MHD Internship Job in Kenya

Terms of Reference
Vacancy No: IOMSO/058/12
Functional Title: International Intern, Migration Health Division (1 position)
Grade: Intern
Duty Station: Somalia Coordination Office, in Nairobi, Kenya.
Duration of Assignment: 4-6 months
Starting date: 01 September 2012


With the existing health/medical expertise and capacity, and two years of implementation and presence in migration health in Somalia, the Migration Health Division (MHD) of IOM Somalia is scaling up its migration health programme in the country, particularly in the areas of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Tuberculosis, Malaria, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)/Environmental Health (EH), Maternal and Child Health (MCH), emergency medical service and psychosocial support to vulnerable migrants and mobile populations (MMPs) and their affected host communities.

In this context, IOM continues to implement existing HIV prevention and WASH/EH projects, and is also starting new projects to provide clean and safe water to reduce water-borne diseases, to provide psychosocial support to and protection of MMPs especially vulnerable women against Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV), and to improve access to basic healthcare services through strengthening referral systems, and setting up a migrantfriendly one-stop health service Centre in existing health facilities.

General Functions

Under the supervision of Chief of Mission and under the technical guidance of Health Programme Coordinator, and in close coordination and consultation with MHD colleagues as well as other Somalia units in Nairobi and the fields, the incumbent will develop projects and mobilize resources. 
The specific tasks and responsibilities include:
  • Assist in drafting concept notes and proposals for potential donors and funding opportunities such as EC, GFATM HIV Grant, GFATM Malaria Grant, UNTFHS, and USAID.
  • Assist in providing technical assistance to Health Programme Officer-Somalia in formulating project development strategy by analyzing IOM’s comparative advantage in health/medical services in terms of its expertise and capacity and funding opportunities.
  • Assist in identifying potential and realistic funding opportunities by collecting donor information, liaising with potential donors, and attending coordination meetings.
  • Assist Communications Consultant to create materials for publicity for MHD Somalia to appeal to donors for resource mobilization.
  • Edit reports and documents in English as requested.
  • Assist in general administrative and financial tasks.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by Health Programme Officer-Somalia.
Personal Development

The incumbent will acquire information about IOM and basic knowledge in the area of migration health and will gain in-site experience in working in an international multi-cultural environment, with an intergovernmental organization.

Required Qualifications
  • Master’s degree (in progress) or higher in Public Health, International Relations, Social Sciences or related fields
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office and internet applications, knowledge of SPSS, SAS, Epi Info is an asset
  • International experience, preferably work experience in developing countries
Required Skills and Competencies
  • Personal commitment, efficiency and results-driven.
  • Sound organizational skills with strict attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a diverse team
  • Flexible and able to adapt quickly to new, different environments.
  • Objective and analytical.
  • Capable of working under pressure.
  • Fluency in English, Knowledge of Arabic or Somali is an advantage
Monthly Stipend: USD 500

Mode of Application

Submit Cover Letter and CV including daytime telephone and email address to: International Organization for Migration (IOM), Human Resources Department, PO Box 55040-00200
Nairobi – or – send by email to .

Closing Date: 31 July 2012

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