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  • Added Date: Thursday, 17 June 2021
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 29 June 2021

Position Title : Communications Officer

Duty Station : Yangon, Myanmar

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P2

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

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 29 June 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; Micronesia (Federated States of); 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 overall supervision of Chief of Mission (CoM) and the direct supervision of the

Programme Manager of the Labour Mobility and Human Development Unit and Migrant Protection Unit (LHD/MPU) of International Organization for Migration (IOM) Myanmar, the successful candidate will be responsible for the coordination of IOM Myanmar communications activities, including by contributing to the design and mainstreaming of two-way communications, awareness raising and information exchange interventions across IOM Myanmar thematic programmes, and by supporting IOM Myanmar communications with relevant stakeholders, civil society partners, donors and other relevant stakeholders. The Communications Officer will also assist the Programme Manager (LHD/MPU) in the overall management of communications and Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) components of specific projects.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Coordinate and implement the IOM Myanmar Communications Strategy, including by exploring synergies among communications activities of different projects and Programme Units for improved impact and mainstreaming of communications best practices.

  2. Facilitate cooperation and coordination on communications and RCCE with relevant actors, including United Nations (UN) agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and the Government of Myanmar, through participation in relevant inter-agency groups and thematic working groups, such as the UN Communications Group and the RCCE Working Group.

  3. Coordinate closely with relevant Programme Managers for IOM Myanmar’s contributions to institutional and inter-agency reporting processes and mechanisms, such as the IOM Institutional Questionnaire and the UN in Myanmar’s Integrated Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Framework.

  4. Assist the Programme Manager (LHD/MPU) to manage and implement projects with communications and knowledge management components, including the “New Infrastructure for Migration Opportunities and Empowerment of Migrants on the South-East Borderline,” by supervising and monitoring the implementation of specific activities and coordinating with relevant staff and partners.

  5. Contribute to the continued development and growth of IOM Myanmar online platforms fortwo-way communications and public information, specifically the Miss Migration Facebook Page and Chatbot, and IOM Myanmar website, respectively.

  6. Implement innovative communications campaigns designed on C4D principles, to help raise public awareness of IOM Myanmar’s support to vulnerable migrant populations.

  7. Liaise with media counterparts to share information and to help raise IOM Myanmar visibility.

  8. Liaise and coordinate with relevant specialists in the IOM Regional Office (RO) and Country Offices (CO) in the region as required to help raise awareness of relevant IOM Myanmar innovative communications models, tools and campaigns as a means of linking communications activities.

  9. Facilitate trainings for IOM Myanmar staff and partners in communications, primarily on the development of audio-visual information products, risk communication, C4D, and the strategic use of social media for awareness raising.

  10. Support engagement with relevant stakeholders (including donors and the Government of Myanmar) by contributing to and/or coordinating the development and dissemination of informational materials on key issues and specific IOM Myanmar activities, including brochures, posters, factsheets, sitreps and audio-visual materials.

  11. Coordinate the design and publication processes of evaluative knowledge products, including research reports, assessments and briefs, with relevant IOM Myanmar colleagues.

  12. Supervise IOM Myanmar Communications support staff and track and follow up on consultancy contracts with graphic designers, animators, video production companies, etc., as needed.

  13. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Development Communications, Journalism, International Relations, Economics 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 in the field of public communication, knowledge management, migration and development.

• Proven knowledge and experience of communications work in the migration field

• Knowledge and experience in the field of labour migration, human mobility, livelihood development, and a demonstrated commitment to women's empowerment and human rights.

• Proven experience in writing and editing of research products is an advantage.


• Excellent writing skills, including an ability to nuance and adapt messages to culturally diverse audiences.

• Working knowledge of relevant computer software including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher). Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud applications is an advantage.

• Proven skills in managing social media campaigns, as well as web and knowledge management.

• Proven skills in external communications and liaison with media and civil society.

• Proven ability to develop training materials, knowledge development products and facilitate training and knowledge sharing and learning events.


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). Fluency in Myanmar 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.

This vacancy is archived.

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