Position Title: Programme Manager – (Emergency Health)

Duty Station: Kyiv, Ukraine

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P3

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

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 23 March 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 Senior Programme Coordinator (Operations), the Programme Manager – (Emergency Health) will be responsible for the overall supervision, management, coordination and strategic guidance of IOM’s Emergency Health Programming in Ukraine.

The successful candidate will provide programmatic management, coordination, strategic guidance and technical oversight to IOM’s emergency health operations; ensure coordination with Ministry of Health, World Health Organization (WHO) and health sector partners; liaise and collaborate with other IOM sectors, particularly the Health Assessment Programme as well as the Mental Health and Pyschosocial Support Unit, oversee and supervise IOM’s emergency health teams and guide project and program development through the emergency and transition phases in Ukraine.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Coordinate and supervise the overall management and administration of IOM’s Emergency Health Programme within the framework of IOM’s response to emergencies inside Ukraine.
  2. Provide strategic and technical guidance for emergency health preparedness and response programming and health system recovery and strengthening activities including for instance, outbreak preparedness and response using IOM’s Health, Border and Mobility Management approach, improving access to primary, secondary health care and referrals, including routine and mass immunization, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Non-Communicable Diseases and community health programmes, integrating health components into durable solutions programming and capacity building initiatives for staff and partners.
  3. Develop, prepare, implement and manage health projects and programmes in coordination with the programme coordinator (operations), Programme Support Unit, programme units and regional and HQ units as necessary ensuring that they are:
  • consistent with IOM’s policies, thematic guidance notes and any relevant national policies and/or regional strategies;
  • coherent, relevant, and feasible, and take into account good practices in the area of migration health;
  • developed and implemented according to IOM’s project development procedures as established by the IOM Project Handbook and related Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  1. Supervise and provide technical support to Emergency Health staff, including consultants, to ensure continuous provision of quality emergency health programming, conduct performance appraisal of emergency health staff using the IOM direct Performance Appraisal System and actively identify and promote training needs of staff.
  2. Coordinate with the mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) unit within the Mission to support complementary programming and ensure the inclusion of MHPSS components in health programmes in emergencies.
  3. Provide technical and supervisory support, capacity building to implementing partners and service providers contracted by IOM to provide health care services in coordination with other units like, procurement, human resource, legal and other units as necessary.
  4. Align the migration health strategies and priorities in the country with global health goals, regional trends and existing national policy frameworks set by relevant health authorities, in close coordination with other units within the Mission and thematic specialists in the region, as well as senior MHD staff at IOM HQ.
  5. Develop, strengthen and expand partnerships with the Ministry of Health, World HealthOrganization (WHO) Country Office, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNHCR and other relevant NGOs and parties, including local NGOs/CBOs in order to develop a displacement and migrant health agenda at country level (including through the development of memorandums of understanding at country level, representation of IOM at strategic and technical meetings, and so on).
  6. Guide IOM in engaging and coordinating with the national level Health Cluster, and relevant national level sub cluster working groups such as Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Non-Communicable Diseases, etc as well as cluster coordination in the field. Lead any sub cluster working groups assigned to IOM, such as the Displacement and Health working group; and take a leading role in linking the health cluster with other IOM-led cluster activities.
  7. Take lead on new initiatives in health programming and advise the mission on how health can be streamlined accordingly i.e durable solution, cash based initiatives, community based planning, etc.
  8. Facilitate close collaboration with IOM’s other thematic areas in the country, such as WASH, Protection, Shelter, Camp Coordination and Camp Management and others, in order to integrate and mainstream health into project proposals, tools and strategies where relevant and possible.
  9. Maintain a high level of global and public health expertise and ensure that analysis and sharing of health data of significant relevance stemming from IOM programmes in emergency health are maintained. Identify emerging issues to ensure that emergency health programmes are based on scientific evidence.
  10. Analyze and regularly share critical developments, technical updates, project updates, achievements and best practices with MHD Regional and Global offices and other internal and external stakeholders and contribute to thematic policy development and global reports.
  11. Oversee the project and resource deployment, activation, implementation, reporting and evaluation of the health-related programs including monitoring of budget expenditure and ensuring that key performance indicators are met in a timely manner.
  12. Monitor and analyze the progress of health projects, to increase effectiveness, recommend appropriate action as required, and assist in the development of evaluation protocols.
  13. Support resource mobilization in close collaboration and coordination with the programme support unit.
  14. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • A Master’s degree in health related field such as medicine, health sciences, public health or a related field from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience; or
  • University degree in the above field with seven years of relevant professional experience.
  • An additional specialization in maternal and child health, migration health, communicable and non-communicable diseases, health system strengthening or public health is an advantage.


  • At least five years of experience, preferably at an international level, and involving migration health issues.
  • Experience in managing significant and complex emergency health programmes.
  • Demonstrated experience in emergency response and coordination, design and delivery of humanitarian assistance in complex environments.
  • Proven capacity and vision to develop and implement programmes in the area of migration and health.
  • Sound experience working with international organizations, regional organizations, ministries of health and other governmental entities, the private sector and civil society.
  • Experience in resource mobilization and other fundraising modalities including budget management.
  • Proven experience in communicating scientifically to specialized audiences.
  • Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation, and excellent written communication skills (for example, through extensive experience in writing reports).


  • Excellent communication, presentation and writing skills with strong computer literacy, especially advanced working knowledge of Microsoft Office


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

External applicants for all positions in the Professional category are required to be proficient in English and have at least a working knowledge of one additional UN Language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, or Spanish).

For all applicants, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Fluency in Ukrainian 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 (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.


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


via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 23 March 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

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 64 Programme Manager (Emergency Health) (P3) Kyiv, Ukraine (58024510) Released

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