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Advocacy and Strategic Communications Officer P3 - Rome, Italy


  • Organization: WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Italy
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Political Affairs
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: 2022-08-15


WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status or disability.


Are you a Communications Officer interested in further developing your professional experience while contributing to ending global hunger? Would you like to join WFP, a highly reputable organisation bringing positive change to lives of people affected by hardships? Would you like to join a global organisation investing in its people?

If your answer is yes, then this is a great opportunity for you to become an integral member of a diverse and passionate team that works on varied and international projects directly contributing to beneficiary assistance.




Applications must be submitted by Sunday, August 07, 2022 (11:59 PM CET)




The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), a highly prestigious, reputable & world’s largest humanitarian organization, operating in more than 120 countries and territories, bringing life-saving assistance in emergencies, building pathways to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change and supporting sustainable and resilient livelihoods for a world with zero hunger. 

At WFP, people are at the heart of everything we do and the vision of the future WFP workforce is one of diverse, committed, skilled, and high performing teams, selected on merit, operating in a healthy and inclusive work environment, living WFP's values (Integrity, Collaboration, Commitment, Humanity, and Inclusion) and working with partners to save and change the lives of those WFP serves. 

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  • WFP is a 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 
  • WFP offers a highly inclusive, diverse, and multicultural working environment 
  • WFP invests in the personal & professional development of its employees through a range of training, accreditation, coaching, mentorship, and other programs as well as through internal mobility opportunities 
  • A career path in WFP provides an exciting opportunity to work across the various country, regional and global offices around the world, and with passionate colleagues who work tirelessly to ensure that effective humanitarian assistance reaches millions of people across the globe
  • We offer an attractive compensation package (please refer to the Terms and Conditions section)




This position is part of the restructuring plan for the SBP division (see memo attached for details of the full plan). It is one of the four non-rotational fixed-term positions corresponding to several critical tasks of the secretariat of the School Meals Coalition. As part of a special, self-contained and time-bound initiative (expected to go until 2030) in which WFP has taken on dedicated responsibilities on behalf of a member state-led initiative, these fixed-term positions have specialized responsibilities that are not required in WFP Regional, Country or Global Offices given the nature/scope of the work for the Coalition. Furthermore, continuity is essential to ensure continuous support for the success of the initiative. These positions will establish partnerships with advocacy partners, and build lasting and trusting relationships with key stakeholders to continue the momentum and visibility of the Coalition over a mid and long-time horizon.

A recent external evaluation titled School Feeding Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals: A Strategic Evaluation, noted that while significant achievements have been made around school feeding advocacy since 2018, there is an underlying risk that such momentum is constrained by “a limited experience and capacity in the sphere of policy influencing and systemic changes.” Moreover, recent ongoing corporate assessments have also noted that there is a gap in advocacy capabilities and expertise across the organization, with WFP having only a small niche functional unit in the Communications, Advocacy and Marketing division providing support and advice across the entire organization. Considering the limited dedicated resources for advocacy across WFP, this position will fill a crucial skillset gap - - that is high-level advocacy and coalition coordination and management. They are therefore being established as non-rotational.

In 2021, WFP efforts to help countries to establish and maintain nationally owned programmes as well as implement school feeding programmes with clear handover strategies were taken to the next level with the launch of the School Meals Coalition at the Food Systems Summit. The Coalition, which is a country-led initiative, brings together more than 60 countries and 60 partners who have agreed to support them. The Member State Taskforce that leads its establishment and development has identified WFP as the coordinating body (secretariat) of the School Meals Coalition. As the Secretariat of the Coalition, WFP is expected to provide the thought leadership for this area of work globally, position the initiative at the highest levels, including in G7 and G20 discussions, and support and coordinate the entire membership of the Coalition, with the ultimate objective of helping individual countries move forward with their own national school meals programmes.


KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)


Reporting to the Senior Advocacy and Partnership Officer and embedded in the coordinating body for the School Meals Coalition, the main duties of the Advocacy and Strategic Communications Officer are as follows:


  • Supports the development and execution of an advocacy strategy for the School Meals Coalition that 1) has been consulted with and has buy-in from all necessary stakeholders, 2) supports its three major policy priorities, and 3) builds broader and deeper awareness of and support for the importance of school meals to create a conducive environment for the coalition’s success.
  • Leads the development of a communications plan, narratives and messaging that is aligned with and supports the global advocacy strategy.
  • Develops a strategy for engaging champions, or a “Group of Champions”, which enables them to serve as high-level advocates and spokespersons for the coalition and school meals programmes. This might include helping to identify the most strategic platforms and moments at the global, regional and national levels to drive the coalition’s agenda.
  • With the Senior Advisor for Advocacy and Engagement, liaise with stakeholders and decision-makers in key locations of influence, such as diplomatic and UN communities in Rome, New York, and elsewhere, and represents the Coalition as needed with these and other audiences. This can include supporting the Coalition in engaging with key international and regional bodies that are signatories to the Coalition (e.g., AU and EU).
  • With the Senior Advisor for Advocacy and Engagement, contributes to the design of the theory of change on advocacy for the Coalition and participates actively in defining indicators and measurements of success for advocacy efforts.
  • Drafts advocacy messages, products and initiatives that are specifically tailored to separate audiences to reach our advocacy objectives and that are evidence-informed. Adjusts the messaging and the language according to the audience and the objectives at hand.
  • Supports the analysis of audience and stakeholders, develops power and partnership analyses, studies the intended audience in-depth and develops strategies to reach those audiences in the most effective way.
  • Drafts political language for official documents and messaging for the coalition.
  • Develops core communications-related materials such as talking points, briefs, speeches and public-facing documents.
  • Advises and assists in supporting the Secretariat’s engagement with an external communication company to support on all communication-related activities.
  • Liaises with relevant WFP and other UN staff in headquarters, regional and country offices to carry out advocacy objectives and help coordinate advocacy and communications strategies and plans.
  • With the Senior Advisor for Advocacy and Engagement, working alongside relevant WFP and UN staff in regional and country offices, supports coalitional activities in strategic regions and countries to help strengthen actionable regional and country-level commitments towards the coalition’s three objectives.






You have:


  • Advanced University Degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) in Political Science, International Relations, Social Science, Economics, Law, Public Administration or a related field is preferred or First University Degree with additional years of professional experience.
  • Training/course certificates and/or proven experience in facilitating advocacy related training workshops.




You have:


  • Minimum 5 years of relevant progressively responsible experience in policy advocacy, strategic communications, international campaigns, coalition & partnerships building and high-level stakeholder engagement in the international development and humanitarian sector.




You have:


  • Fluency (level C) in English language. 
  • Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or Portuguese (a WFP working language)




You have:


  • Demonstrated experience in developing action-oriented high-level advocacy strategies and plans at the global, regional or national levels
  • Proven ability in building and supporting the leadership of coalitions and partnerships that have clear political and policy objectives, both global, regional and national, and broad sets of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability in developing international campaigns, including defining advocacy and communications goals.
  • Strong familiarity with working in issue-areas related to school meals such as global health, nutrition, and education.
  • Proven and strong ability to leverage research and evidence, high-level events and platforms, peer-to-peer learning and south-to-south cooperation/technical assistance initiatives for advocacy impact, particularly to ensure that the Coalition’s five initiatives are integrated and feed into each other.
  • Proven track record executing high-level advocacy efforts (including activities and events), targeting diverse stakeholders and navigating complex organizations and relationships.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of global and regional platforms and proven ability to drive political and policy outcomes and/or convene diverse stakeholders around a shared agenda, such as the UN General Assembly High-Level Debate, the G20, IMF-WB Annual and Spring Meetings and World Economic Forum’s Annual and Regional Meetings.
  • Strong understanding of key actors, platforms, financing structures in one or more sectors that cut across school meal programmes (e.g., education, social protection, health and nutrition and agriculture sectors)
  • Strong negotiation and communication skills.
  • Excellent oral, writing and public speaking skills.




These are the common standards of behaviour that guide HOW we work together to accomplish our mission.


Leads by Example with Integrity Drives Results and Delivers on Commitments Fosters Inclusive and Collaborative Teamwork Applies Strategic Thinking Builds and Maintains Sustainable Partnerships

Lives the WFP values and shows humanity and integrity by role modelling care for others

Delivers on commitments and adapts readily to change

Is inclusive and collaborative, and contributes to a culture of learning and personal growth

Demonstrates commitment to gather perspectives, analyse options and risks, and propose new ways of doing things

Builds and nurtures  external partnerships and collaborates with partners to deliver common objectives


Different expectations of behaviour are defined depending on your grade and role/responsibilities within WFP.




Mobility is and continues to be a core contractual requirement in WFP. This position is however classified as “non-rotational” which means the incumbent shall not be subject to the regular reassignment process unless the position is reclassified as rotational. The selected candidate will be employed on a fixed-term contract with a probationary period of one year. This position is open to both internal and external candidates.


WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package in line with ICSC standards ( including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, visa, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, a pension plan, and medical insurance.


The selected candidate will be required to relocate to Rome, Italy to take up this assignment.




  • We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete, and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, language skills and UN Grade (if applicable)
  • Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application
  • Please make sure you upload your professional CV in the English language
  • Kindly note the only documents you will need to submit at this time are your CV and Cover Letter
  • Additional documents such as passport, recommendation letters, academic certificates, etc. may potentially be requested at a future time
  • Please contact us at [email protected] in case you face any challenges with submitting your application
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be notified



All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

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