Migration Health Nurse Job Vacancy in Nairobi, Kenya

International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Migration Health Nurse


Under the overall supervision of the Regional Health Assessment Programme Coordinator (RHAPC) and under the direct supervision of the mPDA Coordinator, and the technical supervision of the Senior Migration Health Nurse (mPDA), the incumbent will be responsible for duties and responsibilities related to the Medical Processing and Deployment Arrangements (mPDA) in Sub-Saharan Africa. The mPDA unit is tasked to support the RHAPC in implementing pre-immigration medical examination activities in the region, particularly providing mobile missions and surge support to the country offices, capacity-building of medical personnel, and systematic monitoring and evaluation of the Health Assessment Programme in the region.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

In particular he/she will:

  1. Perform daily nursing activities in the Migration Health Assessment Clinic (MHAC) and during the mobile missions to fulfil the technical requirements of the resettlement countries in the areas of:
    1. Medical examinations,
  2. Such as checking vital signs, weight, height, visual acuity;
  3. Blood, urine or sputum collection as required;
    1. Imaging;
    2. Laboratory testing;
    3. Vaccinations;
    4. TB management;
    5. Treatment and referrals;
    6. Pre-departure procedures and medical movements;
    7. Documentation, certification and information transmission; and,
    8. Other technical areas as may be required.
  4. Provide information and detailed explanations to the migrants and/or refugees in relation to:
  • The migration health assessment process; and,
  • Treatments and referrals.
  1. Ensure proper identification and follow-up by:
  • Comprehensive history taking;
  • Accurate and thorough Biodata collection;
  • Ensuring ID verification for each step of the health assessment process; and,
  • Keeping a register of applicants who undergo health investigations and testing.
  1. Assist CMHO or CMHN or Senior nurse in conducting orientation session related to nursing activities for new staff members and on-site mentorship to nurse during mobile mission activities
  2. Assist mission in improving staff performance and adherence to the Health Assessment Programme’s check lists and SOP’s and maintain standard universal precautions within MHAC.
  3. Verify samples of sputum, blood or others are properly transported to the laboratory or previously designated location.
  4. Maintain and monitor the MHAC pharmacy, stock, medical kits and emergency kits within the MHAC and for medical escorts if applicable.
  5. Provide pre and/or post counselling to migrants or refugees on TB or HIV education, prevention and management as appropriate.
  6. Support CMHO or CMHN or Senior nurse in preparing administrative reports and program updates as necessary and statistical information related to training and staff capacity building activities.
  7. Support the planning and execution of mobile missions.
  8. Assist with pre-departure documents, briefings and preparations as necessary.
  9. Perform medical escort duties when required to ensure migrants receive continued care throughout all phases of migration (before departure, during the journey and at the final destination).
  10. Maintain collaborative relationships with various partners to facilitate the follow up and relevant information sharing. Partners include internal IOM departments, other health providers, panel physicians, embassies other UN agencies or NGO’s and others as applicable.
  11. Collect statistical information and share with the Senior Migration Health Nurse or CMHO as per pre-set and agreed upon format.
  12. Support the coordinations with the staff in the mPDA team, the Migrant Health Assessment Centre and IOM country mission when needed.
  13. Participate in the organization and preparation of the mobile missions and training sessions when required.
  14. Perform other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience


  • Bachelor’s degree or Diploma in Nursing from an accredited academic institution in Nursing in countries where the Diploma allows to fulfil the full scope of responsibilities defined in PDs.
  • A valid license to practice nursing in the country of duty station.


  • For Bachelor's Degree holder a minimum of three years of relevant clinical experience and for Diploma holder a minimum of five years of relevant clinical experience.
  • Excellent technical skills, including in phlebotomy.
  • Training or working experience in the areas of Tuberculosis management, mass immunizations, communicable diseases, laboratory testing or public health is an advantage.
  • Knowledge of and experience in clinical nursing.
  • Excellent bedside manner.
  • Knowledge of principles of preventive care and disease control.
  • Knowledge of and experience in implementation of patient safety and infection prevention and control.
  • Computer literacy required: MS Office suite (Word, Excel, Access)


  • Organizational skills
  • Communication skill


Fluency in both written and spoken English and Kiswahili is required. Knowledge of French is an advantage.

Required Competencies

The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following values and competencies:

Values - all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these three values:

  • 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 composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.

Core Competencies – behavioural indicators level 1

  • Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.
  • Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
  • Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
  • Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.
  • Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.


Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation. Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment and verification of residency, visa and authorizations by the concerned Government, where applicable.

How to apply

Submit cover letter indicating the Position Title & Vacancy Notice Number (Migration Health Nurse- IOMRONBO/VN/038/2023), and CV with telephone and e-mail contacts including 3 Referees (Supervisors) to: IOM, RO Human Resources Department, via e-mail to ronairobihrdrec@iom.int