Vacancy Announcement

Published on 10 October 2018
Deadline for Application: 20 October 2018

The FAO Representation in Bangladesh is inviting applications from qualified national candidates to the following vacant position in Cox’s Bazar.

National Communications Officer, Cox’s Bazar

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in Bangladesh seeks to hire a National Communications Consultant to enhance the visibility of the organization’s work in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. FAO is a UN Specialized Agency, with the technical lead in the fight to eradicate hunger and rural poverty, the development of agriculture, fisheries and livestock, and the promotion of sustainable management of the environment and natural resources. One of the FAO’s corporate goals is to increase visibility of its work at country levels, in Asia and the Pacific, and globally. While the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific has dedicated staff to help achieve this goal, National Communications Officers located in country-based FAO Programme offices are important in increasing the visibility in national vernacular media (and beyond).

FAO’s Technical Cooperation in Emergencies Unit (TCE) opened the Refugee Crisis Response programme in Cox’s Bazar (from now on CxB Programme) in early October 2017 and began serving both the refugee and host community populations with food and nutrition security programming. The programme has since grown in scope and FAO has taken on longer-term programming with partners from the Departments of Forestry, Fisheries, Livestock and Agricultural Extension, working in close collaboration with the FAO Country Office in Dhaka. In Cox’s Bazar, FAO is leading in several multi-sectoral projects and co-chairs the Food Security Sector, the Livelihoods Working Group and the Energy and Environment Technical Working Group.

General Responsibilities:
Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative, the direct supervision of the Head of Sub-Office (HoSO) and with technical backstopping from the Regional Communications Officer based in Bangkok, the incumbent will work to increase visibility and awareness on FAO’s work in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The consultant will develop and implement key communication strategies, through technical support to FAO personnel and through the development of communication products aimed at a range of media (print, radio, TV, web, social, etc.).

In line with FAO’s Corporate Communications Strategy and Policy, the consultant will carry out the following specific tasks:

  • Design and implement a Communication Strategy to highlight the ongoing and future Programme work in Cox’s Bazar;
  • In developing the Programme specific needs, ensure common and coherent messaging to improve overall FAO Bangladesh communication efforts;
  • Develop and manage all content produced by the CxB Programme for the FAO Bangladesh website; draft project fact sheets, op ed articles, guest columns and social media messages; and monitor media coverage of Programme activities;
  • Prepare talking points and ensure photo/video coverage of key CxB Programme events; draft press releases and disseminate news through press contacts;
  • Arrange interviews and/or press conferences as required and support HoSO and FAOR in identifying relevant experts to answer media queries and participate in interviews;
  • Develop feature stories for TV, print, radio and web-based dissemination and improve FAO Bangladesh database of media contacts;
  • Select and propose quality photos and videos for inclusion in the FAO corporate photo database; and liaise with the FAO Regional Office and HQ on the coverage of high-level CxB Programme events;
  • Support all communication activities, strengthen FAO media relations and heighten public visibility; including, inter alia, media coverage of  specific Programme activities and events, the World Food Day (and similar events);
  • Support as needed the development and implementation of a Communication Strategy and related work plans in support of the Country Programming Framework (CPF), promoting alignment with FAO regional and global priorities;
  • Work with other FAO Bangladesh project/sector teams in Bangladesh to ensure a common approach in the coverage of different areas of focus, advise and provide support with sector specific communication needs;
  • Support with rollout of training and capacity building activities for FAO Bangladesh staff in media relations, social media and strategic communication; utilization of social media channels for effective messaging; and ensuring sustainability of communications initiatives;
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by the HoSO or FAO Representative.

Qualifications, Skills and Attributes:

Academic/Technical Competencies/Qualifications:

  • University degree in journalism, communication, public relations or related discipline;
  • A minimum of five years of experience in media relations and communications in the Bangladesh office of an international organization, non-governmental organization or industry or, alternatively, media in Bangladesh is required;
  • An excellent command of English and Bangla is essential as are proven writing, reporting and communication design skills and the ability to operate under pressure and tight deadlines;
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work in a multicultural environments; and to proactively forge good relations and networks

Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building effective relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of: Commitment to FAO, Respect for All, and Integrity and Transparency.

Expected Outputs:

  • The consultant will be responsible for the following deliverables:
  • Communication strategy and work plans for CxB Programme developed and implemented;
  • Quality communication productions for dissemination through FAO Bangladesh website and FAO in Emergencies website;
  • Capacity development needs of Programme team identified and addressed;
  • Regular participation in IASG Communicating with Communities (CwC) and other UN communication working groups;
  • Increased visibility of key Programme events in domestic, regional and global media;

Periodic reports on media activities by Programme personnel prepared and submitted to the FAO Representative for further dissemination through country and corporate channels.

Duty Station: Cox’s Bazar with in-country travel as required

Duration: 5 months (possible extension, subject to performance and funds availability)

Application Guidelines:
All applicants will send their General Profile Form (GPF) to the following address: by close of business on 20 October 2018.

GPF is available to this link:

Subject must refer: Application for the position of “National Communication Officer”

Candidates not possessing the requisite qualifications should not apply as their application will not be considered.

Any persuasion will disqualify the candidate; only short listed candidates will be invited for the interview

All recruitment to FAO posts are made on a competitive and transparent basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply directly to FAO and follow the instructions on this website. Please note that no intermediary is allowed to expedite or facilitate such process. All those who represent themselves as such are fraudulent and should be reported to FAO immediately.

Qualified female applicants and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply