Communications Officer, Beirut, Lebanon

Organization: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Country: Lebanon

City: Beirut, Lebanon

Office: WFP Beirut, Lebanon

Closing date: Thursday, 29 October 2020

Are you passionate about changing and improving the lives of millions of people world-wide? Are YOU up for a Life-Changing Experience? Do you want to be part of an International Humanitarian Organization with a diverse workplace? If YES, this WFP job vacancy is the opportunity for you

Deadline for applications:

This Vacancy Announcement will close on 29 October 2020 at 11:59 PM, Rome Time.

Terms and conditions:

This position is open to qualified Lebanese candidates ONLY

Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted

About WFP:

Assisting 91.4 million people in 83 countries each year, the World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.

As the international community has committed to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition by 2030, one in nine people worldwide still do not have enough to eat. Food and food-related assistance lie at the heart of the struggle to break the cycle of hunger and poverty.

In Lebanon, WFP works to support approximately 700,000 people with regular assistance using e-cards. WFP also supports Lebanese schools with school meals and has run over 300 development activities which include supporting rural infrastructure, as well as education and training opportunities for vulnerable individuals in families. WFP also supports Lebanon’s National Poverty Targeting Program (NPTP).

To know more about WFP’s mission, please check the below video: https://www.facebook.com/WorldFoodProgramme/videos/10154930622760178/

The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.

Job Purpose:

To implement the communication strategy and position WFP Lebanon and its partners among key interlocutors and the general public by supporting and delivering a range of communications activities and overseeing other communications functions.

Accountabilities : Within delegated autho rity and under the direct supervision of the Country Director (with close coordination with the regional communication team in Cairo), the Communication Officer main accountabilities and responsibilities involve the following: The incumbent will report to management and will perform the following tasks:

Implement and review country specific communication work plans designed to maintain and enhance the visibility and reputation of WFP, as well as support fundraising activities, ensuring alignment with overall communications and WFP strategies.

Manage press relations for the Country Office (CO), engaging with media representatives, and acting as the first-stop contact, referring interviews to the Country Director as appropriate.

Contribute to communications and analysis reporting through good research, analysis of assigned area of work and timely preparation and distribution of information products to target audience(s).

Maintain a contact list of journalists and media outlets and support the flow of news/information about WFP’s work to the media, in order to support regular and appropriate communications.

Support the communications team, implementing the social media plan by developing social media content, and utilising platforms, networks and partners to enhance coverage and support of WFP’s activities.

Generate donor specific visibility content including, text, photos, videos and audio for use across a range of integrated online platforms, in order to support global and country fund-raising activities, ensuring consistency with corporate messages.

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Monitor and analyse traditional and social media to inform the development and/or evaluation of communication activities and strategies.

Guide communications staff, overseeing creative content, acting as a point of referral and supporting them with more complex analysis and queries.

Support communications activities that enable informed decision making and ensures consistency of information presented to the media and other stakeholders.

Support capacity building of WFP staff on all aspects of communication, provides advice and guidance within area and level of expertise, in order to ensure that all activities meet desired standards of consistency, quality and impact. For example the design and review of training materials.

Liaise and interact with WFP staff and external counterparts to support aligned activities and a coherent approach to communications within WFP.

Follow standard emergency preparedness practices to support WFP to quickly respond and deploy food and needed resources to affected areas at the onset of a crisis.

Other as required.

Desired experiences for entry into the role:

Has proven experience in English and Arabic media relations

Has proven experience writing and editing in English

Has gained experience in utilising specialist communications techniques to enhance functional outputs

Has provided direction and instruction to more junior staff members within area of expertise

Standard minimum qualifications:

Education:

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

Experience:

At least five (5) years of relevant progressively responsible experience in communications, ideally for a humanitarian organisation.

Language:

Fluency in both oral and written communication in Arabic and English. Knowledge of French language is added advantage.

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.