Communications Officer

World Food Programme
Location: Nepal
Salary: Negotiable
Posted Date: 2018-09-30 Deadline: 2018-10-08
  • Location : Nepal
  • Working Position : Entry Level
  • Qualification Degree : Advanced University Degree
  • Salary : Negotiable
  • Category : NGO / INGO / Social work
  • Nature : Full Time
Job Description

Communications Officer

"Qualified FEMALE candidates and candidates from minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply."

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.  The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes.  Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.


These jobs are found in Headquarters (HQ) and Country Offices (COs). Job holders operate with minimal supervision, and are heavily involved in day–to-day activities, analytical work and provide advice on less complex issues.

In HQ, job holders report to the Director of Communications or the designate. These roles work in a specialist area of communications.

In RBs, job holders report to the Regional Director or the designate, with functional supervision from the Director of Communications or the designate.

In COs, these roles report to the Country Director, with functional supervision from the Regional Communications Officer, to ensure that the CO communications activities serve WFP needs in the country of assignment, taking into consideration the overall regional communications plan and WFP's corporate communications goals.


To implement the communications plan by supporting and delivering a range of communications activities, providing research and analysis, and prioritising effectively.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the direct supervision of the Representative and Country Director, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive, within delegated authority):

  1. Prepare WFP Nepal communications strategy and work plan and implement to maintain and enhance the visibility and  reputation of WFP, as well as support fundraising activities, ensuring alignment with overall communications and  WFP strategies.
  2. Contribute to communications through good research, analysis of assigned area of work and timely preparation and distribution of information products to target audience(s).
  3. 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.
  4. Organize regular media interaction sessions including media missions at central, regional and local level to maintain good relations with the media.
  5. Respond to a variety of queries and requests for support, following standard processes, and obtaining guidance as required, to ensure timely and accurate resolution of all enquiries.
  6. Track media activities relevant to WFP areas of interest and create a digital database of WFP related media coverage.
  7. Organize interaction session with members from line ministries, civil society, human rights organisations in close collaboration with Programme Unit to build relations with WFP.
  8. Organize regular outreach and advocacy events such as media information sessions, photo exhibitions, talk programmes etc to enhance WFP visibility.
  9. Develop media monitoring on a day to day basis and keep abreast on the political situation of the country.
  10. Produce donor visibility material including text, photos, and videos and audio in order to support global and country fund-raising activities, ensuring consistency with corporate messages.
  11. Serve as the focal point for all UN related communications such as the United Nations Communications Group (UNCG) and participate actively.
  12. Support the social media plan by developing social media content, and utilising platforms, networks and partners to enhance coverage and support of WFP’s activities.
  13. Monitor and analyze traditional and social media to inform the development and/or evaluation of communication activities and strategies.
  14. Guide and supervise more junior staff, acting as a point of referral and supporting them with more complex analysis and queries.
  15. Collate outreach data contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reports, Support communications activities that enable informed decision making and ensures consistency of information presented to the media and other stakeholders.
  16. 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.
  17. Liaise and interact with WFP staff and external counterparts to support aligned activities and a coherent approach to communications within WFP.
  18. Follow standard emergency preparedness practices to support WFP to quickly respond and deploy food and needed resources to affected areas at the onset of a crisis.
  19. Other as required.

General Requirements:


Education: Advanced University degree in Journalism, International Relations, Public Relations, Communications or other relevant field, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.

Language: Excellent oral and written communication in English and drafting and creative writing skills in English and Nepali.


Has skills in developing high quality multimedia content such as photos and videos.


Has gained experience in utilising specialist communications techniques to enhance functional outputs

Has provided direction and instruction to more junior staff members within area of expertise

Has five years of  postgraduate professional experience in a relevant field of work, with a background and interest in international humanitarian development;

Has broad or specialized knowledge of communications best practices, techniques and processes with some understanding of the basic theoretical background;

Ability to track and manage small budgets;

Good communication skills to give and  receive information and work with a variety of individuals;

Has knowledge of, or the ability to quickly assimilate;

Has  research and analysis skills;

Knowledge of  UN or WFP specific processes and systems would be desirable.

How to Apply:

Only the candidates meeting the above requirements are requested to submit an online application by 08 October 2018.

To apply, please visit

External Link: Communication Officer

Candidates are requested to Create an account in system before applying. Candidate's UN Personal Histoty Form (P11), curriculum vitae (CV) and applications will be registered allowing profile updates, apply for a job through wfp career website.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

The organization reserves the right to cancel or postpone the whole recruitment process without providing any reasons whatsoever.

No telephone enquiries will be entertained.

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

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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Organization Summary

The World Food Programme is the food assistance branch of the United Nations and the world's largest humanitarian organization addressing hunger and promoting food security.

Industry Type NGO / INGO / Social Work
Location Kathmandu
Organization Size 1-10
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