20 Dec 2023

Communications Officer – Consultant Level II at WFP

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Job Description


WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status or disability.

ABOUT WFP
The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.

STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Education: Completion of Advanced University degree in Journalism, International Relations, Public Relations, Communications, Political Science, or other relevant fields, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.

Experience: A minimum of 6-10 of professional experience in a relevant field of work, with a background and interest in international humanitarian development.

Strong interpersonal and networking skills and the ability to liaise effectively with representatives from the international community, local and international media, governments, private sector, civil society, academia, and other relevant actors, when required.

Language: Fluency in written and spoken English. Intermediate level of one, or more, of the UN official languages: (French, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese). is a plus.

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT
These jobs are found in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureaux (RBs) and in Country Offices (COs). Job holders work with high degree of independence using technical knowledge and experience to analyse data, prepare reports, provide advice and solutions to problems, and identify opportunities for improvements.

The position reports to the Communications Officer and ensures that the CO communications activities serve WFP needs in Tanzania, taking into consideration the overall regional communications plan and WFP’s corporate communications goals.

JOB PURPOSE
To develop, plan and implement communications activities that support the overall communications strategy and WFP objectives.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
Develop, maintain and update an appropriate work plan for the assigned area, which implements the corporate communications strategy, in order to maintain and enhance the visibility and reputation of WFP, and support fundraising activities, ensuring alignment with WFP strategy.
Plan, manage and evaluate communications campaigns that favourably impact the views of the public, opinion leaders and donors in order to raise WFP’s profile and support fundraising activities.
Prepare communications products that effectively convey the desired message to targeted audience(s).
Maintain and develop a contact list of journalists and media outlets and manage the regular flow of news/information about WFP’s work to the media, ensuring reputational risks are identified and managed.
Define a social media plan for the assigned area which leverages social media content, platforms, networks and partners to enhance coverage and support of WFP’s activities.
Generate and/or facilitate the production of donor specific visibility content including, text, photos, videos and audio for use across a range of integrated online platforms, in order to support global and country fundraising activities, ensuring consistency with corporate messages.
Track and analyse traditional and online media, to identify trends and/or issues, and propose solutions and ideas to improve the effectiveness of communication strategy and activities.
Manage junior communications officers/team, develop work plans, monitor performance against objectives, and ensure appropriate development to enable high performance.
Coordinate and prepare accurate and timely reporting on communications activities that enables informed decision-making, evaluation of objectives and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
Build capacity of WFP staff on all aspects of external relations communication, providing advice, guidance and training to ensure consistent, quality communications activities that deliver the desired impact.
Work in close collaboration with counterparts to align activities and ensure a coherent approach to communications within WFP.
Contribute to preparedness actions, providing technical recommendations and guidance and monitoring the management of communications specific risks.
Other as required.

OTHER SPECIFIC JOB REQUIREMENTS

1.Applicants must demonstrate 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 organizational aims.
2.Applicants will provide 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.
3.Applicant will use 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.
4.Applicant must demonstrate deep understanding of the multilateral/interagency environment and the dynamics in which WFP operates which influences approach to working, policy development and decision making.
5.Applicant will apply 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.

DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE
Has gained experience in specialised communications practices and applies this to all activities
Has managed small teams of staff with related areas of expertise in the delivery of innovative communications projects
Has provided support in leading projects and input into function policies.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
This is an 11 Month Consultancy Contract based in Dar es Salaam Tanzania

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS

The Deadline for Applications is 2 January 2024.

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WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.

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Closing Date : 30th December, 2023.







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