Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
PROFESSIONAL VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT N
Issued on: 9 January 2018
Deadline For Application: 30 January 2018
POSITION TITLE: Communication Officer GRADE LEVEL: P-4
DUTY STATION: Rome, Italy
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT: Office for Corporate Communication (OCC) DURATION: Fixed term: two years with
possibility of extension
POST NUMBER: 0034916
CCOG CODE: 1.A.08
Applications from qualified women as well as from qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member countries are encouraged
Persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.
All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization
The Office for Corporate Communication (OCC) is responsible for all corporate and internal communication activities of the
Organization. It ensures coherence and consistency in FAO’s corporate messaging and communications’ outputs, as well as
enables cost-effectiveness in use of communication-related resources across the Organization.
The Communication Officer reports to a Senior Communication Officer.
Media relations, social media, internal corporate communication
Comprehensive communication expertise for the planning and delivery of OCC programmes, products and services and
the development of related policies and specialized tools and systems
Leads projects and/or work teams, leads and/or participates on Office teams, provides services and/or professional
expertise on Organization-wide committees and working groups and represents FAO at inter-agency meetings;
Plans and deliver programmes, products and services including related policies, systems and tools to facilitate the
effective media relations and internal as well as external corporate communication;
Analyzes information, data, statistics, relativities, trends, problems, and/or issues to support effective communication
delivery, new initiatives, and the preparation of plans, strategies, reports, policies and/or other products;
Provides specialist advice and expertise to internal and external partners on specific or complex cases, strategic
communication, written communication, policy interpretation issues and/or best practices, etc.;
Manages special projects and provides guidance to consultants for the development and implementation of new products,
tools, and systems;
Develops information, training materials and products to increase understanding of programmes, services and policies,
promote capacity development;
Develops relevant performance criteria and indicators to evaluate programmes, products and services;
Performs other duties as required.
Drafts articles, statements, briefings, talking points, key messages and other written communications for the Organization,
ensuring a high level of consistency, accuracy, content and presentation for internal and external audiences;
Monitors and analyses policy materials and developments within FAO at HQ and field levels and beyond (United Nations,
intergovernmental, think-tank, corporate and NGO reports) to keep abreast of strategic developments and to ensure that
they are consistently and accurately reflected in written communications for internal employees and external audiences;
Reviews drafts and manuscripts for adherence to corporate policy, in consultation with relevant departments and units,
and provides analysis and recommendations as required;
Maintains an up-to-date archive of Intranet articles, speeches, talking points and briefing materials, and policy positions,
prepared/cleared in/by ODG and OCC.
Candidates will be assessed against the following
Advanced university degree in in communication, social science, political science or a related field
ADM213e P5 02/14
Seven years of relevant experience (nine years with a first level university degree, BA or equivalent) in communication,
public information, journalism, international relations
Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese,
Building effective relationship
Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Excellent communication skills in English, both orally and in writing is considered a strong asset
Extent and relevance of experience in the field of communication services for prominent organizations, particularly at the
Extent and relevance of experience in drafting high-quality written materials for a wide variety of audiences
Understanding of FAO policies and programmes is considered a strong asset
Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable
Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and
All candidates should possess computer/word processing skills
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by a competency-based
Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your iRecruitment online profile (see “ How to
Apply ”). We strongly recommend that you ensure that the information is accurate and complete including employment
record, academic qualifications and language skills.
Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution
recognised in the IAU/UNESCO list.
Other similar positions may be filled from this vacancy notice and the endorsed candidates will be considered for the
Employment Roster for a period of 2 years.
Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments.