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Position Title : Media and Communications Officer

Duty Station : Pohnpei, Micronesia, Federated States of

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P1

Type of Appointment : Special short-term graded, six months with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 10 February 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.

IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. Read more about diversity and inclusion at IOM at

Applications are welcome from first- and second-tier candidates, particularly qualified female candidates as well as applications from the non-represented member countries of IOM. For all IOM vacancies, applications from qualified and eligible first-tier candidates are considered before those of qualified and eligible second-tier candidates in the selection process.

For the purpose of this vacancy, the following are considered first-tier candidates:

  1. Internal candidates

  2. Candidates from the following non-represented member states:

Antigua and Barbuda; Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Cook Islands; Cuba; Fiji; Gabon; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Luxembourg; Marshall Islands; Montenegro; Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Samoa; Sao Tome and Principe; Seychelles; Solomon Islands; Suriname; The Bahamas; Timor-Leste; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu

Second tier candidates include:

All external candidates, except candidates from non-represented member states.


Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) of Federated States of Micronesia and in close coordination with Head of PSU and with technical guidance from the Regional Media and Communications Officer in Bangkok and the Media and Communications Division (MCD) in Headquarters (HQ), the successful candidate will be responsible for assisting in the development and implementation of specific external and internal communications outputs.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Research and compile information on communication priorities that increase public understanding and awareness of IOM Micronesia’s work for the CoM.

  2. Assist with organizing press and public information materials, press releases, web-related documents, briefing notes, and talking points in support of public engagements of the CoM.

  3. Monitor and analyze the impact of external communications regarding IOM Micronesia via IOM’s Content Engine media publication platform. Check if the Country Office’s (CO) public facing website is aligned with IOM standards including as an advocacy tool.

  4. Based on specific instructions and in close coordination with the Regional Media and Communications Officer and the MCD in HQ, draft, edit and collate timely public information materials for IOM’s press briefing notes, global, regional and CO websites, social media, newsletters and other media channels in clear and concise English.

  5. Provide training to local IOM staff and partners on the use of the Community Studio app and the use of Digital Informed Consent.

  6. Participate in coordinating “Media Lines to Take” for colleagues in IOM regarding on-going media requests on emerging issues relating to IOM Micronesia, including crisis/emergency communications.

  7. Under close supervision, contribute inputs for content development for the global IOM-supported campaign It Takes A Community.

  8. Liaise with media counterparts in governmental and non-governmental partner agencies as required. Attend global, regional and/or national UN Communications Groups and relevant interagency media and communication working groups as an observer.

  9. Assist in the development of visibility materials that comply with IOM brand guidelines by drafting specific information inputs intended for presentations, factsheets, videos, as well as project-specific communications and visibility components, including outreach campaigns.

  10. Regularly update the CO’s website, including section pages, articles, news, media galleries, key highlights and figures, etc. in close consultation with respective programme managers.

  11. Research and analyze new technologies or communications platforms and provide preliminary summaries with respect to their utilization.

  12. Check if appropriate gender awareness and cultural sensitivity is incorporated in communications and visibility materials and bring issues to the attention of the CoM or relevant specialists.

  13. Conduct travel duties as required to project sites.

  14. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Journalism, Media Communications, Public Information, International

Relations or a related field from an accredited institution; or

• University degree in the above fields with two years of relevant professional experience.


• Experience in digital content creation, including photography, videography, graphic design and editing is required.

• Experience in international journalism, including coverage of international organizations is required.

• Work experience in the Pacific is an advantage.

• Understanding of social media and solid experience working with UN media partners.


• Excellent skills in drafting, editing, graphic design and video production.

• Demonstrated photojournalism skills.

• Ability to work on big strategy plans as well as day-to-day tasks.

• Ability to think both creatively and strategically.

• Detailed-oriented, inquisitive, with great follow-up and reporting skills.


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.

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



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

Required 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 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.

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.…

Competencies will be assessed during a competency-based interview.


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.

This selection process may be used to staff similar positions in various duty stations. Recommended candidates will remain eligible to be appointed in a similar position for a period of 24 months.

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.

Vacancies close at 23:59 local time Geneva, Switzerland on the respective closing date. No late applications will be accepted.


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