Communications Associate job at World Food Programme (WFP)

World Food Programme (WFP)

Communications Associate job Post

Location:  Jobs in Uganda 2022 - 2023

Work Hours: Full-time, 08 hours per day

Salary: UGX

No. of vacancies: 01

Deadline: 08 April 2022

Hiring Organization: World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Details:

About WFP
United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) 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. In emergencies, WFP gets food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After an emergency, WFP uses food to help communities rebuild their lives. On average, WFP reaches more than 80 million people with food assistance in 80 countries each year.

Brief description of WFP in Uganda
WFP delivers food assistance in emergencies and work with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. WFP provides life-saving food assistance and livelihood opportunities to refugees in Uganda. In addition, WFP assists the most vulnerable people in Uganda with food and nutrition assistance. Finally, WFP works with smallholder farmers and links them to markets.
As Uganda strives to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030 and become a middle-income country by 2040, WFP is also assessing its relevance and repositioning its role in Uganda.

Are you up to the challenge?
We are seeking a qualified individual for the position of Communication Associate to be based in Arua. Selected candidates will be employed on Service Contract.

Organizational Context
These jobs are found in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureaux (RBs) and Country Offices (COs), and report to a Communications Officer.
Job holders at this level demonstrate responsibility and initiative to respond independently to queries with only general guidance. There is a requirement to use judgment in dealing with unforeseen problems on a daily basis.

Job Purpose
To provide research and specialised communications services that support the creation of content and services aimed at maintaining and enhancing WFP’s visibility and reputation and supporting fundraising activities.

Key Accountabilities (not all-inclusive)
Under the direct supervision of the Programme Policy Officer (C4D), the incumbent will provide effective specialized support and technical analyses to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs. Within delegated authority, the C4D Associate will be responsible for the following duties to support the efficient and effective delivery of AO programmes and operations, including but not limited to:
•Contribute new ideas and innovations regarding Arua Area Office’s communication with communities, partners, media and the general public, through constant researching of new trends
•Assist in the development and implementation of Arua Area Office and programmes’ communication strategies
•Support the design, pre-testing and producing of culturally-relevant key messages and communications materials for the People we Serve, including radio announcements, radio skits, posters, banners and flyers
•Support the development of strong partnerships with community groups, leaders, media and other partners in the community and civil society, to promote participation in social and behavioural changes supportive of programme goals
•Contribute to the development and implementation of effective training materials and activities to build capacity in participatory and behaviour communication at various government levels
•Compile information and data required for weekly, monthly and bi-monthly operational reports, donor briefs, maps and other informational tools or products
•Support CO, donor and journalists’ visits to WFP AO operations through drafting itineraries and site briefs
•Support the development of human-interest stories, videos, briefs and social media posts showcasing the impact of WFP’s work on the ground in collaboration with programme managers to enhance WFP’s resource mobilization efforts.
•Contribute to the production of photographs, videos and interviews of beneficiaries or stakeholders
•Support relevant, high-impact advocacy activities and campaigns with key partners.
•Support in minute-taking of Arua Area Office meetings, and note-taking during events and workshops
•Collect knowledge on current and emerging trends by gathering relevant information on programme, projects,strategies, approaches and ongoing experience for lessons learned, best practices.
•Contribute to knowledge networks and communities of practice
•Other as required

Standard Minimum Qualifications
•University degree in Communications, Economics, International Development, Gender and human rights related disciplines, Social Sciences, or another field relevant to international development assistance, or with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses
•Minimum 4 years of relevant experience at the national or international level with development, planning and management of social development programmes, including some experience in other developing countries
•Excellent influencing and communication skills, both written and verbal
•Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and WN Local languages/dialects is a plus

4Ps Core Organisational Capabilities

• Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Coaches team in the most effective ways to communicate WFP’s Strategic Objectives to WFP team and partners in the field.
• Be a force for positive change: Implements new methods or tools to improve team’s work processes and productivity.
• Make the mission inspiring to our team: Maps team’s activities and tasks to specific successes in beneficiary communities to showcase positive impact.
• Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Explains to teammates how each unit contributes to the overall WFP mission.
• Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Identifies skill development opportunities such as training modules or on-the-job experiences for self, colleagues and direct reports.
• Create an inclusive culture: Facilitates team building activities to build rapport in own unit.
• Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Facilitates the pairing of junior colleagues with coaches within own team.
• Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Proactively anticipates potential challenges and develops mitigation plans to ensure that team meets goals and targets.
• Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Identifies opportunities to be creative in own work and to help team be more innovative and accurate in their respective tasks and areas of work.
• Focus on getting results: Monitors team’s deliverables and provides feedback to ensure outcomes are delivered consistently and accurately.
• Make commitments and make good on commitments: Provides accurate guidance to team on expected responsibilities and tasks, whilst also upholding own commitment to the team.
• Be Decisive: Sets an example and provides guidance to junior team members on when to escalate issues when faced with challenging issues in the workplace or in the field.
• Connect and share across WFP units: Facilitates partnerships with other WFP units to accomplish missions in the field.
• Build strong external partnerships: Sets an example and provides guidance to team on how to build relationships with external partners.
• Be politically agile & adaptable: Articulates to colleagues or direct reports the value of contributing to other WFP teams and agency partnerships in fulfilling WFP’s goals and objectives.
• Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Organizes, monitors, and prioritizes own and team’s efforts to ensure that they will fulfill the needs of internal and external partners.

Functional Capabilities
Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
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
• Exhibits specalised technical knowledge of communications channels processes, tools and techniques. In immediate area of responsibility, provides support in developing written, visual, audio and multi-media content for communications materials and suggestions for improved communications processes.
Sociopolitical Contextual Understanding
• Shows awareness of the multilateral/interagency environment and the dynamics in which WFP operates which informs approach to daily tasks.
Communication Strategy and Planning
• Demonstrates sound understanding of WFP communications strategy and effectively implements tailored media and communications plans which support the delivery of the strategy.

Other Specific Job Requirements
This section is optional to describe additional responsibilities & knowledge required for the specific job

Desired Experiences for Entry into the Role
• Has demonstrated a sound understanding of WFP communication techniques and activities and awareness of the socio-political context in which WFP operates through day to day work
• Has provided ad-hoc guidance to new staff members.
• Experience in information and communication technology (ICT) is an asset.

Application procedure

Please click here to apply.

Date Posted: 2022-03-29




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