health programming through technical support to the development of concept and project papers in coordination with the National Migration Health Programme Coordinator.

10. Review, analyse GHS indicators, statistics and data, and ensure timely submission of results-based reports and updates in accordance with IOM and donor requirements.

11. Contribute to establishing partnership with government and non-government bodies and represent IOM at GHS committee and other sector-related meetings including thematic subgroups and technical working groups.

12. Ensure the operationalization of the Accountability to Affected Population (AAP) framework and mechanism in coordination with Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) unit and the integration of Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) strategies with technical guidance from PSEA Officer.

13. Undertake duty travels in support of the programme and perform other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience


  • Advanced university degree or master’s degree in medical field, nursing, epidemiology, international health, public health, or social sciences from an accredited academic institution; or
  • Bachelor’s degree in the above fields with minimum two (2) years of relevant professional experience.
  • Relevant accreditation/certification or formal training in areas related to epidemiology, disease surveillance, public health emergency, DRRM for Health, health emergency communication is a distinctive asset.


  • Experience in programme support, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and coordination of public health activities.
  • Experience in the public health and/or health sciences sectors; implementation of public health emergency, emergency communication, disease surveillance, infection prevention and control measures, biosafety and biosecurity is an advantage.
  • Experience in humanitarian or development operations and/or Government Social or Health Services; and
  • Experience in liaising with government counterparts, including those in BARMM Ministries.


  • Excellent communication, research and writing skills with strong computer literacy, especially advanced working knowledge of Microsoft Offices.
  • Strong familiarity with the context of BARMM and surrounding areas, knowledge of the issues and programs related to Global Health Security at the National and Local (Mindanao) level is highly desirable.


For this position, fluency in English and Filipino is required (oral and written). Working knowledge in BARMM Languages is desirable.


Accredited Universities are the ones listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database (https://whed.net/home.php).

Required Competencies

The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following values and competencies:

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

  • Respect and promote individual and cultural differences. Encourages diversity and inclusion.
  • Maintain high ethical standards and act in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
  • Demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.
  • Demonstrates willingness to take a stand on issues of importance.
  • Shows compassion for others, and makes people feel safe, respected and fairly treated.

Core Competencies – Behavioural Indicators level 1

  • Develop and promote effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.
  • Produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action-oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
  • Continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
  • Takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own actions and delegated work.
  • Encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.

IOM’s competency framework can be found at this link.

Competencies will be assessed during a competency-based interview.


Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment and verification of residency, visa, and authorizations by the concerned Government, where applicable.

Only candidates residing in either the country of the duty station or from a location in a neighbouring country that is within commuting distance of the duty station will be considered. In all cases, a prerequisite for taking up the position is legal residency in the country of the duty station, or in the neighbouring country located within commuting distance, and work permit, as applicable.

How to apply

In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM will only accept applications which should include a cover letter (not more than one page), a résumé highlighting the required education and experience, and a duly completed IOM Personal History Form. To access the form, please visit this link (four pages).

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via [email protected] not later than 29 February 2024. Position title and SVN Number (VN 2024 010_ National Migration Health Officer (Global Health Security)) should be specified in the SUBJECT field.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Deadline: 29-Feb-24

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