Communications Officer

  • Full Time
  • Kathmandu
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Website World Food Programme


Communications Officer


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. 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 Country Offices (CO), these roles report to the Country Director (CD), with functional supervision from the Regional Communications Officer (as applicable), to ensure that the CO communications activities serve WFP needs in the country of assignment, taking into consideration the overall regional communications plan and WFP’s corporate communications goals.


The incumbent will contribute to implement the communications plan by supporting and delivering a range of communications activities, providing research and analysis, and prioritizing effectively.


Position Title: Communications Officer
Contract Type: Fixed Term (FT)
Level: NOB
Contract Duration: One year (Renewable)
Duty Station: Kathmandu, Nepal
Vacancy Number: 833389
Date of Publication: 11.06.2024
Deadline of Application: 24.06.2024

WFP offers a competitive benefits package including salary plus a medical insurance MICS/CIGNA

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the overall supervision of the Representative and Country Director (CD), the incumbent shall carry out the following tasks:

  • Implement country specific communication work plans designed to maintain and enhance the visibility and reputation of WFP, as well as support fundraising activities, ensuring alignment with overall communications and WFP strategies.
  • Contribute to communications through research, analysis of assigned area of work and timely preparation and distribution of information products to target audience(s).
  • Maintain a contact list of journalists and media outlets and support the flow of news/information about WFP’s work to the media, in order to support regular and appropriate communications.
  • Support the social media plan by developing social media content, and utilizing platforms, networks and partners to enhance coverage and support of WFP activities.
  • Generate donor specific visibility content including, text, photos, videos and audio for use across a range of integrated online platforms, in order to support global and country fund-raising activities, ensuring consistency with corporate messages.
  • Monitor and analyse traditional and social media to inform the development and/or evaluation of communication activities and strategies.
  • Guide and support more junior staff, acting as a point of referral and supporting them with more complex analysis and queries.
  • Collate outreach data contributing to the preparation of accurate and timely reports, support communication activities that enable informed decision making and ensures consistency of information presented to the media and other stakeholders.
  • Support capacity building of WFP staff on all aspects of communication, provides advice and guidance within area and level of expertise, in order to ensure that all activities meet desired standards of consistency, quality and impact. For example the design and review of training materials
  • Liaise and interact with WFP staff and external counterparts to support aligned activities and a coherent approach to communications within WFP.
  • Follow standard emergency preparedness practices to support WFP to quickly respond and deploy food and needed resources to affected areas at the onset of a crisis.
  • Others as required.


Education: Advanced University (Masters) degree in Journalism, International Relations, Public Relations, Communications or other relevant field, or First University (Bachelors) degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.

Language: Fluency in oral and written English and Nepali is a must, and strong writing skills required.


  • At least 3 years of post-graduate (after Master degree) professional experience in media management, communication strategy, storytelling and production of communication materials, social media content creation and channel management, budget and people management.
  • Has gained experience in utilizing specialist communications techniques to enhance functional output.
  • Has provided direction and instruction to more junior staff members withing area of expertise.


  • Ability to build and sustain effective collaborative relationships with key media contacts and influencers to raise WFP’s profile;
    Proven experience to effectively develop strategies and action plans to engage with media and other significant external stakeholders;
  • Skilled in developing high quality multimedia content such as photo essays, infographics and other audio and visual hand-out material;
  • Proven track record of media and social media channel messaging in management for a large international non-profit organization;
  • Proficiency in the Adobe Creative Suite particularly Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere, and After Effects strongly encouraged;
  • Knowledge of the political environment in Nepal and Asia is an asset.
  • Experience in effective management of human resources and optimal use of financial resources (budget planning and management) desired;
  • Strong and proven work experience in the field of Communications in WFP or any other UN agency is highly sought after;
  • Proactive and highly organized to handle stress and short deadlines;
  • Ability to work well independently as well as skilled in structuring and implementing own ideas in a team environment; and
  • Strong creative content creation, storytelling and copywriting skills.

All WFP Employees are expected to demonstrate the competencies and standards of behaviour aligned with our core values and defined in the WFP LEADERSHIP FRAMEWORK, namely:

Leading by example with integrity
Driving results and delivering on commitments
Fostering inclusive and collaborative teamwork
Applying strategic thinking
Building and maintaining sustainable partnerships


To be considered, interested candidates are invited to apply via ( Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Request for Disability related Reasonable Accommodations:

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WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.

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