The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist governments to develop policies, programs, and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.
FAO Liberia is implementing a joint program on Community Forestry Management in two of Liberia’s priority landscapes. With funding from the Embassy of Sweden, and under an UN-to-UN arrangement with UNDP, through the Multi Partner Trust Fund (MPTF). FAO will implement the program working with the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) and other relevant government institutions, international and national non-governmental organizations, as well as development institutions working towards sustainable natural resource management, environmental protection, and biodiversity conservation.
The UN Joint Project, entitled “Community-Based Forestry and Protected Area Management: Boosting Biodiversity Conservation and Improving Livelihoods of Forest-Fringe/Forest-Dependent Communities and Groups in Liberia” seeks to strengthen management of community forests and protected areas in Liberia through improved governance of community forest management bodies, capacity building of forest regulatory institutions, empowerment of national CSOs/NGOs and Forest and Farm Producer Organizations, integrated natural resources management and the promotion of sustainable livelihood incentives for forest fringe communities.
The Joint Programme, building on the experiences of each organization, will work across the following four components:
Under Outcome 4.1, the project will facilitate the establishment and strengthening of a knowledge management system to support gender-balanced community forest management and co-management of PAs by communities. This will include the generation and dissemination of communication products, resources, and contents of the project. As such, the above outcome will be achieved through three (3) outputs, with each having different focus. Output 4.1.1 will facilitate the generation of products based on lesson-learned and best practices, using online repository and community-friendly platforms. These resource materials will be shared and maintained through collaboration with stakeholders. A second Output (4.1.2) will support the dissemination of knowledge content and material through various user-friendly, multimedia outlets. Simultaneously, monitoring, evaluation and learning tools that are gender-mainstreamed and participatory will be used, under Output 4.1.3, to support the development and dissemination of knowledge management products for all outputs.
Given the target outputs of component 4, and Activity 18.104.22.168 which will Dissemination of project results through a communication plan and related mix of user-friendly multi-media outputs and contents produced (social media, advocacy material, video documentary etc); this consultancy seeks a Communication Specialist to develop Communication and Visibility Plan, and content for dissemination. This will include the mapping of the project various stakeholders and their information needs, and the appropriate types/forms for disseminating information.
Under the overall guidance of the FAO Representative in Liberia and the direct supervision of the Assistant FAO Representative for Programme, and in full collaboration with the CbFM Project team, the Specialist will undertake the tasks outlined below, and backstop the Office’s Fulltime Communications staff
Develop a communication and Visibility Plan, undertake training and ensure content dissemination.
Tasks and Responsibilities
Candidates Will Be Assessed Against The Following