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Country: Mali
Organization: International Organization for Migration
Closing date: 26 Aug 2021

Position Title: Public Information Officer

Duty Station: Bamako, Mali

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: 26 August 2021

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; Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Cook Islands; Cuba; Fiji; Gabon; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People's Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Libya; Luxembourg; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Montenegro; Namibia; Nauru; Palau; 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.


Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) and in close coordination with the Programme and Policy Support Unit (PPSU) and the Regional Communications and Media Officer in Dakar, and technical guidance of Media and Communication Division (MCD) in IOM Headquarters, the successful candidate is responsible for contributing to the development of and implementing a public information plan that promotes IOM Mali initiatives and interventions with a particular focus on EUTF related activities. This includes assisting in the implementation of creative communication strategies that increase the visibility of IOM Mali’s work and promote an accurate narrative on migration with partners in the government, donor community, media, the UN as well as the general public.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Work closely with the different programme teams in IOM Mali to help build an accurate narrative on migration in the public domain, including in local, regional and international media. This, in line with the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) as well as broader United Nations System agreements and frameworks – all supporting the realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the need to deliver on the SDGs.

  2. Draft in close coordination with the PPSU team relevant public information documents and materials, assist in event organization and support strong and continuous liaison with the Government and donors.

  3. Check that the narrative on migration and messaging included in public-facing content is consistent with the strategic aims of the Organization, and bring issues to the attention of the supervisor and/or relevant programme team.

  4. Act as a focal point for IOM Mali’s liaison on communication work with/to the UN and other agencies based in Mali.

  5. Support effective liaison with the UN Country Communication and Media Group and other relevant actors, contribute to the development of media messages on key migration issues, provide editorial and technical assistance to field missions in specific aspects of media and communications management, and monitor the media and public outreach carried out by IOM Mali.

  6. Coordinate the preparation of relevant media content (press releases, feature stories, blogs, video and social media) produced by IOM Mali, and provide editorial guidance on whether they are best suited for publication on national, regional or global IOM platforms.

  7. Organise awareness-raising campaigns as and when required by the programmes (i.e. EUTF) in close coordination with Project Manager (PM) and Head of Sub-Offices in Mali.

  8. Maintain a national media contact database and good working relations with key regional media actors.

  9. Assist in promoting the activities of IOM Mali by providing specific responses to media-related enquiries as appropriate and in close coordination with the Media and Communications Division in HQ and Regional Communications and Media Officer in RO Dakar.

  10. Check that media content being produced for IOM Mali follows privacy and protection guidelines, that appropriate informed consent is obtained using the Community Response Application, and follows IOM Style and Branding Guidelines

  11. Provide inputs for both IOM Mali monthly newsletters and for IOM’s global newsletters and other communication outputs and support internal communication on IOM’s work, including by updating the relevant intranet sections.

  12. Coordinate the preparation of monthly and yearly reports (such as the IOM Mali Annual Report on activities, factsheets, etc.) to help increase the visibility of IOM Mali’s work.

  13. Undertake travel on duty to sub-offices in Mali to assist with media outreach, to gather material for multi-media projects, and to provide specific media training to individuals (and teams) as required.

  14. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master's degree in Journalism or Media & Communications, International Relations, Social Sciences, Law or a related field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience; or

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


• Experience in international journalism and public information;

• Experience in community engagement and digital awareness raising;

• Experience in the production of visibility materials and graphic design;

• Experience in dealing with diverse counterparts from government and UN agencies and civil society and think-tank an advantage;

• Familiarity with international organizations;

• Experience in working in a multi-cultural setting.


• Skilled in reporting, writing and the creation of multi-media content;

• Skilled in social media content creation, publication and impact assessment.


IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish.

External applicants for all positions in the Professional category are required to be proficient in English and have at least a working knowledge of one additional UN Language (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese).

For all applicants, fluency in English and French is required (oral and written).

Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.


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


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.


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 26 August 2021 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 13.08.2021 to 26.08.2021

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 2021 190 Public Information Officer (P2) Bamako, Mali (57126845) Released

Posting: Posting NC57126846 (57126846) Released

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