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Communication Specialist (various profiles)

Rome (Italy)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Rome (Italy)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: 2020-04-15

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Organizational Setting

The Office for Corporate Communication (OCC) is responsible for all corporate and internal communication activities of the Organization. It ensures coherence and consistency in FAO’s corporate messaging and communications’ outputs, as well as enables cost-effectiveness in use of communication-related resources across the Organization.
FAO Consultant/PSA and Call purpose
The purpose of this call is to attract talent with experience and background in the area of communication to populate Consultant/PSA rosters for the following profiles\:
· Communication/Media Expert (for the various FAO official languages)
· Communication Expert (audio)
· Communication Expert (video broadcasting/production)
· Communication Specialist (Coordination)
Candidates who have already applied for 180192 need not to re-apply for this vacancy
Reporting Lines
The Consultants/PSAs will report directly to Officers within the unit they are selected to work in. If outside of OCC the Consultant/PSA will work under the functional supervision of OCC.
Tasks and responsibilities
The generic functions for each profile include, but are not limited to, the following\:
The Communication/Media Officer/Expert (for all FAO official languages, and Italian as well) will\:
· Build and maintain close working relations with media representatives in Rome and globally, and respond to their inquiries;
· Generate interview opportunities for senior FAO officials and supply cleared FAO information as required
· Prepare talking points, media briefs, country political/news background briefs, speeches and other high-level products;
· Research and write news releases and web stories in collaboration with technical officers;
· Advise on and contribute to multi-media projects and events (including television and radio);
· Compose promotional content and targeted communications on FAO’s work for distribution via various social media, including Twitter and Facebook;
· Develop and articulate key messages for external communication and advocacy purposes;
· Represent OCC/FAO at meetings and teleconferences both internally at FAO and with external partners.
· Generate interview opportunities for FAO senior officials and supply cleared FAO information as required;
· Devise, develop and coordinate the production of communication products related to FAO’s work and the SDGs;
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· Perform other duties as required.
The Communication Officer/Expert (audio) will\:
· Provide research for developing media/radio materials during statutory meetings, special events and public information campaigns;
· Prepare information for radio/audio news dissemination through electronic lists and Internet interfaces;
· Vets content of submissions from FAO community radio partners;
· Manage media/radio electronic queries and visits;
· Manage contacts with official delegations and special guests at FAO HQ events for radio interview purposes;
· Develop co-production internally and externally, including field trip planning and post-production of materials;
· Support the management of public and media relations;
· Perform other duties as required.
The Communication Officer/Expert (video broadcasting/production) will\:
· Handle requests from broadcast media and member states for footage, information, interviews and technical support for video productions;
· Identify and develop relations with general interest and specific programming strands on TV stations to promote FAO’s work at HQ and in the field;
· Identify strong FAO stories and find ways to promote them on TV (news programming or general interest);
· Script, produce and distribute VNR packages using field footage provided by others; organize and undertake field filming missions, as and when required;
· Create video packages in the form of PSA mini features or other format for web-based dissemination;
· Script, shoot, edit and produce full packages of video content for broadcast distribution;
· Interview FAO experts and coordinate delivery of short interviews for publication with Press Releases on FAO online Newsroom;
· Perform other duties as required.
The Communication Specialist (Coordination) will\:
· Provide overall communication support (media, web/social media, publications, outreach/campaigns, etc) to various branches and teams;
· Provide overall communication support to focal points for the technical departments;
· Support coordination between OCC and FAO’s Regional Offices and Liaison Offices;
· Support monitoring of the Senior Officers’ Media Initiative (SOMI);
· Support the implementation of media/communication partnerships between FAO and external parties;
· Prepare talking points, media briefs, news background briefs, speeches, Q&A, presentations and other communication products for management;
· Perform other duties as required.

Minimum Requirements
· According to function (consultant or PSA) either Advanced University Degree or University degree in communication, journalism, political science or related subject;
· 1 year (Category C consultant/PSA) or 5 years (Category B consultant/PSA) of relevant experience in communication, public information, or journalism
· 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 PSAs, working knowledge (Level C) of one of FAO’s official languages. Level B of another official language is desirable.
Selection Criteria
· Extent and relevance of experience in the field of communication services for prominent organizations, particularly at the international level
· Extent and relevance of experience in developing high-quality communication/multimedia materials for a wide variety of audiences
· Understanding of FAO policies and programmes is considered a strong asset
FAO Core Competencies
· Results Focus
· Teamwork
· Communication
· Building Effective Relationships
· Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. Interview process may commence before the closure of this vacancy announcement.

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