Head Nurse

IOM Nepal

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) - a related organization of the United Nations - is the leading intergovernmental organization in the field of migration. It works to meet the growing operational challenges of migration, advance understanding of migration issues, encourage social and economic development through migration and uphold the well-being and human rights of migrants.

Detailed Job description / requirements:

Vacancy Notice No: VN#NP/04/2022

Open to Internal and External Candidates

Position Title: Head Nurse

Duty Station: Kathmandu, Nepal

Classification: General Service Staff, G-7

Type of Appointment: One Year Fixed Term, with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: October 03, 2022

Established in 1951, IOM is a Related Organization of the United Nations, and as the leading UN agency in the field of migration, works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-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, internal candidates are considered as first-tier candidates.


Under the overall guidance of the Chief of Mission (CoM) and direct supervision of the Chief Migration Health Officer, the successful candidate will be responsible and accountable for implementation of the diverse migration health projects as well as COVID 19 pandemic response projects.

Under the direct supervision of the Chief Migration Health Officer (CMHO) and the Chief of Mission, IOM Nepal, for administrative matters, the incumbent will be responsible for organization and coordination of daily activities of the nursing and support personnel, involved in the Immigrants and the Resettlement Health Assessment Programmes. In particular she/he will:

Core Functions / Responsibilities: 

  1. Assist CMHP in establishment of health assessment site and organization of the workflow in Kathmandu.
  2. Participate in training of national nurses and medical clerks.
  3. Maintain optimal operational flow of migrants at the health assessment site by adjusting assignments and staffing level to the schedules. 
  4. Maintain optimal nursing and administrative staff flow governing, but not limit to, allocation to routine duties or particular ad hoc need, oversee staff leave planning and ensuring work handover.
  5.  Ensure timely preparation of medical documents. Establish and maintain a monitoring system of medical document flow. 
  6. Carry out Quality Control of Medical documents before dispatching to other respective units and immigration office.
  7. Notify CMHP, for actual and potential disruptions of the workflow and propose corrective measures.
  8. Supervise and assist the CHMO in evaluation of the performance of the nursing and administrative staff. 
  9. Assist CMHO of logistics and documentation of referrals to external facilities.
  10. Assist CMHO in the supervision and coordination of logistics and documentation of follow up, treatment of the tuberculosis cases and contact management.
  11. Take part in the organization, supervision and implementation of vaccinations.
  12. Take part in pre-departure medical checks and perform medical escort duties, if necessary.
  13. Take part in Infectious Control and waste management.
  14. Coordinate with MHAC storekeeper to ensure the adequacy of medical expendables/equipment and prepare the list of item for procurement. 
  15. Establish and supervise anti-fraud measures at all steps of the health assessments, including testing performed outside of the main health assessment site in Kathmandu. 
  16. Assist and support the counselling pertains to Health Assessment services as required.
  17. Supervise nursing staff and provide the necessary administrations to immigrant who is required tuberculosis treatment including counselling, supervision of directly observed therapy (DOT), and monitoring treatment outcome.
  18. Ensure safekeeping and monitoring of vaccines and TB drug inventory; cold chain maintain, tracking of expiry date, coordinating with storekeeper and Senior Medical Admin Assistant to purchase on timely manner.
  19. Assist CMHO in preparing the draft of PD as well as in recruitment process of nursing and administrative staff when is required. 
  20. Maintains close coordination/communication with all department/units to ensure continuity and collaboration of medical services.
  21. Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisors.

Required Qualifications and Experience


  • Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from accredited Institute with 5 years of relevant work experience; or
  • High School degree in Nursing with 7 years of relevant work experience.
  • Valid license to practice Nursing in Nepal.


  • Clinical work experience, preferably from a hospital setting.
  • Experience in managerial/supervisory role. 
  • Experience working with migrants/refugee/mobile population will be an advantage.
  • Maintains confidentiality and discretion in appropriate areas of work.
  • Advanced computer skills in Microsoft Office, especially Excel, on-depth use of MS office applications data collection and manipulation.
  • Teamwork oriented with capacity to work independently. 
  • High level of integrity. Ability to work with various clients under pressure.


Fluency in English, Nepali is required. 

Required Competencies

Values - all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these three values:

  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
  • Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
  • Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.

Core Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2

  • Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.
  • Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
  • Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
  • Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.
  • Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.

Managerial Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2.

Leadership: provides a clear sense of direction, leads by example and demonstrates the ability to carry out the organization’s vision; assists others to realize and develop their potential.

Empowering others & building trust: creates an atmosphere of trust and an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.

Strategic thinking and vision: works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.


Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment. Only Nepali Nationals will be considered for this position.

How to apply:

Interested Candidates are requested to submit their application indicating clearly the position applied, VN number and CV with three references to the following address: Human Resource Department, International Organization for Migration, P.O. Box 25503, Baluwatar, Kathmandu or email to iomnepaljobs@iom.int by 03 October 2022. Only short-listed candidates will be called for interview.

Job Overview

Category Medical / Nursing, Development / INGO
Openings 1
Position Type Full Time
Experience Please check vacancy details.
Education Please check vacancy details
Posted Date 20 Sep, 2022
Apply Before 03 Oct, 2022
City Kathmandu