FAO recruits 01 Young Professional Officer (Communication)

FAO recruits 01 Young Professional Officer (Communication)


Cairo, Egypt
Humanitaire (ONG, Associations, …), Projet/programme de développement

Job Description – Young Professional Officer (Communication) (2203315)

Job Description:  2203315

Young Professional Officer (Communication)

Closure Date: 01/Jan/2023, 11:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit: Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa (RNE)

Job Type: Staff position

Type of Requisition: YPP (Young Professionals Programme)

Grade Level: P-1

Primary Location: Egypt-Cairo

Duration: Fixed term: 2 years with possibility of extension

Post Number: 2008752

CCOG Code: 1A08

• FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture

• Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply

• Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO’s values

• FAO, 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 checks

• All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

• FAO staff are subject to the authority of the Director-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the Organization.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through FAO Strategic Framework by supporting the transformation to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems, for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind.

 Organizational Setting

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through the FAO Strategic Framework by supporting the transformation to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems, for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind.

The Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa (RNE) is responsible for leading FAO’s response to regional priorities for food security, agriculture and rural development through the identification, planning and implementation of FAO’s priority activities in the region. It ensures a multidisciplinary approach to programmes, identifies priority areas of action for the Organization in the region and, in collaboration with relevant units at headquarters, develops, promotes and oversees FAO’s strategic response to regional priorities. RNE also advises on the incorporation of regional priorities into the Organization’s Programme of Work and Budget and implements approved programmes and projects in the region, monitors the level of programme implementation, and develops and maintains relations with region-wide institutions including the Regional Economic Integration Organizations (REIOs).

The Regional Office supports regional policy dialogues, facilitates the emergence of regional partnerships, and supports knowledge exchange, capacity development and resource mobilization for food security, agriculture and rural development in the region.

The position is located in RNE in Cairo, Egypt.

Reporting Lines

The Young Professional Officer (Communication) reports to Regional Communication Officer, RNE.

Technical Focus

External relations, advocacy, media engagement, outreach, digital communications, publications related to programmatic activities.

Key Results

The provision of internet and internal communication.

Key Functions

Researches and analyses communication policy and service delivery issues;

Maintains operational statistics and prepares related reports;

Assists in the presentation of information/training sessions to management and staff;

Collaborates in the development of training tools and materials and the organization of workshops/seminars, etc.;

Participates in project teams and work groups.

Participates in the organization and follow-up of meetings, consultations and conferences, the production of required materials and the provision of information and assistance to partners

Specific Functions

Assists in planning for partnerships with private sector for Communication campaigns related to FAO topics;

Supports the regional team on developing video contents, visuals, and visibility materials to disseminate and inform about FAO achievements in the region;

Contributes to the events management of projects (launches, field visits, ceremonies, etc.) with a view to issue actionable recommendations to improve event management, outreach and advocacy around key development dimensions; in liaison with the regional management;

Collaborates in identifying key events in the region for FAO’s participation for a better visibility and outreach;

Contributes to the creation of media material for FAO in the region;

Contributes to maintaining and supporting a Regional Communications Network across FAO Offices in RNE;

Support delivery managers in RNE programme team, on different communication-related products and strategies that require alignment with the corporate guidelines;

Assists in disseminating awareness and sensitization of programme objectives with beneficiaries;

Actively contributes on raising awareness on women and youth empowerment, economic empowerment of small holder farmers and rural population’s livelihoods;

Performs other related duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

Advanced university degree in communication, social science, journalism, political science or a related field

One year of relevant experience in communication, web publishing and/or social media networks

Working knowledge (proficient – level C) of English and limited knowledge (intermediate – level B) of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).


Results Focus



Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions.

Demonstrated ability to translate technical communications to a wide and varied audience, in a simple and concise manner is desirable.

Understanding of FAO policies and programmes is considered a strong asset.

Extent and relevance of experience in the field of web publishing and social media networks as well as in editing communication, promotional or technical materials.

Extent and relevance of experience in programme engagement with focus on spreading awareness on youth, women and economic empowerment of smallholder farmers and rural population’s livelihoods is a strong asset.

NB Please note that candidates should be 32 years of age or younger as of 31 December of the year of application. 

FAO staff are expected to adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.


Extension of fixed term appointments is based on certification of performance and availability of funds

FAO reserves the right not to make an appointment.

The Young Professionals Programme (YPP) is a recruitment initiative targeted at talented, qualified young professionals who are mainly nationals of non or underrepresented members. Priority consideration will be given to candidates from Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and developing countries in general, to start a career as an international civil servant with FAO. 


A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link:

  Other benefits, subject to eligibility, include:

• Dependency allowances

• Rental subsidy

• Education grant for children

• Home leave travel

• 30 working days of  annual leave per year

• Pension fund entitlements under the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund

• International health insurance; optional life insurance

• Disability protection

FAO encourages  a positive workplace culture to increase inclusivity and diversity within its workforce. FAO applies measures in which all staff members contribute equally and in full to the work and development of the Organization. This includes: 

• elements of family-friendly policies

• flexible working arrangements

• standards of conduct.


• 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

• Please 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 

• 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.

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