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Country: Egypt
Organization: International Organization for Migration
Closing date: 21 Sep 2020

Position Title : Regional Media and Public Information Officer

Duty Station : Cairo, Egypt

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P3

Type of Appointment : Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 21 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 Regional Director (RD), the technical guidance of the Media and Communication Unit/International Cooperation and Partnerships Unit in IOM Headquarters (HQs), and in coordination with the relevant staff at the Regional Office (RO) for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in Cairo, the successful candidate will be responsible for developing and implementing a work-plan and outputs to address the media and communication needs of IOM in the region.

This includes supporting the formulation and implementation of creative communication strategies to raise awareness of IOM and its work, and to promote an accurate narrative on migration in the media, among the UN and other IOM key partners based in the MENA region as well as the general public.

S/he will ensure the quality and consistency of the media and public outreach in the region by providing communications and media advice to the RD and Chief of Mission’s (CoMs) in the region, and managing the external communications content of media focal points in the region.

S/he will coordinate the production of RO visibility materials and develop common media messages and lines to take for the use of IOM staff in the MENA region.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Assist the RD in managing the Regional Office’s communication activities, developing and implementing an external outreach and communications strategy to raise awareness of IOM and its work, and to promote an accurate narrative on migration in the media, among the UN and other key IOM partners based in Cairo and in the region as well as among the general public.

  2. Contribute to IOM and RO MENA’s overall efforts on advocacy, liaison and communication work with/to the UN and other agencies based in Cairo and in the region, maintaining partnerships with the UN agencies, other international organizations, as well as media outlets and think-tank organizations based in Cairo and in the region in the field of communications.

  3. In close coordination with the Media and Communications Division in HQ, commission, edit and recommend approval for publication of all relevant media content (press releases, feature stories, blogs, video and social media) being produced by Country Office’s (COs), and recommend whether they are best suited for publication on national, regional or global IOM platforms.

  4. Maintain a regional media contact database in consultation with mission-based media and information focal points, 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 and aligned with the 2019 Vision Document.

  6. Support the RO and Country Offices (Cos) by acting as a spokesperson as appropriate and when required, preparing Media Lines to Take for emerging issues including cross-border contexts and crisis/emergency communications. Undertake regular travel on duty to COs to support media outreach, gather material for multi-media projects and provide tailor-made media training to individuals and teams as required. Promote the activities of RO Cairo and of IOM, by providing timely, accurate responses to media-related enquiries in close coordination with the Media and Communications Division in HQ;increase the impact of RO Cairo’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.

  7. Manage, update, and monitor the impact of the RO Cairo communications via IOM’s Content Engine platform while ensuring that the regional 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.

  8. Ensure the high quality and consistency of media and public outreach in the region by building the capacity of and providing communications/media advice and support to RO Cairo, Chief of Mission/Heads of Office and Media Focal Points, supporting effective liaison with the UN Country Communication and Media Groups and other relevant actors, developing media messages on key migration issues, providing editorial and technical assistance to COs in all aspects of media and communications management, and monitoring the media and public outreach carried out by the COs.

  9. Maintain a virtual team of communicators/media focal points across the region and ensure members are regularly updated on and involved in public information activities at the regional level;ensure that media being produced has appropriate informed consent and follows Media and Communications Division (MCD) digital protocols.

  10. Collaborate in the development, funding-raising for and implementation of awareness raising campaigns aimed at improving the public perception of migrants in the region and globally.

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

  12. Provide regional inputs to IOM’s global newsletters and other communication outputs and support internal communication on IOM’s work in the region, including by updating the relevant intranet sections.

  13. Endorse media projects on PRIMA, draft regional media projects, and participate in budget discussions to ensure budgeting for communication activities, staffing and software.

  14. Provide Arabic language support to HQs campaigns, ensure quality control of Arabic media and Public Information (PI) products produced at regional level and organize where requested, the Arabic translation of regular reports and multimedia produced by HQs and the RO (i.e. World Migration Report;Situation reports;migration bulletins, etc.).

  15. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master's degree in Journalism, 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 writing and editing in international journalism and public information, preferably in MENA;

• Experience in drafting policy documents and concept papers and/or developing institutional strategic documents;

• Experience in the areas of inter-State cooperation on migration, migration governance and migration policy highly an advantage;

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

• Experience in the field of migration issues, including operational and field experience, IOM project development and management an advantage;

• Experience in international journalism, including coverage of international organizations;

• Proven experience working in social media and Arab speaking countries;

• Experience in the production of visibility material, online communication and social media skills.


• Excellent skills in drafting, editing and (possibly) graphic design;

• Knowledge of graphic design, web and video production.


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

For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge in Arabic is highly desirable. French and/or Spanish is an advantage.

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


1 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 endorsed by the Appointments and Postings Board 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.

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 21 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 08.09.2020 to 21.09.2020

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: VN 2020 192 Regional Media and Public Information Officer (P3) Cairo, Egypt (56609221) Released

Posting: Posting NC56609222 (56609222) Released

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