International Organization for Migration Media and Communications Coordinator Jobs in Ethiopia

International Organization for Migration Media and Communications Coordinator Jobs in Ethiopia


Under the overall guidance of the Chief of Mission and direct supervision of the Senior Programme Support Coordinator, and in close cooperation with all Units and Sub-Offices, the successful candidate will be responsible for the development and implementation of communications strategies to promote IOM in Ethiopia, raise awareness of migration issues both nationally and internationally, and oversee the media and communications aspects of all programmes and projects in Ethiopia.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  • Fine-tune and implement a Media and Communications Strategy for IOM Ethiopia to prominently position the organization as the lead UN organization working on migration related issues with donors, partners, media agencies and the Ethiopian public.

  • Supervise Media and Communications Unit staff, including multimedia assistants, national/international media and communications officers, and consultants. Identify and fill department Human Resources needs.

  • Lead Media and Communications Unit staff in production of high-quality content(human-interest stories, photographs, videos, and more) about IOM activities in Ethiopia, for national and international audiences.

  • Ensure that Media and Communications content is clear and concise, and produced with respect for informed consent and the dignity/privacy/wellbeing of project participants and communities.

  • Take responsibility for managing content on IOM Ethiopia and Special Liaison Office Addis Ababa social media accounts and other communications platforms, ensuring that it meets IOM standards and guidelines for video, story and photo production.

  • Contribute to the development of project proposals and reporting by incorporating considerations relating to communication outputs and relevant budgets. Manage visibility budgets for donor projects and identify priority areas to fulfil visibility requirements.

  • In close coordination with the Chief of Mission, the Program Support Unit and programme managers, supervise the writing, editing and production of timely press releases, material for the global and country websites, newsletters and other media channels in clear and concise English. Oversee translation to Amharic and other local/regional languages as needed.

  • Field media enquiries and be available for interviews about IOM Ethiopia’s work with print, radio, and broadcast media outlets.

  • Provide internally coordinated guidance and talking points (Lines to Take, etc.) to colleagues in the mission, at Headquarters and in Regional Office (RO) Nairobi regarding on-going media requests, interview opportunities and crisis communications, when necessary.

  • Develop and strengthen links with local, regional and international media to promote IOM’s work and improve the mission’s reputation as a reliable actor in country.

  • Advise IOM Ethiopia’s Chief of Mission, Special Liaison Office Addis Ababa’s Director, visibility focal points of IOM’s work in Ethiopia and in the Continent, programme managers, Heads of
    sub-office and other staff in the country on media, public information, event visibility, and communications considerations or challenges.

  • Support with high profile events that will raise IOM’s visibility in the country and assist the Chief of Mission in preparing to represent the mission, including review of speeches and talking points and arranging media participation.

  • Liaise with media counterparts in governmental and non-governmental partner agencies.

  • Represent IOM in the UN Communications Group, the East and Horn of Africa (EHoA) Migrant Response Plan (MRP), the UN Network on Migration meetings, and other relevant interagency media and communications working groups to encourage information flow across agencies and to develop complementary media strategies.

  • Ensure that there is appropriate gender, diversity, and inclusion awareness in all IOM communications.

  • 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 five years of relevant professional experience; or,

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


  • Experience as a writer, editor and content producer/manager in international Journalism and/or public information roles, preferably in the East and Horn of Africa Region

  • UN experience and or International organization experience


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

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills as well as strong strategic and creative thinking;

  • Efficiency, flexibility, high level of professionalism, ability to work under pressure and adhere to strict deadlines; and,

  • Has proven record of efficient team management and ability to delegate and assign tasks.

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

  • Demonstrated photojournalism skills


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

  • For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Amharic and other local languages is an advantage.

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

    How to Apply

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