International Organization for Migration Communication Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

International Organization for Migration Communication Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

Position Title : Communication Officer

Duty Station : Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P1

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

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 23 April 2019

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 environment. Applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged. For the purpose of the vacancy, the following candidates are considered as first-tier candidates:

1. Internal candidates

2. Qualified applicants from the following NMS countries:

Antigua and Barbuda; Bahamas; Cook Islands; Cuba; Cabo Verde; Djibouti; Fiji; Micronesia (Federated States of); Gabon; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Iceland; Kiribati; Comoros; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Lao People's Democratic Republic (the); Saint Lucia; Lesotho; Libya; Montenegro; Marshall Islands; Mauritania; Namibia; Nauru; Papua New Guinea; Palau; Paraguay; Solomon Islands; Seychelles; Somalia; Suriname; Sao Tome and Principe; Kingdom of Eswatini; Timor-Leste; Tonga; Tuvalu; Holy See; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Vanuatu; Samoa


Since 1995, IOM has been working in partnership with the Government of Ethiopia, the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) and the African Union (AU).

To enhance the African Union Commission’s (AUC) capacity to conduct its work, the IOM has entered into an agreement with the AUC to provide the regional organization with professional staff to help fulfil its mandate.

Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission to Ethiopia and Representative to the African Union, IGAD and UNECA and the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator (Mixed Migration) in IOM, the successful candidate will assist with aspects of the implementation of internal and external communication and media related activities for the AUC’s Department of Social Affairs.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  • Based on specific instructions, draft segments of reports and public information.

  • Collect, compile and provide identified information to the Commissioner, Director, programme managers and staff on public information, media and communication matters of interest.

  • Provide logistical and administrative support for the implementation of outreach activities.

  • Draft specific inputs for information campaigns for a variety of target groups. Prepare cost estimates and timelines for each element.

  • Use innovative communications tools developed by IOM that engage communities and enhance communications outputs.

  • Draft specific posts, updates and information material for social media communication tools (including but not limited to Twitter, Facebook, AUC website).

  • Work closely with MCD colleagues in IOM HQ for the cross promotion of AUC-IOM joint activities

  • Compile news stories and features on the AUC’s social affairs work.

  • Draft portions of press notes, human interest stories and other programme-related communications materials for approval and subsequent dissemination on IOM global media channels

  • Prepare preliminary updates of the information pertaining to the Department of Social Affairs on the AUC website.

  • Assist programme managers and staff with regular reporting and infographics by drafting inputs and collecting pertinent information.

  • Perform related duties as may be assigned.

    Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master's degree in Journalism, Mass Media Communications or Public Information or a related field from an accredited academic institution; or

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


  • Experience in communication and advocacy strategies/programmes, international journalism, including coverage of international organizations, especially in Africa;

  • Experience collaborating and managing partnerships with media organizations in countries and

    Regional communities and international partners as well;

  • Excellent skills in drafting, editing and graphic design;

  • Skills in managing website;

  • Online communication and social media skills;

  • High level of professionalism and ability to work under pressure and adhere to strict deadlines in a complex and fast changing environment;

  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment.


    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.

    Desirable 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.

    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.

    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.

    How to Apply:
    Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 23 April 2019 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

    For further information, please refer to:

    In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM only accepts online profiles duly completed.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. You can track the progress of your application on your personal application page in the IOM e-recruitment system.

    Posting period:

    From 10.04.2019 to 23.04.2019

    Requisition: VN 2019/91 (P) - Communication Officer (P1) - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (55904028) Released

    Posting: Posting NC55904029 (55904029) Released

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