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Migration Health Intern, Pretoria

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Organization: IOM – International Organization for Migration

Country: South Africa

City: Pretoria

Office: IOM Pretoria

Closing date: Sunday, 31 October 2021

Country: South Africa

Organization: International Organization for Migration

Closing date: 31 Oct 2021

Call for Applications – Internship

Position title: Migration Health Intern

Position grade: Non-Remunerated but monthly subsistence allowance will be paid to support transportation and living expenses

Duty station: Remote support (reporting to IOM Regional Office in Pretoria)

Appointment Type: Internship, 6 months with possibility of extension

Deadline for application: October 31, 2021

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is a dynamic and growing inter-governmental organization, with 166 member states. IOM is committed to the principle that “humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society”. IOM works with partners, government and civil society to promote international cooperation to address operational challenges of migration and mobility, assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems, and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people. IOM addresses the migratory phenomenon from an integral and holistic perspective, including links to development, in order to maximize its benefits and minimize its negative effects.

The Internship Programme targets young, talented students and graduates willing to gain practical experience in a field relevant to the Organization through their involvement in daily working activities in migration-related areas and/or in public international administration.

The Regional Migration Health Unit in Pretoria is responsible and accountable for technical coordination on regional matters of Health Promotion and Assistance for Migrants and Migration Health Assistance for Crisis Affected Populations Programmes undertaken by IOM in the Southern African region.

Under the overall supervision of the Regional Director for Southern Africa and direct supervision of the Regional Migration Health Programme Coordinator with technical guidance from the Regional Thematic Specialist for Migration Health, the intern’s duties and responsibilities are to provide support for the unit.

Roles and responsibilities and include: Collect and systematically organize and analyse existing information from academic and governmental sources dealing with migration health to support the development of quality concept papers, , presentations, technical guidance notes and information sheets;

Support the identification, assessment and documentation of emerging best practices based on work done by IOM in migration and health, including under the Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights – HIV Knows No Borders Project, and IOM’s current response to health emergencies, including COVID-19.

Develop a database to track and describe existing national, regional and international recommendations and strategies related to the management of migration health issues in the populations concerned in Southern Africa.

Assist in the writing and review of technical project reports, drafting manuscripts for publication, editing of project concept papers and proposals, donor reports and other publications referred from the country missions to the Regional Migration Unit;

Support regular updating and development of external communication materials including fact sheets, success stories and promotional materials;

Contribute to IOM’s participation in regional meetings, conferences, seminars and workshops when needed;

Perform other related duties as may be assigned

Required Qualifications and Experience


Advanced University degree in Public Health, Health Administration, Epidemiology, Social Sciences or related field of study

Bachelor degree in Medical or health sciences with experience and/or a strong interest in public health and migration.


  • Public health program management, proposal development, research & publication and technical report writing
  • Strong interest and motivation in assisting vulnerable/disadvantaged populations groups
  • Professional level of English (writing skills)
  • Strong personal commitment to efficiency, flexibility and ability to work effectively and harmoniously within a team and with colleagues from varied cultures and professional backgrounds
  • Excellent Computer skills (Excel, Work, Outlook, Power Point Presentation) & statistical packages such as Stata, and SPSS

Languages: Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of Portuguese and French is advantageous.


The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following competencies:


  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: Shows respect and sensitivity towards gender, culture, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, political conviction and other differences
  • Integrity and transparency: Upholds and promotes the Standards of Conduct and Unified Staff Regulations and Rules
  • Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter and willingness to improve knowledge and skills

Core Competencies **

  • Teamwork: Establishes strong relationships with colleagues and partners; relates well to people at all levels.
  • Delivering results: Produces quality results and provides quality services to clients.
  • Managing and sharing knowledge: Shares knowledge and learning willingly, and proactively seeks to learn from the experiences of others.
  • Accountability: Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules.
  • Communication: Listens carefully and genuinely to the views and positions of others; acts on received information

Eligibility and Selection criteria

  • In general, the Internship Programme aims at attracting talented students and graduates who;
  • have a specific interest in, or whose studies have covered, areas relevant to IOM programmes and activities;
  • are holding a scholarship for internship placements in international organizations and/or for whom internship is required to complete their studies;
  • are sponsored by governmental/non-governmental institutions and/or academia to work in specific areas relevant to both IOM and the sponsor;
  • are enrolled in the final academic year of a first University Degree programme;
  • are enrolled in a graduate school programme (second University Degree, Masters’ Degree or equivalent, or higher);
  • have graduated with a University Degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within one year of graduation.

Additional Notes:

Due to the current work arrangements at the Regional Office, the placement will be conducted virtually. If the successful candidate is resident to South Africa, face-to-face meetings will be considered depending on working arrangements and agreement between the supervisors and candidate.

How to apply:

If you are interested in Internship Programme and meet the minimum requirements, please send your letter of motivation, up-to-date Resume/CV, copy of ID and other credential documents to pretoriacvs@iom.int

When you send your application through email, please ensure to specify

“Migration Health Intern” on the subject line of your email. Incomplete applications will be rejected.

Please send your applications by Sunday, October 31 2021. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.