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Regional Communications Coordinator


  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Santiago
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2022-06-01

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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 Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (RLC) is responsible for leading FAO's response to regional priorities for food security, agriculture and rural development through the identification, planning and implementation of FAO's priority activities in the region. It ensures a multidisciplinary approach to programmes, identifies priority areas of action for the Organization in the region and, in collaboration with Divisions at headquarters, develops, promotes and oversees FAO's strategic response to regional priorities. RLC also advises on the incorporation of regional priorities into the Organization's Programme of Work and Budget and implements approved programmes and projects in the region, monitors the level of programme implementation and draws attention to problems and deficiencies. RLC develops and maintains relations with region-wide institutions including the Regional Economic Integration Organizations (REIOs).

The Regional Office supports regional policy dialogue on food security, agriculture and rural development issues, facilitates the emergence of regional partnerships, and supports capacity development and resource mobilization for food security, agriculture and rural development in the region.

Reporting Lines

The Consultant will report to the Assistant Director-General/Regional Representative, RLC, and receive technical and functional guidance from the Head of the Office for Corporate Communication (OCC), based in Rome.

Technical Focus

The technical focus of this consultancy is media relations, strategic communications and internal corporate communication within the RLC office’s reach of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Lead and supervise the design and implementation of an innovative regional communication strategy, taking into account corporate priorities;
  • Lead and manage RLC’s communications team, represents RLC communications in organization-wide committees and represents FAO at regional-level inter-agency communications meetings;
  • Lead the Regional Communications Network and supervises the work of its coordinator, and provides guidance, support and monitoring of the work of communication specialists throughout the region;
  • Ensure a significant presence of FAO in top-tier media in the region, maintaining close working relations with regional media representatives, including print, broadcast and digital media, ensuring the timely preparation of press releases, editorial articles, press conferences, interviews of FAO experts, replies to specific enquiries from journalists, etc.; monitors regional print, broadcast and on-line media coverage of FAO and report on issues of importance to the Organization;
  • Provide support, as needed, to the elaboration and implementation of communication plans for each of the Regional Initiatives;
  • Provide support, as needed, to the elaboration and implementation of communication plans at sub-regional and country levels in the region;
  • Design and supervise capacity building plans, to increase the communications skills of Officers (P-4 and above), FAORs, and members of the Regional Communication network;
  • Supervise the work of publications (books, brochures and leaflets) produced in the region, establishing and supervising an effective quality assurance system;
  • Develop communication products and services in line with the Organization’s communication policies and style guidelines to support regional resource mobilization and partnership strategies;
  • In close coordination with HQ OCC teams, coordinates and provides support to FAO Representatives in organizing outreach and promotion activities (World Food Day, celebration of International Years and Days, international campaigns, Goodwill Ambassadors, etc.);
  • Supervise the updating and development of the Regional Office website and provides support to sub-regions to develop their own national webpages, and promotes, strengthens and monitors activities related to FAO’s profile and presence in social media channels and networks in the region, in line with the Organization’s communication policies and style guidelines for multimedia communication products;
  • Develop and supervise the implementation of a monitoring and evaluation mechanisms that allow the ADG/RR, the regional management team, and the FAOR, to assess the results of their communications activities, at the regional, subregional and country levels;
  • Manage the RLC Communications budget, including that of the Communicators Network.


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in journalism, communications or equivalent.
  • Ten (10) years of relevant experience in corporate communication, public information, journalism, international relations, media relations at national, regional or international arena; of this experience, at least six (6) years working for media (printed, TV and/or radio) and/or social media.
  • Working knowledge (proficient - Level C) of Spanish and English

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work
  • Extent and relevance of experience in journalism (top-tier newspapers, TV, radio), in coordinating and managing at a senior level corporate
  • Senior management or leadership roles in communication in government, private or social sector organizations
  • Understanding of FAO policies and programmes is considered a strong asset
  • Demonstrated ability to lead communications teams

Selection Criteria

  • Intermediate knowledge (Level B) or higher of French will be considered an asset

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

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