Communication Officer

FAO

Organizational Setting\nThe Liaison Office of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) with the United Nations at Geneva is responsible for the liaison with the Government of Switzerland, the country\'s civil society and the International Organizations based in Geneva, Switzerland and with other partners based there. \nConsidering the presence of a large number of international organizations, Members and Non-Governmental Organizations, which provides a significant platform for engagement and partnership with key stakeholders, the Liaison Office i) promotes FAO\'s contribution to the 2030 Agenda through the 2022-31 Strategic Framework; ii) monitors and informs Geneva-based deliberations to strategically position the Organization in line with its mandate; and iii) champions key thematic issues of importance to FAO, its Members and partners, leveraging key field work, knowledge, data and statistics of the Organization.

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The position is located in the Liaison Office with the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Reporting Lines\nThe Communication Officer reports to the Director of the Liaison Office, Geneva, Switzerland working in close collaboration with the Office of Communications (OCC), which is responsible for both external and internal communications of the Organization.

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Technical Focus\nInternal and External Strategic Communication, writing, editing, outreach, campaign design and support, planning and coordination of delivery of digital multimedia products, event planning, social media and media outreach.

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Key Results\nContribute to the development and strengthening of internal communication, web publishing and media-relations activities of the Organization.

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Key Functions\n\xe2\x80\xa2    Researches and analyses technical, social, economic, environmental, institutional and technology-related information, data and statistics and/or related policy issues to support internal and/or external communication\n\xe2\x80\xa2    Produces a variety of information and reports as well as input for communication-related documents and web pages.\n\xe2\x80\xa2    Collaborates in the development of improved/updated tools, systems, processes and databases.\n\xe2\x80\xa2    Participates in multi-disciplinary teams and/or leads working groups/teams; collaborates with other offices and agencies on work groups and committees and promotes best practices.\n\xe2\x80\xa2    Promotes knowledge sharing and best practices at international meetings and conferences and influences partners in stakeholder consultations.

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Specific Functions\n\xe2\x80\xa2    Prepares a comprehensive communication strategy and engagement plan with Geneva based partners; develops and maintains updated a calendar of forthcoming communication events in order to ensure timely anticipation and preparation of the events.\n\xe2\x80\xa2    Ensures close engagement with the United Nations Information Service (UNIS) as well as with the Geneva and Switzerland-based press corps.\n\xe2\x80\xa2    Represents FAO at UN communication meetings.\n\xe2\x80\xa2    Ensures timely dissemination of press releases and other information material to FAO Members, press correspondents and partners, as appropriate.\n\xe2\x80\xa2    Ensures timely preparation of material in support of the FAO Geneva spokesperson, in close coordination with the Office of Communication (OCC) and in cooperation with concerned FAO units, ; upon request, acts as spokesperson.\n\xe2\x80\xa2    Makes communications arrangements, in close coordination with OCC branches, for outreach and advocacy events, including World Food Day, other international days of relevance to FAO\'s mandate and other important events; translates complex technical information into compelling messages, writing in a clear and concise manner and coordinates the preparation of a wide range of promotional material (videos, web apps, human interest stories, visual products, social media assets, websites, press releases, etc.).\n\xe2\x80\xa2    Prepares communication material and presentations supporting Geneva Liaison Office\'s engagement with partners, including schools, universities and the general public.\n\xe2\x80\xa2    Maintains the social media accounts and the website of the Office, posting content, monitoring and building engagement, in line with corporate priorities and in close collaboration with OCC.\n\xe2\x80\xa2    Ensures coherence with FAO\'s corporate communications policies and operational guidelines for all communication and information outputs.\n\xe2\x80\xa2    Evaluates impact of key communications and advocacy activities as part of the implementation of LOG\'s communication strategy.

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______________________________________________________________________________________________________\nCANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING

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Minimum Requirements\n\xe2\x80\xa2    Advanced university degree in communication, social science, journalism, political science or a field related to the work of the Organization \n\xe2\x80\xa2    Five years of relevant experience in communications, web publishing and/or social media networks. \n\xe2\x80\xa2   Working knowledge (proficient \xe2\x80\x93 level C) of English and limited knowledge (intermediate \xe2\x80\x93 level B) of another official FAO language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).

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Competencies\n\xe2\x80\xa2    Results Focus\n\xe2\x80\xa2    Teamwork\n\xe2\x80\xa2    Communication\n\xe2\x80\xa2    Building Effective Relationships\n\xe2\x80\xa2    Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

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Technical/Functional Skills\n\xe2\x80\xa2    Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions.\n\xe2\x80\xa2    Ability to translate complex and technical communications to a wide and varied audience, in a simple and concise\nmanner. Understanding of FAO policies and programmes is considered a strong asset.  \n\xe2\x80\xa2    Extent and relevance of experience in the field of web publishing and social media networks as well as in editing\ncommunication, promotional or technical materials. \n\xe2\x80\xa2    Extent and relevance of experience in the preparation and dissemination of communication, promotional or technical materials. \n\xe2\x80\xa2   Extent and relevance of experience in the field of communications and outreach for prominent organizations, and/or interagency initiatives, particularly at the international level.

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