Communications Officer (P3)

World Food Programme
  • Location
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Dec 26

Position description

The World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide.In emergencies, we get food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After the cause of an emergency has passed, we use food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives.WFP is part of the United Nations system and is voluntarily funded. To learn more about WFP's operations, please visit our website at:

Join us to make a difference The World Food Programme, the world's leading humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, is offering life-changing communications job opportunities you’re unlikely to find in many other organizations. Working at WFP will give you the opportunity to work beyond your horizons, to be enriched by meaningful work and deepen your professional expertise.  At WFP, we are driven and defined by our mission to fight world hunger, save lives, feed people’s dreams of a brighter future and help enable people, communities and countries meet their own food and nutrition needs. WFP goes wherever it’s needed and does whatever it takes to get the job done. You will find our people at the heart of every major humanitarian intervention around the world, providing the essential life-saving requirements for those furthest behind. Each year, we reach an average of 80 million people with food assistance in around 80 countries. Delivering our mission requires deep respect for personal and cultural differences and close collaboration between every member of our global team. While the 15,000 people working for WFP reflect the rich diversity of the world in which we work, the vital importance of our shared mission underpins a remarkably close community of purpose.  

How you can help 

You will develop and coordinate the implementation of communication strategies/plans/campaigns, including setting clear goals and objectives, defining key tasks, messaging, audience targeting and analysis

You will act as a spokesperson for WFP, effectively addressing media enquiries and explaining information in a compelling way

You will define a social media plan which leverages social media content, platforms, networks and partners to enhance coverage and support of WFP’s activities

You will track and analyze print, broadcast and social media, to identify trends and/or issues, and propose solutions and ideas to improve the effectiveness of communication strategy and activities

You will build and maintain partnerships through extensive networking and proactive collaboration with the media, advocacy groups and other critical partners

You will ensure collaboration with internal global/regional communication partners to ensure and consistency in messaging to enhance understanding and support for humanitarian actions

You will ensure timely and accurate communications and outreach to internal and external partners and other appropriate audiences

Undertake any other duties as may be assigned to you


Standard minimum qualifications required Education: 

University degree in Journalism, International Relations, Public Relations, Communications, Marketing or other relevant field, with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses

 Experience and Competencies 

At least five years of progressively responsible professional experience as a communications specialist, journalist or spokesperson as well as experience in developing and implementing communication, advocacy and outreach strategies/plans/campaigns

Well organized and detail oriented with strong judgement/decision-making skills

Strong communication and negotiation skills

Experience planning, gathering and producing tailored multimedia content

Experience of managing small teams of staff with related areas of expertise

Ability to understand what audiences need and how they want to consume it

Ability to plan and organize work and communicate effectively

Ability to handle a large volume of work and to meet strict deadlines


Fluency in oral and written English and Arabic.

Intermediate knowledge of another official UN language (Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or Portuguese (one of WFP’s working languages) is highly desirable.

Application instructions

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