Job Description

  The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency dedicated to eradicating rural poverty and hunger. It does so by investing in rural people. IFAD finances programmes and projects that increase Agricultural Productivity and raise rural incomes, and  advocates at the local, national and international level for policies that contribute to rural transformation.

Post's organizational accountability

The Communications Division (COM) leads implementation of IFAD’s Communication Strategy and acts variously as facilitator, partner and leader with regards to delivery of IFAD’s internal and external communication work. COM is a strategic partner for IFAD departments, divisions, offices and units in Rome and across the globe. The division has a team of expert staff in media relations, video production, writing, publishing, web and other Digital Media, graphic design, visual identity, brand management, internal communication and events management to meet IFAD's communication priorities.

Key results expected / Major functional activities

  • Supports the implementation of the regional communications strategy, in collaboration with the Communication Officer in IFAD HQ, and conveys corporate communication goals and best practices to the Hub Head and other in-country staff;
  • Contributes to raising IFAD’s profile as an advocate for increased investment in agricultural and rural development and to boosting IFAD’s reputation as an experienced, results-driven organization and partner of choice;
  • Supports the Hub Head and other staff in identifying communications opportunities and risks, in line with IFAD’s overall Communication Strategy and capacity-building efforts;
  • Develops relations with important media (print/broadcast/digital) in the hub’s area of engagement, encouraging, organizing and facilitating coverage of IFAD-supported activities, and providing them with a regular source of information on rural development issues;
  • Prepares media pitches and reaches out to media under the guidance of the Communication Officer to generate interest in IFAD-funded work, including in relation to missions of IFAD senior managers and other officials (e.g. regional directors, RBA heads, Member State representatives), or major regional/global events taking place in the hub area;
  • Researches and proposes content for IFAD's website and IFAD social media channels and promotes existing content (stories from the field, Facebook posts, Twitter posts, etc.), as well as collaborates with COM colleagues to place IFAD video and/or video news releases (VNRs) with local television outlets;
  • Maintains contact with Communications Officers or focal points in government, partner institutions and NGOs, as well as the United Nations Communications Group, to enable rapid response to both opportunities and risks, in collaboration with the Communications Officer and other COM staff;
  • Manages the dissemination of advocacy material, both print and digital, and seizes opportunities for advocacy, including supporting IFAD global campaigns, press trips or the launch of flagship publications such as the Rural Development Report and the IFAD Annual Report, as well as country-specific publications or reports showing evidence of IFAD’s results (e.g. impact assessments, IOE evaluations);
  • Promotes a communications-conscious culture within the hub office, including supporting Capacity Building and skills training initiated by the Communications Division.

Impact of Key results / Key performance indicators

Increased familiarity with IFAD's brand and achievements; greater capacity of IFAD Hub and other staff to carry out communications activities in line with IFAD's overall Communication Strategy.

Representation / Work relationships

The Communication Analyst works under the daily supervision of the Communication Officer and must work closely with other COM staff, as well as working in daily coordination with IFAD operational staff. Must also work well with project staff and partners, as well as media and civil society.



  • Strategic thinking and organizational development: Personal influence
  • Demonstrating Leadership: Personal leadership and attitude to change
  • Learning, sharing knowledge and innovating: Continuously seeks to learn, shares knowledge and innovates
  • Focusing on clients: Focuses on clients
  • Problem Solving and decision making: Demonstrates sound problem solving and decision making ability
  • Managing time, resources and information: Manages own time, information and resources effectively
  • Team Work: Contributes effectively to the team
  • Communicating and negotiating: Communicates effectively: creates understanding between self and others
  • Building relationships and partnerships: Builds and maintains effective working relationships

  • Strong writing and communications skills, including writing for publication as well as distilling technical material into media/web-friendly content;
  • Ability to analyse, research and fact check content to ensure accuracy and mitigate communication risks;
  • Experience interacting with media, news outlets and the national communications environment, as well as familiarity with national and global issues of relevance to IFAD’s work;
  • Ability to gather information from development projects and programmes in country, collaborating effectively with national project staff, and draft communication and media products;
  • Knowledge of digital communications tools and social media, and ability to work virtually across the HQ-regional hub continuum.

Minimum recruitment qualifications


  • An advanced university degree in Communications, Journalism or other relevant discipline is required; a first university degree (e.g. Bachelor’s degree) plus at least 4 years of relevant experience may be substituted, over and above the minimum number of years of experience.

  • At least 3 years progressively responsible experience in communications in an international organization or media or communications organization.
Language requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required, as well as in the language of the host country.

Other information

Applicants should note that IFAD staff members are international Civil Servants subject to the authority of the President of IFAD, and they may be assigned by him/her to any of the activities of IFAD, including field assignments and/or rotation within IFAD.

In the interest of making most cost effective use of funds and resources, we are only able to respond to applicants who are short-listed for interview. Candidates who do not receive any feedback within three months should consider their application unsuccessful Candidates may be required to take a written test and to deliver a presentation as well as participate in interviews.

Applicants for vacancies in the National Professional Officers (NPO) category must nationals of the country in which the position is located.

IFAD is committed to achieving gender diversity. Women are particularly encouraged to apply.

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