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Country: Niger
Organization: International Organization for Migration
Closing date: 18 Sep 2020

Position Title: Public Information Officer

Duty Station: Niamey, Niger

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P3

Type of Appointment: Special short-term graded, six months with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 18 September 2020

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 work environment. Read more about diversity and inclusion at IOM at www.iom.int/diversity.

Applications are welcome from first- and second-tier candidates, particularly qualified female candidates as well as applications from the non-represented member countries of IOM. For all IOM vacancies, applications from qualified and eligible first-tier candidates are considered before those of qualified and eligible second-tier candidates in the selection process.

For the purpose of this vacancy, the following are considered first-tier candidates:

  1. Internal candidates

  2. Candidates from the following non-represented member states:

Antigua and Barbuda; Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Cook Islands; Cuba; Djibouti; Fiji; Gabon; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People's Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Luxembourg; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Montenegro; Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Samoa; Sao Tome and Principe; Seychelles; Solomon Islands; Suriname; The Bahamas; Timor-Leste; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu

Second tier candidates include:

All external candidates, except candidates from non-represented member states.


Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) and in coordination with the Regional Communications and Media Officer in Dakar and technical guidance of Media and Communication Unit in IOM Headquarters, the successful candidate is responsible for developing and implementing a work-plan and outputs to address the media and communication needs of IOM Niger’s strategies and programmes. This includes supporting the formulation and implementation of creative communication strategies to raise awareness of IOM Niger and its work, and to promote an accurate narrative on migration in the media, among the UN and other IOM key partners as well as the general public.

S/he will ensure the quality and consistency of the media and public outreach in Niger, including by providing direct strategic communications and media advice to the Chief of Mission and managing the external communications content of for the Country Office

S/he will coordinate the production of visibility materials and the development of common media messages and “Lines to Take” for the use of IOM staff in Niger in coordination with RO Dakar and HQ. Moreover, she/he will plan, organize and contribute to the development of public events, media campaigns and will act as a liaison focal point for all local/international journalists. In addition, s/he will be responsible for monitoring and following up on compliance with donor specific requirements in terms of communication and visibility.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Assist the Chief of Mission in managing IOM Niger’s communication activities, leading the formulation and implementation of an external outreach and communications strategy to raise awareness of IOM Niger and its work, and to promote an accurate narrative on migration in the media, among the UN and other key IOM partners in Niger as well as among the general public.

  2. Lead IOM Niger’s overall efforts on advocacy, liaison and communication work with/to the UN and other agencies based in Niger, engaging in partnerships with the UN agencies, other international organizations, as well as media outlets based in Niger in the field of communications.

  3. In close coordination with the Chief of Mission and Regional Communications Officer in Dakar, prepare all relevant media content (press releases, feature stories, blogs, video and social media) produced by IOM Niger, and provide editorial advice on whether they are best suited for publication on national, regional or global IOM platforms.

  4. Maintain a national media contact database and proactively foster relations with key regional media actors.

  5. Ensure that messaging included in public-facing content is consistent with the strategic aims of the Organization.

  6. Act as spokesperson when required, take a lead role in the preparation of Media Lines to Take for emerging issues including cross-border contexts and crisis/emergency communications.

  7. Undertake regular travel on duty to sub-offices in Niger to support media outreach, gather material for multi-media projects and provide tailor-made media training to individuals and teams as required.

  8. Promote the activities of IOM Niger by providing timely, accurate responses to media-related enquiries in close coordination with the Media and Communications Division (MCD) in HQ and Regional Communications and Media Officer in Dakar.

  9. Increase the impact of IOM Niger’s social media accounts, write timely press releases of public interest while monitoring impact in the media; develop audio visual materials along with other creative communication approaches.

  10. Manage, update and monitor the impact of IOM Niger’s communications via IOM’s Content Engine platform while ensuring that the Country Office’s website is in alignment with IOM standards and achieving its full potential as a tool of advocacy. Support the development, rollout and resource mobilization for IOM’s social media listening, alert and response platform.

  11. Ensure the high quality and consistency of media and public outreach for IOM Niger by building the capacity of national staff in order to provide strategic communications/media advice and support to the Chief of Mission and Heads of Sub Office.

  12. Support effective liaison with the UN Country Communication and Media Group and other relevant actors, develop media messages on key migration issues, provide editorial and technical assistance to Country Offices in all aspects of media and communications management, and monitor the media and public outreach carried out by IOM Niger.

  13. Ensure that media content being produced for IOM Niger has appropriate informed consent and follows MCD digital protocols.

  14. Collaborate in the development, funding-raising for and implementation of awareness raising campaigns aimed at improving the public perception of migrants in IOM Niger while supporting the Organization’s global awareness raising efforts.

  15. Keep abreast of global migration-related developments and processes in the UN system, and research, collect and analyse information on migration developments and emerging issues, as well as coordinating the formulation of IOM’s related media position.

  16. Develop monthly newsletters for IOM Niger and provide inputs to IOM’s global newsletters and other communication outputs and support internal communication on IOM’s work, including by updating the relevant intranet sections.

  17. Oversee the development of visibility materials and ensure compliance with donor specific requirements in terms of communication and visibility.

  18. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master's degree in Journalism or Communications, International Relations, Social Sciences, Law or a related field from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience; or

• University degree in the above fields with seven years of relevant professional experience.


• Experience in international journalism and public information;

• Experience in community engagement and digital awareness raising;

• Experience in the production of visibility materials and graphic design;

• Experience in dealing with diverse counterparts from government and UN agencies and civil society and think-tank is an advantage;

• Familiarity with international organizations;

• Experience in working in a multi-cultural setting.


• Demonstrated high competency in reporting, writing and the creation of multi-media content.

• Demonstrated skills in social media content creation, publication and impact assessment.


IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish.

For this position, fluency in English and French is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Spanish and/or local language is an advantage.

Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.


Accredited Universities are the ones listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database


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.

IOM’s competency framework can be found at this link. https://www.iom.int/sites/default/files/about-iom/iom_revised_competency_framework_external.pdf

Competencies will be assessed during a competency-based interview.


Internationally recruited professional staff are required to be mobile.

Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

This selection process may be used to staff similar positions in various duty stations. Recommended candidates will remain eligible to be appointed in a similar position for a period of 24 months.

The list of NMS countries above includes all IOM Member States which are non-represented in the Professional Category of staff members. For this staff category, candidates who are nationals of the duty station’s country cannot be considered eligible.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

Vacancies close at 23:59 local time Geneva, Switzerland on the respective closing date. No late applications will be accepted.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 18 September 2020 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

IOM only accepts duly completed applications submitted through the IOM e-Recruitment system. The online tool also allows candidates to track the status of their application.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

For further information please refer to: www.iom.int/recruitment

Posting period:

From 05.09.2020 to 18.09.2020

No Fees:

IOM does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, processing, training or other fee). IOM does not request any information related to bank accounts.

Requisition: SVN 2020 206 Public Information Officer (P3) Niamey, Niger (56603736) Released

Posting: Posting NC56603737 (56603737) Released

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