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Communications Officer

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: 2019-08-26

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Grade: P2  

Vacancy no.: DC/DDG/P/P/2019/03
Publication date: 2 August 2019
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 26 August 2019

Job ID: 1653 
Department: DDG/P 
Organization Unit: DDG/P 
Location: Geneva   
Contract type: Fixed Term 

Contract duration: one year 

Under article 4.2, paragraph (e) of the Staff Regulations, the filling of vacancies in technical cooperation projects does not fall under Annex I of the Staff Regulations and is made by direct selection by the Director-General.

In order to support the best informed process in the filling of the present vacancy by direct selection, the ILO invites interested candidates to submit their candidature online by the above date.

Technical cooperation appointments are not expected to lead to a career in the ILO and they do not carry any expectation of renewal or conversion to any other type of appointment in the Organization. This position will be filled subject to availability of funds. A one-year fixed-term contract will be given. Extensions of technical cooperation contracts are subject to various elements including the following: availability of funds, continuing need of the functions and satisfactory conduct and performance.

The following are eligible to apply:

  • ILO Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 31 and 32 of Annex I of the Staff Regulations.
  • External candidates.

Large mixed migration movements continue to top the global political agenda, as reflected in the 2016 UN New York Declaration, and remain at the forefront of concerns, discussions and collaboration across the multilateral system and beyond. These movements create considerable challenges for countries of first asylum, transit and destination, as well as countries of origin, including through impact on socio-economic environments, such as labour markets of host countries, particularly where these may have already been under pressure and there is high unemployment. The majority of refugee populations are hosted by low- and middle-income countries. As displacement has become increasingly protracted, responses are becoming more focused on durable solutions to support more dignified, inclusive and comprehensive programmes for refugees and the communities that host them to facilitate self-reliance and empowerment and strengthen social cohesion. 
In this context, the Government of the Netherlands has launched a new four-year partnership initiative built on the combined strengths, experience and values of specific development and humanitarian organizations to develop a new paradigm in responding to forced displacement crises in two identified regions: MENA and the Horn of Africa. The partners include: the Government of the Netherlands, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the ILO, the UNHCR, UNICEF and the World Bank. The Partnership aims to help transform the way governments and other stakeholders, including the private sector, respond to forced displacement crises – and in particular: (1) to enhance the enabling environment for the socio-economic inclusion of forcibly displaced persons (to mitigate their plight during years of exile and to best prepare them for their return); (2) to enhance access to education and child protection for vulnerable children on the move; and (3) to strengthen the resilience of host communities through inclusive socio-economic development that also benefits forcibly displaced persons.

The ILO’s vision within the Partnership is to strengthen decent work in countries impacted by forced displacement to mitigate stress factors at all levels and support inclusive socio-economic enablers for access to labour markets and empowerment of host communities and of forcibly displaced populations.

Within the policy and procedural requirements established by the ILO and the programme, the Communications Officer will assist the Chief Technical Adviser (CTA) of the Partnership programme for the overall communication and advocacy of the project, including the development of communication and advocacy materials, social media strategy, development of tools and creation/posting of content communication and advocacy platforms and development and maintenance of programme website.

The incumbent will report directly to the Chief Technical Adviser (CTA) of the Partnership Programme overseeing the project implementation.   

Description of Duties

1)    Assist the CTA and the programme staff at global, regional and country levels in development and implementation of communication strategies, plans and activities. 
2)    Draft news releases, correspondence or other information publications and assist with the distribution of information materials.
3)    Under the supervision of the CTA, manage the project social media networks as per standard ILO rules. Create content, monitor and manage conversations to promote and ensure reputational risk mitigation.
4)    In liaison with INFOTEC and DCOMM, as well as the CTA, programme staff at global, regional and country levels, support the design, content, maintenance and regular updates of a dedicated programme website.
5)    Liaise with country and regional programme staff about their public information needs, and help them to identify aspects of their work of potential interest to the media.
6)    Ensure coordination, synergies and coherence with communications focal points of the other partners and represent ILO in related consultations with partners. 
7)    Organize communications training for staff, as required. 
8)    Support programme staff by developing and disseminating information materials, such as info graphics, fact sheets, newsletters, brochures, audio, video and website materials, etc. as required. 
9)    Provide support in the creation and maintenance of a knowledge centre relating to the programme and eventual digitalization of relevant materials. 
10)    Assist in the organization of seminars, press conferences and meetings. 
11)    Participate in the development of automated databases and mailing lists of target audiences.
12)    Undertake missions in relation to programme implementation as requested.
13)    Perform other relevant duties as assigned.

Required qualifications

First level degree in social science, communications, journalism, international studies or other relevant field. An Advanced university degree would be an advantage. 


Three years of relevant professional experience, including two years at the international level. Experience in working in communications, implementing/monitoring communication campaigns is required. Experience in the area of forced displacement and/or multi-partner projects would be an advantage.  


Excellent command of English is essential and good working knowledge of an additional official language (French or Spanish) would be an advantage.


-    Good interpersonal and communication skills. 
-    Good analytical skills. 
-    Ability to work on own initiative as well as a member of a team. 
-    Ability to carry out assignments in accordance with instructions and guidelines.
-    Ability to work in a multicultural environment and gender-sensitive behaviour and attitudes are also required.
-    Ability to work under time pressure and meet deadlines.
-    Ability to work independently with minimum supervision.
-    Excellent writing skills.
-    Good computer/information application skills.
-    Proficient in information technology Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, web-browsers, use of database applications.
-    Good communication skills, both written and verbal.
-    Ability to work in a team, and good interpersonal skills.

Conditions of employment

  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to ILO Staff Regulations and other relevant internal rules. Any offer of employment with the ILO is conditional upon certification by the ILO Medical Adviser that the person concerned is medically fit to perform the specific inherent requirements of the position offered. In order to confirm an offer from the ILO the successful candidate will be required to undergo a medical examination.
  • Any extension of technical cooperation contracts are subject to various elements including the following: availability of funds, continuing need of the functions and satisfactory conduct and performance.

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Recruitment process

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit ILO Jobs. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.

Applicants will be contacted directly if selected for a written test and/or an interview.

Depending on the location and availability of candidates, assessors and interview panel members, the ILO may use communication technologies such as Skype, Video or teleconference, e-mail, etc for the assessment and evaluation of candidates at the different stages of the recruitment process, including technical tests or interviews.

Fraud warning

The ILO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process whether at the application, interview, processing or training stage. Messages originating from a non ILO e-mail account - - should be disregarded. In addition, the ILO does not require or need to know any information relating to the bank account details of applicants.

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