Latest Jobs in Kenya: Communications Officer-IOM

Position Title : Communications Officer Duty Station : Nairobi, Kenya

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 : 20 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.

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 overall supervision of the Head of Programme and Policy development of IOM Kenya and the direct supervision of the Mission Support and Innovation Unit, the incumbent will support the planning, coordinating and monitoring the media and communications activities of the Country Office.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Support and provide guidance to the Communications Team in close coordination with the Head of Mission Support and Innovation Unit.
  2. Assist in the development and implementation of visibility and communications activities for the Country Office according to the organization’s branding guidelines.
  3. Provide written inputs for the development of internal C4D and PI capacity and provide basic technical guidance to external counterparts as required. Support the design and implementation of integrated communication campaigns, events, workshops and seminars of different scales.
  4. Collect PI materials (photographs, videos, migrant stories) that highlight the actions and results of the project. Assist in the development media-orientated information and communication products.
  5. Draft press releases, press briefing notes, newsletters, speeches, flash updates and other media-focused materials.
  6. Participate in stakeholder mapping and analysis to identify influencers and opinion leaders in society – including among the returnees. Suggest appropriate information and communication materials for use in different platforms to different project teams.
  7. Maintain strong contacts with media practitioners for coordinating media coverage of all important events.
  8. Facilitate the smooth operations of Digital Media platforms. Collect, collate and update project information for on-line publication, including the Country Office’s social media platforms.
  9. Liaise with IOM Regional Offices Nairobi, and Headquarters (HQ), in relation to the Country Office’s PI activities. Coordinate final review, editing and formatting for all Country Office publications, in liaison with HQ PUB and/or local editors and publishers.
  10. Based on specific instructions, draft, collate and contribute to the development and monitoring of the Communication, Awareness Raising and Visibility Strategy and corresponding Action Plan for specific programmes and projects.
  11. Participate in the delivery PI related trainings- capacity building activities to junior programme staff.
  12. Perform any other tasks that may be assigned by the supervisor.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Journalism, Marketing, Business Administration, Political or Social Science, English, Mass Communications 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 and knowledge in information, media management, social media platforms, campaign development, monitoring and evaluation;

• Experience in managing communications projects for international organizations and/or donor agencies;

• Experience in writing and editing public information;

• Good knowledge and experience of project development, administration and evaluation concepts and procedures is an advantage;

• Experience preparing and executing media and development communications strategies; and,

• Experience in creative visual or media design is an advantage.


• Knowledge of migration trends and issues in Kenya and East and Horn of Africa is an advantage;

• Excellent verbal communication and strong writing skill, especially in English required;

• Public speaking skill and experience is an advantage;

• Excellent writing and editing skills in English and fluent Swahili;

• Good command of photography, script writing, and video production/editing is required;

• Creative and innovative thinker and planner;

• Able to multi-task, prioritize, and manage time efficiently;

• Self-motivated and self-directed;

• Ability to work independently or as an active member of a team;

• Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite; Knowledge of Adobe in design an advantage;

• Good interpersonal skills and communication with all levels of management; and,

• Able to work in a fast-paced environment.


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

External applicants for all positions in the Professional category are required to be proficient in English and have at least a working knowledge of one additional UN Language (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese).

For all applicants, fluency in English is required (oral and written).

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

• 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

• 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.

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.

How to apply

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 20 May 2021 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

IOM only accepts duly completed applications submitted through the IOM e-Recruitment system. The online tool also allows candidates to track the status of their application.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

For further information please refer to:

Posting period:

From 07.05.2021 to 20.05.2021

No Fees:

IOM does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, processing, training or other fee). IOM does not request any information related to bank accounts.

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