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Strategic Communication Consultant


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Country: South Sudan
Organization: International Organization for Migration
Closing date: 6 Feb 2021

I. Organizational Context and Scope

Present in Southern Sudan since 2004, IOM has 8 offices across 6 states and employs over 340 staff. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) currently implements a range of humanitarian assistance, transition and recovery, border management and migration health initiatives in South Sudan, in co-operation with government and humanitarian partners as well as local communities. IOM has capacities in conflict analysis as well as monitoring of forced displacement/population movement, expertise in community engagement, and service delivery across the humanitarian-development continuum.

South Sudan is in a critical transition period. Following the signing of the Revitalized Agreement for the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) on 12 September 2018, and the more recent formation of the transitional government, the country is facing an unprecedented opportunity to start to recover from the effects of protracted conflict and humanitarian crisis. The ceasefire has been tenuously holding in most parts of the country, allowing previously displaced populations to return home. Towns that had been devastated by previous waves of fighting started to witness renewed activity, raising hopes for development and growth in the aftermath of years of war.

IOM South Sudan is one of the UN agencies with the largest footprint in South Sudan. Through its Transition and Recovery Unit (TRU), IOM supports peacebuilding activities in various locations within South Sudan.

IOM with support from the Reconciliation, Stabilization, Resilience Trust Fund (RSRTF) is implementing a project entitled, ‘Promoting Peace and Solidarity in the Face of the COVID-19’ in Juba, Bentiu and Wau. The purpose of the project is to use the fight against the COVID19 pandemic to promote peaceful co-existence, social cohesion and combat stigmatization, creating the conditions for cooperation needed to limit and respond to the spread of the virus.

IOM has partnered with national civil society organizations (CSOs) in Juba, Bentiu and Wau to collaborate with on mediation, conflict resolution and negotiation, as well as in eliminating hate speech and discrimination connected to the disease. Selected CSOs are implementing projects sitting at the nexus between COVID-19 and peacebuilding.

IOM is looking for a qualified Communication consultant to provide quality technical assistance on the component of strategic communication. This technical consultancy is envisaged to provide expertise to IOM and their partners on civil society on a communication strategy and development of IEC materials to support the Promoting Peace and Solidarity in the face of COVID-19 project, looking not only at disease mitigation, but wider disaster risk reduction.

II. Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  1. 15 Days: Review and improve existing communication strategies relating to the project as developed by the IPs, working with them directly (The review should include, but not limited to, the messaging developed by the IPs and proposed platforms to disseminate messages) and advise the IPs on best practices as it relates to strategic communication on tolerance, promoting peace and showing solidarity as it relates to COVID-19 and other disaster risks (40% with targeted date of completion 15 March 2021)

  2. 5 Days: In collaboration with TRU and the IPs, lead the design and develop communication actions that promote peace and solidarity in South Sudan in the face of COVID-19 and other disaster risks (10% with targeted date of completion by 20 March 2021)

  3. 15 Days: In collaboration with IOM’s Media and Communication unit, design a training manual on communication strategies that sit at the intersection between disease mitigation, reducing disaster risk and promoting peace and solidarity (40% with targeted date of completion by 5 April 2021)

  4. 5 Days: Hold a training session(s) with IPs, TRU staff, including possibly IOM staff from other units, on strategic communications with respect to promoting peace and solidarity in the face of COVID-19 and other disaster risks (10% with targeted date of completion by 10 April 2020)

III. Required Qualifications and Experience


  1. Master’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Political or Social Science, or related fields with three years of relevant professional experience; or

  2. University degree in above fields with four years of relevant professional experience


  1. Proven track record in strategic communication planning, advertising, messages and IEC material development

  2. Previous experience with communication campaigns

  3. Experience in developing communication strategies

  4. Technical competence of producing content and knowledge of fundamentals for working in various media formats – print, audio, video, interactive digital media etc.

  5. Experience in managing data, online communications and social media channels

  6. Clear, effective and responsive communicator, both written and oral

  7. Excellent communication and written skills in English

  8. Good knowledge of South Sudan, or a similar context is an asset

  9. Ability to work with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and Adobe Suite programs

IV. Languages

Fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Arabic and/or a local language is an advantage.

V. Competencies

The consultant is expected to demonstrate the following values and competencies:

Values - all IOM staff members and consultants 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**

  • 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

  • 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.

How to apply:

Interested candidates should send their Cover Letter and Curriculum Vitae to vss@iom.int by 6th February, 2021, indicating in the subject of the e‐mail “Strategic Communication Consultant”

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