Communication and Reporting officer at FAO in collaboration with Unwomen and WFP


Call for Expression of Interest

National Project Personnel: Communication and Reporting officer

Contract duration: 11month (with the possibility of extension)

Deadline for Application 27th MARCH, 2018

Duty Station: Maiduguri, Borno State.

Tasks and Responsibilities:


The crisis in Nigeria, located mainly around the Lake Chad Basin, is a complex emergency characterised by food insecurity, violence and displacement

This area is one of the poorest in the world. Subsistence based livelihoods are impacted upon by Climate-induced desertification, drought, receding lake/water stress. Compounding the situation is the high incidence of violence from None-State Armed Groups (NSAG) since 2013. FAO’s strategy 2017-2019 includes ensuring sustainable and equitable access to resources and services as well as sustainable growth of livelihood opportunities, and these are critical priorities, Strengthening resilience by linking emergency interventions to lasting recovery will facilitate immediate efforts to address food insecurity and reduce negative coping strategies, while mitigating the impact of the root causes of the conflict and instability in the region, FAO continues to play a key part in the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan lead by the Presidential Committee for the Northeast initiative (PCNI), the state Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) that coordinate the humanitarian response, in coordination with humanitarian partners.

FAO in collaboration with Unwomen and WFP has received support from the European Development Fund (EDF) under the EU Support to Response, Recovery and Resilience in Borno State, to implement a three year programme to restore and improve sustainable agriculture-based livelihoods for food security, employment, and nutrition improvement in Borno State, FAO’s interventions include supporting small holder farmers (men, women and youth) to have skills and knowledge to implement good agricultural, nutrition and gender practices; reinforcing crops production for diversified food source and income; supporting small holder farmers to have opportunities for markets and business development; and providing quality agri-inputs for diversification, amongst others.

For effective field management of project implementation, FAO will engage a Communication and Reporting Officer. In particular he/she will contribute to compile, write, edit and review progress, interim and final reports using relevant background information from the field, liaising with project staff as appropriate, ensuring quality and consistency of the products. Develop and produce communication products to showcase EU support and including but not limited to key messages, briefs, brochures, talking points, success stories and presentations; also by travelling to affected areas, as necessary, to ensure collection/production of stories, interviews, photos and videos.

Terms of Reference:

  • Under the overall supervision and guidance of the FAO Representative for Nigeria through the Deputy FAOR in Maiduguri, and with direct supervision of the project Coordinator, the functional guidance of the Lead Technical Officer (RAF) and in close collaboration with national and international consultants in the project team, the incumbent will undertake the following activities:
  • Participate in the assessments to establish the baseline and food security assessments to monitor the improvement of beneficiaries household food consumption, resilience, business development, markets enhancement, etc.
  • From the outcome of the baseline assessments and the activities of the inception phase, adopt the Project’s reporting format and develop a Communications Strategy and Plan of Action for the duration of the FAO/UNWOMEN/WFP Joint Project in Borno State.
  • Develop and produce communication products to highlight EU support and including but not limited to key messages, briefs, brochures, talking points, success stories and presentations; also travel to affected areas, as necessary, to ensure collection/production of stories, interviews, photos and videos.
  • Liaise closely with the Project Coordinator, other Project Consultants and the Deputy FAOR and the Joint Projects focal persons in UN women, WFP and the National Collaborators to ensure coherence and accuracy of information used in communication products;
  • Assist media relations, including- drafting press releases, media-style briefs, talking points and Q&A; developing and maintaining a network of media Contacts in country; and organizing press conferences/briefings and field Visits;
  • Support liaison with FAO HQ and FAO RAF media relations colleagues to facilitate exposure of the Joint Project’s and FAO’s work and needs in the agriculture sector, ensuring accuracy/relevance of content developed and disseminated by them;
  • Assist in the dissemination – at country, regional and global levels – of communication products, including publication on FAO or partner web sites, liaising closely with outreach and web teams at FAO-HQ (both OCC and TCS Outreach Team) and making full use of web and corporate social media channels (, intranet,, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) in line with FAO guidelines;
  • Coordinate with the communication team of the Regional Office for Africa (RAF) for sharing of information and guidance on communication activities.
  • Support donor websites monitoring and assist in the preparation of resource mobilization materials
  • Provide content and materials such as photos and videos to RAF to highlight stories on the ground.
  • Participate in the OCHA Humanitarian Communications Group and other relevant for a/meetings (e.g. UN Communication Group) and work in close collaboration with OCHA Reporting and Public information teams and UN Communication teams to ensure sectoral priorities, the needs of affected populations and FAO are well represented;
  • Undertake travel to affected areas, as necessary, and ensure collection/production of stories, interviews, photos and videos;
  • Compile progress information and assist the Project Coordinator in outlining monthly progress statements and quarterly and annual progress reports including activities undertaken, distributions of inputs lists of actual beneficiaries, problems encountered and recommendations relevant to FAO and government (MOA, SEMA, NEMA) requirements;
  • Contribute to the preparation of programme and project documents and new proposals, briefs, evaluation reports, and correspondence for internal use and for recipient governments and donors;
  • Facilitate, prepare, participate and respond to donor missions and reporting requirements
  • Assist in the preparation of publication document as required;

Provide communication support for events organised by FAO and in which FAO is participating;

Assist in undertaking assessment of the project impact on the beneficiaries through activity assessments and end-of-project assessment

Prepare and submit the draft final report, including all project activities, impact assessment, and lessons learned, and make recommendations for

Key performance indicators
Expected Outputs: Required Completion Date:
·        The agriculture component of FAO/UNWOMEN/WFP Joint Project in Borno state programming, implementation, operational, information management, reporting and monitoring/evaluation capacities are carried out;

·        Timely project cycle operational implementation activities promoted (project planning, procurement planning, site selection, beneficiary targeting. IP Contracting, MDAS

·        Liaison, input distribution, monitoring, reporting, field assessment effectively

·        Technical and material input: and support services for the effective communication of the project activities are deployed for achievement of project results and objectives

·        Communication products collection/production of stories, interviews, photos and videos, that showcase EU support and Project activities and results achieved

·        Key messages, briefs, brochures, talking points, success stories and presentations;

·        Missions to project sites and results of interviews with beneficiaries, implementing partners and stakeholders on the results and impact of project.

·        Media participation and press releases on coverage of project implementation activities

·        Outcome of consultative meetings with partners within and outside UN and OCHA OCHA Humanitarian Communications Group;

·        Relevant public information products developed and disseminated at the national, regional and global levels;

·        Liaison with OCC and TCS Outreach team and alignment of content developed.

·        End of assignment report of project implementation including resources utilized under the FAO component.

Duration of Contract per the details of activities in the Project workplan


Candidates should meet the following requirements:

Minimum Requirements:

University degree (Bachelor’s or Post graduate) in journalism, mass communications, communications for development or relevant social science

Minimum of 3 years of relevant experience in humanitarian and agricultural/rural development sectors communication, promotion or advocacy including work experience with national and international NGO’s, UN agencies, governments and donors;


  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills; proficient in English
  • Ability to summarize and synthesize complex agricultural technical information for transmission to non-technical target groups in a clear and concise manner
  • Hands on experience with communications and media
  • Competence in the use of MS-Office including knowledge of design software, social media tools, web applications and presentation software
  • Organizational skills and ability to plan and carry out tasks systematically
  • Strong ability to work within a team and with a diverse range of people
  • Understanding of FAO’s role in humanitarian response
  • Ability to work under pressure and adapt to an evolving and complex humanitarian context and within multi-disciplinary and different cultural background teams.

Technical/Functional Skills

Excellent interpersonal skills and Team spirit

Experience of projects involving multiple and diverse stakeholders including Governments, private sector, civil society and end users.

Working knowledge of the local language in Borno State.

Experience and competences in working with women and youths groups will be an advantage.

Additional Information

FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions

All candidates should adhere to FAO values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and integrity and Transparency.

How to Apply:

All applications are to be made through FAO’s iRecruitment system. Click on the link below to access iRecruitment, complete your profile and apply for this call for Expression of Interest.

In order for your application to be properly evaluated, please ensure that all sections of your (Recruitment account are completed. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated.

If you need help, or have queries, please contact:

Kindly complete the online FAO personal profile form in iRecruitment which can be accessed from any internet connection. Please scan the completed form and send along with your application and credentials electronically via e-mail to on or before close of business on Wednesday, 27th MARCH, 2018. Application should be addressed to:

The FAO Representative in Nigeria

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Old Central Bank Building

No.4 Zaria Street, Off Ladoke Akintola Boulevard

Garki 11, Abuja.