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  • Posted: Sep 18, 2020
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    FAO works closely with the Government and people of Ghana, broadly tackling food and nutrition security issues ranging from food insecurity prevention, to strengthening food systems, to food safety training.FAO assistance in Ghana has three priority areas: Food and nutrition security; Environment and sustainable natural resource management; Rural developm...
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    Communication Officer

    • The Communication Officer reports to the Deputy Regional Representative for Africa.

    Technical Focus

    • Strategic communications, external relations, advocacy, media engagement, outreach, digital communications, publications.

    Key Results

    • Comprehensive communication and media relations expertise for the planning and delivery of OCC programmes, products and services and the development of related policies and specialized tools and systems

    Key Functions

    •  Leads projects and/or work teams, leads and/or participates on Office teams, provides services and/or professional expertise in internal committees and working groups and represents FAO at inter-agency meetings;
    •  Plans and deliver programmes, products and services including related policies, systems and tools to facilitate the effective media relations and internal as well as external corporate communication;
    •  Analyzes information, data, statistics, relativities, trends, problems, and/or issues to support effective communication delivery, new initiatives, and the preparation of plans, strategies, reports, policies and/or other products;
    •  Provides specialist advice and expertise to internal and external partners on specific or complex cases,  strategic communication, written communication, policy interpretation issues and/or best practices, etc.;
    •  Manages special projects and provides guidance to consultants for the development and implementation of new products, tools, and systems;
    •  Develops information, training materials and products to increase understanding of programmes, services and policies, promote capacity development;
    •  Develops relevant performance criteria and indicators to evaluate programmes, products and services.

    Specific Functions

    •  Leads in the planning, development and implementation of communications strategy for the region;
    •  Provides quality communication support to Senior Management in anticipating, mitigating and resolving communications/public relations issues/problems; Drafts key messages, talking points, presentations, opinion pieces.
    •  Prepares a diverse range of information communications products to highlight FAO priorities and achievements in the region; Produces communication products ranging from thematic reports to policy briefs, flagship publications and social media assets.
    •  Organizes and coordinates high-level/Ministerial events and coordinate communications coverage ranging from media engagements to social media coverage.
    •  Liaises on a regular basis with RAF Communication Network to ensure priorities are in coordination with OCC corporate guidelines;
    •  Provides advice and expertise to technical staff and senior representatives in the area of communications from social media, external relations/outreach, media relations, donor engagements, etc.;
    •  Engages with technical leads in the Regional Office, country-level offices, UN agencies (Economic Commission for Africa, UN Regional Offices, UN Information Centres), African Institutions (e.g. African Union Commission, African Development Bank, Regional Economic Communities) to develop ways to implement joint information campaigns;
    •  Develops strategic partnerships with key stakeholders to elicit support for and maximize impact of communication objectives;
    •  Develops capacity building initiatives to raise level of efficiency of country communication focal points;
    •  Builds network of influential media and opinion leaders on the continent; Contributes to designing, planning and organizing effective media coverage of activities and events and arrange for media contacts, briefings, press conferences, interviews, media reportages to field projects.

    Minimum Requirements

    •  Advanced university degree in communication, social science, journalism, political science or a related field.
    •  Seven years of relevant experience in communication, outreach, media relations, publications, digital communications  
    •  Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) 


    •  Results Focus
    •  Teamwork
    •  Communication
    •  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 is desirable
    •   Understanding of FAO policies and programmes is considered a strong asset
    •  Extent and relevance of experience in the field of communication services for prominent organizations, particularly at the international level, including substantive experience in journalism
    •  Extent and relevance of experience  in drafting high-quality written materials for a wide variety of audiences
    • FAO staff are expected to adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency


    •  FAO reserves the right not to make an appointment.


    • 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.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on to apply

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