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Country: Switzerland
Organization: International Organization for Migration
Closing date: 9 Jan 2022

Position Title : Communications Officer (Europe, Africa and Middle East)

Duty Station : Geneva, Switzerland

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 : 09 January 2022

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; Aruba (Netherlands); Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Congo (the); Cook Islands; Cuba; Fiji; 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.


The Media and Communications Division (MCD) of IOM is comprised of experienced communications professionals based in Geneva and Manila.

The team provides advice and support on media and public information issues to IOM Headquarters and missions worldwide. It is responsible for global media relations as well as producing a wide variety of on- and off-line public information materials, manages IOM’s web presence, institutional branding and global social media, digital tools and oversees initiatives including the Global Migration Media Academy and the It Takes A Community campaign.

Under the direct supervision of the Managing Editor in collaboration with the Department of Migration Management and the Department of Operations and Emergencies, the successful candidate will be responsible for contributing to the preparation and dissemination of communications materials that promote IOM’s work and raise awareness of migration issues specific to Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Gather, draft and disseminate public information on IOM activities, both in writing and verbally.

  2. Draft, edit and produce public information materials for IOM press briefing notes, regular newsletters, website and social media in clear and concise English, and facilitate appropriate gender awareness in all IOM communications.

  3. Coordinate closely with staff at Headquarters (HQs), thematic experts and in the field on media, public information, event management and visibility issues.

  4. Provide logistical and technical support for the promotion of IOM global campaigns and UN-led campaigns, including coordination with United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI) and other UN agencies.

  5. Review and recommend changes for external communications from IOM missions to facilitate high donor visibility.

  6. Draft and exhibit content to showcase IOM activities at external events.

  7. Collaborate closely with field staff to produce content in the form of human-interest stories from the field, photographs and video clips for an international audience.

  8. Contribute to the development and dissemination of appropriate awareness raising, communicating with communities and media resources for crisis-affected communities in specific country contexts.

  9. Contribute to the timely and efficient publication and distribution of media content on the global website iom.int, country websites and via other IOM media channels, websites, social media etc.

  10. Provide various inputs on IOM activities and events for IOM’s social media presence on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and other online networks.

  11. Update and post content to relevant social media accounts, and support live Twitter feed outputs during IOM high-level events.

  12. Contribute to the development and strengthening of links with international and local media that promote IOM’s work and reputation. Liaise with media counterparts in governmental and non-governmental partner agencies. Participate in interagency media and communication working groups to encourage information flow and community engagement activities across agencies.

  13. Provide staff training sessions on communications best practices both virtually and in person.

  14. Monitor media and highlight trending humanitarian-related topics to relevant regional contexts to staff both in HQs and the field.

  15. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Journalism, Communications 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 writing and editing in an international journalism and public information.


• Demonstrated high competency as a writer, editor in English;

• Knowledge of graphic design, web, social media and video production;

• Familiarity with international organizations;

• Familiarity with migration-related issues in the three focal regions advantageous.


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 is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of other official IOM language is an advantage.

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


1 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.

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.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances. Subject to certain exemptions, vaccination against COVID-19 will in principle be required for individuals hired on or after 15 November 2021. This will be verified as part of the medical clearance process.

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 09 January 2022 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 17.12.2021 to 09.01.2022

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 306 Communications Officer (Europe, Africa and Middle East) (P2) Geneva, Switzerland (57316325) Released

Posting: Posting NC57316326 (57316326) Released

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