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Country: Switzerland
Organization: International Organization for Migration
Closing date: 14 Jul 2020

Position Title : Intern (Communications) – GFMD Support Unit

Duty Station : Geneva, Switzerland

Classification : Intern, Grade OTHE Type of Appointment : Internship, six months Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 14 July 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.


Background Information

The Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) is a voluntary, inter-governmental, non-binding and informal consultative process open to all Member States and Observers of the United Nations. Its purpose is to address the multi-dimensional aspects, opportunities and challenges related to international migration and its inter-linkages with development, to bring together government expertise from all regions, to enhance dialogue, cooperation and partnership and to foster practical and action-oriented outcomes at the national, regional and global levels. As host agency, IOM provides administrative support for the GFMD Support Unit (SU), which nevertheless remains strictly independent of IOM.

The GFMD SU was established in 2008 to provide administrative, logistical, and financial support to the Chair-in-Office of the GFMD. The Government of United Arab Emirates (UAE) is the current GFMD Chair, with a term of one year, from 1 February 2020 to 31 January 2021.

Under the 2020 Chairmanship, the SU is tasked, inter alia, to provide frontline services to ensure the successful organization of GFMD preparatory meetings, online Regional Consultations, the GFMD Summit meeting and other activities described in the GFMD Chair’s work plan. The SU also administers the GFMD Platform for Partnerships and provides technical and logistical support to meet the GFMD’s communication requirements.


Under the overall supervision of the UAE 2020 GFMD Chair and the direct supervision of the Head of GFMD Support Unit, the successful candidate will help with the implementation of the GFMD 2020 work plan and meet the evolving requirements of the GFMD 2020 Chairmanship.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Assist in the development, curation and editing of GFMD content for social media channels, including Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Medium, Snapchat, Tik Tok and other platforms. Help with the analyses and review of key metrics to measure impacts of social media activity and tweak the strategy as needed.
  2. Assist in preparing strategic social media communications and public information for key GFMD activities including the preparatory meetings (online and in-person) and the GFMD 2020 Summit in Dubai in January 2021.
  3. Update the online repositories on the GFMD web portal, including the GFMD Platform for Partnerships database, COVID-19 Information Hub and Public Narratives Information Hub, by working with the Support Unit and IOM-ICT focal points to improve user interface and search functions.
  4. Assist in the production and editing of audio-visual materials including roll up designs, banners, infographics, thematic videos, social media highlights and other promotional materials aimed at better disseminating information about the GFMD.
  5. Assist in managing the GFMD web portal content and provide basic technical support to the GFMD Website and Mobile Application and its periodic update.
  6. Perform such other duties as may be assigned

Training Components and Learning Elements

The successful candidate will acquire technical knowledge in communications in the field of migration and development. S/he can also access online training courses at the disposal of all IOM staff. S/he will have the possibility to interact with the multi-stakeholder constituents of the GFMD process, as well as with the internal and external partners involved in graphic design, publication, and on-line communications. S/he will gain extensive experience working in an international and multi-cultural environment.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• University degree in Journalism, Communications, Multimedia Studies or a related field from an accredited academic institution, preferably with two years of relevant experience.


• Strong understanding and interest in migration, development, communication and/or humanitarian issues.

• Previous experience working in digital communications and/or research.

• Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office 365 (Excel, Word and PowerPoint);

• Familiarity with the Adobe or similar editing software;

• Previous experience in video editing and production (desired);


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


Eligibility and Selection

In general, the Internship Programme aims at attracting talented students and graduates who:

a) have a specific interest in, or whose studies have covered, areas relevant to IOM programmes and activities;

b) are holding a scholarship for internship placements in international organizations and/or for whom internship is required to complete their studies; or

c) are sponsored by governmental/non-governmental institutions and/or academia to work in specific areas relevant to both IOM and the sponsor;

d) are either students approaching the end of their studies and preparing a thesis, or recently graduated, who have less than two years of relevant working experience;

e) are between 20 and 36 years of age.

• Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted, and additional enquiries will only be addressed if the candidate is shortlisted.

• Depending on experience and location, IOM provides a small monthly stipend to help offset costs.

• Please consider the cost of living in Geneva prior to applying.

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


Required Competencies:

The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate the following values and competencies:


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.

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.


The appointment is subject to funding confirmation.

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

No late applications will be accepted.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 14 July 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 01.07.2020 to 14.07.2020

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: INT 2020 04 – Intern - GFMD Support Unit - Geneva, Switzerland (56500874) Released

Posting: Posting NC56500875 (56500875) Released

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