Communications Officer P2 - FIT Pool

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26 Apr 2018


To implement the communications plan by supporting and delivering a range of communications activities, providing research and analysis, and prioritising effectively. These jobs are found in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureaux (RB) and Country Offices (COs). Job holders operate with minimal supervision, and are heavily involved in day–to-day activities, analytical work and provide advice on less complex issues.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

In HQ, the job holder reports to the Director of Communications or the designate. These roles work in a specialist area of communications.
In RBs, the job holder report to the Regional Director or the designate, with functional supervision from the Director of Communications or the designate.
In COs, the job holder report to the Country Director or the designate, with functional supervision from the Regional Communications Officer, to ensure that the CO’s communications activities serve WFP needs in the country of assignment, taking into consideration the overall regional communications plan and WFP’s corporate communications goals.

  • Implement communication work plans designed to maintain and enhance the visibility of WFP and support fundraising activities ensuring alignment with overall communications and WFP’s strategies.
  • Contribute to communications through research and analysis of preparation and distribution of information products.
  • Ensure that WFP’s branding and public messaging about its mandate and programmes are consistent across the organization and reflect corporate communications and advocacy priorities, adapted appropriately to the local context.
  • Maintain a contact list of journalists and media to support regular communications.
  • Support the social media plan which leverages social media content, platforms, networks and partners to enhance coverage and support of WFP’s activities.
  • Monitor and analyze print, broadcast and social media to identify trends and propose solutions and ideas to improve the effectiveness of communication strategy and activities.
  • Support and maintain partnerships through extensive networking and proactive collaboration with the media, advocacy groups and other critical partners.
  • Support the collaboration with internal global/regional communication partners to ensure and consistency in messaging to enhance understanding and support for humanitarian actions.
  • Liaise and interact with internal and external partners and other appropriate audiences.
  • Take responsability for incorporating gender perspectives in areas of work, to ensure equal participation of women and men.
  • Other as required.



  • Advanced University degree in Journalism, International Relations, Public Relations, Communications, Marketing or other relevant field, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.


  • At least 3 years of postgraduate progressively responsible professional experience and a proven track record as a communications, advocacy or marketing specialist, journalist or spokesperson or experience on social media.
  • International experience needed.
  • Experience in supporting communication strategies/advocacy campaigns/ marketing plans.
  • Experience planning, gathering and producing tailored multimedia content.


  • Fluency (level C) in English language.
  • Intermediate knowledge (level B) of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) or Portuguese (one of WFP’s working languages).


  • Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or WFP’s working language, Portuguese.
  • Well organized and detail oriented with strong judgement/decision-making skills.
  • Strong communication and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to understand what audiences need and how they want to consume it.
  • Ability to plan and organize work and communicate effectively.
  • Ability to handle a large volume of work and to meet strict deadlines.
  • Experience of managing teams of staff with related areas of expertise.


Selected candidates will be placed in the FIT Pool and may be contacted as the needs arise for fixed-term international positions in any of the countries in which WFP operates, including hardship duty stations. The FIT Pool membership will last 2 years. Mobility is and continues to be a core contractual requirement in WFP. These positions are rotational which means that the incumbent shall be subject to the regular reassignment process unless the position is reclassified as non-rotational.

Professional level positions are rotational on a period of 2 to 4 years, mobility is the essence of WFP.

WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance.

Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WFP:

To learn more about countries where the UN operates:

Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply.

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status. No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

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