UN Job Careers – Senior Communications Associate – United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Title:    Senior
Communications Associate

Organization: United
Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Duty Station: 

Grade: SC7

About US:

The UN World Food
Programme (WFP) is the United Nations frontline agency against world hunger. It
is the largest and longest serving humanitarian agency in Uganda. Currently WFP
focuses on three priority areas: Saving lives in Emergencies; Building
Resilience through Predictable Safety Nets; Improving Nutrition &
Mother-and Child Health; and Supporting Small Holder Farmers to Access Markets.
WFP has operations in various parts of the Country.

Job Summary:
The Senior Communications Associate is expected to Design, Manage, and
Facilitate the implementation of C4D/community engagement plans in the
southwest region in alignment with WFP’s Communications and Advocacy Plan
(2018-2020). Additionally, undertake roles for internal and external
communications and engagement

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Coordinate and facilitate stakeholder mapping exercises
  • Develop and enhance strong partnerships with refugees and host
    community groups, leaders, local governments and other partners for strong
    buy-in, participation and ownership around WFP’s food assistance,
    including social and behavioral changes for Zero Hunger
  • Oversee implementation of activities for enhanced Accountability to
    Affected Populations including WFP’s toll-free helpline
  • Coordinate gathering of voices for influencing, policy advocacy and
    storytelling among refugees and host communities
  • Support dissemination and advocacy around research findings and
    policy statements through strategic engagements and events
  • Work with field teams and partners to develop, pre-test and roll out
    IEC/behavioral change materials (such as instructional videos, radio
    packages, posters and flyer) for awareness-creation and education.
  • Coordinate campaigns and other public outreaches and the design,
    development and roll out of related materials
  • Develop manuals and staff guidelines for C4D.
  • Work with the field teams to form structures, train staff and
    community members to facilitate C4D.
  • Work with local media partners to promote Zero Hunger agenda,
    targeting policy makers through strategic and cost-effective approaches
  • Generate content and design packages for internal communication
  • Mobilize staff around WFP’s new Communication Plan
  • Support generation of stories and visuals for WFP’s external
    communication sites
  • Oversee implementation with SOP for WFP and donor branding and
    profile raising take on other duties for Transformation of Communications.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UN World Food Programme
    (WFP) Senior Communications Associate job placement should hold a
    Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Development Studies, Social Work,
    Community Mobilization or related studies
  • At least three years’ experience working with local governments
    among refugees and host populations around C4D
  • Work experience with non-governmental organizations affiliated with
    WFP or its sister UN agencies
  • Understanding of transformational development and dynamics around
    refugees and host populations
  • Experience with stills photography, video production and
  • Experience with working successfully in cross-cultural teams
  • Ability to clearly communicate complex ideas and principles and to
    tailor messages to varying audiences
  • High level of cross-cultural interpersonal skills, personal maturity
    and proven ability to influence multiple stakeholders
  • Strong understanding of WFP communication techniques and activities
    and awareness of the socio-political context in which WFP operates through
    day to day work
  • The applicant should have provided coaching or training to new staff
    members within area of expertise
  • Language: Proficiency in English language (oral and written).
    Knowledge of French, Kiswahili, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi or southwestern local
    languages is highly desirable


  • Media and Influencer Relationship Management: Demonstrates ability to respond to
    and/or escalate needs of media and influencers within own scope of
    responsibility to raise the profile of WFP, build relationships and
    further organisational aims.
  • Media and Communication Expertise: Collates accurate and timely information presented in required
    format (i.e. written or visual materials) as well as verbally, to enable
    information flows and informed decision making on communications issues.
  • Specialised Knowledge in Communications: Demonstrates specialised knowledge of
    technical communications best practice. Contributes directly to the
    development of effective communication materials in various media through
    defined specialised processes and activities, which supports defined
    communication work plans and strategies.
  • Sociopolitical Contextual Understanding: Shows good understanding of the
    multilateral/interagency environment and the dynamics in which WFP
    operates to formulate recommendations to management which will inform
    decision making.
  • Communication Strategy and Planning: Demonstrates good understanding of WFP
    communications strategy. Effectively develops, evaluates, updates and
    implements tailored media and communications plans within area of
    responsibility which support delivery of the strategy.

NB: Female
applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially
encouraged to apply

How to Apply:

All candidates who
desire to join the United Nations World Food Programme are encouraged to submit
their applications online at the link below.


Deadline: 26th May 2019

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