Outreach Specialists, Rome, Italy

Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Country: Italy

City: Rome, Italy

Office: FAO Rome

Closing date: Friday, 9 July 2021


Outreach Specialists

Job Posting: 25/Jun/2021

Closure Date: 09/Jul/2021, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : NSL

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

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

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Italy-Rome

Duration : Assignments for 11 months

Post Number : N/A

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

Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member nations, and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply

Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct and to uphold our values. FAO has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and FAO, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority, and discrimination

All selected candidates, therefore, will undergo rigorous reference and background checks

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

The Land and Water Division aims at enhancing the agricultural productivity and advancing the sustainable use of land and water resources through their improved tenure, management, development and conservation. It addresses the challenges member countries face in ensuring productive and efficient use of land and water resources in order to meet present and future demands for agricultural products, while ensuring the long-term sustainability of the land and water quantity and quality. It promotes equitable access to these natural resources with a view to enhancing productivity, livelihoods and ecosystem services. It provides assistance to member nations in developing policies, programmes, best practices and tools in the fields of irrigation and drainage, soil conservation, drought mitigation, water rights, access to natural resources and improvement of land markets.

Reporting Lines

The International Consultant/PSA reports to the Team leader of the Water Data and information Team in the Land and Water Division.

Technical Focus

Under the guidance of the Team leader, the incumbent will support the information-awareness raising related activities of the water data team including internal, external and media relations, exhibitions, special events and international campaigns.

Tasks and responsibilities

Support the development of outreach and advocacy plans in order to raise awareness about the water-related projects and programmes through the divisional channels and networks.

Assess, in conjunction with the technical officers and the decentralized offices, the needs for information and dissemination products and campaigns.

Assist in the development of digital and printed dissemination products, including publications, videos, and ensure they adhere to the corporate policy, in consultation with the relevant departments and units.

Support, in collaboration with other FAO departments, the internal and external dissemination of project and programmes achievements.

Assist, in collaboration with relevant departments and units, in the regular update and maintenance of the project websites.

Support the organization of national and international events (live and/or online).

Perform other duties as requested.


Minimum Requirements

University degree in communication or related field.

One to four years of relevance experience for base level consultants/PSA.SBS (category C), and at least five years of relevant experience for middle base consultants/PSA.SBS (category B), and more than 12 years for consultants category A and 15 years for PSA.SBS category A.

Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian (for PSA it can be required only one language).

FAO Core Competencies

Results Focus



Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Work experience in more than one location or area of work

Extent and relevance of experience in supporting outreach activities for UN organizations and/or initiatives, particularly at the international level.

Extent and relevance of experience in supporting the development and/or coordinating special events, exhibitions and UN campaigns as well as the production of content for external audiences (UN agencies, research institutes, public and private partners, general public), especially in areas relevant to FAO’s mandate .

Understanding of FAO policies and programmes is considered a strong asset.

Selection Criteria

Level of experience in outreach activities related to the field of agricultural land and water management and governance.

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


To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered.

We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline

If you need help please contact: Careers@fao.org

Link to the organization’s job offer: https://unjobs.org/vacancies/1624811918744