Migration Health Coordinator | ReliefWeb

Reference number: PLCFA22-070

Job Title: Migration Health Coordinator

Duty station: Warsaw, with regular field trips

Type of appointment: Special non-graduated short-term contract

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading intergovernmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society. As the leading international organization for migration, IOM works with its partners in the international community to: help meet the growing operational challenges of migration management; advance understanding of migration issues; encourage social and economic development through migration, and; defend the human dignity and well-being of migrants.

IOM has been active in Poland since 2002 under an agreement with the Polish government and carries out various migration programs, including activities supporting the integration of male and female migrants into Polish society. IOM Poland implements projects for the private sector to promote ethical recruitment, respect for the rights of migrants and migrant women as well as the elimination of forced labor from value chains and the prevention of human trafficking humans.

The context:

The conflict in Ukraine has led to the overflow of more than one million forcibly displaced people into Poland. As migration flows continue unabated, IOM is urgently and significantly strengthening its capacity in Poland to provide multi-sector assistance to meet urgent emerging humanitarian needs in a dynamic context. Under the general supervision of the Head of Mission and the direct supervision of the Head of Migrant Health – Emergency Response and under the technical direction of the Senior Regional Migrant Health Advisor in Brussels, the successful candidate will be expected to support the health activities of for the successful implementation of IOM Health and Emergency Preparedness and Response Projects in Poland.

Main functions / Responsibilities:

1. Manage the overall implementation and monitoring of all IOM emergency health activities by providing coordination and oversight to the Migration Health Team, identifying operational and staffing challenges and possible solutions, and being available for deployment on short notice to the field as part of a Response Team.

2. Take the lead in planning migration-related health programs, developing project proposals, mobilizing resources and financial tracking, establishing a monitoring and reporting framework. adequate evaluation and reporting to donors.

3. Help identify health needs and support migration-related health activities in border areas, reception points, transit and long-term accommodation centers and health facilities hosting refugees and third-country nationals (TCNs).

4. Conduct rapid health assessments to identify key and urgent needs and actions to be addressed by the health sector, ensuring that all related health activities deliver quality services.

5. Support the coordination, development and facilitation of staff trainings for emergency preparedness and response activities (this may include coordination with partners such as WHO, UNFPA, UNICEF, IFRC or other IOM implementing partners).

6. Support existing primary health care facilities and any other reception posts, and mobile clinics if necessary, including those implemented by implementing partners, in accordance with WHO guidelines (this includes support for development protocols, clinical guidelines, training modules and staff training).

7. Support the implementation of vaccine-preventable disease control programs among migrants, refugees and third-country nationals in accordance with the national immunization schedule.

8. Support the coordination of activities to improve access to COVID-19 information, personal protective equipment and vaccination among migrants, refugees and vulnerable third-country nationals, as well as support the activities of health promotion to address vaccine hesitancy.

9. Contribute to maintaining strong partnerships and liaison with government entities, in particular the Ministry of Interior/Ministry of Health and other relevant health actors.

10. Supervise the MHPSS program administratively and managerially, through the MHPSS coordinator.

11. Represent IOM at relevant coordination meetings and maintain coordination and cooperation with local health authorities (including Ministry of Health) and partners (WHO/Health Cluster, Sub Cluster Working Groups, UNICEF, UNHCR as well than other actors).

12. Provide weekly reports on the status of activities carried out, using the tools provided by the Health Information Management Officer, as well as reports for Situation Representatives, such as key achievements and milestones. challenges encountered through established communication channels within the Migration Health Emergency Unit; ensure documentation of all health and related activities.

13. Perform any other duties that may be assigned.


  • Master’s degree in medicine, nursing, community or public health from an accredited educational institution; Where
  • Bachelor’s degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional experience.

Experience and skills

  • At least two years of operational and field experience in the implementation of emergency health activities, including those for the prevention, detection and health response of epidemics for migrants, refugees and displaced persons and other vulnerable groups; and post-crisis early recovery or emergency health programs are desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience coordinating and liaising with government authorities, knowledge of the structures and functions of the primary health care system, as well as national, UN and international health agencies and donors.
  • Experience working in the region is an advantage.
  • Excellent communication, presentation and writing skills with strong computer skills, in particular advanced working knowledge of Microsoft Office.


Fluency in Polish and English (written and oral) is required. Fluency in Russian or Ukrainian is a distinct advantage.

Required Skills

The IOM Competency Framework is available at this link.

The incumbent must demonstrate the following values ​​and skills:


  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
  • 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 calm, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.

Core Competencies – Behavioral Indicators

  • Teamwork: Develops and promotes effective collaboration within and between units to achieve common goals and maximize results.
  • Delivering Results: Produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed results.
  • Manage and share knowledge: constantly seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
  • Accountability: Owns the achievement of organizational priorities and takes responsibility for own actions and delegated work.
  • Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex topics in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.

Managerial skills – behavioral indicators

  • Leadership: Provides clear direction, leads by example, and demonstrates the ability to achieve the organization’s vision; helps others realize and develop their potential.
  • Empower others and build trust: Creates an atmosphere of trust and an enabling environment where staff can bring their best and develop their potential.
  • Strategic Thinking and Visioning: Works strategically to achieve organizational goals and communicates clear strategic direction.


IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment.

This position is locally recruited. Only those who hold a valid residence and work permit for Poland will be eligible.

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

At the time of recruitment, all applicants must disclose any known relative or spouse who works for IOM. Candidates may also be asked to provide documentary evidence of university degree(s), professional licenses and proof of no criminal record relevant to the advertised position requirements.

Nomination will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for nomination, verification of residency, visa and clearances by the relevant government, if applicable.

Vaccination against COVID-19 will be mandatory for IOM staff who are hired or otherwise engaged by IOM. As part of the mandatory medical entry on release from duty, applicants will be asked to provide proof of full vaccination.

How to register

Interested candidates are invited to submit their application including a CV and a completed personal statement in English by mail to: IOMPolandHR@iom.int., specifying the reference number of the job offer PLCFA22-070 and full name in the subject line.

Please click on this link to access the personal history form (two pages).

Due to the volume of applications received, IOM Poland will not be able to respond to all inquiries regarding the status of the application and will only contact shortlisted candidates.