Communications Officer P3 - FIT Pool

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26 Apr 2018


To help define and implement the communications plans that support the overall communications strategy and WFP’s objectives, either in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureaux (RB) and/or in Country Offices (COs).

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

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

  • Develop and implement the communication strategies/plans/campaigns, including setting clear goals and objectives, defining key tasks, messaging, audience targeting and analysis.
  • Act as a spokesperson for WFP, effectively addressing media enquiries and explaining information in a compelling way.
  • Help ensure that WFP’s branding and public messaging about its mandate and programmes is consistent across the organization and reflects corporate communications and advocacy priorities, adapted appropriately to the local context.
  • Generate quality multimedia content including writing, video, photo and audio storytelling as well as collecting and analyzing WFP data to produce comprehensive infographic materials.
  • Define a social media plan which leverages social media content, platforms, networks and partners to enhance coverage and support of WFP’s activities.
  • Track and analyze print, broadcast and social media, to identify trends and/or issues, and propose solutions and ideas to improve the effectiveness of communication strategy and activities.
  • Maintain partnerships through extensive networking and proactive collaboration with the media, advocacy groups and other critical partners.
  • Ensure collaboration with internal global/regional communication partners to ensure and consistency in messaging to enhance understanding and support for humanitarian actions.
  • Ensure timely and accurate communications and outreach to internal and external partners and other appropriate audiences.
  • Take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives in all areas of work, to ensure equal participation of women and men.
  • Undertake any other duties 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 5 years of postgraduate progressively responsible professional experience and a proven track record as a communications, advocacy or marketing specialist, journalist or spokesperson
  • 2 years of International experience within an international organization.
  • Experience in developing communication strategies/advocacy campaigns/marketing plans.
  • Experience planning, gathering and producing tailored multimedia content.
  • Experience of managing teams of staff with related areas of expertise.


  • 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.


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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