Position Title : Project Support Officer
Organization: International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Duty Station : N’Djamena, Chad
Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P2
Type of Appointment : Special short-term graded, six months with possibility of extension
Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible
Closing Date : 30 May 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; 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.
IOM Chad Country Office (CO) works in a multidimensional environment in which the triple nexus (humanitarian-peace-development) gains increasing importance. Programmes and projects are developing awareness raising and communication strategies which are informed by cross-cutting issues and built on policy response. Climate change, return of diaspora, gender-based violence, women empowerment, non-violent communication and youth engagement are but a few areas in which Chad CO’s awareness campaigns have intervened. As the CO is growing and adapting to working in the COVID-19 outbreak environment, migration dynamics are evolving and adapting as well.
In Chad, a UN Network on Migration was created, bringing together UN agencies working on migration in the country. Its role is to offer coordinated and system-wide support on migration-related issues to the government of Chad. IOM, as Secretariat and Coordinator of the UN Network on Migration, has an important role in supporting the implementation, follow-up and review process of the Global Compact for Migration in Chad. The Chadian government has decided to be a champion country for the nationalization of the Global Compact for Migration and IOM’s programmes and projects are aligning behind the different priority axes as identified.
Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) and in close coordination with the Heads of Unit and Heads of Sub-Offices of the IOM Chad Country Office (CO), the successful candidate will be responsible for support and contribution to the shaping and designing of the CO’s policy implementation plan and communication strategy. She/he will supervise and coordinate the CO’s strategic realignment and will support the roll out of this realignment with Programme Managers, Heads of Units and Heads of Sub-Offices. This also includes support to ongoing policy work such as the development of a migration profile and research undertaken in regards to the nationalization of the Global Compact for Migration (GCM).
Core Functions / Responsibilities:
1. Contribute to the development of the awareness raising and communication strategy of Chad CO.
2. Liaise with the Senior Management and Project Managers of the CO to contribute to the creation and implementation of awareness raising plans for projects, provide technical support and supervision of specific media or communication components, including the proactive and independent development of media events, or communication tools and methods.
3. Provide technical support and oversight for Public Information (PI) Unit staff to facilitate the accountability to Project Teams, Senior Management and donors.
4. Maintain links with local Chadian press and local government officials with an emphasis on strengthening relationships and promoting and increasing awareness of IOM’s work, and feed relevant information on IOM’s cross-border work.
5. Participate and engage actively in inter-agency media and communication working groups to encourage information flow across agencies and to develop complementary media approaches and activities, create stories for distribution through global interagency groups as coordinated by Migration Communication Division.
6. Utilize social media communication tools (including but not limited to Twitter, Facebook, IOM website) to increase awareness of IOM’s work in Chad. Provide inputs for the development and implementation of new strategies and approaches to expand Chad CO’s social media presence. Generate weekly social media content and monthly reports on Facebook and Twitter analytics.
7. Support the CoM in enhancing the inter-agency coordination on migration matters, including through the UN Network on Migration in Chad, and in strengthening the implementation of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration by the Government of Chad paying due regard to its role as champion country.
8. Support the roll out, development and implementation of policy related projects within the CO as they relate to the implementation of the Global Compact for Migration in Chad, such as projects on remittances, migration profile and climate change, to ensure coherence in approach and reporting, and in consultation with the CoM, contribute to the effective liaison and coordination activities with local authorities, partners, United Nation agencies, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, donors, civil society and other stakeholders relevant to these projects to ensure transparency.
9. Coordinate and manage the public events initiated by Programme/Project Units to facilitate proper preparations and participation from targeted audiences of the event. Provide technical guidance to Programme/Project Managers on mobilization of participants and audience to ensure the events are well attended.
10. Perform other such duties as may be assigned.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
• Master’s degree in Journalism, Mass Media Communications, Public Information 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, including coverage of international organizations;
• Experience and knowledge of international agencies like the UN is an advantage;
• Demonstrated experience in gender awareness and gender sensitivity; and,
• Experience working in the Region is an advantage.
• High level of professionalism and ability to work under pressure and adhere to strict deadlines in a complex and fast changing environment;
• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively and harmoniously with colleagues from varied cultures and professional backgrounds;
• Excellent skills in drafting, editing and graphic design; and,
• Online communication and social media skills.
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). Working knowledge of Arabic 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 (https://whed.net/home.php).
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.
• 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.
This selection process may be used to staff similar positions in various duty stations. Recommended candidates 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.
Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 30 May 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
From 17.05.2021 to 30.05.2021
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.