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IOM Jobs: Public Information Officer 2021

Position Title : Public Information Officer

Organization: International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Duty Station :     Niamey, Niger

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 :     27 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

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.


Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) and in coordination with the Regional Communications and Media Officer in the Regional Office (RO) for West and Central Africa in Dakar, and with technical guidance of Media and Communication Unit at Headquarters (HQ), the successful candidate will be responsible for supporting in the development and implementation of the public information (PI) plan to promote Niger Country Office’s (CO) initiatives and interventions. This includes supporting the formulation and implementation of creative communication strategies to increase the visibility of Niger CO’s activities and to promote an accurate narrative on migration with partners in the government, donor community, media, the UN agencies, as well as the general public.

The successful candidate will contribute towards the quality and consistency of the media and public outreach in Niger CO, including providing direct strategic communications and media support to the COM and generating the external communications content for the CO. She/he will coordinate the production of visibility materials and the development of common media messages and “Lines to Take” for the use of staff in Niger CO in coordination with I RO in Dakar and HQ, and will plan, organize and contribute to the development of public events, media campaigns and will act as a liaison Focal Point for all local/international journalists.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

2.                   Contribute to the formulation and implementation of a public information action plan to promote Niger CO’s key results of its interventions and programmes.

3.                   Work with different programme teams in Niger CO and contribute to the building of an accurate narrative on migration in the public domain, including in local, regional and international media.

4.                   Liaise with the UN, NGOs and media outlets based in Niger in the field of communications.

5.                   In close coordination with the relevant programme staff, CoM and Regional Communications Officer in RO Dakar, draft, update and disseminate all relevant approved media content (press releases, feature stories, blogs, video and social media) produced by Niger CO, and provide editorial advice on whether they are best suited for publication on national, regional or global IOM platforms.

6.                   Maintain a national media contact database and proactively foster relations with key media actors in Niger and outside of Niger.

7.                   Check that messaging included in public-facing content is consistent with the strategic aims of the Organization.

8.                   Act as media Focal Point as appropriate, by coordinating the preparation of “Media Lines to Take” for emerging issues including cross-border contexts and crisis/emergency communications.

9.                   Undertake regular travel duties to Sub-Offices of Niger CO to support media outreach activities, gather material for multi-media projects and provide PI and media training to individuals and teams as required.

10.               Contribute to the promotion of the activities of Niger CO by providing timely, accurate responses to media-related enquiries in close coordination with the Regional Communications and Media Officer in RO Dakar.

11.               Increase the impact of Niger CO’s social media accounts, generate timely press releases of public interest while monitoring impact in the media; develop audio visual materials along with other creative communication approaches.

12.               Coordinate, update and monitor the impact of Niger CO’s communications via IOM’s Content Engine platform while ensuring that the CO’s website is in alignment with IOM standards and achieving its full potential as a tool of advocacy.

13.               Contribute towards the high quality and consistency of media and public outreach for Niger CO by building the capacity of national staff in order to provide strategic communications/media coordination and support to the CoM and Heads of Sub-Offices.

14.               Support and contribute to the effective liaison with the UN Country Communication and Media Group and other relevant actors, draft media messages on key migration issues, provide editorial and technical assistance to Sub-Offices in all aspects of media and communications management, and provide technical support in monitoring the media and public outreach carried out by Niger CO.

                     Ensure that media content being produced for Niger CO has appropriate informed consent and follows IOM Corporate Branding Guidelines.

                     Contribute to the development and implementation of awareness raising campaigns aimed at improving the public perception of migrants in Niger CO while supporting the Organization’s global awareness raising efforts.

                     Keep abreast of migration-related developments and processes in the UN agencies, and contribute to the research, collection and analyzing of information on migration and related emerging issues, as well as coordinating the formulation of IOM’s related media position.

                     Generate monthly newsletters for Niger CO and provide inputs to IOM’s regional and global newsletters and other communication products and support internal communication on IOM’s work, including by updating the relevant intranet sections.

                     Contribute to the development of visibility materials and ensure compliance with donor specific requirements in terms of communication and visibility.

                     Contribute to the inclusion of appropriate gender awareness in communications of Niger CO.

                     Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


                     Master’s degree in Journalism, Media and Communications, International Relations, Development Studies, Social Studies or a related field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience;

                     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, civil society and think-tank is an advantage;

                     Previous experience of writing and reporting in international and crisis contexts preferably within the United Nations Common System and the International Humanitarian Field; and,

                     Experience in working in a multi-cultural setting.



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 Spanish 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.

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. df

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 27 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.

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Posting period:

From 14.05.2021 to 27.05.2021

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.

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