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Country: Gambia
Organization: International Organization for Migration
Closing date: 23 Dec 2020

Position Title: Communication for Development (C4D) Officer

Duty Station: Banjul, Gambia

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P1

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

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 23 December 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; Fiji; Gabon; 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 overall supervision of the Chief of Mission and the direct supervision of the Media and Communications Officer, and in close coordination with the Regional Awareness Raising Unit in Dakar, the successful candidate will be responsible for assisting with the implementation of IOM The Gambia’s initiatives aimed at raising awareness, engaging communities and promoting safe and orderly migration.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. With close guidance from the Media and Communications Officer, contribute to the development and implementation of the mission’s awareness raising strategy that positions the mission as the lead development organization in promoting safe and orderly migration.
  2. Check the mainstreaming of the communication for development (C4D) approach in awareness raising initiatives.

  3. Utilize community and digital engagement platforms to participate in advocacy, outreach and social mobilization activities.

  4. Participate in stakeholder mapping and analysis to identify influential stakeholders, including migrant returnees, youth, artists and community leaders, to contribute to supporting initiatives aimed at promoting safe and orderly migration.

  5. Collect and assist in producing localized print and audio-visual content, including testimonials of returned migrants, which highlight the risks of and alternatives to irregular migration.

  6. Provide written analyses, inputs and basic technical guidance for initiatives aimed at building the capacities of media and civil society actors to help raise awareness on migration-related issues.

  7. Liaise with key institutional and civil society stakeholders to help drive awareness raising initiatives.

  8. Assist in the production of multimedia content for IOM The Gambia’s media channels.

  9. Monitor awareness raising activities, including the integration of gender considerations, and provide feedback for evaluation purposes.

  10. Undertake duty travel as needed.

  11. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Arts, Social Sciences, Development Studies, International Affairs or a related field; or

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


• Experience in the application of the communication for development (C4D) approach;

• Experience in the development, implementation and monitoring of community engagement initiatives;

• Exposure to IOM’s institutional setting and or other international organizations;

• Experience liaising with government, civil society and media partners;

• Excellent grasp of migration dynamics in West Africa;

• Work experience in the region is an advantage.


• Skilled in digital content creation, including photography, videography, graphic design and editing;

• Demonstrated high competency as a writer and editor in English.


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

For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of 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.


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.

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. 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 23 December 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 10.12.2020 to 23.12.2020

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 258 Communication for Development (C4D) Officer (P1) Banjul, The Gambia (56766194) Released

Posting: Posting NC56766195 (56766195) Released

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