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Technical specialists in communication


  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Rome
  • Grade: Consultancy - Consultant - Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: Closed


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  • FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture.
  • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply;
  • Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO's values
  • FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination  
  • All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

Organizational Setting

The Fisheries and Aquaculture Division is one of FAO's core technical divisions under the Natural Resources and Sustainable Production stream at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. The Division collaborates with Members and partners to promote for the responsible and sustainable management of aquatic food systems, aiming for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life. To fulfil its mandate, the Division focuses on the global development of fisheries and aquaculture through the implementation of its Blue Transformation a strategic approach that outlines a vision for sustainable and resilient aquatic food systems. Additionally, it extends support to Members through normative instruments and in collaborations with regional fishery bodies (RFBs) established within the framework of the FAO Constitution.
The posts are either home-based or located at FAO headquarters, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, Rome, Italy.

Reporting Lines

The specialists report to the relevant NFI officers and collaborate with pertinent NFI staff.

Technical Focus

Support to the implementation of activities and production of materials, including reports, web articles, publications, documents, media supports as well as other relevant products, to raise the profile of the FAO Blue Transformation vision, in line with the Division’s mandate.

Tasks and responsibilities

The Communication specialist will be dedicated to the promotion of the Blue Transformation activities and its impact on the field. The key functions of the consultant will be to\:
• Liaise with the network of fisheries officers in the field to identify success stories, facts and figures (for consultants only);
• Document successful stories with the support of communication officers in decentralized offices;
• Collaborate in the preparation and dissemination of written contents and promotional materials to support resource mobilization, including documents, materials for exhibitions, web contents etc.;
• Act as the communication liaison with decentralized offices;
• Contribute to the update and maintenance of the divisional database for good practices and successful stories;
• Provide support in the compilation and analysis of communications key performance indicators; and
• Perform the above tasks in compliance with relevant organizational technical, security, data and quality standards and procedures, in liaison with relevant FAO departments and services.

Collaboration and liaison with the Office of Communication (OCC) will be maintained, either directly or through an agreed focal point/coordinator, to ensure compliance with OCC standards, appropriate review and clearance processes.
All communication materials will follow FAO clearance processes and comply with FAO standards, including\:
FAOSTYLE (English\: https\://; French\: https\://; Spanish\: https\://; Arabic\: https\://; Chinese\: https\://;
FAO terminology http\://;
FAO names of countries https\://;
Story guidelines http\://;
Story template http\://;
UN map standards (available to staff);
FAO Brand and policy book (available to staff).
Further guidance regarding FAO communications, policies and procedures can be found through the FAO intranet, OCC section.


Minimum Requirements

• Bachelor’s degree (for consultants) or technical diploma (for PSA) in communication, journalism, political science international affairs or related subject;
• 1 year (Category C consultant/PSA) or 5 years (Category B consultant/PSA) of relevant experience.
• For consultants, working knowledge (Level C) of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge (Level B) of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, or Russian.
• For PSA, working knowledge (Level C) of English or of another FAO official language.

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

• Excellent command of English and at least another relevant FAO official language.
• At least one year of proven experience in communications
• Excellent writing skills and proven capacity for storytelling
• Experience in the field of journalism
• Experience working in sensitive and fast-moving contexts, preferably at an international level and/or in the Mediterranean and Black Sea region
• Excellent computer skills (MS Office essential and design software an asset)

Selection Criteria

• Level of experience in working with international and intergovernmental organizations or projects
• Good working knowledge of English. Knowledge of French or Spanish will be an asset
• For PSA, Level A of another official language is desirable.
• Ability to work on multiple projects, meet deadlines and ensure quality output
• Experience using content management systems and other advanced tools for online publishing and content distribution will be an asset
• Thoroughness, reliability, communications skills, sense of diplomacy and tact
• Level of experience in developing high-quality communication materials
• Ability to draft attractive texts for communication on multiple platforms

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency


  • FAO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing)
  • Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list
  • Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http\://
  • For more information, visit the FAO employment website
  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.


• To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skills
• Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile
• Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application
• Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications
• Incomplete applications will not be considered
• Personal information provided on your application may be shared within FAO and with other companies acting on FAO’s behalf to provide employment support services such as pre-screening of applications, assessment tests, background checks and other related services. You will be asked to provide your consent before submitting your application. You may withdraw consent at any time, by withdrawing your application, in such case FAO will no longer be able to consider your application
• Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered
• Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile
• We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

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