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SVN 2018/163 (P) - Epidemiologist (P3) - Cairo, Egypt

Cairo (Egypt)

Position Title Epidemiologist

Duty Station :Cairo, Egypt Classification Professional Staff, Grade P3

Type of Appointment : Special short-term graded, Six months with possibility of extension Estimated Start Date :As soon as possible

Closing Date : 18 July 2018

Established in 1951, IOM is a Related Organization of the United Nations, and as the leading UN agency in the field of migration, works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants. IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment. Applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged. For the purpose of the vacancy, the following candidates are considered as first-tier candidates:

1. Internal candidates

2. Qualified applicants from the following NMS countries:

Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Cabo Verde, Czech Republic, Djibouti, Fiji, Micronesia (Federated States of), Gabon, Guyana, Iceland, Comoros, Lesotho, Libya, Montenegro, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Malawi, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Seychelles, Slovenia, Suriname, Swaziland, Timor-Leste, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Vanuatu, Samoa


Learning from experiences and witnessing the growing number, scale and intensity of humanitarian emergencies worldwide, there is a critical need to strengthen the internal capacity of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to prepare for and respond to public health aspects of humanitarian emergencies. This includes establishing specialized humanitarian emergency response capacities that can assess risks, prevent avoidable epidemics and respond rapidly and effectively to public health emergencies.

and contribute to advance the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA).

Under the overall supervision of the Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the direct supervision of the Regional Migration Health Specialist for MENA, in close coordination with the Director of Migration Health Division (MHD), the Migration Health Officer for emergency programme, the MHD emergency team in Headquarters, the MHD focal points for the country missions and relevant colleagues in the Department of Operations and Emergencies at the country, regional, and global levels, the successful candidate will contribute to strengthen the organizational capacity to respond to humanitarian and public health Page 1 / 4emergencies globally in particular in the MENA region, through staff capacity building for rapid response and assessment of IOM’s existing health information system. S/he will also be deployed as a rapid response officer, as needed; in the case of a public health emergency. Core Functions / Responsibilities:

1. Enhance IOM’s capacity in emergency migration health for preparedness and response by conducting rapid response missions to the field, providing technical support in the development of epidemiological surveys and monitoring/surveillance systems for detection, verification and response to public health incidents in relation to migration; ensuring efficiency of data collection, correlation, analysis, interpretation and timely reporting at health facility at the district levels. 2. Support to collate and verify data on reported outbreaks or rumours received from multiple

sources, conduct retrospective analysis of reported incidents: determine trends, distribution patterns, and efficiency of the verification mechanism.

3. Provide technical assistance to relevant partners such as WHO for the establishment and functionality of Rapid Response Teams (RRTs), Public Health Management Committee (PHEMC), and Health Clusters for potential hazards as per the national guidance and standards.

4. Support the development of early warning systems (including event based and indicator based surveillance) for epidemic and pandemic-prone diseases for early detection and response to public health incidents; conduct field investigation. Provide technical support for vulnerability assessment, risk mapping and development of preparedness/contingency plan at district level. 5. Maintain an incident management system database of reported outbreaks and public health incidents, at the district level, and document all steps taken in the verification and response process.

6. Prepare and disseminate disease outbreak news, technical documents, updates and assessments to key decision-makers in the organizational hierarchy and to the national health authorities, as required using standard tools and templates.

7. Assess and improve the existing Health Information System (HIM) in IOM in coordination with IOM working group on HIM by developing an action plan including development of recommended tools, software, platform.

8. Develop a module on field epidemiology to be included in the IOM Health in Emergencies Training for staff capacity building. The module should include lessons learned. 9. Conduct relevant technical capacity building trainings if necessary to contribute to strengthening national health sectors’ capacity and IOM internal capacity to prepare and respond to the public health emergencies, including the delivery of IOM Health in Emergencies Training.

10. Liaise and coordinate with national and international health and development assistance authorities, agencies or organizations regarding strategic planning, capacity building and field-level epidemiological investigations.

11. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


Page 2 / 4• Master’s degree in Epidemiology, Statistics, or a Public Health related specialization from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience; or • University degree in the above fields with seven years of relevant professional experience. • Specialized training in communicable diseases or a related field is a distinct asset. Experience

• Relevant experience at the international level in implementation of public health surveillance, outbreak investigation and response.

• Professional experience in the field level in low and/or middle-income countries is a requirement while experience in emergencies is desirable.

• Professional experience in the United Nations and/or an international non-governmental organization is an asset.


Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of French and/or Arabic is an advantage. Desirable Competencies:


• Accountability – takes responsibility for action and manages constructive criticisms; • Client Orientation – works effectively well with client and stakeholders;

• Continuous Learning – promotes continuous learning for self and others;

• Communication – listens and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience; • Creativity and Initiative – actively seeks new ways of improving programmes or services; • Leadership and Negotiation – develops effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders;

• Performance Management – identify ways and implement actions to improve performance of self and others;

• Planning and Organizing - plans work, anticipates risks, and sets goals within area of responsibility;

• Professionalism - displays mastery of subject matter;

• Teamwork – contributes to a collegial team environment; incorporates gender related needs, perspectives, concerns and promotes equal gender participation;

• Technological Awareness - displays awareness of relevant technological solutions; • Resource Mobilization - works with internal and external stakeholders to meet resource needs of IOM.


Internationally recruited professional staff are required to be mobile.

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

The list of NMS countries above includes all IOM Member States which are non-represented in the Professional Category of staff members. For this staff category, candidates who are nationals of the duty station’s country cannot be considered eligible.

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

How to apply:

Page 3 / 4Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 18 July 2018 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

For further information, please refer to: In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM only accepts online profiles duly completed.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. You can track the progress of your application on your personal application page in the IOM e-recruitment system.

Posting period:

From 05.07.2018 to 18.07.2018

Requisition: SVN 2018/163 (P) - Epidemiologist (P3) - Cairo, Egypt (55506432) Released Posting: Posting NC55554512 (55554512) Released

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  • Organization: IOM - International Organization for Migration
  • Location: Cairo (Egypt)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Public Health and Health Service
  • Closing Date: 2018-07-18

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