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WFP – Communications Officer – Roma

Il World Food Programme sta selezionando un/a Communications Officer per il suo headquarter di Roma. Scadenza candidature 22 dicembre 2020

Type of Contract: Short Term Staff P3

Division: CPP ( Corporate Planning and Performance Division )

Duty Station (City, Country): HQ Rome, Italy

Duration: 11 months


The Corporate Planning and Performance (CPP) Division establishes standards, products and services to ensure a transparent and accountable planning, budgeting and performance management function in WFP. Serving internal and external clients and stakeholders, the Division provides critical support to oversight and decision-making, driving the effective and efficient implementation of WFPs mandate. Under the direction of the Chief Financial Officer, CPP works across the organization to ensure effective and efficient processes across the performance cycle (planning, budgeting, implementation oversight, and reporting). The Division strives to deliver simple, clear and coherent planning to reporting services and products to its clients.

The Performance Analysis Cell (PAC) enhances CPP’s services and products, while enriching information available for decision making. It contributes to greater institutional coordination, streamlining and simplification of data-driven decision making. By leveraging corporate data across various functions, the PAC analysis will support performance management decision making and enhance WFPs understanding of effectiveness and efficacy and efficiency dynamics. Ultimately, PAC supports the CPP Division and the Resource Management (RM) Department by providing value-added data analysis to inform decision making across a range of Resource Management areas including performance management and resource prioritization, allocation, and oversight.

The PAC will contribute data-driven analysis as input to RM departmental services and products such as the Management Plan, Strategic Resource Allocation Committee (SRAC), the Annual Performance Plan (APR), and periodic functional/technical updates.


The Communications Officer contributes to the PAC in providing value-added analysis and insight enhancing planning, budgeting and performance management services and products, with three core objectives:

Deliver insightful analysis addressing strategic effectiveness and efficiency questions to enhance planning, budgeting and performance management products led and managed by accountable CPP units such as the Corporate Results Framework, pipeline updates, Management Plan, periodic beneficiary management updates, periodic resource utilization updates, and the APR.

Contribute planning, budget and performance analysis to SRAC resource allocation decision-making and oversight.

Improve accountability and transparency across the performance cycle by leveraging data for cross-functional analytics and visualization tools via corporate dashboards, and scorecards.

Main activities include:

  • Under the direct supervision of PAC Chief Senior Analyst, the Communications Officer will perform the following functions:
  • Develop, implement, and regularly update a PAC communication and advocacy strategy to position the PAC as a support service that augments the quality of corporate planning and accountability products, increases buy-in from key stakeholders and builds credibility of the function across the organization.
  • Support the development of engaging visualizations that tell complex stories in a simple and easy-to-understand way that resonates with target audiences and socialize products across corporate internal and external platforms in coordination with stakeholders to raise awareness of the services provided by the unit.
  • Develop standard product formats and complete copy edit and final formatting of products for issuance.
  • Support stakeholder engagement and performance analysis product positioning with an outreach and engagement strategy.
  • Support the AED RM/CFO and CPP Director to socialize analytic products.
  • Plan, manage and evaluate communications campaigns
  • Work with management to prioritize business and information needs
  • Work in close collaboration with counterparts to align activities and ensure a coherent approach to communications within WFP.
  • Locate and define new process improvement opportunities
  • Build capacity of WFP staff on all aspects of external relations communication, providing advice, guidance and training to ensure consistent, quality communications activities that deliver the desired impact.
  • Other duties as required



5 years or more of relevant progressive postgraduate work experience in communications practices and/or relevant fields.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Strong communication skills with the ability to collect, organize, analyse, and disseminate significant amounts of information with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Able to prepare tailored high-quality written reports and graphically-based presentation materials
  • Utilizes sound theoretical knowledge of communications concepts to generate or facilitate the generation of effective communication materials across various media
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to analyse and interpret information and draw out the key messages
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, able to clearly articulate insights to stakeholders in WFP.
  • Knowledge of communications concepts and best practices that can be used to generate or facilitate the generation of effective communication materials across various media
  • Action management skills (time management, organization, judgement) to ensure ability to balance competing priorities successfully, and to work to tight deadlines
  • Strong collaboration and communication skills, ability to work in multicultural settings
  • Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement


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


Fluency (level C) in English language is essential .

Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language is preferred: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or WFP’s working language, Portuguese


Knowledge of WFP stakeholders

Experience creating/using digital media and data visualization platforms

Experience in using Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop to produce high-quality and print-based media

Technical Expertise

Exhibits deep technical knowledge in area of expertise and actively transfers knowledge to strengthen the skill base across the function; considers the most appropriate use of technical resources to ensure skill development and optimization of resource allocation.

Requirement Definition & Management

Specifies and documents business requirements as directed, ensuring traceability back to source; analyses them for adherence to business objectives and for consistency, challenging positively as appropriate. Works with stakeholders to prioritize requirements.

Business Analysis

Leverages broad understanding of information systems, information management practices and procedures to proactively determine effective business processes that meet business requirements; Prepares business cases which outline various

process enhancement options with associated potential benefits and business


Terms and Conditions

WFP offers a competitive compensation package which will be determined by the contract type and selected candidate’s qualifications and experience. Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WFP. Click on: ‘Our work’ and ‘Countries’ to learn more about WFP’s operations.

Deadline for applications: 22 December 2020 Ref.: VA No. 131861

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