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National Communication Advisor


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Country: South Sudan
Organization: International Organization for Migration
Closing date: 13 Jul 2021

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 National 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.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities

The consultancy will be responsible for delivery of the following:

a) Conduct assessment on social and cultural barriers to COVID-19 vaccination campaigns to support international strategic communication consultant on developing best practices as reg. strategic communication on tolerance, promoting peace and showing solidarity as it relates to COVID-19 and other disaster health risks.

b) In collaboration with TRU staff participate in the design and development actions that promote peace and solidarity in South Sudan in the face of COVID-19 and other disaster risks

c) Supporting the Ministry of Peacebuilding on its communications and outreach strategy

d) In collaboration with international consultant, 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.

e) Facilitate 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.




  1. Assessment on socio-cultural barriers to covid-19 vaccination campaigns including recommendations on way forward.



  1. Concept note on proposed actions along the disease/emergency health – peacebuilding nexus



  1. Multi-stakeholder validation workshop/consultation and final report.



Required Qualifications and Experience


  1. Master’s degree in emergency health, risk communication, Journalism, Public Relations, Political or Social Science, or medical or public health degree 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 planning and governance, conducting socio-cultural assessments and multi-stakeholder engagements

  2. Experience as medical/public health professional

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

  4. Excellent communication and written skills in English

  5. Excellent knowledge governance and service delivery in South Sudan at state and national level

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

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


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: maintain 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: work strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.


How to apply:

Interested candidates should send their applications for the assignment to vss@iom.int by July 13, 2021, indicating in the subject of the e‐mail “ National Communication Advisor ”.

The submission should include:

· A motivation letter;

· Curriculum Vitae

This position is open to nationals of South Sudan only.

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