National Communications Officer (Ref: SVN#TR/2024/07)

  • Gaziantep
  • IOM
  • Posted date: 1 month before
  • End date: 2024-02-14

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Job Title: National Communications Officer (Ref: SVN#TR/2024/07)

Job In Gaziantep

Company: IOM

Start Date: 2024-01-31

End Date: 2024-02-14

Job Description

Vacancy Notice Number:


Position Title:

National Communications Officer


6 months Special Short Term Graded Contract (NOA)- with possible extension

Duty Station:

Gaziantep - Türkiye


Turkish Nationals

Deadline of Applications:

14 February 2024

Number of Vacant Positions:



Internal & External


General Functions:

In Türkiye’s East, Southeast and Mediterranean Region (ESEM), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) implements a wide range of programming aimed at supporting migrants, refugees and host communities, providing assistance to earthquake-affected individuals and delivering cross-border aid into Northwest Syria.

Under the overall supervision of the Programme Support Coordinator, the direct supervision of the Media and Communications Officer/Head of Public Information, and in close coordination with the Head of Sub-Office (ESEM Region) and relevant programme managers, the successful candidate will be responsible for implementing external communication, public information and media-related activities for IOM Türkiye in the ESEM Region..


Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Provide technical support and guidance for the Public Information (PI) Unit team in the ESEM Region, including in Gaziantep and relevant field offices.
  2. Liaise with programme managers in the ESEM Region to contribute to the creation and implementation of communication and visibility plans for projects in line with the IOM Türkiye’s communications strategy, priorities and donor requirements.
  3. Contribute to the development of creative and engaging audiovisual communications products for dissemination to stakeholders
  4. Utilize social media communication tools to increase awareness of IOM’s work in Türkiye and Northwest Syria and provide inputs for the development and implementation of new strategies and approaches to expand IOM Türkiye’s social media presence.
  5. Produce visibility reports and human-interest stories for situation reports, donor reports and other relevant documents.
  6. Engage the local press, to strengthening relationships and increase awareness of IOM’s work.
  7. Participate in inter-agency media and communication working groups to encourage information flow across agencies and to develop complementary media approaches and activities.
  8. Contribute to the design and implementation of information campaigns for a variety of target groups.
  9. Communicate to IOM’s and Implementing Partners’ (IP) field and project staff on public information matters, including providing appropriate capacity building support.
  10. Undertake field duty travels as required to develop public information material.
  11. Perform other such duties as may be assigned.


Required Qualifications:


  • Master’s degree in Journalism, Communications, Development Studies or a related field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience; or
  • University degree in the above fields with two years of relevant professional experience.



  • Experience in international journalism, including coverage of international organizations;
  • Experience and knowledge of international agencies like the UN an advantage;
  • Experience in project and financial management an advantage;
  • Demonstrated experience in gender awareness and gender sensitivity;
  • Experience working in the region an advantage. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively and harmoniously with colleagues from varied cultures and professional backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated high company as a writer and editor.
  • Excellent multimedia skills, including in photography, videography and/or graphic design.
  • Online communication and social media skills.



  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Working knowledge of Arabic, Turkish, French and/or Spanish is advantageous.


Required Competencies

The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following values and competencies:


  • Inclusion and respect for diversity:

Shows respect and sensitivity towards gender, culture, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, political conviction and other differences.

• Encourages the inclusion of all team members and stakeholders while demonstrating the ability to work constructively with people with different backgrounds and orientations.

• Promotes the benefits of diversity; values diverse points of view and demonstrate this in daily work and decision making.

• Challenges prejudice, biases and intolerance in the workplace.

  • Integrity and transparency:

Upholds and promotes the Standards of Conduct and Unified Staff Regulations and Rules.

• Delivers on commitments; manages the organization’s resources reliably and sustainably.

• Embraces and encourages transparency, balancing this with the need for discretion and confidentiality as appropriate.

• Maintains impartiality and takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour.

• Does not abuse one’s position and acts without consideration of personal gain. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns.

  • Professionalism:

Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter and willingness to improve knowledge and skills.

• Seeks to raise professional standards in self and others through daily work and activities.

• Adapts quickly to change and is decisive and versatile in face of uncertainty.

• Shows self-control and persistence when faced with difficult problems and remains calm in stressful situations.

• Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines, and achieving results.


Core Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2

  • Teamwork:

• Fosters a sense of team spirit by developing a shared understanding, accountability, and enthusiasm for the team’s work.

• Displays a high level of cultural awareness, sensitivity to different ways of working and leverages individual strengths in order to build a better team.

• Shares credit for team accomplishments and ensures that the contribution of others is recognized.

• Helps create a positive team spirit, putting aside personal considerations to help the team achieve its goals.

  • Delivering results:

•Produces high-quality results and workable solutions that meet clients’ needs.

• Anticipates constraints, identifies solutions and takes responsibility for addressing critical situations.

• Monitors own and others’ work in a systematic and effective way, ensuring required resources and outputs.

• Aligns projects with Organization’s mission and objectives and demonstrates a good understanding of the impact of team’s and own work on external and internal counterparts.

  • Managing and sharing knowledge:

•Disseminates and shares knowledge openly and actively contributes to knowledge/network communities for topics relevant to area of expertise.

• Encourages knowledge-sharing across units/departments and ensures that knowledge is captured, recorded and disseminated appropriately.

• Builds networks for the effective communication and exchange of knowledge and ideas and puts others into contact with various sources of knowledge.

• Contributes to an environment that is conducive to innovation and learning.

  • Accountability:

• Proactively seeks responsibility in delivering towards the goals of the Organization.

• Plans and organizes work with a clear and deliberate focus, ensuring commitments are easily identified and progress is widely communicated.

• Stands by the actions of team or department, publicly accepting ownership.

• Takes responsibility of own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable

  • Communication:

•Speaks and writes clearly and effectively.

• Seeks to share information with others, with due respect for diversity and the confidentiality of specific sensitive information.

• Listens and seeks to understand without bias and responds appropriately.

• Shares information and keeps others up to date; actively seeks others' views and ideas and respects their contribution.


Managerial Competencies[1] – behavioural indicators level 2

  • Leadership:

• Assigns responsibilities fairly and manages performance, taking account of individual strengths, workloads and interests.

• Is inclusive in decision-making and actively seeks feedback from team members and colleagues in order to identify opportunities for improvement.

• Takes sound and timely managerial decisions that are consistent with the Organization's vision and purpose.

• Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of stakeholders to understand needs and gain support.

  • Empowering others and building trust:

•Delegates appropriately to make the most of others’ talents, clarifying expectations and allowing autonomy in important areas while providing necessary support.

• Encourages others to take responsibility for their performance; promotes ownership, responsibility and accountability for desired results at all levels.

• Creates an atmosphere of trust and confidence in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion.

• Gives proper credit to others, shows appreciation and rewards achievement and effort.

  • Strategic thinking and vision:

•Aligns own actions to the Organization’s vision, values and mandate.

•Translates strategic direction into short and medium-term plans and objectives for own team; revises objectives to reflect changes in organizational goals.

• Identifies key issues/priorities in complex situations and how they may be related to one another.

• Clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals.



Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice 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.

Only candidates residing in either the country of the duty station or from a location in a neighbouring country that is within commuting distance of the duty station will be considered. In all cases, a prerequisite for taking up the position is legal residency in the country of the duty station, or in the neighbouring country located within commuting distance, and work permit, as applicable.

This is a local position and applications from candidates for non-Turkish citizens holding a valid residence permit residing in Türkiye might be considered.

Please be advised that female candidates are highly encouraged.


How to Apply:

Interested candidates are requested to submit their application including the most recent CV with a cover letter in English with contact details (name, position, phone and e-mail details) of three references by indicating  name of the position applied with its VN number in the subject line of the e-mail to or to IOM Birlik Mahallesi Sehit Kurbani Akboga Sokak No:24 Cankaya, Ankara by the end of 14 February 2024.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

[1] As applicable.

Referans code : SVN#TR/2024/07
E-posta :
Please send your application to the email address with reference code.

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