Communication Specialist

Food and Agriculture Organization

Rome, Italy

Experience: 3 to 5 Years

Skill Required: Media and Communication

The Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment (OCB) works to ensure that countries and stakeholders respond to the challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss, and environmental degradation, keeping food and agriculture sustainability high on the 2030 agenda. OCB assists FAO Members in their responses to the challenge of climate change mitigation and adaptation, as well as developing the adaptive capacities of agriculture, fisheries and forestry to conserve and sustainably use biodiversity and other natural resources. OCB coordinates FAO’s work on climate change, biodiversity and the environment, serving as the focal point for a multidisciplinary and global approach to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the UN Convention of Biological Diversity and topics including bioenergy, ecosystem restoration, green and climate-resilient agriculture and Globally Important Agriculture Heritage Systems.
The communication specialist will report to and work under the overall supervision of the Knowledge Management Officer in OCB. 
Technical advice on the planning, design and implementation of communications and outreach for projects, strategies and services in connection with the FAO Strategic Objectives, field programmes and activities implemented by OCB workstreams on climate change, biodiversity and environment.
Tasks and responsibilities
The communication specialist will engage in the following areas of work:
  • Support and contribute to the preparation, production and dissemination of knowledge materials, including proofreading, editing and ensuring, according to the audience, a level of high quality technical and policy-relevant content.
  • Develop stories of change and impact based on OCB project results and work at field level.
  • Ensure targeted dissemination plans are in place for knowledge materials and news items to ensure they are widely disseminated to identified audiences including FAO conference, council and other high-level meetings, via relevant channels and media outlets.
  • Showcase the results and achievements of FAO programmes and projects both internally and externally, in the build up to key events and days, reporting through widely disseminated Op-eds, news articles and web stories.
  • Plan and support extensive and impactful media outreach campaigns related to key days, report launches and major events.
  • Coordinate the production and draft the text of knowledge products (brochures, fact sheets, speaking points, social media messaging, etc.);
  • Coordinate and upload finalized publications in the FAO Publications Workflow System (PWS); 
  • Create new and migrate webpages and websites using Sitefinity.
  • Maintain relevant websites and webpages and regularly review and report on analytics;
  • Coordinate the translation of text, including web text, news articles and publications;
  • Support outreach and promotion of flagship publications and major events by sharing knowledge materials and the results of projects through various FAO social media channels;
  • Upload publications in the FAO Publications Workflow Systems and monitor and report on publication downloads
  • Liaise with the OCB Knowledge Management Officer on content of communications materials developed and to ensure communication materials are cleared and comply with FAO corporate standards.
  • Perform other duties as required.
All communication materials will follow FAO clearance processes and comply with FAO standards, including:
Candidates Will Be Assessed Against The Following:
Minimum Requirements:
  • University degree in related technical certification in communication, journalism, sustainable development or social sciences with a focus on agrifood systems, climate change, biodiversity and the environment or a related field.
  • One to four years (for CAT C) and at least five years (for CAT B) of relevant experience in communication for development, particularly in the agriculture, climate, biodiversity, or environment sector as well as on issues such as gender, youth and formal education and capacity building. This should include experience in preparing knowledge products and running social media campaigns, writing news articles, managing list servers, and updating/creating webpages.
  • Working knowledge (Proficiency level C) of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian.  (Working knowledge of English (Proficiency level C) for PSAs)
Technical/Functional Skills: 
  • Experience in developing communication and outreach campaigns and establishing partnerships and networks.
  • Excellent analytical and conceptual skills, as well as gender-sensitive and cross-cultural competency. 
  • Ability to operate effectively as part of a team, contributing positively to team operations and working relationships. 
  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work. 
  • Work experience at field/project level, with the United Nations, non-governmental organizations or similar.
  • Research and analytical skills, and the ability to present and communicate effectively both orally and in writing. 
  • Demonstrated ability in media outreach and the identification of appropriate media outlets and channels. 
  • Practical knowledge and proven experience working with relevant ICT software.
  • Experience of using a behavioural science approach in communications would be an asset.