Communications Consultation
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Close on 29 Sep 2020
Location: Gaborone (Botswana)
Grade: PSA (Personal Services Agreement)
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Job Description

Organizational Setting


The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.  The Operations Unit in the Representation is responsible for the overall progamme development, programme implementation, day to day coordination, monitoring, resource mobilisation and reporting.


Reporting Lines

The incumbent will report to the Assistant FAO Representative-Programme.


Technical Focus



Duties and Responsibilities


Working under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Botswana (FRBOT), and the direct supervision of the Assistant FAO Representative-Programme, the incumbent will perform the following tasks:


  • Develop and implement country specific communication strategy by identifying stakeholders, goals, objectives and timelines and consulting with thematic and technical teams.
  • Comply with the FAO corporate guidelines and strategy  and work in line with guidance from the Office for Communications (OCC) and the Regional Communication Officer.
  • Develop and implement communication plans for specific activities and target key messages tailored to certain audience (including donors, beneficiaries, partners, and the public), and disseminate information efficiently and effectively.
  • Coordinate, produce and disseminate communication and advocacy materials, including brochures, human-interest stories, posters and other visibility products in close coordination with focal points in RAF and in observance of corporate and branding guidelines.
  • Lead the preparations for the FAO Botswana quarterly newsletter.
  • Develop media database and strengthen partnerships with media organizations and journalists; interact and pitch stories of interest; organize media field visits.
  • Coordinate media engagement during events and missions and collect visual and audio footages for archiving of events and missions.
  • Create policy briefs and other strategic communication publications.
  • Draft press releases and talking points; organize press conferences; prepare media kits; provide information to querying journalists; manage flagship FAO events (e.g., World Food Day, project launches, workshops, etc.).
  • Cover high-level and high-visibility events; ensure media coverage and disseminate live information to highlight messages.
  • Produce content for online and social media channels such as the FAO website, Flickr, Twitter, etc, in line with OCCI. Write and edit web posts and ensure content is interesting and visually appealing. Increase FAO Botswana’s social media engagement and feature stories that will appeal to audience.
  • Work closely and train colleagues as communication champions and how to deal with the media by providing key messages and basic tips on media engagement.
  • Support and assist FAO in inter-agency communication meetings (UN Communication Group) and ensure FAO representation and participation in UN events.
  • Monitor communication plans and address gaps to improve effectiveness and quality.
  • Coordinate production of stories from the field such as documentaries and photo essays; this includes drafting TORs for production team, writing script, conducting interviews, managing vendors, arranging logistics, etc.





Minimum requirements


  • University degree in journalism or communications, or equivalent work experience in the field of communication combined with a university degree in a related discipline.
  • A minimum work experience of 3 years in communications or related field;
  • Working knowledge of English  and Setswana
  • National of the Republic of Botswana


FAO Core Competencies


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


Technical/Functional Skills


  • Experience working in Africa, and ideally southern Africa;
  • Knowledge of food and nutrition security, and key stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate ideas clearly and effectively, and to analyse and communicate technical topics and data;
  • Maturity and ability to work in a team in a dynamic and changing environment.

About FAO

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. 

FAO aims to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. With over 194 member states, FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide.

"We believe that everyone can play a part in ending hunger."