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Country: Gambia
Organization: International Organization for Migration
Closing date: 20 Jul 2020

Position Title: Media and Communications Officer

Duty Station: Banjul, Gambia

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P2

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

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 20 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.

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; 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; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Montenegro; Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Papua New Guinea; 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.

Context:

Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission, in close collaboration with the Programme Managers and with technical guidance from the Regional Media and Communications Unit and Regional Awareness Raising Unit in Dakar, the successful candidate will be responsible for the implementation of internal and external public information, communications and awareness raising activities of IOM in The Gambia.

S/he will check and monitor compliance with administrative and programmatic procedures in contributing to the development of new proposals, coordinating project activities, monitoring financial budgets, and communicating with implementing partners, the United Nations (UN) system and government focal points in The Gambia.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Contribute to the development and implementation of a public information strategy in line with HQ and the regional strategies.
  2. Coordinate all communications-related projects and activities, including community engagement and other awareness raising campaigns as well as strategic communications support to partners.
  3. Respond to media requests as appropriate.
  4. Produce, collect and disseminate public information material highlighting the mission’s work, including press briefing notes, human interest stories, newsletters, photographs and videos, in coordination with the IOM Regional Office.
  5. Contribute to the development and implementation of a digital engagement strategy, including generating timely and engaging content for social media and regularly updating web content.
  6. Liaise with partners, in particular inter-agency communications working groups, such as the UN Communication Group, to encourage information flow and to facilitate the development of complementary public information strategies under the One UN approach.
  7. Monitor local and international media and inform the Chief of Mission and Programme Managers on relevant developments.
  8. Support the Chief of Mission by drafting statements, key messages, talking points and other relevant information material upon request.
  9. Check the inclusion of appropriate gender awareness in the mission’s communications.
  10. Undertake duty travel as needed.
  11. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:

Education

• Master’s degree in Journalism, Communications, Development Studies or International Affairs or a related field from an accredited academic institution1 with two years of relevant professional experience; or

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

Experience

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

• Experience in building public information capacities of staff and external stakeholders;

• 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.

Skills

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

Languages

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.

Notes

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

(https://whed.net/home.php).

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.

Other:

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 20 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 07.07.2020 to 20.07.2020

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: VN 2020 124 Media and Communications Officer (P2) Banjul, Gambia (56495224) Released

Posting: Posting NC56495225 (56495225) Released

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