Chief Medical Officer

Ankara | Ankara

Position Title : Chief Medical Officer Duty Station : Ankara, Turkey tClassification : Professional Staff, Grade P4 Type of Appointment : Special short-term graded, Nine months with possibility of extension Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible Closing Date : 27 April 2016

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and 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, Benin, Bahamas, Botswana, Belize, Cabo Verde, Czech Republic, Djibouti, Micronesia (Federated States of), Gabon, Gambia, Guyana, Israel, Iceland, Cambodia, Comoros, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Libya, Montenegro, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Maldives, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Seychelles, Suriname, El Salvador, Swaziland, Timor-Leste, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Vanuatu, Samoa

  1. External female candidates.


Under the direct administrative supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) in Ankara, Turkey and the overall technical supervision of the Regional Health Assessment Programme Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa region, the successful candidate will be responsible for the coordination, management, and implementation of all activities related to migration health assessments (MHA) in Turkey.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Establish and expand the health assessment sites in Ankara and Istanbul, respectively, and establish health assessment sites in other locations and IOM sub-offices across Turkey, as per the program needs.

  2. Organize, oversee, and implement resettlement-related health activities performed at the IOM Migration Health Assessment Centres (MHAC) in Turkey. Organize migration health assessments (MHAs) within HAP of other donor countries, according to their respective

technical requirements. Supervise and standardize all aspects of the programme including but not limited to fraud prevention, applicant registration, quality radiological services, tuberculosis (TB) investigation, and referral for treatment and submission of completed files.

  1. Establish and maintain quality control/quality assurance procedures which include but are not limited to reviewing chest x-ray films and reports, TB laboratory reports, TB treatment records, and liaising with service providers (radiology unit, TB laboratory) on a regular basis.

  2. Liaise with the external service providers; Monitor the quality of the activities of collaborating hospitals, laboratories, and other medical facilities ensuring optimal performance. Reinforce partnerships in the Migration Health (MH) sector with Ministry of Health, health institutions and academia, as well as other relevant leading agencies.

  3. Train IOM migration health staff on all relevant technical instructions on migration health assessments and pre-departure medical screening and treatments for all major resettlement countries, such as the USA, the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

  4. Arrange for the necessary pre-departure medical screening and treatment for refugees departing Turkey.

  5. Assist in the implementation of and adherence to IOM Standard Operating Procedures for quality assurance and control and the adequate reporting of incidents in the established Global Incident Reporting System.

  6. Conceptualize, develop, and implement appropriate public health interventions that may benefit the resettlement process (e.g. surveillance, prevention, and health education of the refugees).

  7. Conduct performance appraisal of both clinical and non-clinical IOM MHA staff using the IOM Staff Evaluation System and actively identify and promote training needs of the staff.

  8. Assist the Regional Coordinator with programme analyses and presentations; identify and input on options for new projects, define problems encountered and propose solutions to the same.

  9. Monitor the financial performance in the Turkey operation; propose corrective measures in coordination with the mission’s Resource Management Officer, the Chief of Mission, and the Regional Migration Health Assessment Coordinator.

  10. Facilitate the integration of health assessment activities into the overall migration related programming of the Mission, where appropriate, through close collaboration with the various departments and units at the field level. Advise IOM colleagues on the link between the Health Assessment Programme with the two other core MHD programme areas - Health Promotion and Assistance to Migrants, and Migration Health Assistance to Crisis-Affected Populations.

  11. Identify opportunities for expanding migration health activities and programmes, including but not limited to informing embassies and consulates of IOM’s migration health work and lobby for IOM MHACs becoming panel sites for MHA, responding to announcements for call of proposals by drafting project concept notes and/or proposals and liaising with UN agencies and Ministry of Health to identify project development opportunities.

  12. Assure periodic and ad-hoc reporting within the mission and the regional and global level of MHD on MH activities. Organize the collection, processing, and analyses of migration health data and ensure a systematic approach in data handling.

  13. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• University degree in Medicine from an accredited academic institution with at least nine years of professional experience; or • University degree in Medicine from an accredited academic institution plus Master’s Degree in Pulmonology, Internal Medicine (including different sub-specialties of internal medicine group), Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Public Health or other related fields from an accredited academic institution with seven years of relevant professional experience.


• Working experience in the domain of health, four years of which is continuous clinical experience (either in clinical setups or immigration/resettlement medical examinations or health assessments) is required; • Experience in performing team management/supervisory roles, preferably within the immigration/resettlement medical examinations, is required; • Demonstrated experience in managing health assessment programmes of significance, resources and personnel within migration health, or public health projects; • Progressive work experience in TB programmes, communicable disease control programmes among refugees and migrants in an international organization, UN agency, or hospital; • Knowledge and experience with the health segment of UK and Canada resettlement is mandatory; • Health sector working experience in the Middle East, especially in remote settings is an advantage; • Experience in managing and implementing medical evacuations and medical escorts is an advantage; • Experience in liaising with resettlement partners, international organizations, and health services providers is an advantage.


Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of 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.

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

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 27 April 2016 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 14.04.2016 to 27.04.2016

Requisition: SVN 2016/44 (P) - Chief Medical Officer (P4) - Ankara, Turkey (54785716) Released Posting: Posting NC54785721 (54785721) Released

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: IOM - International Organization for Migration
  • Location: Ankara | Ankara
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Medicine
    • Medicine
    • Medical Doctor
  • Closing Date: 2016-04-27

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