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IOM is looking for Communication for Development Officer – Dakar, Senegal

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IOM is looking for Communication for Development Officer – Dakar, Senegal


  • Position Title : Communication for Development Officer
  • Duty Station :Dakar, Senegal
  • Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P3
  • Type of Appointment :  Special short-term graded, Nine months with possibility of extension
  • Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible
  • Closing Date : 18 February 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, Guyana, Iceland, Kiribati, Comoros, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Saint Lucia, Lesotho, Libya, Montenegro, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Paraguay, Solomon Islands, Seychelles, Suriname, Sao Tome and Principe, Eswatini, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Vanuatu, Samoa



IOM implements innovative approaches and initiatives aimed at positively affecting the knowledge levels, attitudes and behaviours of youth and potential migrants in West and Central Africa. At the community level, these initiatives encourage the public and private sectors to develop new ways to prevent exploitation by building capacity to apply Communication for Development (C4D) practices to outreach activities. One of such initiatives is the IOM’s innovative C4D campaign, IOM Dakar, Senegal in Central and West Africa.

Under the supervision of the Head of the Media, Communications and Awareness Raising Unit at the Regional Office the successful candidate will ensure all awareness raising initiatives in the West and Central Africa region are framed under a C4D framework. The successful candidate will provide technical and programmatic support to colleagues across the region and support the successful implementation of the regional Communication for Development strategy and ensure the public’s support for IOM’s activities, in line with the donors’ visibility requirements.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Coordinate the implementation of the IOM Dakar, Senegal in Central and West Africa Campaign in the three target countries in accordance with the project proposal and other relevant project documents.
  2. Provide day-to-day programmatic supervision and guidance to project personnel.
  3. Identify new partnerships, from both the public and private sectors, consistent with expressed IOM Dakar, Senegal in Central and West Africa Campaign behaviour change objectives.
  4. Inform the strategic planning and implementation of IOM Dakar, Senegal in Central and West Africa campaign activities.
  5. Develop evidence-based Creative and Message briefs to inform IOM Dakar, Senegal in Central and West Africa content and activities, for both internal and external production stakeholders.
  6. Lead the creation and implementation of C4D methodology materials including best practice case studies, toolkits, and workshop facilitation guides for all activities and communication platforms to ensure that content has a behavior change focus and is of high quality.
  7. Oversee the development and implementation of both qualitative and quantitative Research and Learning activities, in close coordination with the Research and Learning Officer, to inform the development of all IOM Dakar, Senegal in Central and West Africa media activities and content to ensure quality and relevance.
  8. Conduct robust analysis and ensure that findings from all research and tracking (i.e. media monitoring and digital analytics) are reflected in reports and used to inform ongoing and future campaign activities.
  9. Manage and organize Research and Learning library; including briefing documents, summary literature reviews on TIP trends, factsheets, presentations and reports for internal briefings and external stakeholders.
  10. Support the design, organization and implementation of capacity development initiatives, training materials, workshops and activities to build capacity and competencies in C4D and BCC among IOM staff, partners and government representatives.
  11. Draft communication sets on project activities and progress and share with relevant partners, stakeholders and donors.
  12. Participate in meetings organized in the framework of the programme, or as part of an IOM representation at such meetings, including donor briefings, project events, stakeholder meetings, and other relevant events.
  13. Coordinate all messaging of the IOM Dakar, Senegal in Central and West Africa Campaign including on air, on the ground, and online; ensuring they are in line with IOM guidelines and practices and coordinated within the Regional Office and with affected IOM missions.
  14. Develop training workshop materials and reports including detailed evaluation-templates to evaluate trainees’ performances, individual learning processes and gather feedback from participants regarding each training modules. The assessment will include recommendations for further learning activities and keep track of project implementation through monitoring and evaluation.
  15. Support the collection, processing, analysis, and documentation of project data including dissemination of effective practice materials and ensure a systematic approach in data handling within the framework of IOM confidentiality and data protection guidelines.
  16. Ensure the integration of cross-cutting issues such as gender, children, and other vulnerable groups in the project are considered during the programme implementation.
  17. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.


Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in International Affairs, Public Relations, Communications or a related field from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience; or
  • University degree in the above fields with seven years of relevant professional experience.


  • Experience of coordinating public awareness campaigns;
  • Good knowledge of dynamics of irregular migration, human trafficking and other issues related to migration and exploitation in Central and West Africa;
  • Excellent grasp of the evolving media environment, including new media in Central and West Africa, as well as the political, cultural and economic impact of the changing landscape on non-profit campaigns;
  • Experience working in an international environment is essential;
  • Willingness and ability to travel extensively.


Fluency in English and working knowledge of French is required. Working knowledge of Spanish is an advantage.


Desirable Competencies:


  • 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
  • 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.


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 18 February 2019 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

 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 05.02.2019 to 18.02.2019

Requisition: SVN 2019/47 (P) – Communication for Development Officer (P3) – Dakar, Senegal (55811550) Released

Posting: Posting NC55811555 (55811555) Released

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