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Sierra Leone: Project Manager (Strengthening Health System Capacity, Preparedness and Resilience)

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Position Title : Project Manager (Strengthening Health System Capacity, Preparedness&Resilience)

Duty Station : Freetown, Sierra Leone

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P2

Type of Appointment : Special term graded, Six months with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 12 May 2016

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and 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 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, Iceland, Cambodia, Comoros, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Libya, Montenegro, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Maldives, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Seychelles, Suriname, El Salvador, Leste, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Vanuatu, Samoa


Under the overall supervision of the Head of Office and under the direct supervision of the Emergency Coordinator/Programme Manager and the technical support from the Senior Public Health Coordinator, the successful candidate will be responsible for supporting and assisting with the implementation of the project focussed on the increased capacity of selected Ports of Entry (POE) to respond to health emergencies; strengthened Community Based Surveillance (CEBs) in selected border chiefdoms; strengthened Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) capacity at border PHU level; and Increased capacity of Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) at district and PHU levels in 7 border chiefdoms in Koinadugu (6 chiefdoms) and Bombali (1 chiefdom) Districts. The project will also entail a POE core capacity assessment conducted at selected POEs in 7 border chiefdoms and a series of Population Mobility Pattern Exercises in order to identify priority cross border communities most susceptible to health threats.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Provide support and assistance to the core capacity assessment teams to Koinadugu and Bombali Districts in coordination with the Senior Public Health Coordinator by following up on logistical arrangements, providing information, and cooperating with national and local


  1. Monitor the overall capacity of Port Health and border officials stationed at border chiefdoms in Koinadugu and Bombali Districts, identify problems and propose action.

  2. Organize and coordinate relevant topical and procedural training for Port Health, border officials, Community Health Workers, IDSR focal points, RRT personnel and POE stakeholders, and ensure the provision of required logistical resources.

  3. Monitor and follow up on the provision of essential logistical resources to Port Health officials.

  4. Facilitate Population Mobility Pattern Exercises, and collect and collate findings for DHMT officials in the districts and senior public health management in Freetown in collaboration with the IOM Senior Public Health Coordinator.

  5. Monitor operational, budget and administrative components/aspects of the implementation of the project Strengthening Health System Capacity, Preparedness and Resilience” in close coordination with the Emergency Coordinator/Programme Manager and relevant national officials and departments. Analyze progress and implementation reports, and identify and document significant project events, decisions, problems or deviations.

  6. Assist with arrangements required for the timely recruitment and training of national project staff in accordance with IOM’s procedures and regulations.

  7. Assist Senior Public Health Coordinator and technical focal points in the Regional Office Dakar on border management and public health/Ebola specific issues as appropriate by providing information regarding project management and internal procedures for monitoring and reporting, and drafting comments on designated aspects of project progress.

  8. Draft portions of project and donor reports in a timely manner according to IOM and donor formats and established templates in coordination with the Emergency Coordinator/Programme Manager.

  9. Respond to ad hoc information requests from among the donor community and distribute project updates, summaries, press releases and other relevant materials as appropriate, in close coordination with the Emergency Coordinator/Programme Manager.

  10. Contribute to and border communication with IOM Guinea and border stakeholders in Guinea on project components and border public health matters.

  11. Observe and participate in meetings with donors and other stakeholders at the district, national and regional level.

  12. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Masters degree in Public Health, Political or Social Science, Business Administration, International Relations, Development or Humanitarian studies, and/or Law or a related field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience; or

• University degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional experience.

• Qualifications gained from a recognized law enforcement or security institution, (border police, police, army etc.) that relate to the technical requirements of the vacancy will also be considered (along with relevant work experience) in lieu of a formal university degree.


• Operational work experience in an emergency context;

• Experience in border management, liaison with uniformed government counterparts;

• Experience in a training context.


Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of French 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.

Source: ReliefWeb Jobs

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