Deputy Director, Office of Communications at FAO

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

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Deputy Director, Office of Communications at FAO

Deputy Director, Office of Communications at FAO

Job Posting: 20/Mar/2024
Closure Date: 27/Mar/2024, 1:59:00 AM
Organizational Unit: Office of Communications (OCC)
Job Type: Staff position
Type of Requisition: Senior-level
Grade Level: D-1
Primary Location: Italy-Rome
Duration: Fixed term: two years with possibility of extension
Post Number: 2002610
CCOG Code: 1A

  • FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background, and culture.
  • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non- and under-represented Members, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
  • Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct and to uphold FAO’s values.
  • FAO has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct incompatible with its status, objectives, and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority, and discrimination.
  • All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.
  • FAO staff are subject to the authority of the Director-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the organization.

Organizational Setting

FAO contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through its Strategic Framework by supporting the transformation to more efficient, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable agrifood systems. The Office of Communications (OCC) is responsible for all external and internal communication activities of the organization. It ensures coherence and consistency in FAO’s messaging and communications outputs.

Reporting Lines

The Deputy Director reports to the Director of Communications (OCC).

Summary of Duties and Functions

Under the policy guidance and overall supervision of the Director, the Deputy Director will:

  • Support the director in the overall management of the organization’s internal and external communication efforts.
  • Oversee the strategic direction of the Office of Communications, coordinating, supervising, and providing expert advice on communication activities.
  • Engage in the development of brand awareness and strategic relationships with key partners.
  • Promote and pilot new concepts and initiatives; manage related projects and multidisciplinary teams.
  • Ensure effective and efficient management of communications outputs, including planning, monitoring, quality control, and evidence-based reporting.
  • Analyze strategic objectives and the latest trends in communication to provide critical input into plans and strategies.
  • Foster teamwork and communication among staff and across organizational boundaries.
  • Support the recruitment, mentoring, coaching, and career development of staff.
  • Build and maintain strong professional relations in the area of communication with the organization’s partners.
  • Represent the Office of Communications at inter-agency, internal, and external meetings as required.

Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in communications, journalism, international relations, or a related area.
  • Minimum twelve years of relevant experience in communication, advocacy, journalism, or related fields in an international context.
  • Ability to lead and work effectively with a diverse team.
  • Demonstrated professional skills and competence in communication and public information.
  • Relevant international experience in communications and outreach in the United Nations system or similar context.
  • Demonstrated political judgement in an international environment.
  • Proven negotiation skills, maturity, tact, and diplomacy.
  • Demonstrated management and strategic leadership skills.
  • Understanding of governance and legal frameworks within international organizations.
  • Working knowledge (proficient, level C) of English and limited knowledge (intermediate, level B) of another FAO language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, or Spanish).

Leadership Competencies

  • Results focus
  • Leading, engaging, and empowering others
  • Communication
  • Partnering and Advocating
  • Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement
  • Strategic thinking

General Information

  • FAO reserves the right not to make an appointment.
  • Appointment will be subject to certification of medical fitness, accreditation, residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

Conditions of Service

A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered, including dependency allowances, rental subsidies, education grants for children, home leave travel, annual leave, pension fund entitlements, international health insurance, optional life insurance, and disability protection.

How to Apply

To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Attach a letter of motivation to your online profile. Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered.

Note: FAO encourages inclusivity and diversity within its workforce, offering family-friendly policies, flexible working arrangements, and standards of conduct. If you need help or have queries, please register with FAO’s client support team for assistance. FAO is a non-smoking environment.


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