Kenya: Communications Officer

Organization: International Organization for Migration
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 04 Mar 2018

Position Title : Communications Officer

Duty Station : Nairobi, Kenya

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P3

Type of Appointment : Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 04 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.

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, Cabo Verde, Djibouti, Fiji, Micronesia (Federated States of), Gabon, Guyana, Iceland, Comoros, Lesotho, Libya, Montenegro, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Malawi, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Seychelles, Slovenia, Suriname, El Salvador, Swaziland, Timor-Leste, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Vanuatu, Samoa


Under the direct supervision of the Senior Regional Programme Manager (MM), the successful candidate will be responsible for refining the Communications and Visibility Strategies and producing related public information materials for (1) the Facility on Sustainable and Dignified Return and Reintegration in support of the Khartoum Process (“Reintegration Facility”) and (2) Better Migration Management programmes (BMM). This will be done in line with the Communication and Visibility Manual for European Union External Actions in close coordination with the Media and Communication Departments in the Regional Office (RO) and Headquarters (HQs) as well as the EU Liaison Team in the IOM Brussels office and Communications and Visibility focal points from other regions implementing the Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF) programme.

The Reintegration Facility will assist the Khartoum Process countries, mainly in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan, to facilitate orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration management through the development and implementation of rights-based, development-based and sustainable return and reintegration policies. Main activities will include: (i) Increasing the capacities of partner countries and relevant stakeholders to develop and strengthen return and reintegration policies and processes; (ii) Facilitating Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration processes amongst partner countries along main migration routes; and (iii) Facilitating economic, social, psycho-social and legal support to reintegration of returnees.

BMM is a regional, multi-year, multi-partner project funded by EUTF, and managed by the

Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). IOM is one of the main implementing

partners along with United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Expertise France, Italian State Police, the société de conseil et de service du ministère de l’Intérieur (CIVIPOL) and the British Council. The project is implemented in Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, and Sudan. The BMM programme has four components: (1) support for policy and legislative development and harmonization for better migration and border governance (2) capacity building in the form of training, technical assistance and the provision of appropriate equipment to those implementing migration related policies; (3) support to the identification, assistance and protection of migrants in need; and (4) awareness-raising with regards to alternative livelihood options, including safe migration.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Refine Communications and Visibility Strategies for the Reintegration Facility and BMM in line with the Communication and Visibility Manual for European Union External Actions.

  2. Develop and regularly update communications and visibility products for the Reintegration Facility and BMM in close coordination with IOM Brussels, RO/HQs, and other regional programmes funded by EUTF (e.g., information sheets, info graphics, branded materials, press briefing notes, social media feeds and human-interest stories).

  3. Ensure timely and quality development and dissemination of media contents on the global IOM website, country website and via other media channels (e.g., social media platforms).

  4. Collect and file relevant communications and visibility products, photographs and video clips systematically in the centralized server.

  5. Monitor and guide the country missions implementing the Reintegration Facility and BMM in developing country specific communications and visibility materials that meet the required standards by EU.

  6. Coordinate closely and regularly with the communications and visibility focal points from IOM Brussels and other regions implementing EUTF programmes to ensure harmonization and coherence of communications and visibility products.

  7. Build the capacity of the communications and visibility focal points in the country missions in the following related subjects (e.g., taking quality photos, interviewing skills, drafting human-interest stories and public briefing notes, etc.).

  8. Advise the country missions implementing the Reintegration Facility and BMM in responding to field media enquiries.

  9. Respond to internal and external information requests related to the Reintegration Facility and BMM.

  10. Provide talking points to HQs, IOM Brussels and country missions regarding media request and interview opportunities.

  11. Ensure appropriate gender awareness and cultural sensitivity in all communications and visibility materials.

  12. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Journalism, 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.


• Demonstrated high competency as a writer and editor in English (native or similar level);

• Experience of graphic design, web, social media, photography and video production;

• Familiarity with international organizations (and preferably with EU-funded programmes);

• Strong communications and interpersonal skills, as well as strategic and creative thinking;

• Efficiency, flexibility, high level of professionalism and ability to work under pressure and adhere to strict deadlines;

• Ability to work effectively and harmoniously with colleagues from varied cultures and professional backgrounds;

• Ability to effectively incorporate guidance provided;

• Ability to guide and supervise staff and coordinate administrative matters.


Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of French 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.

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 04 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 19.02.2018 to 04.03.2018

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