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Communications Consultant


  • Organization: WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Canada
  • Grade: Consultancy - International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: 2022-11-29

Job Title:  Communications Consultant; Global Office Canada, Ottawa

The United Nations World Food Programme is the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.  We are the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability, and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters, and the impact of climate change.  WFP is solely financed through voluntary contributions and the Government of Canada is currently one of the largest government donors. 

WFP is seeking to fill the position of Communications Consultant for WFP’s Global Office in Canada.  The target start date for this position is January 4, 2023, with the successful candidate working from the WFP office in Ottawa, Canada.   

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our values of integrity, collaboration, commitment, humanity, and inclusion.  WFP's greatest strength is its dedicated women and men working around the world. Having people with the right skills and in the right roles is key for WFP to continue fulfilling its role to work towards a world with zero hunger.  All recruitments follow a competitive process.


The purpose of the assignment is to support the development and implementation of a communication strategy for WFP Global Office Canada to meet its positioning, partnering and resourcing objectives with various audiences within Canada.   

The successful candidate will be responsible for the following: (1) represent WFP in Ottawa as the communications focal point with media supporting the work of the Global Office’s priorities with Canadian stakeholders;  (2) establish new communication products for new audiences and existing partnerships; (3) increase WFP communications across Canada; (4) maintain WFP presence within Canadian traditional media and expand WFP presence in French language media and (4) increase engagement with key media influencers.


  1. Support the development and implementation of a communication strategy for Global Office Canada.
  2. Provide Global Office Canada with current WFP Global messaging for senior leadership decision making for Canadian priorities.
  3. Implement WFP’s Global Digital Campaigns relevant to the Global Office Canada mandate.
  4. Promote WFP to key media outlets in Canada for national, provincial, and local coverage.
  5. Maintain relationships with key media stakeholders and develop new relationships in line with Global Office Canada communications strategy.
  6. Be the relationship driver for WFP’s goodwill ambassadors, including the development of and implementation of an annual plan approved by senior leadership.
  7. Share WFP annual and advocacy reports with key Canadian influencers that will use the data for further media outreach.
  8. Engage with WFP HQ and Country Offices for Global Affairs Canada and other partner visibility requirements and provide them with regular visibility updates.
  9. Be the relationship driver for communications political staff, supporting the Global Office Canada Director in her relationships with political staff.
  10. Participate actively in Global Office Canada weekly meetings, quarterly reviews and retreats.
  11. Provide communications messaging to Private Sector partners.
  12. Promote individual and foundation giving in line with WFP HQ strategy.
  13. Track and monitor engagement with journalists and media outlets on a weekly basis. 
  14. Integrate a gender equality lens in all communication materials.


  • Master’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, International Development or other related field OR at least 8-10 years of work experience in communications.
  • Excellent command of English language.
  • Ideal candidate has minimum B level command of French language.
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook).
  • Proven experience with corporate traditional and social media.

Required softs skills/WFP competencies

  • Ability to build relationships with a variety of individuals across function.
  • Display characteristics of professionalism, including hardworking, dependable, and respectful.
  • Professional communication skills including: active listening, speaking, writing and responding within the workplace environment.
  • Ability to work independently and within a team.
  • Ability to produce high-quality written materials that are clear and concise.
  • Ability to operate in a fast-paced environment.
  • Understanding of Canadian values and bilingualism.

Work experience with WFP or a UN agency is an asset.

 Applicants must be:

  1. Canadian nationals holding a valid passport and/or identity card.
  2. Non-Canadian citizens holding a valid Resident Permit to work and live in the country.
  3. Located within commuting distance of WFP Ottawa Office at start date (January 4, 2023).




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, color, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status, physical or mental disability.Terms and Conditions

WFP offers a competitive compensation package which will be determined by the contract type and selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.

Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WFP. Click on: “Our work” and “Countries” to learn more about WFP’s operations.

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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