International Nurse Job at the United Nations International Organisation for Migration (UN IOM)
Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) in IOM Sri Lanka administrative
matters, and the direct supervision of the Chief Migration Health Officer (CMHO) in IOM Sri
Lanka, the successful candidate will be responsible for providing clinical, administrative and
project management support for migration health assessments and treatment of refugees
assisted by the Organization.
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Core Functions / Responsibilities:
- Supervise a team of nurses and other auxiliary staff and assist Chief Migration Health Officer
(CMHO) in various duties related to laboratory/x-ray and physical examination procedures.
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This includes logistic preparation for screening, handling and safekeeping of individual
medical files, collection of biodata and medical history, ensuring identity checks of the applicants
and confidentiality of information throughout the screening process in Migration Health
Assessment Center (MHAC) and Medical Mission sites.
- Contribute to technical medical oversight, planning, monitoring and follow up of IOM migration
health assessment programmes. In particular, ensure that these programmes fulfil the technical
requirements of the resettlement countries, including standardization, Quality Assurance (QA)
and Quality Control (QC) of all aspects of the medical examination and documentation process.
- Assist the CMHO in managing and implementing the health assessment programs as follows:
- Assist in coordinating the administrative duties and leaves of the staff under their supervision;
- Assist in planning and monitoring the logistical requirements of the Migration Health Division
(MHD) and if applicable Camp Clinics including safekeeping and management of inventory of
stocks, medical supplies and equipment as well as tracking of expiry dates of drugs;
- Ensure the use of best practices, compliance with the donor/receiving countries technical
instructions, and develop suggestions for improvement for the migration health assessment
- Assist the CMHO in liaising with various health service providers, other departments in the
mission, other IOM Missions, and MHD/HQ on clinical, administrative, and financial matters;
- Ensuring efficient and beneficiary friendly HAP operations.
- Ensure proper identification and coding of biological samples, maintain strict client
confidentiality; liaise with various health service providers to facilitate handling of biological
samples, and coordinate the procedures and supervision of the collection of sputum samples for
culture and sensitivity for Tuberculosis (TB). In addition, Migration Health Nurse will coordinate
and assist the Medical Officer on follow up of chronic medical case, specimen collection, fitness
to travel check and any other heath assessment related activities in the camp clinics.
- Organize and supervise vaccination process of the refugees ensuring compliance with the
best practices and recommendations according the receiving countries guidelines and
- Assist the CMHO in coordinating surveillance of the communicable disease, health education
and hygiene promotion activities of Transits centres in the mission. Provide suggestions to the
supervisors to improve counselling for all medical testing, including HIV.
- Conduct/supervise pre-departure medical procedures and pre-embarkation assessments of
‘fitness to travel’, as required, maintain current relevant records and reports, supervise the
implementation of treatment and follow-up actions for cases on medical hold after health
assessment, and supervise Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) management and directly
observed treatment/ therapy short-course (DOTS) for TB in the MHAC and Camp clinics.
- Provide technical and administrative support to the Regional Health Assistance Programme
(HAP) Coordinator in the planning and delivery of the regional Refugee Resettlement
programme. This assistance includes the collation and consolidation of data, information and
plans around the management and implementation of refugee related health assessment
activities in the region, as well as the transformation of such into consolidated action plans.
- Follow up with implementing partners to ensure that follow-up actions are done, and relevant
information flow is maintained. Partners include health service providers, panel physicians, other
clinicians (e.g., consultants), and IOM Migration Health and Operations staff in the mission.
- Identify the training needs of the Nurses and Auxiliary staff, prepare training plan, and
involve on the capacity building of the Nurses and Auxiliary staff.
- Perform escort duties and duty travel as required.
- Perform such other duties as may be assigned.
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Required Qualifications and Experience:
- Master’s degree in nursing 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.
- Clinical experience as a registered Nurse;
- Experience in TB Programmes, migration health, disease control, and public health of refugees
and migrants as Nurse in an international organization, UN agency or hospital;
- Demonstrated ability to maintain detail, accuracy and confidentiality at all levels of the health
- Demonstrated gender awareness and gender sensitivity;
- Experience in managing health team;
- Managerial and/or supervisory experience is a distinct advantage.
- Good knowledge of nursing principles, techniques and procedures: knowledge of public health
as well as general migration related issues;
- Good level of computer literacy;
- Excellent communication, negotiation, interpersonal and organizational skills;
- Good writing, communication and negotiation skills;
- Ability to write clearly and concisely;
- Personal commitment, efficiency, flexibility and drive for results;
- Knowledge of specialized medical software is required;
- Knowledge of eMedical and Mimosa Web is an advantage.
IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish.
For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written).
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
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.
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- Courage: Demonstrates willingness to take a stand on issues of importance.
- Empathy: Shows compassion for others, makes people feel safe, respected and fairly
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
- 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
This selection process may be used to staff similar positions in various duty stations.
Recommended candidates endorsed by the Appointments and Postings Board 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.
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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 08 June 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.
For further information please refer to: www.iom.int/recruitment
From 26.05.2023 to 08.06.2023
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