FAO recruits 01 National Project Personnel – Communication Specialist

FAO recruits 01 National Project Personnel – Communication Specialist


Monrovia, Liberia
Humanitaire (ONG, Associations, …), Projet/programme de développement

Job Description: 2200441 National Project Personnel – Communication Specialist
Closure Date: 03/Mar/2022, 11:59:00 PMOrganizational Unit: FRLIRJob Type: Non-staff opportunitiesType of Requisition: NPP (National Project Personnel)Grade Level: N/APrimary Location: Liberia-MonroviaDuration: 10 months (with possibility of extension subject to availability of funds)Post Number: N/A
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that Closure Date and Time displayed above are based on date and time settings of your personal device
FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and cultureQualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to applyEveryone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO’s valuesFAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination  All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checksAll applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality Organizational SettingThe main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.

Main PurposeThe Communication Specialist is responsible for all corporate and internal communication activities of the Organization and shall ensure coherence and consistency in FAQ’s corporate messaging and communications’ outputs, as well as enables cost­ effectiveness in use of communication-related resources across the Organization.

Technical FocusEnsure the development and implementation of the country communication strategy.

Reporting LinesUnder the overall direction of the FAO Representative, and Technical Supervision of Assistant FAO Representative for Programme, the Communication  Specialist will provide strategic direction and communication support to enhance visibility of FAO’s programme in Liberia with focus on activities of  EU supported project . In regular consultation and coordination with the international project coordinator, the communication focal points of the Regional Office for Africa, Office of Corporate Communications, and the Sub-regional Office of West Africa, the consultant will ensure the development and implementation of the country communication strategy. Activities and output under the strategies will be coordinated in coherence with the organizational/corporate communication policy and operational guidelines. The candidate will perform the following tasks:

Tasks and Responsibilities
The incumbent will undertake the following:Develop and implement country specific communication strategy by identifying stakeholders, goals, objectives and timelines and consulting with thematic and technical teams.
From the outcome of the results and activities of the project, adopt the Project’s reporting format and develop a Communications Strategy and Plan of Action for the duration of the GCP/LIR/027/EC Project.Comply with the FAO corporate and regional communication strategies and closely coordinate plans and activities with the Regional Communication Officer.Develop communication plans for specific activities and target key messages tailored to certain audience (including donors, beneficiaries, partners, and the public), and disseminate information efficiently and effectively.Coordinate, produce and disseminate communication and advocacy materials, including brochures, human interest stories, posters and other visibility products in close coordination with focal points in RAF and in observance of corporate and branding guidelines.Develop a media database and partnerships with media organizations and journalists; interact and pitch stories of Calibri interest; organize media field visits.Coordinate media engagement during events and missions and collect visual and audio footage for both publication and archiving of events and missions.Create policy briefs and other strategic communication publications.Develop and produce communication products to highlight EU support and including but not limited to key messages, briefs, brochures, talking points, success stories and presentations; also travel to field, as necessary, to ensure collection/production of stories, interviews, photos and videos.Draft press releases and talking points; organize press conferences; prepare media kits; provide information to querying journalists; manage flagship FAO events (e.g., World Food Day, project launches, workshops , etc.).Cover high-level and high-visibility events; ensure media coverage and disseminate live information to highlight messages.Provide visibility for all project activities with focus on GCP/LIR/027/EC.Produce content for online and social media channels such as the website, Flickr, Twitter, etc. Write and edit web posts and ensure content is interesting and visually appealing. Increase FAO Liberia’s social media engagement and feature stories that will appeal to audience.Work closely and train colleagues as communication champions and how to deal with the media by providing key messages and basic tips on media engagement.Participate and represent FAO in inter-agency communication meetings (UN Communication Group) and ensure FAO representation and participation in UN events.Monitor communication plans and address gaps to improve effectiveness and quality.Prepare and submit the draft final report, including all project activities, impact assessment, and lessons learned, and make recommendations for follow-up assistance in the agricultural sector.Perform other related duties as required CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
   Minimum RequirementsMaster’s Degree in Mass Communication, Journalism, communication for development or a related field;Minimum of 5-10 years of experience in Corporate Communications, Public Information, Journalism, International Relations or agriculture/rural development sector communication and work experience with National and international NGO’s, UN Agencies, Government and donorsWorking knowledge of EnglishCandidates should be nationals of Liberia; FAO Core Competencies
Results Focus.TeamworkCommunicationBuilding Effective RelationshipsKnowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement  Technical/Functional Skills
Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is essentialExtent and relevance of experience in coordinating and managing complex multimedia communication, especially in areas relevant to FAO’s mandateExtent and relevance of experience in publishing policies and processes and of key issues and developments affecting technical and scientific publishingDemonstrated ability to project positive corporate images, reporting on key achievements and effectively advocating vision and priorities to internal and external stakeholders Selection CriteriaKnowledge in corporate communications, public information, journalism, international relations or closely related fieldsIndependent worker and excellent skills working as part of a team;English proficiency in writing; expertise in preparing high quality print and digital publications and products.Very high skills/knowledge of background related to the ToR’s RequirementsExperience with UN, and other International Organizations would be an asset
ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONFAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing)
Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help please contact: Careers@fao.orgApplications received after the closing date will not be acceptedPlease note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at  For additional employment opportunities visit the FAO employment website:  
 FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions. 
HOW TO APPLY• To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skills
• Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile• Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application• Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications• Incomplete applications will not be considered• Personal information provided on your application may be shared within FAO and with other companies acting on FAO’s behalf to provide employment support services such as pre-screening of applications, assessment tests, background checks and other related services. You will be asked to provide your consent before submitting your application. You may withdraw consent at any time, by withdrawing your application, in such case FAO will no longer be able to consider your application• Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered• Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile• We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.If you need help, or have queries, please contact:

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