Media and Communications Specialist
      • Application deadline
        10.01.2021 Active Closed
      • Starting date
      • Type of contract
        Service Contract (SC)
      • Language required
        Fluency in both oral and written English, Ukrainian and Russian languages is a must
      • Expected duration of assignment
        1 February – 30 November 2021

      Duty Station:   EUBAM HQ, Odesa, Ukraine

      Subsriber’s Monthly Fee:    EUR 1,650

      Organizational Unit:    Media and Communication Office

      Direct supervisor:    Media and Communication Officer


      General Functions: Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Media and Communication Officer and overall supervision of the Head of Mission the incumbent contributes to improvement of the visibility and assists in smooth operations of communication functions of the European Union Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM). The incumbent works in close collaboration with the National Finance Officer, National Administrative/Human Resources Officer and National Procurement and Logistics Officer of the EUBAM Administration for effective achievement of results, anticipating and contributing to resolving complex programme/project-related issues and information delivery. The incumbent is expected to exercise full compliance with IOM programming, financial, procurement and administrative rules, regulations, policies, and strategies, as well as implementation of the effective internal control systems.

      Specific Functions:

      1. Develop and implement Public Relations plans for ensuring the implementation of the EUBAM’s External Communication Strategy and its Annual Communication Plan.
      2. Identify subjects/stories of interest pertaining to EUBAM efforts at the country or regional level and develop communications products such as feature stories, press releases and social media posts.
      3. Contribute to maintenance and content generation for the Mission’s website and social media platforms.
      4. Create and oversee the design and procurement stage of visibility and promotional items production. Commission and supervise the production state of visual products such as photographs, videos, press backdrops, roll up stands, posters, while strictly observing IOM financial and procurement rules.
      5. Conceptualize a set of engaging materials for promoting EUBAM’s achievements, including audio-visual, photographic and printed materials.
      6. Maintain regular contacts with PR officers of partner organization, media, governmental and non-governmental institutions, local authorities, NGOs, academia, etc. as appropriate. Maintain an up to date database of partners, journalists and media organizations and academia.
      7. Respond to media and public enquiries, prepare briefing dossiers, and liaise with the press/media to advocate and disseminate information on EUBAM’s work and organize press coverage for EUBAM’s activities.
      8. Write, edit, re-write, and commission information/stories including those submitted by field staff and others for dissemination by EUBAM/IOM channels to general audiences. Ensure high standards of accuracy and editorial content in all external outputs.
      9. Monitor national and appropriate international media and compile material for the daily media review. Stay abreast of the key development in the political, security, economic and social spheres which may impact the work of the Mission.
      10. Facilitate events such as receptions, open days and other outreach events and participate in appropriate third-party events to represent the Mission. Support and/or arrange visits to HQ and other Mission locations for the media, key international actors, or other visitors as appropriate.
      11. Proactively liaise with other EUBAM units as regards meetings or events that are newsworthy or that need support from the Media and Communication Office.
      12. Provide informal translation and interpretation to/from English/Ukrainian/Russian for the Media and Communication Office as required.
      13. Ensure due care of premises, equipment, vehicles (including their spare parts, consumables, keys etc.), supplies and other property that is entrusted to him/her.
      14. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.


      Recruitment Qualifications:

      • Advanced university degree in in journalism, public relations, communications, or other related fields;
      • Six years of progressive experience in journalism, public relations, or communications;
      • Previous working experience in an international organization, donor organization, consulting company or NGO is an advantage;
      • Practical knowledge of data visualization techniques;
      • Practical knowledge of formulating and implementing a communication plan;
      • Demonstrated ability to use graphic design and video/photo editing software packages and manage social media accounts;
      • Demonstrated ability to carry out press and information projects such as publication, editing and organization of events;
      • Knowledge of the European Union – Republic of Moldova – Ukraine relations is an advantage;
      • Comprehensive understanding of local/regional communications in terms of media relations, networking with governments and other institutions including international organisations, non-governmental organisations, civil society, and the private sector;
      • Good analytical skills, ability to interpret information, identify and analyse problems, ability to evaluate concepts and procedures;
      • Sound background in the design and procurement stage of visibility and promotional items production;
      • Fluency in both oral and written English, Ukrainian and Russian languages is a must;
      • Computer literacy (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.);
      • Ability to work with people of different nationalities, religions, and cultural backgrounds;
      • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities.



      Appointment is subject to budget availability and funding confirmation.

      Email your IOM Personal History form ( and cover letter in English to the following email address

      Please, indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line of your message.

      The candidates who applied for this position earlier in December 2020 will be considered automatically, there is no need to re-apply.

      Closing date for applications is 10 January 2021; however, interested candidates are strongly encouraged to apply sooner.

      Only pre-selected candidates will be contacted for the interview.

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      • Who we are?

        The European Union Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM) was launched in 2005. The legal basis for EUBAM is the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the European Commission and the Governments of Moldova and Ukraine on 7 October 2005.

        The current Mission’s mandate is valid until 30 November 2023.

        EUBAM promotes border control, customs and trade norms and practices that meet European Union standards, and serve the needs of its two partner countries.

      • What we do?

        The Mission works with Moldova and Ukraine to harmonise border control, and customs and trade standards and procedures with those in EU Member States. It helps to improve cross-border cooperation between the border guard and customs agencies and other law enforcement bodies and to facilitate international coordinated cooperation. EUBAM assists Moldova and Ukraine to fulfil the obligations of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), which both countries signed as part of their Association Agreements with the EU. It also contributes to the peaceful settlement of the Transnistrian conflict through confidence building measures and as a monitoring presence at the Transnistrian segment of the Moldova-Ukraine border.

      • Where we work?

        The Republic of Moldova-Ukraine state border is 1,222 km long, consisting of 955 km of “green” (land) border and 267 km of “blue” (river) border.

        The Mission is headquartered in Odesa (Ukraine) with two country offices (in Chisinau – the Republic of Moldova and in Odesa – Ukraine) and six field offices in its area of operation – three on the Moldovan side of the common border and three on the Ukrainian side.

        There are 67 border crossing points along the Moldovan-Ukrainian border, including 25 at the central (Transnistrian) segment.

        The administrative boundary line between the two banks of the Nistru river is 411 km long. Nine customs posts are located along it, within which MDCS representatives perform the customs control duties, supported by MoIA representatives. Six BMA subdivisions, in which foreigners can voluntarily register or de-register, are also located on the boundary line.