Intern – Media and Communications


Position Title : Intern – Media and Communications

Duty Station : Home based

Classification : Intern, Grade Other

Type of Appointment : Internship, six months

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 25 May 2021

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.


Background information

IOM began its operations in Thailand in 1975, assisting the resettlement of Indo-Chinese refugees to countries offering them permanent residence. With the Kingdom of Thailand joining IOM as a member state in 1986, the organization’s cooperation with the Royal Thai Government has expanded to cover all aspects of migration affecting the Kingdom and its neighbours, including labour migration, migration health, counter trafficking, emergency and post crisis, institution building, border management, security and law enforcement.

Today, IOM has a strong presence in Thailand with over 200 staff working on more than 35 active projects in seven locations across the country. The IOM Mission in Thailand has a main office in central Bangkok and six other project offices in the Bangkok Metropolitan Area, Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son, Mae Sariang and Mae Sot.

The Media and Communications team in IOM Thailand provides media, communications and advocacy support to the Chief of Mission and IOM programme team.


Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission and direct supervision of the Media and Communication Officer, the successful candidate will support the media and communication unit in IOM Thailand.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Support the Media and Communications Officer in managing IOM Thailand’s media and communication activities, which include curating and maintaining online platforms such as the website and social media channels including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

  2. Support in producing high quality video content and other digital information products related to IOM’s work in Thailand.

  3. Develop a weekly social media plan based on ongoing activities (events, communication materials, campaign, etc).

  4. Provide access and explanation as necessary regarding the IOM branding guidelines.

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

Training Components and Learning Elements

• Opportunities to attend IOM/UN workshops and other meetings and to engage with IOM/UN regional and national staff and external counterparts in Bangkok.

• Strengthen writing, editing, presentation and other communications technical skills.

• Access IOM Staff Development and Learning online training courses.

• Understand IOM administrative systems and processes.

• Opportunities to discuss career planning and strategies for humanitarian work within IOM.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s or University degree (or a student approaching the end of a Master’s or University degree) in Communications, Media Studies, or a related field from an accredited academic institution.


• Experience and expertise with social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.


• Advanced English writing and editing skills;

• Ability to work as part of a multicultural, multilingual team;

• Creativity, initiative and ability to work with minimal supervision;

• Advanced photography, videography and video editing skills an advantage;

• Good knowledge of Adobe Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, etc), MS Office and other relevant software.


IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish.

For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of other languages in Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam countries will be considered an advantage.

Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.


Eligibility and Selection

This internship position is available for 2021 as part of IOM’s Diversity and Inclusion Internship Program. A main condition is that applicants should be citizens of countries which are not part of the OECD-DAC. In other words, this internship position is open to applicants from the Global South.

In 2021 Diversity Internships will be done remotely (teleworking). Interns will receive a monthly stipend, plus an amount to cover office and internet costs.

IOM strongly encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, LGBTI+ individuals, persons belonging to indigenous or tribal peoples, or ethnic minorities. We strongly suggest you mention in your application your belonging to any of the aforementioned groups. All information will be treated confidentially.

If you would like to explore all vacancies that are part of the ‘Diversity and Inclusion Internship Program 2021’, please go to:

In general, the Internship Programme aims at attracting talented students and graduates who:

a) have a specific interest in, or whose studies have covered, areas relevant to IOM programmes and activities;

b) are holding a scholarship for internship placements in international organizations and/or for whom internship is required to complete their studies; or

c) are sponsored by governmental/non-governmental institutions and/or academia to work in specific areas relevant to both IOM and the sponsor;

d) are either students approaching the end of their studies and preparing a thesis, or recently graduated, who have less than two years of relevant working experience;

e) are between 20 and 36 years of age.

This internship programme will be supporting the mission in IOM Thailand. As this will be a teleworking opportunity and will be required to overlap with the duty station, please consider the time difference in the duty station prior to applying.

• Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted, and additional enquiries will only be addressed if the candidate is shortlisted.


Accredited Universities are the ones listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database (

Required Competencies:

The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate the following values and 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

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 innovate.

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.

IOM’s competency framework can be found at this link.…

Competencies will be assessed during a competency-based interview.


The appointment 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.

No late applications will be accepted.


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