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Job Type:International NGO


Fields of Education: University degree in medicine – MBChB;


Organization: IOM International Organization for migration


Salary : N / A




Application Dead line:2016-04-12


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 human 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. Internal and external candidates are eligible to apply to this vacancy.


Under the overall guidance of the chief Migration Health Officer, and the direct supervision of the pre-Departure Medical Screening (PDMS) Physician in conjunction with the Escort Focal point (EFP) /Chief Nurse, the incumbent will provide health assistance to the migrants/refugees during all phases of their journey under IOM care, which would include in-country and international medical escort, operational support, pre-departure health checks and general assistance such as seating, help with meals and attending to personal hygiene.

The on-call external Medical Escort (Doctor/specialist/Nurse) is expected to carry out his/her duties in accordance with strictest moral and ethical standards and with due respect for  gender and socio-cultural differences of the migrants/refugees. The On-call External Medical Escort is likewise responsible for ensuring that he/she holds  a valid passport and entry permit/visa to the destination country (USA/Australia, Canada /Schengen countries etc) passport and visa must be valid for the next six months:

Core functions /responsibilities:

  1. Receive the migrant (s) at the Receiving point in the country of Departure, provide the migrant(s) with escort services throughout the journey, and handover the migrant (s) to the designated receiving party at the designated place in the country of Destination;
  2. Reviews all files of refugees/migrants known to have significant medical conditions and communicating the findings with the IOM physician;
  3. Medical Escort (and /or the attending medical personnel) completes the airlines’ MEDIF form  in case in-flight special services are required. MEDIF forms are usually submitted at least 2 weeks in advance for review /approval by the Airlines’ medical staff;
  4. Ensures that special services (i.e. medications, oxygen, stretcher, others) needed are available; again, special equipment /facilities may require up to two weeks notice to airlines
  5. Responsible for bringing a medical escort kit, with additional medications and medical equipment related the kit upon completion of tasks and maintain an accurate inventory of supplies used during travel and inform IOM at the base mission accordingly;
  6. The escort should introduce him/herself to cabin staff, advising that he/she will be available to assist in any way at all with migrants during travel particularly in case of large groups and when no other IOM operation escort staff is/are on board. It is important for medical escorts to understand that their responsibility might not be limited to the medical care of the escorted migrant but that can be extended to general inflight and on-the-ground support to passengers travelling under the auspices of IOM as circumstances allow;
  7. Ensures that the to-be-escorted individual and other IOM Passengers are fit for travel and do not pose any health  threat to other passengers on the aircraft ;
  8. Reserves the right to cancel any persons from a flight after evaluating the clinical condition of the migrant in coordination with the IOM physician. The medical escort should immediately notify the IOM migration Health services unit and the operations staff of such events that may cause delays /alternations of the operation as planned.
  9. Attends to the escorted migrants’ in flight and disembarkation needs up to the final destination;
  10. Ensures of having obtained the emergency phone numbers/addresses of IOM offices and /or operations staff at the port of enry/final destination for any required medical and operation assistance
  11. In case there is no IOM operations staff assisting the medical escort, he/she should obtain the necessary address of Hospitals /health centres at the destination /port of entry for any unforeseen event
  12. Endorses the escorted migrant to his/her family, representative from the sponsoring volunteer agency, or the IOM oprations staff, or appropriate health care personnel at the final destination and obtain written evidence of the hand-over
  13. Upon handover of the migrant(s) to the receiving party, get the signature from the receiving party to Migrant hand over Notification filled in and signed by the medical escort
  14. Submits a completed medical flight Report form and Migrant Handover Notification to the IOM mission and the relevant MHS unit involved within 2 days after the completion of tasks
  15. Perform any other related duties as assigned by the supervisor

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • For medical doctor escort


  • University degree in medicine – MBChB;


  • Minimum four years of experience as a physician with valid professional license
  • Preferable specializations: emergency medicine, Pediatrics, internal medicine, general practice, cardiology, psychiatry, neurology
  • To have a valid US visa
  • Schengen and other visas (such as Canadian and Australian) is an advantage.
  • Flexibility to travel on a short notice

For Nurse Escort


  • Degree or Diploma in Nursing


  • Three years experience in clinical nursing is required with valid professional license to work
  • Experience in emergency care is desirable
  • Have a valid US visa
  • Schengen and other visas such as Canadian and Australian is an advantage
  • Additional competencies for both positions
  • Training and experience in ICU care and psychiatry is an advantage
  • 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 

Required IOM functional competencies: effective communicator, successful negotiator, creative and analytical thinker, active learner, team player, and cross cultural facilitator


Knowledge of English and Amharic. Knowledge of Somali and Tigrigna languages would be an advantage


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

Only candidates residing in either the country of the duty station  or from a location in a neighbouring country that is within commuting distance of the duty station will be considered. In all cases, a prerequisite for taking up the position is legal residency in the country of the duty station, or in the neighbouring country located within commuting distance, and work permit, as applicable.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications, CV with photocopies of educational /training certificates via our e-mail address or in person to the below address by April 12, 2016 at the latest, referring the title of this advertisement.

Resource Management Unit

International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Bole Kefle Ketema, kebele 02

Africa Avenue, Erkata Buildig

Behind Bole DH Geda Building

Addis Ababa – Ethiopia

Only shortlistd candidates will be contacted

Posting period:

From 03 /04 /2016 to 12 /04/ 2016     










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