Jobs – Clinical Nurse at International Organization for Migration

Job Title: Clinical Nurse

Established in 1951, The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the leading inter-governmental organization on migration and works closely with governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental partners to promote humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing migration management services and assistance to governments and migrants, including refugees and displaced persons. With 132 member states, a further 17 states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, IOM operates in more than 460 field locations globally.

IOM established its office in Kampala in 1988, at the same time that Uganda became a member state to IOM, and currently has field presence in Moroto, Kyangwali, Lobule and Adjumani. IOM is establishing its presence in the refugee settlements in Nakivale, Kyangwali and Kyaka II.

The resettlement programme has been and continues to be a fundamental pillar of the Organization’s work arranging organized international transfer of refugees and other migrants which allow IOM to provide safe and orderly movement of persons around the world. From discrete ad hoc rescue operations of extremely vulnerable individuals to massive evacuations of populations at risk, IOM resettlement operations exemplify the Organization’s competence, care and commitment toward migrants and are concrete examples of IOM’s professional operational excellence.

Job Summary: The IOM Clinical Nurse will assist in the processing of migration health assessment of migrants and implementation of expanded vaccination programme for refugees destined to USA.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Coordinates medical follow ups in the refugee settlements with IOM Medical Officers;
  • Conducts vaccination for migrants as prescribed by the IOM Medical Officers, evaluates applicants for contraindications, updates vaccination data, administer subsequent doses of vaccines in the field, maintains cold chain and ensures safekeeping of the vaccines, and submit vaccines order requests in a timely manner;
  • Carry out identity check for each migrant before blood collection, urine and sputum specimen collections, and x-ray procedures;
  • Coordinates and liaises with x-ray departments, laboratory units, clinics and referral hospitals and sets appointments for various follow ups;
  • Informs IOM Medical Officers when the migrant has completed treatment(s) prescribed, and ensures that required reports are provided to the appropriate parties as well as coordinating and maintaining precise tracking records of all medical reviews;
  • Work in liaison with IOM Medical Officers about fitness to travel of migrants and conduct pre departure checks in the field, de-worming and administering antimalarial treatments when required. Reports of same must be provided to the IOM Medical Officer in an accurate and timely manner;
  • Compile and prepares monthly reports for all cases cleared to travel and those on medical hold with projected dates of clearance;
  • Initiates anti -TB treatment for eligible migrants as per the panel physician recommendation in the field, provide directly observed therapy (DOT) for patients at IOM TB clinic monitor treatment progress and drugs side effects, conduct monthly evaluation, observe DOT’s during the weekend, perform home visits and contact tracing, provide Health Education and counseling for TB patients and contacts;
  • Ensures safekeeping and monitoring of TB drug inventory and tracking of expiry date, request of supplementary feeding for patients and other medical items on timely manner;
  • Compiles required reports and timely submission to the National TB Program and IOM Kampala Office;
  • Encodes data on spreadsheet, compile monthly statistical reports as required and ensure appropriate filing system for all reports and records;
  • Safekeeping, monitoring and organization of medical stock and inventory especially tracking of expiry date.
  • Consolidates and places quarterly medical orders for supplies;
  • Carry out local and international medical escort duties as required;
  • Perform other tasks as may be assigned by management.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • The ideal candidate for the International Organization for Migration should possess a good Diploma in Nursing
  • A minimum of four or more years’ clinical experience in a clinic or hospital in the areas of: expanded immunization programme, TB Programs, VCT, migration health, disease control and international public health;
  • Training and experience in EPI, TB, VCT, communicable diseases and migration health is a requirement.
  • Previous work experience with an international organization and NGOs dealing with refugees would be an advantage
  • Additional training and experience in EPI, TB, STDs, other communicable diseases and migration health is considered an asset.
  • Computer literacy skills i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel and Access.
  • The incumbent should effectively applies knowledge of health issues in execution of responsibilities at appropriate level;
  • He / she should also maintain confidentiality and discretion in appropriate areas of work
  • Capacity to work independently; able to carry out tasks with attention to detail; and demonstrated ability to maintain accuracy and confidentiality;
  • Available at short notice to travel within the country and to other countries;

Language Proficiency:  Fluency in both written and spoken English. Knowledge of 2 or 3 local languages is advantageous

Personal Competencies:

Accountability – 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;

Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with clients; Identifies and monitors changes in the needs of clients, including donors; governments, and project beneficiaries.

Continuous Learning – contributes to colleagues’ learning; demonstrates interest in improving relevant skills; demonstrates interest in acquiring skills relevant to other functional areas; Keeps abreast of developments in own professional area.

Communication – actively shares relevant information; clearly communicates, and listens to feedback on, changing priorities and procedures; writes clearly and effectively, adapting wording and style to the intended audience; listens effectively and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience.

Creativity and Initiative – proactively develops new ways to resolve problems

Leadership and Negotiation – convinces others to share resources; presents goals as shared interests.

Performance Management – provides constructive feedback to colleagues; provides fair, accurate, timely, and constructive staff evaluations; uses staff evaluations appropriately in recruitment and other relevant HR procedures.

Planning and Organizing – sets clear and achievable goals consistent with agreed priorities for self and others; identifies priority activities and assignments for self and others; organizes and documents work to allow for planned and unplanned handovers; identifies risks and makes contingency plans.

Professionalism – 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; 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

Teamwork – 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; delegates tasks and responsibilities as appropriate; actively supports and implements final group decisions; takes joint responsibility for team’s work.

Technological Awareness – learns about developments in available technology; proactively identifies and advocates for cost-efficient technology solutions; understands applicability and limitation of technology and seeks to apply it to appropriate work.

How to Apply for the job:

All those interested in working with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) should send a cover letter and CV with detailed relevant work experience to IOM HR department via E-mail to

Deadline: 8th September 2014.

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