WFP Suva, Fiji
Description of assignment title: Communications & Reporting Officer
Assignment country: Fiji
Expected start date: 10/01/2022
Sustainable Development Goal: 17. Partnerships for the goals
Volunteer category: National UN Volunteer Specialist
DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: No
Host entity: WFP Fiji
Duration: 6 months (with possibility of extension)
Number of assignments: 1
Duty stations: Suva
Mission and objectives
The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to end global hunger. 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 shattered lives. Present in nearly 80 countries, the organization has the global footprint, deep field presence and local knowledge and relationships necessary to provide access to nutritious food and contribute to the lasting solutions, especially in many of the world’s most remote and fragile areas. We manage an operating budget of approximately $5.9 billion each year, distributing 12.6 billion rations to those most in need. We reach an average of 80 million people with food assistance in around 80 countries each year.
The World Food Programme office in the Pacific based out of Suva, Fiji is a multi-Country Office covering 14 Pacific Island Countries and Territories and strengthening capacities of governments to prepare for, respond to and reduce the impact of disasters in order to build a resilient Pacific Community. This Communications and Reporting Officer will be part of WFP’s Partnership and Communications Unit and will support the unit’s portfolio through information management, communications, and performance reporting, with the overall aim of achieving greater strategic visibility and outreach capacities for WFP vis-à-vis partners and stakeholders.
Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the Head of Partnerships Unit or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UNV [Communications and Partnerships Associate] will: · Fill in the duties for this of assignment With the overarching objective of support to the effective implementation of Partnership-Communications-Reporting Unit’s Portfolio, specific duties will include: · Support the overall development and implementation of WFP’s communication plan in the Pacfic. · Contribute to the production of communications products such as press releases, reports, brochures, briefings, video clips, newsletters. · Act as a focal point for the implementation of the Donate Responsibly Campaign. · Work with WFP staff and partners in the pacific to gather and produce stories and other materials that highlight WFP’s work in the region. · Assist in working with local and regional media to identify opportunities for visibility. · Assist in updating a directory of partnership, communication, and media contacts. · Assist in the planning of events, conferences, seminars, press briefing, interviews, etc.as relevant to the Partnerships, Reporting and Communications Unit. · Maintain archives, information and knowledge management products on shared drives, information database, stakeholder directory, media lists and photo library. · Contribute to the development of donor reports and briefs. · Contribute to the implementation of the unit’s workplan. · Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor. Furthermore, UN Volunteers are encouraged to integrate the UN Volunteers programme mandate within their assignment and promote voluntary action through engagement with communities in the course of their work. As such, UN Volunteers should dedicate a part of their working time to some of the following suggested activities: · Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day); · Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country. · Provide annual and end of assignment self-reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities. · Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc. · Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly arrived UN Volunteers; · Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible
Age: 27 – 80
Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.
2 years of experience in communications at the national and/or international level; experience with NGOs, UN or other international development organization would be an asset; · Graphic design skills and video editing skills – Photoshop/ In-design/ Canva and Adobe Premiere. Good computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) familiarity with database management. · Excellent oral and written skills; strong drafting and editing skills. · Good interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, in a challenging environment; and with a multicultural team of international and national personnel. · Self-motivated, with ability to work with minimum supervision and to adapt to tight deadlines. · Photography skills are an asset.
Area(s) of expertise
Communication, Crisis and emergency response, Development programmes
English, Level: Fluent, Required Fijian, Level: Working knowledge, Desirable
Required education level
Bachelor degree or equivalent in Social Sciences, Journalism, Mass Media, Public Policy or area related to Humanitarian Development.
Competencies and values
– Professionalism: demonstrated understanding of operations relevant to the World Food Programme; procedures and rules; discretion, political sensitivity, diplomacy and tact to deal with clients; ability to apply good judgement; ability to liaise and coordinate with a range of different actors, especially in senior positions; where appropriate, high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; resourcefulness and willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented; – Integrity: demonstrate the values and ethical standards of the UN and the World Food Programme in daily activities and behaviours while acting without consideration of personal gains; resist undue political pressure in decision-making; stand by decisions that are in the organization’s interest even if they are unpopular; take prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour; does not abuse power or authority; – Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; excellent interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, mixed-gender environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; sensitivity and adaptability to culture, gender, religion, nationality and age; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of UN operations; ability to achieve common goals and provide guidance or training to colleagues; – Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment. – Planning and organizing: effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities; – Communication: proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to conduct presentations, articulate options and positions concisely; ability to make and defend recommendations; ability to communicate and empathize with staff (including national staff), military personnel, volunteers, counterparts and local interlocutors coming from very diverse backgrounds; capacity to transfer information and knowledge to a wide range of different target groups; – Flexibility: adaptability and ability to live and work in potentially hazardous and remote conditions, involving physical hardship and little comfort; to operate independently in austere environments for protracted periods; willingness to travel within the area of operations and to transfer to other duty stations within the area of operations as necessary. Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance, and commitment towards the World Food Programme’s mission and vision, as well as to the UN Core Values.
Living conditions and remarks
As this is a national UN Volunteer assignment, the UN Volunteer will be responsible for arranging his/her own housing and other living essentials.
United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.
Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements
Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy