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IOM seeks to recruit a public information officer


Position Title : Public Information Officer

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

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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, Suriname, Sao Tome and Principe, Kingdom of Eswatini, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Vanuatu, Samoa

Context :

In light of the emerging crisis, the scale of IOM’s response in Nigeria is growing exponentially. It is therefore crucial to recruit a Public Information Officer whose role will be to prepare timely and professional presentation of communications outputs to the media and public on IOM’s work in Nigeria.

Working under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission, in close coordination with the Senior Programme Coordinator, and in collaboration with the Head of the Media and Communications Unit in Geneva, the successful candidate will be responsible for assisting in the implementation of public information (PI) strategies.

Core Functions / Responsibilities :

  1. Contribute to the Mission’s day-to-day communications plan and websites operation. Draft, update, maintain, and disseminate news and information, web content, and social media updates ;
  2. Contribute towards the coordination of the Mission’s PI activities with IOM Headquarters to optimize outreach ;
  3. Produce content for international audiences in the form of human interest stories from the field, photographs, videos, clips, and migration stories. Coordinate the collection of PI assets including photos and stories from the field to be used in a comprehensive PI strategy for the Mission ;
  4. Contribute to the inclusion of appropriate gender awareness in IOM Nigeria communications ;
  5. Organize and conduct PI training for IOM Nigeria staff and build internal PI capacity ;
  6. Travel to the field to collect photographs, videos, and stories that highlight IOM Nigeria’s presence and emergency response. Participate in key mission events and workshops as needed ;
  7. Assist in preparing and editing news releases, briefing notes, media talking points, and other informational materials ;
  8. Generate timely and engaging social media content including text, photos, and other media for use across a range of integrated online platforms ;
  9. Provide support and assistance in coordinating communications with community (CwC) activities when and if needed ;
  10. Monitor adequate communications with crisis-affected populations and provide inputs on integration of CwC into the work of IOM ;
  11. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience :

Education :

  • Master’s degree in Journalism, Communications, International Affairs, Development Studies 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 :

  • Experience in the related field, particularly writing and editing, international journalism and public information; preferably in African region; Previous experience writing and reporting in international and crisis contexts ;
  • Preferably within the United Nations Common System and the International Humanitarian Field ;
  • Strong organizational and editorial skills ;
  • Ability to timely understand the Organization’s structure and portfolios ;
  • Ability to work effectively and harmoniously in a team of colleagues of varied cultural and professional backgrounds ;
  • Proven ability to produce quality work accurately and concisely according to set deadlines ;
  • Practical experience of how to multi-task, prioritize and work independently.

Languages :

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 ;
  • 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. here

Competencies will be assessed during a competency-based interview.

Other :

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 01 April 2019 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

For further information, please refer to: here

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 19.03.2019 to 01.04.2019 ;
  • Requisition: SVN 2019/85 (P) – Public Information Officer (P2) – Abuja, Nigeria (55882959) Released ;
  • Posting: Posting NC55882964 (55882964) Released.

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