Photography Consultant (Ethiopian National)

Country: Ethiopia
Organization: International Organization for Migration
Closing date: 17 Mar 2021

In 2019, the Regional Data Hub (RDH) for the East and Horn of Africa (EHoA) launched a multistage research project aimed at better understanding the experiences, decision-making, perceptions and expectations of young Ethiopians along the Eastern Route regarding their migration projects. The project aims to investigate the nexus between decision-making, migrant expectations and realities on the ground by interviewing migrants leaving the Horn towards the Arab Peninsula.

A more nuanced understanding of the migrants’ decision to migrate will help inform strategy and programmatic planning for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and other humanitarian and development actors in the region. The current phase of the research is being conducted communities of high emigration in Ethiopia, to better understand sub-national variations. The in-depth study of these places of origin will also help uncover social dynamics and transformations that may have occurred as a consequence of the high incidence of emigration.

IOM has contracted a Service Provider to collect data in five Ethiopian communities of high emigration. These communities correspond to the zones below:

Migratory route

Eastern corridor migratory trends

Region / Zone

Amhara / North wello

Harari / Harari

Dire Dawa / Dire Dawa urban

Oromia / Jimma

Southern corridor migratory trends

Region / Zone

SNNPR / Hadiya

Under the overall supervision of the Regional Data Hub (RDH) Coordinator, direct supervision of the RDH Analyst and in close liaison with the Media and Communication Unit, the Photographer will travel with the Service Provider to two research locations to document the living conditions and migration dynamics in these areas.


The incumbent will be expected to:

  • Attend pre-shoot consultation(s) with IOM and agree on the visual representation of specific themes.
  • Develop photo storyboards before shooting, and write accompanying photo scripts and descriptions of photos.
  • Work with the Service Provider in the field to facilitate logistics, contacts with local authorities and overall coordination of this assignment.
  • Produce photos useable across a wide variety of platforms from digital to video.
  • Edit and caption pictures to illustrate uploaded stories.
  • Conduct him or herself ethically, including refraining from capturing images of individuals without expressed consent.
  • All photos should portray their subjects in a dignified, non-demeaning way.


  • The Photographer will be expected to visually capture the following key themes:
  • A visual documentation of the study locations that gives the viewer a sense of what these locations look like.
  • The use of communication technologies within the community.
  • Returning migrants’ success stories.
  • Community transformations/development within the community that is attributed to migration.
  • Youth activities within the community.
  • Images that capture migration/movement from and to the community
  • Human interest stories (would-be migrants; returnees; families of migrants abroad)
  • Images of the research being conducted that maintain respondents’ anonymity.


The expected outputs will be:

  • An edit of 200 photographs showing the thematic areas mentioned above. The photographs shall be provided to IOM as RAW files and in .jpeg format to guarantee a high resolution that allows for wide distribution. All subjects will sign a standard IOM consent form. The submitted photos should include portraits suitable for fundraising needs and campaigns, as well photos that can be used for news purposes.

Intellectual Property

All intellectual property and other proprietary rights including, but not limited to, patents, copyrights, trademarks, and ownership of data resulting from the performance of the services shall be vested in IOM, including, without any limitation, the rights to use, reproduce, adapt, publish and distribute any item or part thereof.


  • Minimum three-year degree in photography or related field.
  • At least five (5) years of progressive experience as a photographer
  • Excellent communication skills in English
  • Experience producing photographs for non-profit and humanitarian organisations
  • Experience covering displacement emergencies and humanitarian response situations, and in visually documenting global and social issues.
  • Previous experience of working with IOM or other UN and international agencies can be an added advantage.
  • Availability and willingness to travel to various regions in Ethiopia, when called upon to.
  • Previous working experience in remote areas of Ethiopia is a significant asset.
  • Excellent knowledge of photography in developmental contexts
  • Excellent knowledge of photographing vulnerable individuals in a dignified way
  • Excellent knowledge of the technical aspects of shooting and editing photos
  • Excellent knowledge of how cameras function
  • Must be in possession of a full-frame sensor camera (Canon, Sony or Nikon preferred)
  • Must be able to shoot RAW images
  • Must be able to combine Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom software in editing and have a good understanding of editing workflow – or similar professional software
  • Must possess at least three professional lenses ( ideally 50mm f1.2, 24-70mm,
  • 70 – 200mm f4/1.2 or equivalent)
  • Must possess an editing suite (MAC or Windows laptop with editing software installed)
  • Must possess and be able to use speedlights and strobes


Required: Fluency in both written and spoken English and Amharic is required

Advantageous: Fluency in Ethiopian local languages is desirable

How to apply:

Interested candidates should submit CV, samples of their previous works and a motivation letter indicating the Position Title and Vacancy Number with three professional referees, and their contacts (both email and telephone) to International Organization for Migration (IOM), RO Human Resources Department, via e-mail:

CLOSING DATE: 17th March 2021

For more details, please click here.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.


NO FEE: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, process or training). IOM does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank details.

Posting period:

From: 11.03.2021 to 17.03.2021


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