Advocacy and Communications Consultant for Social Protection

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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.


Bachelor’s University Degree in Communications, Journalism, Marketing or related field — International Relations or Political Science or related field is also acceptable if candidate has communications experience. 7 years of relevant work experience with strong project implementation experience.


The World Food Programme’s Changing Lives Programme Response Strategy provides a medium-term and coherent high-level vision for the organization’s response to the Global Food Crisis. The Strategy envisions that, “By 2030, people will have substantially increased access to national social protection systems that safeguard and foster their ability to meet their food security, nutrition and associated essential needs, and to manage the risks and shocks they face”. WFP supports social protection systems through increasing their ability to contribute to food security and nutrition and respond to risks and shocks. However, WFP’s engagement in social protection remains inadequately documented and publicized. Furthermore, the internal and external highlighting and positioning of WFP’s vast social protection knowledge remains ad hoc and opportunistic.


The Advocacy and Communication Consultant for Social Protection will be hired by PROS Social Protection Unit and will be based in the CAM team under the guidance of the Head of the Global Advocacy unit, closely and supported by Social Protection Unit (PRO-S), Global Knowledge and Learning Manager. The consultant will coordinate its work with both CAM and PRO-S teams to plan and ensure the operational implementation of advocacy and communications plans and activities for PRO-S. The consultant is expected to provide high quality project implementation, ensuring accurate, timely and properly CAM service delivery in line with WFP’s approved narratives and CAM guidelines.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

1. Designs, plans and carries out Communications Advocacy and Marketing Strategies for PRO-S aligned with WFP’s Narratives and Partnerships and Advocacy goals. 2. Act as a Focal Point for communication strategy delivery between CAM and PRO-S with special emphasis on communicating project results and lessons learned. 3. Integrates communications and advocacy tools, methods, and goals for social protection. 4. Assurance of effective and efficient implementation of CAM approved Strategies and activities, resolving issues in a timely and efficient manner. 5. Cooperate with other Divisions to engage with the different CAM Units (Digital, Creative Studio Media, Marketing, etc.) and OED to maximize impact, ensure quality control, reduce reputational risk and comply with WFP’s narratives and guidelines (CAM approved Communications project’s implementation, CAM guidelines, CAM monitoring and evaluation etc.). 6. Increase social protection’s internal visibility and communicate the rationale behind and the impact of WFP’s engagement in social protection 7. Create cross-functional linkages between PRO-S and social protection instruments in CBT, FFA, EME and SF 8. Integrate social protection into the Organizational Changing Lives Agenda 9. Highlight links and synergies between social protection and the Saving Lives Agenda 10. Liaise with Implementing Partners and 3rd party Vendors on CAM project assurance. 11. Ensures that Implementing Partners and 3rd party Vendors of CAM Strategies and activities are in compliance with WFP’s Narratives rules and regulations.

12. Identify key external events of relevance to position and communicate WFP’s work and agenda in social protection for governments (in support of priority COs), key donors and strategic partners (in support of PPR) utilizing the assets curated in the Trello board. 13. Identifies needs and leads the facilitation of meetings and collaborations between CAM and PRO-S personnel. 14. Synthesis of lessons learnt and best practices. 15. Compile common myths around social protection and create a myth-busting campaign 16. Sound contributions to knowledge and CAM networks and communities of practice, in particular the social protection one in Yammer. 17. Enable knowledge building by supporting photo and video asset creation missions in coordination with CAM’s Creative Studio


o Purpose • Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives • Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes • Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission. • Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others. o People • Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase selfawareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs. • Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinions of others, regardless of gender, culture, background, experience, or country assignment. Treats everyone with dignity, respect and equality. • Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills. • Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances o Partnership • Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles. • Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners. • Portrays an informed and professional demeanour toward internal and external partners and stakeholders. • Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner. o Performance • Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work. • Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors. • Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities. • Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.


Technical knowledge of social protection, different national schemes and how UN agencies contribute to the design, implementation or enhancement of these systems - Familiarity with key debates and approaches in food security and nutrition and in social protection - General understanding of the global hunger and malnutrition situation, WFP as an organization, and how WFP is addressing food insecurity and malnutrition - Knowledge of the different forms of malnutrition, challenges in current approaches to addressing malnutrition, and how nutritional needs and vulnerabilities differ across the life cycle and according to intersecting inequalities


o Ability to build and maintain partnerships with a variety of people and organizations. • Ability to speak on behalf of an organization to the general public / partners while following WFP’s Key Narratives. • Ability to integrate a distinct product and brand into wider campaigns under a larger brand umbrella. • Ability to multi-task and function effectively in a fast-paced environment. • Ability to produce materials at speed targeted to meet the needs of different

• Digitally savvy and knowledgeable about the contemporary state of social media and online platforms Ability to translate a range of inputs from a large community into fixes & improvements that a development team can understand. • Ability to quickly adapt and master new digital tools to create content. • Fully committed and motivated to achieve the aims of the UN World Food Programme


• Experience managing/serving different stakeholders with different priorities. • Experience running social media accounts (ideally aimed at gen Z and millennial audiences).


COMMUNICATIONS-Communications Strategy & Planning

COMMUNICATIONS-Sociopolitical Contextual Understanding


End date 31 December (extendable)


2 September


All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

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