Communication International Consultant, Home Based

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

Country: Home-based

Closing date: Thursday, 28 January 2021


Communication International Consultant

Job Posting: 14/Jan/2021

Closure Date: 28/Jan/2021, 10:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : FRSOM

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : Consultant

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Home-Based

Duration : 11 months

Post Number : N/A

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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

Organizational Setting

This position will be Home based, with redeployment to the FAO Somalia office as soon as possible.

Reporting Lines

The Communication Consultant will be under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Somalia, direct supervision of the Emergency and Rehabilitation Officer and in regular consultation and coordination with the Regional Communication Officer and FAO’s Office of Communications (OCC).

Technical Focus

The Communication Consultant will provide strategic direction and communication support to enhance visibility of FAO’s programme in Somalia. The incumbent shall ensure coherence with FAO’s corporate communication policy and operational guidelines for all communication and information outputs.

Tasks and Responsibilities

In line with FAO corporate and regional communication strategies, develop and update a communication plan and calendar of events for FAO Somalia, in close consultation with Programme staff including project managers and other technical colleagues;
Develop briefs and other material to showcase FAO’s work and results in Somalia, working closely with IM, programme staff, and technical teams;
Develop key messages tailored to specific audiences (including donors, beneficiaries, partners and the general public) and a dissemination plan;
Interact with press and pitch stories of interest; organize visits for media to the field and serve as focal point for media missions;
Draft press releases and statements for FAO Somalia in coordination with FAO Communication offices (at HQ, regional and sub-regional levels as appropriate), support press conferences, and prepare responses to media queries;
Develop materials for media events, such as seasonal FSNAU Technical Releases, World Food Day, project launches and dissemination of key findings of key studies, research, assessments and evaluations;
Develop and maintain a contact list of strategic partnerships with media organizations and journalists;
Coordinate, produce and disseminate communication and advocacy materials, including brochures, human interest stories, posters and other visibility items (e.g. caps, tee-shirts), in coordination with focal points in RAF and HQ and following corporate branding guidelines;
Produce content for and maintain the FAO Somalia websiteand @FAOSomalia Twitter account, including writing and editing web posts, and ensuring web applications are user friendly and visible, in line with the FAO web and social media policies and in close collaboration with OCC. Liaise with OCCI to showcase success stories from Somalia on global social media platforms;
Train FAO Somalia spokespeople in how to deal with the media, make the most of a publicity opportunity as well as in basic photography;
Participate in and represent FAO as a member of the Humanitarian Communication and the UN Information Groups in Somalia;
Tags communication policy continuous improvement international relations journalism knowledge sharing political science press releases project manager public information transparency

Evaluate performance of the communication strategy/strategies and provide appropriate guidance on how to constantly extend the reach of FAO Somalia’s communications materials and to improve their effectiveness/quality;
Develop and maintain a visual and audio footage archive, including b-roll, completed videos, photos, captions and stories.


Minimum Requirements

University degree in communication, social science, journalism, political science or a related field.

Five years of relevant experience in communication, public information, journalism, international relations.

Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian.

FAO Core Competencies

Results Focus



Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Successful preparation and delivery of the Communication plan;
Publishing communication products;
Increase social media engagement and following on @FAOSomalia Twitter account;
Establishing and sharing Communications archive;
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.

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