Public Health Coordinator

Employer:  International Organization for Migration
Location: Conakry, Guinea
Closing date: 28 Feb 2017

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 : 28 February 2017

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and 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. Applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged. For the purpose of the vacancy, the following candidates are considered as first-tier candidates:

1. Internal candidates

2. Qualified applicants from the following NMS countries:

Antigua and Barbuda, Benin, Bahamas, Botswana, Belize, Congo, Cabo Verde, Djibouti, Micronesia (Federated States of), Gabon, Gambia, Guyana, Iceland, Cambodia, Comoros, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Libya, Montenegro, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Mauritania, Maldives, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Seychelles, Slovenia, Suriname, El Salvador, Swaziland, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, United Republic of Tanzania, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Vanuatu, Samoa


Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM), the technical oversight and health policy guidance of the Regional Public Health RTS in Dakar, and in close coordination with the Project Managers, the successful candidate will be responsible and accountable for overall supervision, effective coordination, reporting, and adherence to strategic directions of all the public health, infection prevention and control, occupational health and psychosocial support and social communication activities related to the Public and other Health operations in Guinea.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

Facilitate the development of Public health projects including, but not limited to, surveillance, health promotion and education, health system strengthening, infection prevention and control, occupational health, psychosocial support, Social communication activities related to the ANSS / Ministry of Health strategic objectives for different migration contexts, in line with the MHD strategic objectives, and aligned with other thematic areas and projects in the country.

Strengthen linkages between emergency health programming and longer-term health development initiatives in coordination with other IOM Guinea program areas.

Support the development and maintenance of donor relations and participate in resource mobilization activities.

Contribute to periodic technical updates and documentation/ dissemination of best practice materials in close coordination with the Donors

Coordinate and liaise closely with the Ministry of Public Health/ ANSS and other health national institutions in order to ensure harmonized implementation of activities that are delivered within the framework of national health response strategies.

Explore potential entry points for expanded collaboration with local health authorities and partners on migration/emergency health related activities; develop new ideas as well as identify, design and facilitate research activities in coordination with other IOM Guinea program units and with relevant RO and HQ units.

Support the development and maintenance of donor relations and participate in resource-mobilization activities.

Contribute to periodic technical updates and documentation/ dissemination of best practice materials in close coordination with the Migration Health Program Coordinator.

Represent IOM at health and other related cluster meetings, liaise and coordinate with national and international health and development assistance authorities, agencies or organizations regarding strategic planning on health related matters;

Guide IOM Guinea in engaging and/or coordinating with WHO Country Officers and country Health Cluster Coordination mechanisms on IOM’s emergency preparedness and humanitarian responses.

Maintain a high level of public health expertise, and ensure that analysis and sharing of health data of significant relevance stemming from IOM program in the area of migration health is maintained. Identify emerging issues to ensure that IOM programs are based on scientific evidence.

Contribute to regular reporting on project achievements, problems encountered, pertinent developments, and strategic needs for IOM Guinea Health programs, as well as for donors and partner agencies

Manage all staff under Public Health Department (Country office Conakry and all sub offices)

Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• University degree in Medicine from an accredited academic institution with at least seven years of professional experience; or

• University degree in Medicine from an accredited academic institution plus Master’s Degree in Community or Public Health, Medical Specialization in Infectious Diseases, Tropical Medicine or other related fields from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience.


• Experience in Public Health and/or emergency health response; implementation of infection

prevention and control programs;

• Extensive experience in Public Health, designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating health programs and protocols;

• Experience in humanitarian crisis, natural disasters, contagious diseases and resource-limited settings is beneficial; Working experience in an infection control institutional environment or an Ebola Response project will be an asset;

• Familiarity with the public health sector in Africa region an advantage.


Fluency in English and French is required. Working knowledge of any local languages is an advantage.

Desirable Competencies:


• Accountability – takes responsibility for action and manages constructive criticisms;

• Client Orientation – works effectively well with client and stakeholders;

• Continuous Learning – promotes continuous learning for self and others;

• Communication – listens and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience;

• Creativity and Initiative – actively seeks new ways of improving programmes or services;

• Leadership and Negotiation – develops effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders;

• Performance Management – identify ways and implement actions to improve performance of self and others;

• Planning and Organizing - plans work, anticipates risks, and sets goals within area of responsibility;

• Professionalism - displays mastery of subject matter;

• Teamwork – contributes to a collegial team environment; incorporates gender related needs, perspectives, concerns and promotes equal gender participation;

• Technological Awareness - displays awareness of relevant technological solutions;

• Resource Mobilization - works with internal and external stakeholders to meet resource needs of IOM.


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.

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. o