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  • Posted: Jul 27, 2022
    Deadline: Aug 9, 2022
  • Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. With 165 member states, a further 8 states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the bene...
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    Media and Communication Officer

    Core Functions / Responsibilities:

    • Provide technical inputs to support the development and implement IOM Somalia´s internal and external communications strategies, in line with the Organization’s guidelines and donor
    • requirements, that promote an accurate narrative on displacement, migration and other issues central to IOM with the media, general public, donors, the UN and other key partners.
    • Recommend and organize outreach activities and assist the Chief of Mission in carrying out initiatives that promote IOM’s image and increase the awareness of IOM activities in the country.
    • Supervise and coordinate the production of relevant multimedia communications content in a cohesive manner, including press notes, feature stories, videos, photo essays, and social media
    • content, and provide timely editorial guidance on whether they are best suited for publication on national, regional or global IOM platforms, in close consultation with the Regional Media and
    • Communications Officer in Nairobi.
    • Maintain IOM Somalia´s online presence, including its social media accounts and website, with an aim of increasing the impact of IOM Somalia´s digital outreach.
    • Contribute to the development and strengthening of links with international and local media to share information and help raise the visibility of IOM operations in Somalia.
    • Supervise IOM Somalia communications support staff, including technical Communications Assistants and Graphic Designers, and participate in recruitment processes for additional consultants and service providers when necessary.
    • Gather, draft, and disseminate public information on IOM Somalia activities both in writing and verbally, including Media Lines to Take for emerging issues.
    • Assist in enhancing IOM Somalia´s communications capacity by contributing to the development of training materials and providing and evaluating training to staff members and
    • key implementing partners in aspects of media and communications management.
    • Facilitate cooperation and coordination on communications with relevant actors, including United Nations (UN) agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and relevant stakeholders, through participation in relevant inter-agency groups and working groups to encourage information flow and community engagement activities across agencies.
    • Undertake field duty travel to take photographs and video footage and gather material for multi-media content showcasing the humanitarian situation and work being undertaken by IOM
    • Somalia.
    • Facilitate suitable gender and diversity representation in IOM communications products.
    • Collaborate closely with the Programme Support Unit (PSU) for the production of situation-reports, mission updates and other public information products to update donors and partners on IOM operations in Somalia.
    • Collaborate with other departments to contribute to the development and dissemination of appropriate Communication for Development (C4D) approaches, including awareness raising
    • campaigns.
    • Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

    Required Qualifications and Experience:


    • Master’s degree in Journalism, Communications, Marketing, Development, International Relations, 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 digital communications and social media;
    • Experience in corporate writing and editing;
    • Experience with donor visibility activities;
    • Experience with media liaison;
    • Experience in humanitarian communications; and
    • Experience working in the region and/or in an emergency setting an advantage.


    • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively and harmoniously with colleagues from varied cultures and professional backgrounds;
    • Excellent writing skills;
    • High level of professionalism and ability to work under pressure and adhere to strict deadlines in a complex and fast changing environment;
    • Demonstrated gender awareness and gender sensitivity;
    • Skills in graphic design, particularly using Adobe programmes an advantage;
    • Skills in photography and videography, both shooting and editing an advantage; and
    • Knowledge of international agencies like the UN and the humanitarian system an advantage

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