The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is offering an internship in the Media and Communication Division, based in its headquarters in Geneva to support the design, drafting and roll out of institutional guidelines for communication and information campaigns, as well as other activities relating to strategic communication projects and programmes under the
Community Engagement portfolio.
IOM has a long-standing track record in the area of advocacy, behaviour change and awareness raising campaigns relating to migration and counter trafficking, as well as campaigns to provide vital information in emergencies for accessing humanitarian assistance. Campaigns are produced across the organization’s workstreams and offices in wide ranging contexts.
Taking into consideration varying operational contexts and thematic areas of assistance, IOM seeks to strengthen communication campaigns globally with a set of overarching guidelines that draw on the institution’s extensive body of knowledge and practice. The guidelines are designed for all staff and aim to provide practical tools and knowledge to improve engagement with target audiences, increase quality and relevance of information, builder stronger evidence and ensure a more collaborative, consistent approach in this area.
The Media and Communications Division of IOM is comprised of experienced communications professionals based in Geneva, as well as various regional offices. The team provides advice and support on media and public information issues to IOM Headquarters and missions worldwide. It is responsible for media relations as well as producing a variety of other public information materials, including official statements to mark special events, fact sheets and press briefing notes on specific IOM activities for both online and offline communication outlets.
Under the direct supervision of the Community Engagement Programme Manager, the successful candidate will:
Core Functions / Responsibilities:
1. Assist with the research and drafting of the information guidelines. 2. Assist in liaising with the graphics design team to oversee the layout and design of the publication
3. Assist in coordinating with the Online Communication Unit and ICT to create a page on the intranet displaying relevant communication tools and resources relating to information campaigns. 4. Work closely with the publications unit and graphic design team to ensure the guidelines progress through necessary editorial processes to meet deadlines and are translated into the three core languages: Arabic, French and Spanish. 5. Update the online information campaign repository on the IOM intranet, working with ICT to improve the user interface and search functions. 6. Support in providing input on the communication strategy for the roll-out and dissemination of the guidelines across the organization. 7. Assist the team with shaping the training workshop and launch event that will take place at an IOM regional office in February 2020 with communication focal points from across the organization. 8. Provide additional support to the Community Engagement team for other strategic communication programmes and projects. 9. Perform such other duties as maybe assigned.
Training Components and Learning Elements
• Working and dealing with colleagues from various multicultural environment. • Working precisely, interacting with various colleagues such as the graphic designers, publications, on-line communications colleagues, etc. • Learning how to deal with pressure and multi-tasks requests.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
Education • Master’s degree in migration, communication, marketing and media studies, humanitarian affairs, development studies, political science, international relations or a related field from an accredited academic institution with relevant professional experience.
Experience • Strong understanding of migration issues; • Good understanding of communication campaigns, including engaging audiences via social media and other digital channels; • Practical experience of InDesign and other media production tools; • Practical experience of how to multi-task, prioritize and work independently. Skills • Excellent research, writing, communication and analytical skills • Excellent communication skills in English and French (oral and written) • Excellent level of computer literacy • Strong organizational skills • Ability to understand the organization’s structure and portfolios
• Ability to work effectively and harmoniously in a team of colleagues from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds
• Proven ability to produce quality work accurately and concisely according to set deadlines Languages For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of French and/or Spanish and Arabic is an advantage. Note In general, the Internship Programme aims at attracting talented students and graduates who: a) have a specific interest in, or whose studies have covered, areas relevant to IOM programmes and activities; b) are holding a scholarship for internship placements in international organizations and/or for whom internship is required to complete their studies; or c) are sponsored by governmental/non-governmental institutions and/or academia to work in specific areas relevant to both IOM and the sponsor. d) are either students approaching the end of their studies and preparing a thesis, or recently graduated, who have less than two years of relevant working experience. • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted, and additional enquiries will only be addressed if the candidate is shortlisted. • Depending on experience and location, IOM provides a monthly stipend to help offset costs. • Please consider the cost of living in Geneva prior to applying. • Applications must be submitted by 18 November 2019. 1 Accredited Universities are the ones listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database (https://whed.net/home.php). Required Competencies: The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate the following values and competencies: 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.
Intern – Media and Communications Division
Position Title : Intern – Media and Communications Division
Duty Station : Geneva, Switzerland
Classification : Intern, Grade OTHE
Type of Appointment : Internship, Three months
Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible
Closing Date : 24 November 2019
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.
The Media and Communications Division (MCD) of IOM is comprised of experienced communications professionals based in Geneva but also in Washington, Bangkok and Manila. The team provides support on media and public information issues to IOM Headquarters and missions worldwide. It is responsible for media relations as well as producing a variety of other public information materials, including official statements to mark special events, multimedia products and press briefing notes on specific IOM activities.
Under the direct supervision of the MCD Team, the successful candidate will focus on supporting the timely presentation of communications outputs to the media, general public and internally within IOM. These communications will mainly be in print, but include audio-visual and graphics, e.g. charts, maps and tables.
Core Functions / Responsibilities:
- Assist in the production and editing of IOM News desk materials three days a week, as well as the twice weekly Press Notes for presentation to world media and Geneva-based press corps.
- Creatively assist with production of thematic videos and captions and subtitles which must be rendered in perfect English as well as editing for brevity to be used as headlines, cut lines, sub-heads and titles on graphics. An ability to render edited copy for dissemination over social media will also be important.
- Assist in quality review of incoming news copy materials from IOM missions worldwide, and its archival in the IOM Media Library. This material usually arrives as printed text but may include editing photos, video and audio presentations.
- Support MCD initiatives on data visualization of feedback collected in the field to enhance the quality of work produced and ensure consistency with IOM branding.
- Perform such other duties as may be assigned.
Training Components and Learning Elements
• Learning how to edit to get brief headlines, cut lines, sub-heads, titles on graphic
• Dealing with colleagues worldwide, working with them to edit texts with tact, patience and sensitivity
Required Qualifications and Experience:
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.
IOM’s competency framework can be found at this link. https://www.iom.int/sites/default/files/about-iom/iom_revised_competency_framework_external.pdf
Competencies will be assessed during a competency-based interview.
1 Accredited Universities are the ones listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database
• University degree in Communications, Multimedia Studies, Creative Writing or a related field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant experience.
• Previous experience in copy editing and proofreading.
• Ability to work effectively in a team of colleagues of varied cultural and professional backgrounds
• Proven ability to produce quality work accurately and concisely according to set deadlines
For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of French and/or Spanish is an advantage.
The appointment is subject to funding confirmation.
Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.
No late applications will be accepted.