Vacancy Alert: FAO is hiring a Junior Communication Specialist (various locations): Apply Now!!

Closure Date: 18/Jun/2024, 11:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit: OCC – Office of Communications

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Primary Location: Various Locations

Duration: 11 months

Post Number: N/A

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that Closure Date and Time displayed above are based on date and time settings of your personal device

  • 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 person 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, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is 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

Organizational Setting

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through the FAO Strategic Framework by supporting the transformation to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable agrifood systems, for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind.

The Office of Communications (OCC) is responsible for all corporate and internal communication activities of the Organization. It ensures coherence and consistency in FAO’s corporate messaging and communications’ outputs, as well as enables cost-effectiveness in use of communication-related resources across the Organization.

The purpose of this VA is to interview and vet qualified candidates for inclusion on a roster of junior communications specialists for FAO’s Office Communication (OCC). Inclusion on a roster does not necessarily entail an offer of employment, but rostered candidates may be contacted with offers of employment at any time in the next two years, as specific needs arise. 

We are seeking candidates with an established profile oriented towards public communication, advocacy, journalism/storytelling, and impact content creation and with balanced skill sets. This includes researching and drafting accurate content in various styles, developing general-interest digital/multimedia content for nonspecialists audiences, and website and social media platforms. This includes profiles that align with the following: Junior communications specialist – generalist; Junior communications specialist – editorial/writing; Junior communications specialist – multimedia production; Junior communications specialist – digital/social media/web.

Reporting Lines

The Junior Communication Specialist reports to a Communication Officer (various teams), in FAO’s Office of Communications (OCC)..

Technical Focus 

Public information, external and internal communication, writing and editing, web publishing, social media, multimedia, and digital media, marketing.

Tasks and responsibilities

Support OCC communications officers and teams in a range of areas spanning the OCC workstream and contribute to the development of public communication content in diverse media and formats. Specifically:

  • Research and analyse FAO technical information and FAO communication material to support content development and creation (assembling verified background information, summarizing technical documents, drafting key messages, developing scripts for social media, photo research, etc.)
  • Draft texts in various formats, for use on internal and external channels (intranet news/announcements, newsletters, digital posters, infographics, news articles for divisional or OCC web properties, feature stories, key messages, talking points, scripts, etc.)
  • Contribute to the development of multimedia communication content/assets (graphics, videos, photos, animations, campaigns, podcasts, social/digital content, copywriting, etc.) for internal and external use, for use on diverse channels, related to publication launches, events, international days, participation in global fora, etc.
  • Support OCC communications officers/teams with website and newsletter content creation and management and maintenance of social media accounts.
  • Assist OCC communications officers/specialists in coordinating cross-team communications work (information sharing, meetings/post-meeting follow up, work planning, etc.)
  • Participate in stakeholder research and analysis efforts, including media intelligence gathering.
  • Respond to requests for information on OCC process, standards, workflows etc. coming from technical divisions (answering requests for guidance or information).
  • Backstop OCC communications officers during leaves or absences;

Liaison with the OCC will be maintained, either directly or through an agreed focal point/coordinator, to ensure compliance with OCC standards, appropriate review and clearance processes. 

All communication materials will follow FAO clearance processes and comply with FAO standards, including: 

FAOSTYLE (English: ; French: ; Spanish: ; Arabic: ; Chinese: );
FAO terminology ; 
FAO Names Of Countries ; 
Story guidelines ; 
Story template ; 
UN map standards (available to staff); 
FAO Brand and policy book (available to staff). 

Further guidance regarding FAO communications, policies and procedures can be found through the FAO intranet, OCC section. 


Minimum Requirements

  • University degree in Journalism, Public Relations, Communications, Videography or other relevant field.
  • 1 year of relevant experience in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations or other relevant field.
  • Working knowledge (level C) of English and limited knowledge (level B) of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish). For PSA, working knowledge of English.

FAO Core Competencies

  •  Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Selection Criteria

  • Advanced University degree in Journalism, Public Relations, Communications, Videography, Photography or other relevant field, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.
  • Knowledge and experience of editing.
  • Proficiency in content creating and research.
  • Direct experience of writing captions, keywording.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, ability to complete content and strengthen ability to do so independently over time.
  • Awareness of ethical issues in the context of communications and ability to deal sensitively with them. Ability to handle assets that contain sensitive and sometimes confidential information.
  • Strong attention to detail, critical thinker, strong work ethic, and positive attitude while routinely exercising sound judgment
  • Self-sufficient, accountable and able to work autonomously with minimal supervision, proactively looking for ways to improve workflows and team efficiencies, and deadline oriented.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to explain processes and train colleagues.

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency


  • FAO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing)
  • Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list
  • Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at 
  • For more information, visit the FAO employment website
  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.


  • To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skills
  • Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile
  • Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application
  • Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered
  • Personal information provided on your application may be shared within FAO and with other companies acting on FAO’s behalf to provide employment support services such as pre-screening of applications, assessment tests, background checks and other related services. You will be asked to provide your consent before submitting your application. You may withdraw consent at any time, by withdrawing your application, in such case FAO will no longer be able to consider your application
  • Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered
  • Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile
  • We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

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