SVN 2024 29 Communication Officer (P2) Kigali, Rwanda at IOM – International Organization for Migration: (Deadline 12 February 2024)

Position Title: Communication Officer

Duty Station: Kigali, Rwanda

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P2

Type of Appointment: Special short-term graded, 6 months with possibility of extension


Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 12 February 2024

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; Barbados; Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Congo (the); Cook Islands; Dominica; Fiji; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Holy See; Iceland; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Madagascar; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Solomon Islands; Suriname; The Bahamas; Tonga; Tuvalu; Uzbekistan; Vanuatu


Second tier candidates include:

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


The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the UN Migration Agency. With 174 member states, it is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society. Established in 1951 and now active in over 400 field locations worldwide, IOM works with partners, governments, and civil society to assist in meeting the operational challenges of migration and mobility, advance understanding of migration issues, encourage social and economic development through migration, and uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants and mobile populations.

IOM Mission in Rwanda supports the Government of Rwanda in sound migration management. This encompasses labour migration and human development – including diaspora mobilization and engagement, counter human trafficking, return and reintegration, refugee resettlement to third countries, border management and Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Resilience. IOM Rwanda’s work is informed by the principles and priorities set in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), the IOM Regional Strategy 2020 – 2024 for EHoA and the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) 2018 – 2024.


Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission, the direct supervision of the Head of Programme Support Unit, and in close coordination with the IOM Regional Office Media and Communication Unit, the Communication Officer will be responsible for coordinating and implementing public information activities, working to heighten the visibility of IOM Rwanda’s work and interventions.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Provide technical inputs to support the development and implementation of the communication strategy for IOM Rwanda consistent with relevant strategies and Country Office priorities, IOM Regional Communication Strategy, and Global Communication Strategy.
  2. Update, maintain and produce website and social media content that highlights IOM’s work in Rwanda and helps content reach a wider audience on IOM global channels and the media; content may include text and audio-visual materials for the IOM official websites, social media, print text, visibility materials, or other as requested.
  3. Gather, draft, edit and/or distribute IOM Rwanda’s public information materials, including information updates, situation reports, newsletters, programmatic factsheets, and other digital and print materials.
  4. Draft human-interest stories and press releases highlighting IOM Rwanda’s achievements and impact that amplify these stories through communication channels.
  5. Proofread and edit reports, project proposals and publications for syntax, continuity, clarity and internal consistency as instructed.
  6. Assist with the production of audio-visual content, including photos and videos, using IOM’s digital communication tools and templates.
  7. Participate in the layout and graphic design of communication materials, including reports, newsletters, presentations, posters for social media and other campaigns, in full compliance with IOM Brand Style Guide.
  8. Provide technical, logistical, and administrative support for the implementation of communication campaigns, awareness raising interventions, outreach and other key events for the CO.
  9. Draft responses to press and media enquiries about IOM as requested.
  10. Assist in improving the media and communications skills of IOM staff in Rwanda.
  11. Participate in the IOM Regional Office Media and Communication Unit’s and ONE UN Communication Group in Rwanda’s meetings, as well as relevant conferences and workshops.
  12. Produce and maintain a Communication and Visibility calendar and events diary for the mission, taking into account key international days.
  13. Provide technical and process support to PMs for the development and implementation of project communications and visibility plans that are aligned with the Mission’s communication strategy.
  14. Undertake duty travel as required.
  15. Perform such other related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Journalism, Communications, Media Studies, Political Science 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 working in digital communications.
  • Experience drafting human-interest stories, press reports, lines-to-take, and/or other public information material.
  • Experience working with graphic design tools such as Adobe Photoshop and InDesign.
  • Previous experience in delivering trainings on communication and visibility as a distinct advantage.
  • Previous working experience with UN organizations, Non-Governmental Organisation (NGOs), international organizations as a distinct advantage.


  • Knowledge and understanding of the broad range of migration related subject areas dealt with by the Organization.
  • Strong photography and storytelling skills.
  • Proven ability to produce quality work accurately and consistently according to set deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain accuracy and confidentiality in performing assigned tasks.
  • Knowledge of IOM Brand Style Guidelines and related materials as an advantage.


IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish. All staff members are required to be fluent in one of the three languages.

For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of French is an advantage.

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


1 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 five values:

  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: Respects and promotes individual and cultural differences. Encourages diversity and inclusion.
  • 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.
  • Courage: Demonstrates willingness to take a stand on issues of importance.
  • Empathy: Shows compassion for others, makes people feel safe, respected and fairly treated.

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 actions 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. df

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 background verification and security clearances. Subject to certain exemptions, vaccination against COVID-19 will in principle be required for individuals hired on or after 15 November 2021. This will be verified as part of the medical clearance process.

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 HERE by 12 February 2024 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.

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