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Description of assignment title
Programme Assistant

Assignment country

Expected start date

Sustainable Development Goal
16. Peace, justice and strong institutions

Volunteer category
National UN Community Volunteer Part time

DoA reserved for persons with disabilities

Accessibility measures in place

Host entity


12 months
(with possibility of extension)

Number of assignments

Duty stations

Reasonable accommodation

Additional accessibility info

Mission and objectives
Established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the leading international organization dealing with migration issues and is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits both migrants and the society. The Organization is guided by the principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, including upholding human rights for all. Respect for the rights, dignity and well-being of migrants remains paramount. IOM is part of the United Nations system, as a related organization. IOM acts with its partners in the international community to: Assist in meeting the growing operational challenges of migration management, advance understanding of migration issues, encourage social and economic development through migration, and uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants.

International Organization for Migration (IOM) has had a presence in Zambia since 1990 and became an IOM Member State two years later in May 1992. The IOM Zambia office falls under the auspices of the IOM Regional Office for Southern Africa. With its base in Lusaka, IOM Zambia implements migration governance programmes country-wide. IOM Zambia employs a comprehensive approach to programming through multi-sectoral, multi-stakeholder engagements and interventions, addressing issues that impact migrants and migration-affected communities at the individual, community, national and structural/ policy levels. IOM Zambia’s programming follows a human rights-based, gender-sensitive and participatory approach.

Migrants and migration-affected populations in Zambia are affected by the high levels of communicable diseases, particularly HIV and tuberculosis, while the impacts of migration on non-communicable disease and conditions, such as nutrition, maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive health and mental health, remains largely unstudied. Migration and mobility are increasingly recognized as central determinants of health, affecting health outcomes in various ways. IOM’s interventions will take into consideration ‘spaces of vulnerability’, as well as the social and economic determinants of health, promoting inclusive frameworks for health service delivery, and health-seeking behaviours among migrants, mobile populations and migration-affected communities. IOM’s interventions on Migration and Health are guided by, among other things, the World Health Assembly agreement 70.15, which includes commitments towards achieving universal health coverage, and the 61st World Health Assembly Resolution on the Health of Migration (WHA 61.17)

This volunteer assignment is part of IOM project “Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and HIV Knows No Borders! (KNB) Phase II -2021-2026.” The project is aimed at “Improving the quality of life and SRHR-HIV outcomes among vulnerable young people, including migrants and sex workers in migration-impacted communities in Zambia. The project works to ensure that the target populations make healthy choices, increases access to services and creating an enabling environment that promotes access to health by the target population. The incumbent will also support the GRZ-UN Joint programme on GBV aimed at enhancing response to Gender Based Violence (GBV).

Task description
Under the direct supervision of the Migration Health Officer, the Programme Assistant will perform the following tasks:

• Contribute to the design, implementation and monitoring of the migration health programmes working with implementing partners;
• Participate in the development of innovative ways of collecting, managing, storing and use of migration health data to improve programming;
• Participate in the planning and review of implementation partners work plans and also provide ongoing technical support;
• Assist to collect field data and generate quarterly annual project reports and Human-Interest stories and other documentaries;
• Participate in the drafting of concept notes and proposals for migration health programmes working in coordination with other units;
• Supporting the agency to implement effective community mobilisation and engagement interventions involving various stakeholders;
• Participate in the various stakeholders and UN results Group meetings related to human development;
• Perform any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.

Eligibility criteria
18 – 80

Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.

Required experience
0 years of experience in project development, management and implementation especially in the area of health;
• Excellent planning and reporting skills;
• Very good communication skills both oral and written;
• Community mobilization and engagement skills.

Area(s) of expertise

Driving license

English, Level: Fluent, Desirable

Required education level
Bachelor degree or equivalent in Environmental Health, Nursing, Community Health, Public Health, Social work or any other social sciences .

Competencies and values
• Ethics and Values
• Integrity
• Knowledge Sharing
• Respect for Diversity
• Technological Awareness
• Working in Teams


Other information
Living conditions and remarks
Zambia is a beautiful land-linked country. Lusaka became the capital city of Zambia in May 1935. Lusaka’s central position in Zambia and it is extremely pleasant climate were two of the main reasons for its selection as the capital. It is a metropolis, which provides a home to about two and half million (2.5M) inhabitants of many different nationalities. It has grown to become the seat of the Government of the Republic of Zambia and as such all diplomatic missions, international organizations, industrial and commercial entities have set base. Its political, social, economic, and cultural significance has also increased through the years. It provides for an interesting and enriching environment, but also requires a mature level of cultural awareness, as well as more stamina and commitment than elsewhere. Therefore, flexibility and the ability and willingness to work in high pressure, demanding and unpredictable conditions, and little comfort, are essential. Lusaka has all amenities in place that would make visitors stay comfortable. For more info, visit: http://www.zambiatourism.com.

Inclusivity statement
United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements
Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy


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