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Vacancy Announcement

Deadline for Application: July 26, 2021

National Communication Specialist (2101998)

FAO in collaboration with the government, UN organizations and development partners began serving both the host communities and Rohingya population in building their livelihoods and skill development opportunities in Cox’s Bazar from October 2017. FAO Cox’s Bazar sub-office has been operating programmes in attaining productive and sustainable agriculture, fisheries, livestock and increasing the resilience of livelihoods in the emergency humanitarian context. Several initiatives were undertaken particularly to address the sustainable productivity, resilient livelihoods and improved food security for communities in Cox’s Bazar, specifically prioritizing the poor and marginalized farmers. FAO is implementing various multi-donor projects through developing, testing, and piloting several innovative sustainable livelihood approaches and intervention models. Through these innovative approaches and models, FAO is supporting marginal and smallholder farming families in four sub-districts of Cox’s Bazar district (Cox’s Bazar Sadar, Ukhiya, Ramu and Teknaf) for increasing their farm productivity and income generation by improving the existing production and management practices.
Reporting Lines

The National Communications Specialist is a SC8 posiiton and will work under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative, and the direct supervision of the Senior Emergency and Rehabilitation Officer and the International Communications Specialist. He or she will work in coordination with the Regional Communication Officer and the operations team and monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning (MEAL) unit.

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

  • Develop, maintain and update a communication strategy and work plan, in line with programme priorities and FAO’s corporate communications guidelines.
  • Research and produce communications materials (in both high-quality English and Bangla) including news releases, human interest stories, newsletter content, brochures, opinion articles, talking points, donor reports, and social media content for Cox’s Bazar, plus other FAO Bangladesh projects as required.
  • Develop and articulate key messages for external communication and advocacy purposes.
  • Edit texts of a technical nature in order to ensure accuracy, clarity, cohesion and conformity with FAO house-style English, policy and practice.
  • Develop and coordinate production of engaging and informative multimedia products (video and radio) in line with guidelines from the Office of Corporate Communication (OCC).
  • Oversee graphic design solutions including publication templates, visual presentations, pamphlets, info-graphics, icons, and other publication materials that illustrate information and make it legible to different audiences and in line with FAO’s logo guidelines.
  • Take high quality photos and commission professional photography according to OCC production guidelines and advance collaboration with OCCM Photo Editor.
  • In close collaboration with OCC, support and promote the World Food Day campaign and other observances campaigns including international years, days and UN Decades, on the national level by adapting communication material in Bangla when possible and disseminating them among partners.
  • Create content for sharing via existing FAO social media channels that raises visibility with key target audiences in line with FAO branding guidelines for social media audiovisual content.
  • Cultivate relations with the media, organise and facilitate media coverage for events, guide media engagement for technical experts.
  • Monitor and evaluate the impact of communication materials and advocacy events/campaigns to target audiences.
  • Set up, organize, and maintain an archive of images and video content.
  • Organize and archive key project documents.
  • Prepare, edit, and submit key project documents for publishing approval.
  • Liaise with the procurement team to initiate and oversee procurement of printed and other communications materials.
  • Lead project communications for World Food Day and other campaigns.
  • Represent FAO at the country UN Communications Group when required and ensure that FAO’s priorities are reflected.
  • Ensure visibility of projects and FAO Bangladesh in project partners’ materials and publications, and provide guidance on the correct use of the FAO logo, in line with corporate guidelines;
  • Organise procurement of communications products.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Minimum Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Communication, Journalism or a related field;
  • Minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible professional work experiences with the United Nations or international development organizations in corporate communications, public information, journalism, international relations;
  • Professional experience in working with the emergency environment and /or humanitarian responses at team leader or project manager position including the food security sector.
  • National of Bangladesh

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • English advanced in writing, expertise in preparing high quality print and digital publications and products;
  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is essential;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in coordinating and managing multimedia communication, especially in areas relevant to FAO’s mandate;
  • Demonstrated ability to project positive corporate images, reporting on key achievements and effectively advocating vision and priorities to internal and external stakeholders;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required;
  • Ability to work independently and without close supervision;
  • Self-motivation, willingness to learn and strong work ethics in managing a multi-disciplinary team.

Duration: 12 months (with possibility of extension)
Duty station: Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

Application Guidelines:
To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Or visit the below link.

GPF link:

Subject must refer Application for the position of “National Communications Specialist (2101998)”

Application not submitted through the filled GPF will be discarded. Please do not submit any certificates/documents with your application.

Candidates not possessing the essential 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 is made on a competitive and transparent basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply directly to FAO and follow the instructions on the above-mentioned 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.

Women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.