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  • Position Title Senior Strategic Communications and Partnership Advisor
  • Organization FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location Afghanistan
  • Grade Consultancy - Consultant - Contractors Agreement
  • Close Date 2024-01-22
  • Occupational Groups
    • Communication and Public Information
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Public, Private Partnership

Senior Strategic Communications and Partnership Advisor

  • Grade: Consultancy - Consultant - Contractors Agreement

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

  • Location : Afghanistan

  • Close Date : 2024-01-22

Job Description

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  • FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture.
  • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply;
  • Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO's values
  • FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination  
  • All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

Organizational Setting

FAO Afghanistan is investing, across all 34 provinces, in resilience reinforcing actions that focus on protecting agriculture livelihoods and local ecosystems, boosting local production of nutritious foods and cash-incomes, and safeguarding critical agriculture sectoral development gains achieved over the past couple of decades through revitalizing rural markets and economy. In 2024, FAO will contribute to the humanitarian components of the UN Strategic Framework 2023-2025 through four priority actions\: (i) Safeguarding Wheat Seed Security, (ii) Enhancing Local Production of Nutritious Food, (iii) Livestock Protection and Dairy Sector Support, and (iv) Restoring Irrigation Structures to Boost Cash Incomes. FAO will also contribute towards resilience building activities and longer-term transformational processes as part of the implementation of the UN Strategic Framework 2023-2025.

Reporting Lines

The Senior Strategic Communications and Partnership Advisor / reports to the FAOR, and will work in close coordination with Deputy FAOR and Head s of Filed Programme and Operations Teams.

Technical Focus

The Incumbent will support engagement and strengthening of relationships with key partners; leading on strategic communications and outreach on overall sectoral needs; FAO’s programme and impact of FAO’s interventions, in close collaboration with OCC branches and focal points.

Tasks and responsibilities

• Lead and manage the Strategy, Communications and Resource Mobilization Unit;
• Manage sub-unit teams covering Communications, Outreach, Visibility, Partnerships and Donor Reporting;
• Lead donor outreach, through proactive communication on the analysis, needs and priorities underpinning the country office Programme, with a focus on results, value for money, lessons learned and FAO’s comparative advantage;
• Lead the drafting of FAO response plans/appeals and nexus programming that clearly articulate needs, priorities, expected results, cost effectiveness and the centrality of agriculture in close collaboration with the Field Programme Unit and based on inputs from technical teams;
• Lead the design, editing and finalization of strategic communications products;
• Manage visibility component of the country office projects, ensure compliance with resource partner requirements, including quality review and timely reporting;
• Oversee the formulation of strategic communication and information products, distilling key information and messages on FAO Afghanistan for internal and external; national and international audiences;
• Liaise closely with the Resource Mobilization and Communication team (OER) and the Office of Corporate Communications (OCC) at headquarters, regional and subregional levels;
• Prepare presentations, key messages and talking points for high level meetings;
• Oversee/support the preparations of donor meetings and field visits;
• Liaison with the Office of Communication (OCC) will be maintained, either directly or through an agreed focal point/coordinator, to ensure compliance with OCC standards, appropriate review and clearance processes.
• Perform other duties as required.
• All communication materials will follow FAO clearance processes and comply with FAO standards, including\:
• FAOSTYLE (English\: https\://; French\: https\://; Spanish\: https\://; Arabic\: https\://; Chinese\: https\://;
• FAO terminology http\://;
• FAO Names Of Countries https\://;
• Story guidelines http\://;
• Story template http\://;
• UN map standards (available to staff);
• FAO Brand and policy book (available to staff).


Minimum Requirements

• University degree in a subject related to the work of the Organization.
• At least 12 years (COF.REG Category A)/15 years (PSA Category A) of experience in resource mobilization, programme management, partnerships, communication and advocacy, solid understanding of the humanitarian context;
• Working knowledge (level C) of English and limited knowledge (level B) of any other official language of the Organization (Arabic, Chinese French, Spanish and Russian). For PSA, working knowledge (level C) of English.

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

• Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions, is desirable;
• Experience in the field of resource mobilization and programme management, preferably in humanitarian settings;
• Work experience in the areas of advocacy and communication;
• Knowledge of UN or standard operational rules and procedures and project/programme administrative management procedures is considered an asset;
• Ability to work independently, under time pressure and meet deadlines;
• Thoroughness and reliability, sense of diplomacy and tact.

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency


  • FAO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing)
  • Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list
  • Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http\://
  • For more information, visit the FAO employment website
  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.


• To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skills
• Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile
• Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application
• Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications
• Incomplete applications will not be considered
• Personal information provided on your application may be shared within FAO and with other companies acting on FAO’s behalf to provide employment support services such as pre-screening of applications, assessment tests, background checks and other related services. You will be asked to provide your consent before submitting your application. You may withdraw consent at any time, by withdrawing your application, in such case FAO will no longer be able to consider your application
• Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered
• Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile
• We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

If you need help or have queries, please create a one-time registration with FAO’s client support team for further assistance\: https\://


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