Communication- Media and Policy Support Officer

International Organization for Migration(IOM), Brussels, Belgium

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
21st January, 2016

Job Description

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

 Assist the Head of Unit (HoU) to manage the Regional Office internal and external communication activities, including in the formulation and implementation of creative communication strategies to promote IOM and raise awareness of migration in the media and among the general public and other key partners; including management of Brussels website and RO Brussels social media channels.
 Support coordinating the preparation of replies/feedback to requests and inquiries and in response to EU institutions and EUMS’ calls for contributions. Under the supervision of the HoU draft and finalize external communication products including: briefings/talking points/speeches; Op-ed and press releases; recommendations and position statements/papers. As relevant, coordinate inputs to the IOM’s bi-weekly press briefing notes and “Migration Newsdesk” e-newsletter.
 Provide strategic communications/media advice to the RO senior management and European Economic Area Chiefs of Mission/Heads of Office and Media Focal Points. This includes, inter-alia, providing editorial and technical assistance to field missions in all aspects of media and communications management, including the development of promotional and advocacy materials.
 Collaborate in the development, funding of and implementation of awareness raising campaigns aimed at improving the public perception of migrants in Europe and globally.
 Work closely with PPSU geographic and thematic desks to promote visibility of their expertise (and that of IOM) within the national, regional and international context. Assist to develop an external communication/advocacy strategy reflecting the priorities of RO Brussels, including a specific section on Media outreach to be implemented in coordination with MCD.
 Support strengthening links with Brussels based national and international media and think-tank organizations to promote the work of IOM by providing high quality, professional responses to enquiries related to IOM positions in relation to EU Migration policies, IOM programmes and policies and, more broadly, on migration. As required, represent the RO at the Brussels-based UN Communications Group.
 Research, collect and analyze relevant information on EU migration policies and emerging issues and assist in coordinating the formulation of IOM’s responses.
 Support monitoring of international or regional processes as well as inter-agency cooperation – among others the Global Migration Group and Global Forum on Migration
and Development - where migration issues are relevant, particularly in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals.
 Support the HoU following up on migration-related developments in the UN system, including those emanating from the second UN High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development.
 Support the HoU for the preparations and contribution to the Regional Chiefs of Missions/Heads of Office Annual Meeting and the Brussels based IOM-UN working group on Migration.
 Assist the HoU to supervise the preparation and dissemination of selected regional and institutional reports; inter-alia: RO Brussels’ Regional Strategy, Periodic Report and Migration Initiatives.
 Under the supervision of the Head of PPSU, act as focal points for RO Brussels’ relation with European Parliament and the European Council, including its rotating Presidencies and related communication strategies.
 Perform such other duties as may be assigned.


 Master's degree in Journalism or Communications, International Relations, Social Sciences, Law or a related field from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience;
 University degree in the above fields with seven years of relevant professional experience.


 Experience in writing and editing in international journalism and public information, preferably in Europe;
 Knowledge of graphic design, web, social media and video production;
 Experience in drafting policy documents and concept papers and/or developing institutional strategic documents;
 Experience in the areas of inter-State cooperation on migration, migration governance and migration policy highly an advantage;
 Experience in dealing with diverse counterparts from government and UN agencies and civil society and think-tank an advantage;
 Experience in the field of migration issues, including operational and field experience, IOM project development and management an advantage;
 Experience in liaison/working with EU Institutions and familiarity with international organizations;
 Experience in international journalism, including coverage of international organizations;
 Excellent skills in drafting, editing and (possibly) graphic design;
 Experience in Online communication and social media skills.


 Fluency in English and French is required. Working knowledge of Spanish is an advantage.

How to apply:

 Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by January 21, 2016 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.
 For further information, please refer to:
 In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM only accepts online profiles duly filled in and submitted with a cover letter not more than one page specifying the motivation for
 Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
 You can track the progress of your application in your personal application page in the IOM e-recruitment system.

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