UN Head of Communication Careers – United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Title:    Head of Communication
Organization: United
Nations World Food Programme (WFP)
Duty Station: 
Kampala, Uganda
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 Head of Communication Unit will have the
unique opportunity to influence WFP’s role in the country and to ensure that,
by working with others, WFP delivers real results for the millions of people in
the country who face food insecurity. 
The Communications Unit of World Food Programme Uganda broadly aims to
showcase WFP’s work in support of the Government of Uganda’s progress in
realizing two key United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: notably SDG2
(ending hunger by 2030); and SDG17 (strengthening partnerships). More
specifically, WFP Uganda’s five-year Country Strategic Plan (CSP), running to
2022, includes embedding communications in every aspect of our work, so it
becomes a core function and major driver in realizing our Zero Hunger mission.
Transforming communications to meet these objectives – including external
(reaching the media, general public, government donors and other stakeholders),
internal (WFP staff) and targeting the communities we serve (through
Communications for Development or C4D)— counts among the top priorities of WFP
Uganda’s CSP.
The Head of
Communications will oversee a transformation of communications at WFP Uganda
that embeds it into all aspects of the organization, helping to drive its
mission, activities and output.  She/he
will supervise two national Communications Officers (respectively covering
external and internal communications (targeting staff, beneficiary and other
stakeholders), as well as a graphic artist. Together the team will work to meet
specific objectives, actions and outcomes detailed in WFP Uganda’s
Communications Advocacy & Plan running through 2022.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Develop, maintain and update a work plan that ensures WFP Uganda
    Communications Unit is on target in realizing its objectives (outlined in
    the Communications & Advocacy Plan) and broadly enhances the
    visibility and reputation of WFP, ensures alignment with WFP’s overall
    strategy and goals.
  • Designs, manages, and facilitates the implementation of programme
    communication strategy, plan of action and activities for strategic
    communication and promotion for achieving zero hunger.
  • Programme communication materials: Organizes the research,
    development, pre-testing, and production of culturally relevant
    communication materials.
  • Develops and enhances strong partnerships with community groups,
    leaders and other partners in the community and civil society for
    promotion of participation in the realization of zero hunger.
  • Provides effective coordination and technical support to government
    counterparts and other partners in the development and strategic use of
    communication for zero hunger. Provide technical and administrative
    support and background materials to carry out C4D strategies and
    activities and recommend operational strategies, approaches, plans,
    methods and procedures to ensure community engagement and participation,
    and optimum outreach and impact.
  • Assess and recommend potential contacts, networks, resources and
    multiple/social/digital media and tools to support maximum impact and
    outreach of Communication for Development initiatives.
  • Ensure design and delivery of communications products/visibility
    content via traditional and social media and myriad other relevant
    platforms, which effectively convey the desired message to targeted
    audience/s, including media, government, donors, local communities,
    private sector and NGO partners, and WFP staff.
  • Respond to emergencies when requested by quickly traveling to the
    site and preparing information for public release on WFP’s operations and
    activities, as well as needed materials for internal and external use,
    particularly multi-media materials.
  • Increase staff engagement and buy-in to WFP Uganda’s mission through
    their participation in communications activities, including greater
    interaction with the communities we serve, WFP partners and other
  • Build the capacity of WFP staff on all aspects of communications,
    providing advice, guidance and training to ensure consistent, quality
    communications activities that meet WFP Uganda’s goals;
  • Collaborate closely with WFP staff and partners to align activities
    and ensure a coherent approach to communications within and without WFP.
  • Oversee/perform other related functions as required.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UN World Food Programme
    (WFP) Head of Communication job placement should hold an Advanced
    University degree in Journalism, International Relations, International
    development, Public Relations, Communications or other relevant field, or
    First University degree, with additional years of related work experience
    and/or trainings/courses
  • Previous experience in specialised communications practices and
    applies this to all activities
  • Experience in managing small teams of staff with related areas of
    expertise in the delivery of innovative communications projects
  • Experience in supporting and leading projects and input into
    function policies
  • International Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language.

  • Media and Influencer Relationship Management: Demonstrates ability to formulate and
    maintain strong relationships with key media and influencers. Leads in
    implementing identified strategy to raise the profile of WFP, build
    relationships and further organisational aims.
  • Media and Communication Expertise: Provides guidance to team members in facilitating open and
    informative verbal and written communication between media and
    influencers. Directs a team in the preparation of tailored written
    reports, presentations materials.
  • 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
  • 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.
NB: Female
applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially
encouraged to apply
How to Apply:
All candidates who
desire to join the United Nations World Food Programme are encouraged to submit
their applications online at the link below.
Deadline: 4th June 2019
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