Emergency Reporting and Outreach Specialist, Various Locations

Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Country: Italy

City: Rome, Italy

Office: FAO Rome

Closing date: Tuesday, 24 November 2020


Emergency Reporting and Outreach Specialist

Job Posting: 13/Oct/2020

Closure Date: 24/Nov/2020, 10:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : OER

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : Consultant / PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Various Locations

Duration : up to 11 months

Post Number : N/A

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FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender and nationality

People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization

Candidates who applied to Vacancy No. 2000170 Emergency Reporting and Outreach Specialist do not have to apply to this vacancy.

Organizational Setting

The Office of Emergencies and Resilience (OER) is responsible for ensuring FAO’s efforts to support countries and partners in preparing for and effectively responding to food and agricultural threats and crises. It is responsible for coordinating the development and maintenance of corporate tools and standards to enable Decentralized Offices to assist Members to prepare for, and respond to emergencies. OER ensures humanitarian policy coordination and knowledge, liaison with the Inter-Agency Standing Committee as well as with humanitarian resource partners, co-leadership with World Food Programme of the global Food Security Cluster, organizational preparedness, surge capacity and response to large-scale emergencies. OER supports food and nutrition security assessment and early warning activities related to emergency and humanitarian analysis and responses. OER plays a major role in the development and leadership of the Organization’s programme to increase the resilience of livelihoods to food and agriculture threats and crises.

Reporting Lines

Depending on the duty station, the Emergency Reporting and Outreach Specialist reports to the Outreach and Reporting Coordinator, OER, or to the relevant manager at regional or country level.

Technical Focus

Support to formulation and implementation of FAO’s resilience agenda at global, regional, sub regional and/or country level.

Tasks and responsibilities

The Emergency Reporting and Outreach Specialist will:

Write and edit progress and final narrative reports for Trust Fund emergency and resilience projects, together with accompanying cover letters and project highlights, in accordance with FAO Reporting and Editorial Guidelines, and takes the necessary actions to dispatch them to appropriate addressees;
Assist in the revision, finalization and timely submission of key resource mobilization documents to ensure alignment to FAO standards in line with the requirements of major donors;
Write and edit various other documents in English relevant to the work of FAO in emergencies and resilience, including project proposals, brochures, leaflets, situation reports, presentations, etc., ensuring compliance with FAOstyle and relevant communications guidelines;
Edit ad hoc content for the FAO in emergencies web site as well as social media accounts in a manner consistent with relevant corporate communication guidelines;
Undertake travel, if needed, on short notice, in support of FAO decentralized offices, to provide support in outreach and/or reporting processes, methods and skills, and set up an information system (excel) to ensure monitoring of reports, in particular in countries where FAO has declared a large scale emergency response;
Perform other related duties, as requested.


Minimum Requirements

University degree in Advocacy, Communications, Media Studies, Journalism or in a related field;
At least 1 year (Category C), 5 years (Category B) or 12 years (Category A) of experience in public and/or private sectors related to reporting, outreach and programming in food and agriculture. Experience in developing countries, especially in countries that are vulnerable to disaster or other emergency risks would be an asset;
Working knowledge of English or French and limited knowledge of another official language of the Organization (Spanish, Arabic, Chinese or Russian).

FAO Core Competencies

Tags continuous improvement editor food and nutrition food security journalism knowledge sharing nutrition security resource mobilization transparency

Results Focus



Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Extent and relevance of experience in English in editing and writing reports in a humanitarian context;
Extent and relevance of experience in contributing to outreach and visibility efforts, particularly related to humanitarian contexts;
Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable.

Depth of knowledge of agricultural threats and crises;
Intermediate level of Spanish or French would be an asset;
Ability to operate effectively in a team, contributing positively to team operations and working relationships.

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency


FAO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing)

Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list If you are in possession of language certificate/s from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT), please attach the certificate/s when submitting the application.

For more information, visit the FAO employment website


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