Program Officer (Health, Border Management and Mobility) – Senegal

Invitation to apply

Reference: ROWCA-HR-22-010-CFA

Organizational unit: Migration Health Department

Duty station: Dakar, SENEGAL

Meeting Type: Consultations (3 months with the possibility of extension)

Expected start date: August 18 – 22

End date: 1 September 22


Established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the leading intergovernmental organization in the field of migration and is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all.

The successful candidate will perform his/her duties under the overall supervision of the Migration Health Officer (HQ), the Regional Director (RD) for West and Central Africa (WCA) and the Director of the Migration Health Division (MHD) and the direct supervision of the Regional migration and health specialist in the Regional Office for West and Central Africa (RO Dakar).

He/she will be responsible for the management of all health information generated during the project as well as epidemiological information related to the project at national and regional level. The scope of work will include technical supervision, coordination and monitoring of compliance with the strategic guidelines for health information to all participating National Offices (CO) in the AVUMEC II regional project, in particular in the following areas: development of national health information systems (HIS), creating and maintaining national and regional health information databases, developing tools and methodologies for data collection, creating maps using geographic information systems (GIS) technology, monitoring epidemiological trends at national and regional levels, epidemiological data analysis, public health risk mapping systems and transboundary disease surveillance.

The incumbent is expected to perform his duties in accordance with the highest ethical standards, the safety of IOM personnel, building and maintaining partnership with agencies and governments and with due respect for gender and socio-cultural sensitivity.

Responsibilities and Responsibilities:

Aid for Vulnerable Migrants Stranded on the Central Mediterranean Route (AVUMED II) – West and Central Africa

  1. Providing support to IOM national offices and regional offices in project monitoring and evaluation (M&E) as well as on technical aspects related to project implementation; act as regional focal point for AVUMED II project technical support, including knowledge management and tool dissemination;
  2. Support IOM country offices with the production of informational educational communication materials and adaptation of training tools on the prevention and control of the most prevalent diseases;
  3. Assisting countries in training government counterparts, including immigration officials and the Department of Health, on disease prevention and control;

Health, Borders and Mobility Management – Global Support

  1. Provides technical support for the development and implementation of other projects in the region in line with the IOM Health, Border and Mobility Management (HBMM) programme;
  2. Contribute to the development and implementation of population mobility mapping activities, including the use of GIS methods and tools
  3. Support the development and implementation of guidelines, training materials and training sessions on IOM population mobility mapping tools, including field missions to train staff and support the adaptation of tools as needed.
  4. Support the development of production of GIS-related products and maps, including technical support for reports from Participatory Mapping Exercises;
  5. Undertakes travel within the West and Central Africa region and beyond as required in relation to IOM International Health Regulations (IHR) and HBMM programming, implementation, including SOP and PHERP development; and
  6. Participate in health and other related information management cluster meetings and working groups, liaise and coordinate with national and international health and development bodies, agencies or organizations on GHSA-related issues; key partners include Ministries of Health, West African Health Organization (WAHO), World Health Organization (WHO) and other partner agencies/stakeholders of the Health Cluster;
  7. Support institutional knowledge management and provide periodic technical/epidemiological updates and documentation/dissemination of best practice materials and new publications on GHSA-related issues in close coordination with COs, RO, MHD and other HQ departments;
  8. Contribute to the development of new initiatives, identifying lessons learned and best practices for publishing;
  9. Performs other duties that may be assigned by the supervisory authorities;

Required qualifications and experience:


Master’s degree in health sciences, public health, or related field from an accredited academic institution, with a focus on field epidemiology, GIS, biostatistics, and/or other related areas of health information management with two years of relevant professional experience.


University degree in the above fields with four years of relevant work experience.


  • Two years of experience in field epidemiology, HIM, GIS, public health and/or emergency health response, outbreak response;
  • Good experience in the development, implementation and management of health information systems, public health programs and protocols;
  • Experience in humanitarian crises, natural disasters, communicable diseases and resource-limited environments;
  • Experience in an institutional infection prevention and control setting or an Ebola response project would be an advantage;
  • Knowledge of the public health sector in the African region, specifically West Africa.


Fluency in French and working knowledge of English (oral and written) is required for this position.


Any offer made to the applicant in relation to this vacancy announcement is subject to confirmation of funding.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the applicant is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements and security clearances.

Women with the above qualifications are encouraged to apply.

How to apply

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to send their applications by email to [email protected] indicating “ROWCA-HR-22-010-CFA” in the subject line, from September 1, 2022

IOM only accepts applications with a cover letter of no more than one page, stating the motivation for applying, as well as a detailed curriculum vitae.

Only approved applicants will be contacted.

Publication period:

From 18 August 22 to 1 September 22

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