Communications Officer P4 - FIT Pool

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26 Apr 2018


To define and implement communications plans, working either in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureaux (RB) and/or in Country Offices (CO’s). These jobs are found in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureaux (RBs) and in Country Offices (COs). Job holders provide advice on communications issues, and analyse and interpret material of a complex nature.

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. These roles manage communications for a region and coordinate all Communications Officers and focal points in the region to ensure the implementation of WFP’s global communications strategy is in liaison with HQ Communications.
In COs, the job holder will report to the Country Director, with functional supervision from the Regional Communications Officer. Job holders 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.

  • Define and coordinate the implementation of 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 analysing WFP’s 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.
  • Consolidate 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.
  • Build and maintain partnerships through extensive networking and proactive collaboration with the media, advocacy groups and other critical partners.
  • Lead the collaboration effort 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 assigned to you



  • 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 8 years of postgraduate progressively responsible professional experience and a proven track record as a communications, advocacy or marketing specialist, journalist or spokespersonI
  • 3 years of international experience working within international organizations
  • Experience in developing communication strategies/advocacy campaigns/marketing plans.
  • Experience planning, gathering and producing tailored multimedia content Experience of managing diverse teams of staff with related areas of expertise
  • Experience leveraging social media content to support a given cause.


  • 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 judgement/decision-making skills.
  • Good 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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