Communications Officer

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  • Dhaka

UNV - United Nations Volunteers


Mission and objectives

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations for agriculture (including crops, livestock, fisheries and aquaculture, forestry and natural resources) and food.
FAO was established in 1945 with the mandate to improve nutrition, increase agricultural productivity, raise the standard of living in rural populations, contribute to global economic growth and ensure humanity’s freedom from hunger.
As an intergovernmental organization comprised of 194 member countries and two associate members (Faroe Islands and Tokelau) and one member organization, the European Union, FAO provides technical assistance to governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, to fight against animal and crop pests and diseases, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner for the purpose of achieving food security and reducing hunger and malnutrition. In humanitarian emergencies, FAO role is to save livelihoods, protect and rehabilitate the agricultural production system and promote self-reliance, moving crisis-affected communities away from food aid dependence and paving the way for an early exit from humanitarian assistance.
FAO’s work in Bangladesh is guided by the Country Programming Framework (CPF), which defines the technical cooperation priorities of the partnership between FAO and the Government of Bangladesh. The current CPF which sets out FAO’s strategic priorities, key areas of technical cooperation, and medium-term programming activities for 2022-2026 is structured around four pillars:
1. Productive, diversified, sustainable and inclusive agroeconomic growth.
2. Healthy, safe, and nutritious food for all.
3. Climate resilience and nature-based, low-carbon sustainable development.
4. Gender equality and youth development.


The national UN Volunteer will be assigned at the FAO Bangladesh, with duty station in Dhaka. The FAO country office is headed by an FAO Representative and aims to provide efficient assistance for the implementation of the key areas and programming activities of the cooperation agreement in line with the government priorities, through various projects.
For example, the FAO office in Bangladesh provides technical assistance to the public sector stakeholder institutions to facilitate the implementation of the Diversified Resilient Agriculture for Improved Food and Nutrition Security (RAINS) Project. The overall aim of this project is to provide Technical Assistance (TA) to strengthen the capacity of implementing agencies, especially Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) and Department of Agricultural Marketing (DAM), to successfully implement the project and reach expected results.

Task description

Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative and direct supervision of the Senior Technical Advisor, RAINS with technical backstopping from the International Communications Specialist, the incumbent will work to increase visibility and awareness of technical assistance to the RAINS Project (FAO-TA) in Bangladesh.
The incumbent will develop and implement key communication strategies and technically support RAINS project management unit (PMU) personnel through the development of communication products aimed at a range of media (print, radio, TV, web, social). Specifically:
• Develop, maintain and update a communication strategy and workplan, in line with the FAO-TA priorities and the corporate communications strategy of FAO and in alignment with Inter-national Fund for Agricultural Development communication guidelines.
• Research and produce communications materials (in both high-quality English and Bangla) including news releases, human interest stories, newsletter content, brochures, opinion articles, talking points, donor reports, and social media content.
• Translate and edit texts of a technical nature in order to ensure accuracy, clarity, cohesion and conformity with FAO house-style English, policy and practice.
• Develop and coordinate production of engaging and informative multimedia products (video and radio) in line with guidelines from the Office of Corporate Communication (OCC).
• Oversee graphic design solutions including publication templates, visual presentations, pamphlets, info-graphics, icons, and other publication materials that illustrate information and make it legible to different audiences.
• Take quality photos and commission professional photography according to OCC production guidelines and advance collaboration with OCCM Photo Editor.
• In close collaboration with OCC, regional and communications officer colleagues, create con-tent for sharing via existing FAO social media channels that raises visibility with key target audiences.
• Set up, organize, and maintain an FAO-TA archive of images and video content.
• Organize and archive key project documents.
• Prepare, edit, and submit key project documents for publishing approval.
• Liaise with the procurement team to initiate and oversee procurement of printed and other communications materials.
• Prepare behavioral change campaign aiming at better nutrition awareness in Bangladesh.
• Ensure visibility of FAO Bangladesh in the RAINS materials and publications, and provide guidance on the correct use of the FAO logo, in line with corporate guidelines.
• Organize procurement of communications products.
• Perform other duties as required, including for other FAO projects in Bangladesh.
Results/Expected Output:
• Communication products and materials produced in support of country communication strategy.
• Media contact information, materials and relationships with journalists and media outlets covering all media print, TV, radio, web etc. in the country developed and maintained.
• Project communication strategy developed and implemented.
• Learning and advocacy products developed and disseminated.
• Nutrition focused behavioral change campaign designed and rolled out.

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