International Organization for Migration Medical Escorts (Doctors and Nurses) Job Vacancies

Notice no. IOMKE/CFA/002/2014
Position title: Medical Escorts (Doctors and Nurses)
Position grade: Ungraded

Job family:
Organizational unit: Migration Health Division

Position rated: No

Subject to rotation: No

Reporting directly to Migration Health Physician

Overall supervision by Regional Medical Coordinator

Managerial responsibility n/a
Directly reporting staff n/a
II. Organizational Context and Scope
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 acts with its partners in the international community to: assist in meeting the growing operational challenges of migration management; advance
understanding of migration issues; encourage social and economic development through migration, and; uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants.
In Kenya, IOM has since significantly diversified its programming since 2005. 
IOM currently implements interventions within the areas of emergency and post-conflict response, preparedness and response, disaster risk reduction, livelihoods, healthcare and psychosocial assistance, assisted voluntary return of migrants, immigration and border management, migration and development, resettlement and repatriation, family reunification, counter human trafficking, assistance to vulnerable migrants, and labour migration.
III. Responsibilities and Accountabilities
Under the technical supervision of the Migration Health Physician, Chief Nurse/deputy, and overall supervision of the Regional Medical Coordinator, the incumbent will act as medical escort for refugees with medical conditions for the duration of their travel to final destinations in the US, Australia, Canada and other countries.

In particular, the incumbent will:-

1. Provide all necessary medical care and support of designated beneficiaries(s) – patients during the journey and accompany these persons to an agreed handover point;
2. Identify themselves to airline staff on check-in and again on boarding the carrier;
3. Extend general in-flight and on-the-ground support to passengers travelling under the auspices of IOM as circumstances require;
4. Ensure that designated patients are handed over to a responsible entity overseas and that unescorted onward travel connections are completely understood by the passenger, accompanying family members or continuing non-medical escorts, and partner agencies;
5. Accommodate any changes in routing or schedule imposed by the carrier;
6. Comply with standard IOM requirements for duty travel and entitlements;
7. Assume other duties as assigned, which may include meetings or briefing of national health or quarantine officials on arrival, the purchase of goods or equipment at the destination, or assisting in the shipping or return of such equipment;
8. Complete and submit the Escort Movement Report to the IOM Mission and the relevant MHD Unit involved within one week after the completion of duty;

9. Return the IOM medical escort bag once duty is complete, with notation of all medications or supplies used during the journey.

IV. Competencies
The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following technical and behavioural competencies
  • Accepts and gives constructive criticism
  • Follows all relevant procedures, processes, and policies
  • Meets deadline, cost, and quality requirements for outputs
  • Monitors own work to correct errors
  • Takes responsibility for meeting commitments and for any shortcomings
Client Orientation
  • Identifies the immediate and peripheral clients of own work
Continuous Learning
  • Contributes to colleagues’ learning
  • Demonstrates interest in improving relevant skills
  • Actively shares relevant information
  • Writes clearly and effectively, adapting wording and style to the intended audience
  • Listens effectively and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience
Performance Management
  • Provides constructive feedback to colleagues
  • Masters subject matter related to responsibilities
  • Identifies issues, opportunities, and risks central to responsibilities
  • Incorporates gender-related needs, perspectives, and concerns, and promotes equal gender participation
  • Effectively applies knowledge of migration issues within organizational context
  • Persistent, calm, and polite in the face of challenges and stress
  • Treats all colleagues with respect and dignity
  • Works effectively with people from different cultures by adapting to relevant cultural contexts
  • Knowledgeable about and promotes IOM core mandate and migration solutions
  • Actively contributes to an effective, collegial, and agreeable team environment
  • Contributes to, and follows team objectives
  • Gives credit where credit is due
  • Seeks input and feedback from others
  • Actively supports and implements final group decisions
  • Effectively applies knowledge of IOM Migration Health Division’s SOPs and Administrative policies and procedures in execution of responsibilities.
V. Education and Experience
  • University Degree in medicine and/or nursing with valid license to practice medicine in Kenya
  • For the medical doctors: At least three years of clinical experience with thorough knowledge of emergency medicine: distant advantage to ER specialists and specialists in emergency pulmonology, cardiology and paediatric medicine including mental health specialists (psychiatrists).
  • For the medical nurses: At least three years of clinical experience with thorough knowledge of emergency medicine: distant advantage to ER nurses, nurses working at the pulmonology, cardiology and pediatric medicine including mental health departments/wards.
  • Fluency in oral and written English, good written, verbal and oral communication skills;
  • Willingness and ability to provide non-medical assistance;
  • Ability to travel at least once every two months and if needed in short time notice but not less than two weeks
  • Possession of a valid US visa
  • Gender sensitivity and respect for cultural diversity
  • Proficiency in computer skills, especially in MS Office products (Excel, Outlook, Word etc).
VI. Languages
Required: Knowledge of languages spoken in East Africa; spoken Somali and French language is an advantage.
Mode of Application:
Submit cover letter and CV including daytime telephone and e-mail address to:-

International Organization for Migration (IOM), 
Human Resources Department, 
P.O.Box 55040 – 00200, 
Nairobi, Kenya 
or send via e-mail to

Closing Date: 2nd February 2014

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted

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