UN IOM South Africa Health Policy Officer

Closes: 6 April 2023

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), United Nations Migration Agency, is a dynamic and growing inter-governmental organization, with 175 Member States. IOM is committed to the principle that “humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society”. Established in 1951 and now active in over 440 field locations worldwide, IOM works with partners, government, and civil society to promote international cooperation to address operational challenges of migration and mobility, assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems, and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people. IOM addresses the migratory phenomenon from an integral and holistic perspective, including links to development, in order to maximize its benefits and minimize its negative effects.

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Migration Health programme: IOM’s Migration Health programme in the Southern African region address the health needs of individual migrants as well as the public health needs of transit and host communities by assisting governmental and non-governmental partners in the development and implementation of relevant policies and programmes. The programme addresses the health needs of individual migrants as well as the public health needs of host communities by assisting governmental and non-governmental partners in the development and implementation of relevant policies and programmes.

IOM Regional Office is seeking to employ a National Migration Health Policy Officer to provide support to the implementation of the SRHR and HIV Knows No Borders (KNB) Phase. The program seeks to  improve sexual and reproductive health and HIV (SRH-HIV) outcomes and quality of life among young vulnerable people (YVP) aged 10 to 29 years, migrants and sex workers living in migration-impacted communities in Southern African region covering six countries, namely: Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia. The programme will be implemented by the IOM in partnership with Save the Children, ministries of health and local governments, and local NGOs in the respective countries.

Host NationSouth Africa
Official Website
Closing Date06 April 2023
Eligible CandidateDegree
IOM Job Vacancy

Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  1. Provide technical support to the programme target countries and implementing partners in the identification of policy gaps and effective implementation of policy actions as they relate to mainstreaming of migration, gender equity and SRHR-HIV rights of migrants, young people and other key populatios in migration-impacted communities.
  2. Lead on the adaptation, revision and implementation of KNB programme communication and advocacy for better alignment with legal and policy frameworks and increased awareness on migrants’ HIV-SRH rights, , including documentation of project lessons, success stories and advocacy outcomes.
  3. Participate in the planning, reviewing and implementation of the KNB programme annual operational plans, including participation in resource mobilisation activities.
  4. Support the M&E unit in tracking the implementation progress and reporting on advocacy results for the IOM’s programme of work on SRHR and HIV for the Eastern and Southern African region at the country level.

Required Qualifications and Experience


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in public health, medicine, migration health, social sciences or related field with two years of professional experience OR
  • University Degree in the aforementioned field of study with four years of professional experience.


  • Experience  leading and managing regional and country health/social/advocacy programs on SRHR and HIV, preferably in Government institutions, with a UN agency, or NGO in the region.
  • Knowledge of international human rights system, social justice organizations and international development sector, including the United Nations and its specialized agencies, and international agreements relevant to sexual and reproductive health and rights, HIV and migration.


  • Demonstrated capacity to work both in a self-directed manner and collaboratively with other staff and stakeholders;
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure.



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


Working knowledge of IOM official languages will be an added advantage.

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