Closing date: Monday, 10 April 2023

Career Opportunities: Communications Officer | NOA | Yerevan, Armenia | One Year

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???? Job Title: Communications Officer

????Type of Contract: Fixed-Term Contract

➡️ Unit / Division: Communications Unit / WFP Armenia

???? Duty Station: Yerevan

➡️ Duration: 12 months (renewable)

⏰ Closing date: Monday, 10 April, 2023.


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.

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Why work with us?

The National Zero Hunger Strategic Review (NSR) recommendation underlined the importance of partnerships to achieve SDG 2, fostering coordination among the Government of Armenia, beneficiaries, donor community, United Nations agencies, civil society, private sector and the Diaspora. WFP Armenia will pursue strategic partnerships, communication and external advocacy efforts with national and international stakeholders aiming to achieve full implementation of its five-years Country Strategic Plan (CSP) for 2019-2025.

In its efforts to position the Organisation as a development partner of choice, provide visibility to donors, share key messages with the national and international audience as well as communicate the achievements of ongoing and future activities, WFP Armenia seeks a Communication Officer lead the communication team in showcasing WFP’s work, provide visibility to donors – and explore opportunities for additional external and internal media cooperation opportunities.

The purpose of the Communications Officer role is to ensure strategic media engagement for the public and beneficiaries through all media platforms enhancing understanding about food security, zero hunger, the World Food Programme, and donors engagement. This is an opportunity for an exciting and challenging Partnerships role in a multi-cultural, hardworking, fun and interdisciplinary team. In addition, we offer: ➡️ Meaningful and impactful careers: Our day-to-day work makes a difference in the lives of the people we serve

➡️ Continuous learning and training: We provide learning tools for our staff to continually develop their careers

➡️ Multicultural and stimulating work environment: We encourage gender and cultural diversity to make our teams stronger

Join us to make a difference in Armenia, watch this video to know more about us!!

How can you make a difference?

In this position, you will have to:

  •  Design and implement WFP Armenia’s communication action plan and the communication strategy aligned with the Country Strategic Plan for 2019-2025 with the support and guidance of the Country Director;
  •  Work closely with Regional Bureau and HQ to ensure that messaging and activities are consistent with WFP HQ ;;
  •  Within the communication strategy, identify targeted audience groups, platforms, events and key messages to maximize the visibility of WFP Armenia activities and its endeavours to eradicate food insecurity and malnutrition across the country by 2030;
  •  Act as a liaison between the different functional units in the Country Office to identify communication needs of the different activities and be responsible for the production of communication and visibility materials (photos, videos, stories);
  •  Provide communication expertise in line with WFP standards to, when necessary, externalizing the production of communication material to external stakeholders;
  •  Guide and supervise staff in the communication unit to produce content, develop and scale-up the implementation of social media platforms, as communication, advocacy and fundraising tools for national and international audiences;
  •  Generate, improve and increase donor visibility activities on the impacts of WFP Armenia interventions through traditional and non-traditional communication material;
  •  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;
  •  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.
  •  Generate donor specific visibility content including, text, photos, videos and audio for use across a range of integrated online platforms, in order to support global and country fund-raising activities, ensuring consistency with corporate messages;
  •  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;
  •  Liaise and interact with WFP staff and external counterparts to support aligned activities and a coherent approach to communications within WFP, including in interagency UN advocacy and media opportunities; in coordination with partners feed and update UN Armenia social media and website by developing high quality communication materials reflecting the work of WFP in the country;
  •  Collate outreach data, contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reports, support communications activities that enable informed decision making and ensure consistency of information presented to the media and other stakeholders;
  •  Perform other related duties as required.

To join us in saving lives, changing lives, you will need to have…

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.

Experience: At least two (2) years of postgraduate professional experience in utilising specialist communications techniques to enhance functional outputs. Has experience in producing tailored products, managing and using social media platforms for communication activities. Has supported projects and operational activities that maintain and develop donor and host government partnerships. Has collated data, assisted in drafting resourcing analysis and collaborated with accurate and timely briefs as well as reporting to donors. Is knowledgeable on how to create and use relevant tools and relevant softwares to edit photos, videos and produce stories.

Knowledge & Skills: Strong written and oral communication skills, including substantive analysis and report writing skills. Additionally is a great team player and can work with minimum supervision.

Languages: Fluency (level C) in English and Armenian languages. Working knowledge (level B) of Russian language is desired.

Before you 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 an inclusive work environment in which diversity is valued and where no form of discrimination is tolerated. We aim to achieve parity in our teams in Armenia. Qualified female applicants and individuals with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply. CV and cover letter must be submitted in the English language.

Applications must be submitted online through WFP e-Recruitment System.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

The successful candidate will have to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 to be able to perform his/her duties. The UN strongly recommends UN personnel, and their dependents receive a COVID-19 vaccine that has been approved by WHO.

Note: the position is open to Armenian nationals and individuals eligible to live and work in Armenia.

All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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.