IOM Health Communications Consultant Job in Nairobi Kenya

Vacancy No.: IOMSO/049/12
Position Title: Health Communications Consultant
Duty Station: IOM Somalia, based in Nairobi, Kenya with regular travel to Somalia
Duration of Appointment: August 2012 to March 2013
Background information:- With the existing health/medical expertise and capacity, IOM is scaling up its migration health programme in Somalia in the areas of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Tuberculosis, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI), Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)/Environmental Health (EH), Maternal and Child Health (MCH), emergency health response and psychosocial support to vulnerable migrants and mobile populations (MMPs) and their host communities:-
General Functions:- Working under the overall supervision of Chief of Mission IOM Somalia, and under the direct supervision of Health Programme Officer-Somalia, in close collaboration and consultation with Public Information and Reports Officer – Somalia as well as IOM National Programme Office based in Puntland and the IOM sub-offices in Somaliland and Puntland, in coordination with the Somali Unit in Nairobi and colleagues in the IOM regional support team for health, the incumbent will enhance the visibility of IOM Somalia in particular MHD projects through the following responsibilities:

Essential Functions:-
  • Developing IEC materials for WASH and psychosocial projects.
  • Developing a migration health communications strategy.
  • Photographing events, workshops and projects and assisting to draft write-ups;
  • Developing a Digital Photo Library for IOM Somalia.
  • Compiling, vetting, organizing, editing, and captioning digital images from across the region for IOM Somalia’s Digital Photo Library.
  • Overseeing production of multi-media content that showcases the impact of IOM’s work in the field.
  • Developing content for IOM Somalia’s social media networks.
  • Overseeing editing, designing, and production of ad-hoc IOM Somalia publications like reports, magazines, info sheets and project briefs.
  • Updating IOM Regional and global website with content provided by IOM Somalia programme managers.
  • Assisting to create branded communication materials using Adobe InDesign.
  • Developing and maintaining a comprehensive database of media contacts, quality printers, and external partners.
  • Production of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials for migration health.
  • Draft of Migration Health Communication Strategy.
  • Development of Digital Photo Library.
  • Development and maintenance of database for communications materials.
Payment Schedule
  • On the last day of each month in exchange for monthly performance evaluation and monthly reports.
Desirable Qualifications
Languages Skills
  • Excellent spoken and written English.
  • Knowledge of Somali an asset.
  • Completed degree in Journalism, Communications, or a related field.
  • At least one year of progressive experience working on migration health communications in the UN systems.
  • Experience in coordinating communications outputs across various programmes.
  • Experience in working on Somali-based programmes and projects.
Skills and Competencies
  • Demonstrated strong technical capacity in health communication.
  • The ability to edit, catalogue and take quality photographs.
  • Knowledge of image copyright agreements and ethics.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Familiarity with standard office applications and Adobe products.
  • Experience in updating content management systems (CMS) a distinct advantage.
  • Attention to detail and brand awareness is mandatory.
  • A pro-active self-starter with creative flair.
  • Experience in, or a strong desire to grasp issues relating to migration health.
  • Ability to work effectively and harmoniously with colleagues from varied cultures and professional backgrounds.
  • Fluency in written and verbal English.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify, approach, and coordinate with stakeholders of diverse backgrounds and levels of expertise.
  • Ability to work independently, with flexibility.
  • Ability to work in a team and good interpersonal skills.
Reporting: The incumbent will report to Health Programme Officer-Somalia on regular basis to assess
the progress of the exercise.
Fees payable: USD.1,500 to USD.2,000 (depending on the qualification and experience); inclusive of DSA and other benefits except for benefits (such as DSA) when travelling outside duty station.
Mode of Application: Submit Cover Letter and CV including daytime telephone and email address to:
International Organization for Migration (IOM), 
Human Resources Department, 
PO Box 55040-00200 Nairobi 
or send by email to
Closing Date: 25 June 2012

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