Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Communication Specialist (Country Support)

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Job Description


The Agricultural Development Economics Division (ESA) conducts economic research and policy analysis related to all five of the Organization's strategic objectives (food security and nutrition, sustainable agriculture, poverty reduction, inclusive food systems and resilient livelihoods). ESA provides evidence-based analytical support to national, regional and global policy processes and initiatives related to food security and nutrition and sustainable agriculture; and leads the production of two FAO flagship publications: The State of Food and Agriculture and The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World. ESA also leads large programmes at country level on agricultural and food policy monitoring, climate smart agriculture (CSA), agribusiness and food value chains, rural poverty, and food security information and analysis in support of national policies.

FAO International Consultants and Call purpose

The Organization frequently engages experts to work on short-term activities and projects as international consultants or under personal service agreements (PSA) at various levels of experience (see minimum requirements below). International consultants or PSAs are engaged by the Organization to provide expertise, skills or knowledge for the performance of a specific task or piece of work, which is short-term by nature. The assignment may involve full-time or part-time functions. The assignment can be from 1 month up to 11 months. The possibility of extension is subject to satisfactory performance and depending on the availability of resources and needs of the Organization.

Individuals meeting or exceeding the requirements of the Call will be included in the ESA Divisional Roster. Experts who are registered in the Roster are available for consideration whenever relevant opportunities arise matching the required profiles.  

Contracts will be based at FAO Headquarters with travel on field missions where required.

Reporting Lines

Selected applicants will work under the overall guidance of the ESA Division Director and of the IPC Global Programme Manager and under the direct functional supervision of the IPC Communications Team Leader, working in close collaboration with the Office of Corporate Communication (OCC).

Technical Focus Communication and outreach activitiesCommunication trainingDevelopment of training and guidance materialsCreation, production and editing of promotional material and productsTasks and responsibilities

The assigned tasks and responsibilities can include the following:

  • Provide remote support and/or travel to countries on missions to provide in-person support to mainstream communication processes during and after IPC analyses in countries supported by the initiative;

  • Assist in developing communications training materials for global, regional and country level;

  • Assist in designing tailored dissemination plans of IPC briefs;

  • Assist in developing emergency-response IPC communication products;

  • Assist in developing and maintaining a media and communication officers’ database they will help build the global communication network;

  • Develop training/engagement materials for media to better understand and report on IPC processes;

  • Coordinate with IPC Regional Coordinators to engage and mobilize communication counterparts of existing and potential partners of the IPC to further strengthen capacity to carry out the initiative’s mandate;

  • Plan production of short video documentaries such as drafting TOR’s for short contract, coordinate production, write script, picture selection, conduct interviews, and ensure timely delivery of products;

  • Help oversee the IPC’s daily press outreach, editing briefs, press releases, statements and other documents as needed;

  • Assist in developing IPC information, advocacy and marketing material for various target audiences;

  • Assist in developing media preparedness training materials for senior management and coordinating interviews with international media;

  • Coordinate the management and maintenance of the IPC website and social media tools (Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube), and existing IPC email accounts, and increasing followership and subscriptions;

  • Perform other duties as required.


  • University degree in communication, or journalism.

  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in journalism, training and media production:

  • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of French.

FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus

  • Teamwork

  • Communication

  • Building Effective Relationships

  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Training skills

  • Media productions

  • Writing skills

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