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The World Food Programme is an international organization within the United Nations that provides food assistance worldwide. It is the world’s largest humanitarian organization and the leading provider of school meals. Founded in 1961, WFP is headquartered in Rome and has offices in 80 countries.

About WFP

The WFP, or World Food Programme, is the leading humanitarian organization focused on addressing hunger and promoting food security worldwide. It is a specialized agency of the United Nations and was established in 1961. The WFP works to provide food assistance and support to populations affected by emergencies, such as natural disasters or conflicts, as well as to build resilience and support sustainable development.

Here are some key points about the WFP:

  1. Mission: The WFP’s mission is to end hunger and promote food security for all people, particularly in times of crisis.
  2. Mandate: The organization’s mandate is to save lives and protect livelihoods in emergencies, and to support nutrition, resilience, and sustainable development.
  3. Operations: The WFP operates in more than 80 countries, providing food assistance to those in need. It delivers food aid directly to affected populations and supports programs that aim to strengthen national capacities for food security.
  4. Types of Assistance: The WFP provides various types of assistance, including emergency food aid, school feeding programs, nutrition support, cash and voucher programs, and support for smallholder farmers.
  5. Funding: The WFP relies on voluntary contributions from governments, organizations, and individuals to carry out its work. It is one of the largest humanitarian organizations globally in terms of funding and operations.
  6. Strategic Objectives: The WFP’s strategic objectives include saving lives and protecting livelihoods in emergencies, supporting nutrition and health, enabling access to food and promoting social protection, and building resilience and supporting sustainable development.

Why work at WFP

Working at the WFP can be a rewarding and impactful experience for several reasons:

  1. Humanitarian Mission: The WFP’s mission is to end hunger and promote food security, which provides a sense of purpose and the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of vulnerable populations around the world.
  2. Global Reach: The WFP operates in over 80 countries, giving you the opportunity to work in diverse cultural and geographical contexts and gain a global perspective on addressing hunger and food insecurity.
  3. Impact and Scale: The WFP is one of the largest humanitarian organizations globally, reaching millions of people with food assistance and nutrition support. Working at the WFP allows you to contribute to large-scale operations that save lives, protect livelihoods, and support sustainable development.
  4. Multidisciplinary Collaboration: The WFP collaborates with governments, other UN agencies, NGOs, and partners from various sectors. Working at the WFP provides opportunities to work in multidisciplinary teams, fostering collaboration, knowledge sharing, and innovation.
  5. Professional Development: The WFP invests in the professional development of its staff, providing training, learning opportunities, and career advancement prospects. You can acquire valuable skills, knowledge, and experiences that can enhance your career in the humanitarian and development sectors.
  6. Innovation and Technology: The WFP embraces innovation and leverages technology to improve its operations. Working at the WFP allows you to be part of innovative initiatives and leverage cutting-edge tools and approaches to address hunger and food security challenges.

Details on the post

Communications Officer

Location: Brasília, Brazil

Type of Contract: Service Contract

Duration of Contract: 06 months (renewable)

Work Modality: In Presence

Level: SB-4/4

Application deadline: 28 May, 2024

Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting directly to the Country Director and with functional supervision from the Regional Communications Officer, you will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Oversee the devilery of all Communications products and lead on strategy and panning.
  • Implement country specific communication work plans designed to maintain and enhance the visibility and reputation of WFP, as well as suppport fundraising activities, ensuring alignment with overall communications and WFP strategies.
  • Support the design and implementation of communications strategies in order to generate greater awareness, understanding and support for  school feeding and hunger solutions and the work of the Centre in South-South cooperation;
  • Advise Centre’s  staff at all levels of potential impact of press activities and statements;
  • Contribute to communications through good research, analysis of assigned area of work and timely preparation and distribution of information products to target audience(s).
  • Maintain a contact list of journalists and media outlets and support the flow of news/information about WFP’s work to the media, in order to support regular and appropriate communications.
  • Support the social media strategy by developing social media content, and utilising platforms, networks and partners to enhance coverage and support of WFP’s activities.
  • Generate donor specific visibility content including, text, photos, videos and audio for use across a range of integrated online platforms, in order to support global and country fund-raising activities, ensuring consistency with corporate messages.
  • Monitor and analyse traditional and social media to inform the development and/or evaluation of communication activities and strategies.
  • Guide and supervise more junior staff, acting as a point of referral and supporting them with more complex analysis and queries.
  • Collate data and prepare accurate and timely reports that enable informed decision-making and ensures consistency of information presented to the media and other stakeholders.
  • Support capacity building of WFP staff on all aspects of communication, provides advice and guidance within area and level of expertise, in order to ensure that all activities meet desired standards of consistency, quality and impact. For example the design and review of training materials.
  • Liaise and interact with WFP staff and external counterparts to support aligned activities and a coherent approach to communications within WFP.
  • Follow standard emergency preparedness practices to support WFP to quickly respond and deploy food, needed resources or assistance to affected areas at the onset of a crisis.
  • Other as required.

Qualifications and experience

Education: Master´s University degree in Journalism, International Relations, Public Relations, Communications or other related field, or First University degree with 02 years of related work experience.

Required Experience:

  • More than 2 years of postgraduate professional experience as a journalist, public information officer, press attaché and/or professional writer, including experience in the preparation and production of materials for publication, and/or knowledge management functions such as website and social media.

Desirable Experience:

  • International professional experience;
  • Experience in project management and team leadership;
  • Experience with communications in a policy environment pertaining South-South cooperation, social protection programmes and policy development;
  • Experience in multicultural environments and working with staff from other cultures and background;
  • Experience in working with UN agencies, Development Partners, High level authorities, local governments and civil society organizations;
  • Experience and familiarity with video production.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in Portuguese and English. Fluency in French and/or Spanish is an Advantage.


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