World Food Programme recruits 01 Digital Communications Consultant
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters, and the impact of climate change.
The Regional Bureau Dakar (RBD) provides policy guidance, technical support, and oversight for operations in 19 countries west and central Africa where WFP’s efforts contribute towards the eradication of hunger and malnutrition.
To advance its mission to end hunger in the region, WFP must effectively advocate on the issues related to food security and nutrition, engage with policymakers, influencers, decisionmakers, national and regional institutions to help engineer changes in approach or policy that will ensure that no woman or man, girl or boy goes to bed hungry. The purpose of this assignment is to articulate advocacy strategies, identify advocacy opportunities to influence regional and/or country level discourse on WFP areas of interest, undertake stakeholder mappings, support in message articulation to amplify corporate positions and contribute to capacity strengthening for staff on advocacy and influencing.
- Support RBD Management to establish advocacy (influencing, positioning) as an approach to promote lasting change and achieve zero hunger in Western Africa.
- In liaison with HQ CAM Advocacy Unit, roll-out training in advocacy for RB & CO CAM, RBD leadership, HoUs and CO management based on WFP’s global advocacy toolkit.
- Support RBD CAM and Management to analyze and identify opportunities to influence regional and/or country level discourse on WFP areas of interest.
- Identify policy and decision makers, and determine moments to influence them either directly, or indirectly through partners, champions, and supporters.
- Be up-to-date and inform all key stakeholders on regional decision-making processes and fora related to development and humanitarian-related issues to identify opportunities and points of entry/leverage, alerting relevant thematic teams (Social Protection, Resilience, Nutrition, School Based Programmes, Emergencies), and COs where/when appropriate, to enable WFP to influence and contribute to policy discussions.
- Produce well-researched, clear, concise advocacy briefs on agreed agenda, map out key targets, stakeholders, opportunities, messages, and way forward with specific recommendations.
- Lead WFP advocacy publications in the region and provide guidance to COs with regards to events, advocacy initiatives as well as engagement to ensure maximum reach and coherence with regional and corporate narratives and priorities.
- Collaborate with cross-functional teams to build strategic partnerships and coalitions – cultivating broader advocacy networks or coalitions with like-minded partners in the UN, NGO, regional bodies, national governments, think tanks, media houses, academia, civil and digital society and private sector for advancing WFP’s causes
- Mobilise the public through popular campaigns that combine advocacy with social and traditional media outreach to exert influence on decision and policy makers to support of advocacy goals.
- Any other duties as delegated.
- The work plan for the two advocacy strategies (school health and nutrition; Social Protection) is implemented.
- Training of RBD leadership including Regional Advisors, Country Directors and CAM staff on influencing is successfully implemented.
- Thematic/CO specific advocacy plans are implemented in pilot countries.
- The Regional Director’s social media account is efficiently managed to advance advocacy efforts.
A Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy, International Development, Public Relations, International Relations, International Development, Communications and or any other relevant field.
Minimum 3 years of experience working in advocacy for policy change, influencing, social mobilisation and campaigns. With an excellent understanding of the development and humanitarian sectors, a strong portfolio of contribution to successful public advocacy, social and policy change initiatives, and engagement with national governments and regional institutions. A developed network of communications and advocacy partners. Experience working in Africa, especially in the west and central Africa.
Working knowledge (proficiency/Level C) of English and/or French is required
Closing date: 27 September 2022