Communications Officer

WFP is the largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. Our mission is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. Every single day, we work 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. For more information please go to

Job Purpose

  • To implement the communications plan by supporting and delivering a range of communications activities, providing research and analysis, and prioritising effectively.

Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting directly to the Country Director and with functional supervision from the Regional Communications Officer, you will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Oversee the devilery of all Communications products and lead on strategy and panning.
  • Implement country specific communication work plans designed to maintain and enhance the visibility and reputation of WFP, as well as suppport fundraising activities, ensuring alignment with overall communications and WFP strategies.
  • Support the design and implementation of communications strategies in order to generate greater awareness, understanding and support for  school feeding and hunger solutions and the work of the Centre in South-South cooperation;
  • Advise Centre’s  staff at all levels of potential impact of press activities and statements;
  • Contribute to communications through good research, analysis of assigned area of work and timely preparation and distribution of information products to target audience(s).
  • Maintain a contact list of journalists and media outlets and support the flow of news/information about WFP’s work to the media, in order to support regular and appropriate communications.
  • Support the social media strategy by developing social media content, and utilising platforms, networks and partners to enhance coverage and support of WFP’s activities.
  • Generate 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 fund-raising activities, ensuring consistency with corporate messages.
  • Monitor and analyse traditional and social media to inform the development and/or evaluation of communication activities and strategies.
  • Guide and supervise more junior staff, acting as a point of referral and supporting them with more complex analysis and queries.
  • Collate data and prepare accurate and timely reports that enable informed decision-making and ensures consistency of information presented to the media and other stakeholders.
  • Support capacity building of WFP staff on all aspects of communication, provides advice and guidance within area and level of expertise, in order to ensure that all activities meet desired standards of consistency, quality and impact. For example the design and review of training materials.
  • Liaise and interact with WFP staff and external counterparts to support aligned activities and a coherent approach to communications within WFP.
  • Follow standard emergency preparedness practices to support WFP to quickly respond and deploy food, needed resources or assistance to affected areas at the onset of a crisis.
  • Other as required.

Qualifications and experience

  • Education: Master´s University degree in Journalism, International Relations, Public Relations, Communications or other related field, or First University degree with 02 years of related work experience.

Required Experience:

  • More than 2 years of postgraduate professional experience as a journalist, public information officer, press attaché and/or professional writer, including experience in the preparation and production of materials for publication, and/or knowledge management functions such as website and social media.

Desirable Experience:

  • International professional experience;
  • Experience in project management and team leadership;
  • Experience with communications in a policy environment pertaining South-South cooperation, social protection programmes and policy development;
  • Experience in multicultural environments and working with staff from other cultures and background;
  • Experience in working with UN agencies, Development Partners, High level authorities, local governments and civil society organizations;
  • Experience and familiarity with video production.
  • Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in Portuguese and English. Fluency in French and/or Spanish is an Advantage.