Mar 092018

Organization: International Organization for Migration
Country: Senegal
Closing date: 21 Mar 2018

Call for Applications

Position Title : Media Engagement Officer

Duty Station : Dakar, Senegal

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade UG

Type of Appointment : Special short-term ungraded, Six months with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 21 March 2018

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.

Internal and external candidates will be considered for this vacancy. For the purposes of this vacancy, internal candidates are defined as staff members holding a regular, fixed-term or short-term graded or ungraded contract, including Junior Professional Officers (JPOs), staff on Special Leave Without Pay (SLWOP), and staff members on secondment/loan released by the Organization, unless otherwise specified in their contract. Staff members holding a regular, fixed-term or short-term graded contract will not retain their contract type if appointed to an ungraded position.


Under the direct supervision of the Media and Communications Officer in Dakar, Senegal and the overall supervision of the Migrant Assistant Project Manager in Dakar, Senegal, and in close coordination with the Communications Technical Support Officer in HQ Geneva and the Regional Awareness Raising Officer at the Regional Office in Dakar, the successful candidate will be responsible for delivering proactive and planned campaigns whilst retaining the flexibility to respond to operational or organisational requirements as necessary.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Manage TV, online and radio studio, organise media trainings and seek out broadcast, interview and blogging opportunities to raise the profile and promote the outputs of the project to a wide and influential audience.

  2. Build and maintain a network of relationships with international media including management of a comprehensive media contacts database

  3. Develop and disseminate multimedia, multilingual materials for communities of origin or migrants in transit. IOM communications specialists will develop graphic narrative comics, social media content, and other communications tools in all relevant migrant languages with up-to- date information regarding specific dangers of irregular migration, based on the experiences of other migrants who have transited in the region, as well as information on voluntary return.

  4. Work in close coordination with the Regional Awareness Raising Officer in producing

materials and content for campaigns targeted at raising awareness among migrants on relevant issues of protection. Understanding how to leverage assets from other IOM activities and awareness campaigns to optimize impact and use of resources.

  1. Develop relationships with journalists, editors and news outlets and pitch relevant individuals and timely interview ideas to broadcasters.

  2. Disseminate content in the form of human interest stories from the field. Identify target audiences for news stories and manage dissemination via digital channels, encouraging engagement and maximising unique reach, especially with niche groups.

  3. Incorporate vetted stories collected to support IOM’s awareness materials for migrants in transit. IOM will obtain the consent of the migrants to be featured, and produce multi-lingual multimedia content, including credible messages from returning migrants to be disseminated over social media channels.

  4. Effectively uses communication tools developed by IOM for community engagement and collection of video testimonials.

  5. Works in a manner reflecting the innovative nature of the project and the importance of capturing A/V material that documents the diverse activities that engage communities, community leaders, potential migrants, families and returnees.

  6. Work closely with community radio and radio associations in Senegal, Guinea Conakry and

Nigeria as to liaise the relationship between IOM and the radios.

  1. Support the development and dissemination of appropriate communications and media resources for target communities in the specific regional context.

  2. Ensure timely and efficient publication and distribution of media content on the global website of IOM, country website and via other IOM media channels, websites, social media etc.

  3. Ensure that there is appropriate gender awareness in all IOM communications.

  4. Perform such other related duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


● Master’s degree in Communications, Social Sciences or a related field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience; or

● Bachelor’s degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional experience.


● At least 2 years of relevant work experience in public information or information campaigns;

● Experience in dealing with socially relevant topics;

● Experience in dealing with International Institutions and Organisations (UN, etc.);

● Demonstrated high competency as a writer, editor in French and English;

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

● Proficient in content editing platforms including Adobe Suite, primary Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Audition, as well as Final Cut Pro, among other multimedia editing software;

● Demonstrated expertise in graphic design, web, and social media platforms;

● Proficient in Adobe Creative Cloud applications such as Dreamweaver, Lightroom etc;

● Previous experience with communications and/or perception change campaigns


• Fluency in English and French is required. Working knowledge of Portuguese and/or other local languages of West Africa is an advantage.

Desirable Competencies:


• Accountability – takes responsibility for action and manages constructive criticisms

• Client Orientation – works effectively well with client and stakeholders

• Continuous Learning – promotes continuous learning for self and others

• Communication – listens and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience

• Creativity and Initiative – actively seeks new ways of improving programmes or services

• Leadership and Negotiation – develops effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders;

• Performance Management – identify ways and implement actions to improve performance of self and others.

• Planning and Organizing – plans work, anticipates risks, and sets goals within area of responsibility;

• Professionalism – displays mastery of subject matter

• Teamwork – contributes to a collegial team environment; incorporates gender related needs, perspectives, concerns and promotes equal gender participation.

• Technological Awareness – displays awareness of relevant technological solutions;

• Resource Mobilization – works with internal and external stakeholders to meet resource needs of IOM.


Internationally recruited professional staff are required to be mobile. For this staff category, candidates who are

nationals of the duty station’s country cannot be considered eligible.

Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

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:

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment

system, by 21 March 2018 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

For further information, please refer to:

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 08.03.2018 to 21.03.2018

Requisition: CFA 2018/06 (P) – Media Engagement Officer (UG) – Dakar, Senegal (55396761) Released

Posting: Posting NC55396762 (55396762) Released

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