United Nations UN WFP Communications Officer Jobs – World Food Programme

Job Title:        Communications Officer
Organization: United Nations
World Food Programme (WFP)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Position Grade: NOB
Reports to: Head – Global
Post Harvest Knowledge & Operations Centre (KNOC)
About US:
The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is the United Nations frontline
agency against world hunger. It is the largest and longest serving humanitarian
agency in Uganda. Currently WFP focuses on three priority areas: Saving lives
in Emergencies; Building Resilience through Predictable Safety Nets; Improving
Nutrition & Mother-and Child Health; and Supporting Small Holder Farmers to
Access Markets. WFP has operations in various parts of the Country.
Job Summary: The Communications
Officer primarily be managing the Communication, Information and Knowledge
Management efforts and oversee all the United Nations World Food Programme
(WFP)’s projects. In close collaboration with the team and other relevant
staff, the Communications Officer will coordinate and manage the Implementation
of effective communication and knowledge sharing strategies for both internal
and external stakeholders.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
The jobholder designs and implements
communications strategies and campaigns in order to strategically generate
greater awareness, understanding and support for WFP’s smallholder and
agricultural market programmes, the lessons learned and WFP’s continued
commitment to smallholder farmers.
Develops coherent messaging on WFP’s support to
smallholder farmers and ensure consistent use of it among relevant staff and
stakeholders in collaboration with Communications division team members in Rome
and Nairobi, and the Uganda Country Office Communications staff;
Facilitates and coordinates information requests
and media coverage of activities as required;
Actively participates in offline and online
fora, and ensure that WFP and its experience is recognized and present where appropriate;
Ensures effective presentation of messages and
content related to smallholder farmers and agricultural market development on
WFP.org, partner web portals, social media and other platforms;
Manages the preparation and updates of
communications products such as: monthly newsletters, social media, multi-media
products and other publications, fact sheets, articles, studies and reports;
Targets smallholder farmers: designs and
implements grass roots communications strategies to build mass awareness of
amongst farmers as to the advantages of improved post-harvest techniques,
management, and hermetic storage;
Creates content for press releases, online
articles, prepare and publish newsletters and other company literature;
Works in liaison with WFP staff and the media in
a timely manner to support aligned activities;
Keenly monitors, analyses and evaluates the
relative effectiveness of communication strategies and knowledge sharing
projects. Make recommendations for future action to senior managers accordingly;
Supports the KNOC to organize events and
workshops to promote maximum visibility;
Provides management with expert advice on
strategic communication and knowledge management as well as communications
input and support to the creation of a communication strategy for WFP’s
smallholder agricultural market support;
Assists the senior staff and other colleagues as
needed, with relevant input for activities such as briefing materials, funding
proposals, reports and requests from partners as well as with preparing
presentations, speeches and talking points.

Qualifications, Skills and
The ideal candidate for the United Nations UN
World Food Programme (WFP) Communications Officer job opportunity should hold a
University degree in one or more of the following disciplines: communication
for development, journalism, international relations, communications or other
related fields.
A minimum of five years of progressively
responsible professional experience in marketing and communications, knowledge
management, public information or communications officer as well as experience
in developing information strategies and programs.
Extensive knowledge of the full range of
communication approaches, tools and methodologies essential to planning and
executing effective communication programmes and campaigns
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to
deal patiently and tactfully with people of different national and cultural
Previous experience working in
agricultural/agribusiness sector or with smallholder farmers is desired
Excellent written and spoken English
Experience with both internal and external
communications roles
Experience working in large, matrixed
organizations with multiple stakeholders / reporting lines
A blend of experience in both private and public
sector, preferably the UN an advantage
Excellent command of MS Office and first-hand
experience with online content management systems (WordPress) are advantages
Fluency (level C) in English language and the
duty station’s language.
Personal Competencies:
Media and Influencer Relationship
Demonstrates ability to build and sustain effective
collaborative relationships with key media contacts and influencers in area of
expertise to raise the profile of WFP, build relationships and further
organisational aims.
Media and Communication Expertise:
Facilitates open verbal or written communication with media and influencers as
required (i.e. through preparation of tailored written or visual materials
presentations, and official documentation) to convey tailored messages. Engages
in mutually informative discussion with media and influencers.
Specialised Knowledge in Communications:
Uses sound theoretical knowledge of communications concepts to generate or
facilitate the generation of effective communication materials across various
media. Applies this to define work plans aligned to identified areas of WFP’s
communications strategy.
Sociopolitical Contextual Understanding:
Demonstrates deep understanding of the multilateral/interagency environment and
the dynamics in which WFP operates which influences approach to working, policy
development and decision making.
Communication Strategy and Planning:
Applies advanced understanding of WFP communications strategy and best practice
to effectively develop strategies to engage with media and other significant
external stakeholders within area of responsibility. Oversees implementation,
providing recommendations for improvement.
How to Apply:
All candidates who desire to join the United Nations World Food
Programme (WFP) are encouraged to submit their applications online at the link
Deadline: 23rd
November 2017
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