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Country: Senegal
Organization: International Organization for Migration
Closing date: 5 Aug 2021


Open to internal and external candidates

Reference : ROWCA-HR-21-198-VN

Location: Dakar, Sénégal

Classification: National Officers, Grade NOB

Type of appointment: One Year Fixed Term, 12 months with possibility of extension

start date: as soon as possible

IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. Applications are welcome from internal and external candidates, particularly qualified female candidates. For this vacancy, applications from qualified and eligible internal candidates are considered before those of qualified and eligible external candidates in the selection process.

The European Union (EU)-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration in Africa (EU-IOM Joint Initiative) supports the efforts of African partner countries along the Central Mediterranean migration routes to strengthen migration governance and respond to urgent protection needs of migrants. The Initiative implements projects in 14 countries alongside a regional component: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Ghana, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, The Gambia, and Libya. The main areas of activity include: (i) increasing protection and assistance for vulnerable and stranded migrants; (ii) facilitating voluntary return; (iii) achieving sustainable reintegration; (iv) enhancing government and stakeholder policies and responses; (v) giving access to accurate information; and (vi) improving data on migration flows, routes and trends as well as migrants’ needs and vulnerabilities.

Under the supervision of the Regional Media and Communication Officer, the Media relations Officer will be responsible for:

· Write and edit press releases, media advisories, briefing notes, quick lines, key messages, opinion pieces and other time-bound media materials.

· Regularly liaise with international and national media and leading contacts to offer news angles and pitch stories on IOM’s work and follow up to ensure quality coverage.

· Coordinate with involved internal and external stakeholders, plan and execute media activities around key initiatives and events to ensure IOM representation and visibility.

· Coordinate the organization of interviews, briefings and other media events that generate support and coverage for IOM’s priorities.

· Develop targeted media outreach for placement of relevant communication products, such as photo essays, multimedia content and others in domestic and international media.

· Respond to media inquiries and provide technical guidance and support to Regional and Country Offices in handling related media inquiries.

· Draft and/or edit opinion pieces and blogs for the senior experts on priority themes, pitch to key media and follow up on the placement.

· Ensure the Regional Office’s participation in relevant international days, including information gathering and coordination of content dissemination.

· Monitor media on a regular basis, identify opportunities to use the news agenda to raise awareness of IOM and its work.

Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience


Master’s degree Equivalent or Higher in Journalism, International Relations, Public Relations, Communications, or other relevant field with 2 years of relevant experience,**


Bachelor’s degree or Equivalent in the above-mentioned fields with 4 years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses


· Professional working experience in an international setting.

· Knowledge of international media and understanding of print, broadcast and online media operations.

· Track record in coordinating media strategies, networking, and developing media materials in a deadline driven and target audience way;

· Good analytical, written and oral communication skills. Ability to communicate clearly and sensitively with internal and external stakeholders.

· Ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment.

· Ability to quickly and easily liaise with multiple stakeholders, including those in the programmatic area to prepare strategic communications materials.

· Ability to handle multiple tasks, prioritize, and work under tight deadlines.


· Excellent skills in developing media materials;

· Ability to coordinate media inquiries;

· Excellent organizational and communication skills; and,

Good understanding of media industry.


  • Fluency in English and French is required.
  • Working knowledge of a local language a distinct advantage.*

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


Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice 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.

Women with the above qualifications are encouraged to apply.

How to apply:

Interested internal and external candidates are invited to submit their applications via email to recrutementdkr@iom.int indicating position applied on the subject line: « ROWCA-HR-21-198-VN , Media Relations Officer**».

For the applications to be considered valid, IOM only accepts applications with a cover letter not more than one page specifying the motivation for the application as well as a detailed resume/CV, function email address and mobile number.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Posting Period:

From 22-juil. -21 to 5-Aug-21

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