Communication for Rural Development Specialist
Multiple locations (Various)
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The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Partnerships Division (PSP) is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the identification, strengthening and stewardship of strategic partnerships with non-state actors, including parliamentarians, civil society, private sector, academia and research institutions, family farmers’ and indigenous peoples’ organizations, to facilitate delivery of FAO's strategic objectives (SOs), and field programme by fostering dialogue, developing capacities, scaling up programmes and advocating for FAO’s corporate positions.
The Division works to ensure secure tenure right and promotes the Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems (CFS-RAI). It has the lead responsibility for the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGT), the FAO Policy on Indigenous People and the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact. Furthermore, the Division facilitates jointly with IFAD the secretariat of the UN Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF 2019-2028) contributing to the achievement of the SDGs. Within the framework of its organizational leadership in the field of family farming, the Division is responsible for promoting policy dialogue and to deliver support to member countries, producer organizations and field projects ensuring multi-stakeholder processes and engagements at global, regional and country level, leading the work of the Organization in the area of Communication for Development (ComDev).
PSP through its Communication for Development Team (ComDev) located in the Family Farming and Partnerships with Producers Organizations Unit (PSPF), assists member countries, FAO SOs, field programmes, decentralized offices and partners in the design and implementation of ComDev strategies and plans and the delivery of inclusive rural communication services for family farming and sustainable rural development. Priority is given to improving stakeholder engagement in FAO programme delivery, enhancing the capacity of rural institutions and family farming organizations, supporting evidence and policy dialogue and technical advice for inclusive rural communication services. Special support is also provided to the implementation of UNDFF’ Global Action, in particular of Outcome 4.4 Communication, ICT capacities/services improves and family farmer’s voices heard, and to FAO programme and producers’ organizations through participatory communication plans, regional and national ComDev initiatives and platforms, knowledge sharing, partnerships, and capacity development in ComDev for family farmers and their organizations.
FAO International Consultants and Call purpose
The Organization frequently engages experts to work on short-term activities and projects as international consultants or under personal service agreements (PSA). International consultants or PSAs are engaged by the Organization to provide expertise, skills or knowledge for the performance of a specific task or piece of work, which is short-term by nature. The assignment may involve full-time or part-time functions. The assignment can be from 1 month up to 11 months. The possibility of extension is subject to satisfactory performance and depending on the resources and needs of the Organization.
The objective of the Call is to attract suitable individuals to undertake B-level and C-level consultancies and/or PSAs in the area of Communication for Rural Development, in line with the following priorities and tasks\:
a) support the design and implementation of ComDev projects, strategies and components according to the FAO guidelines, http\://www.fao.org/3/a-i4222e.pdf; b) support the Communication for Rural Development activities undertaken by the Organization and the Partnerships Division (PSP) at HQs and country level, ensuring stakeholder engagement and improving FAO programme delivery; c) enhance the ComDev capacities of non-state actors, in particular family farmer, indigenous peoples and civil society organizations, as well as rural institutions, Governments, community media and networks and development programmes; and d) provide technical advice and promote evidence, knowledge sharing, partnerships and policy dialogue to ensure inclusive rural communication services as part of agriculture, rural development and family farming policies and programmes.
Individuals meeting or exceeding the requirements of the Call will be included in the Communication for Rural Development‘s Partnerships Division Roster. Experts who are registered in the Roster are available for consideration whenever relevant opportunities arise matching the required profiles.
The consultants or PSAs will work under the general guidance of the Unit Heads, and under the direct supervision of the Team Leader of the FAO Communication for Development Team within the Partnerships Division (PSP), in close collaboration with other concerned FAO divisions (e.g. Office of Corporate Communication, OCC), strategic objectives teams and decentralized offices. When activities are carried out in countries, the consultants will be required to work in close collaboration with the FAO Representation in the relevant country of assignment, as well as the relevant FAO regional office.
Technical advice in the design and implementation of Communication for Rural Development projects, strategies and services in connection with FAO strategic objectives and field programmes and activities.
Tasks and responsibilities
The general functions, tasks and responsibilities in the area of Communication for rural development will include but are not limited to the following elements\:
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
FAO Core Competencies
Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency