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5 Year
Male, Female, Both
Bachelor Degree

National Communication Specialist 

Job Posting: 11/Sep/2023

Closure Date: 26/Sep/2023, 2:29:00 AM

Organizational Unit: FAINS

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition: NPP (National Project Personnel)
Grade Level: N/A

Primary Location: Indonesia

Duration: 3 month probation
Post Number: N/A

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that Closure Date and Time displayed above are based on date and time settings of your personal device

  • FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture
  • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply
  • Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO’s values
  • FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination
  • All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentialit

Organizational Setting

FAO is a recognized leader in the fight to eradicate hunger and rural poverty and in the promotion of agriculture, fisheries and livestock, while encouraging sustainable management of the environment and of natural resources for the benefit of communities and rural people.  One of FAO’s goals is to increase the visibility of good work being done at country and regional levels in the Asia and the Pacific Region, and in particular in relation to its donor-funded projects.

Reporting Lines

The National Communication Specialist will work under the overall supervision of, and report directly to, the FAO Representative (FAOR), in close consultation with the relevant project Team Leaders, project/programme team members, AFAOR (Admin and Programme) and Regional Communication Officer in FAO office in Regional Asia Pacific.

Technical Focus

The National Communication Specialist will contribute to the positioning and improved visibility of the work supported under the FAO country programme, through mass media and other outreach, and with a target audience of constituents, donors and general public. The incumbent will promote a corporate image of the FAO as an open/accessible, multidisciplinary institution capable of rapid responses and actions in support of its constituents and donors.

Tasks and responsibilities

Specifically, and in line with the corporate communication policies and plans, the incumbent will:

•    Design and implement a Communication Work Plan for the Representation, in support of the agreed CPF, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) for Indonesia;
•    Support public communication activities of the Representation: by preparing talking points, arranging photo coverage, drafting press releases and disseminating news through press contacts, management of interviews and/or press conferences;
•    Proactively seek out good beneficiary feature story possibilities for TV and Print journalists, based upon the good practices of FAO Technical Cooperation work in-country;
•    Support the strengthening of FAO media relations and public visibility, as well as FAO relations with other international and national development partners, institutions, donors, governments;
•    Improve a national media database;
•    Increase the number of good photos from the work of the FAO Country programme and submit them to OCC for inclusion in the corporate photo database;
•    Send regular media updates to FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP) and FAO HQ on the coverage of FAO Indonesia’s works;
•    Update the website of the Representation with press releases generated;
•    Track and log all media reports involving FAO at country level and send reports to both the FAO Representative and RAP Communication Officer for SOMI notification;
•    Prepare speeches, talking points and presentations in close coordination with programme team for FAO Representative for different forums;
•    Identify training requirements in communications, and develop/implement a training programme for FAO staff/consultants to support the sustainability of the communications initiatives;
•    Provide communication leadership assistance on the communication programme in programmes/-projects; assist with the review of relevant documents and reports; identifyy priorities, liaise with relevant parties and identify follow-up actions;
•    Assist with assessments of issues and trends for the implementation of communication programmes and projects;
•    Supervise the preparation of a communication strategy and work plan in each project, various written outputs, e.g. background papers, analysis, substantial sections;
•    Contribute to meetings and conferences, to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, related with good communication of the project;
•    Participate in activities, communication training workshops, seminars, make presentations on assigned projects/programmes;
•    Lead media field missions, including provision of guidance to government officials and other parties;
•    Provide communication advice on all aspects related to communication and visibility of FAO’s projects/programmes in Indonesia;
•    Accompany FAO Representatives to relevant events and field trips, as necessary;
•    Perform other duties as may be required.
•    Liaise with the Office of Communication (OCC) will be maintained, either directly or through an agreed focal point/coordinator, to ensure compliance with OCC standards, appropriate review and clearance processes.

All communication materials will follow FAO clearance processes and comply with FAO standards, including:
FAOSTYLE (English: https://www.fao.org/3/cb8081en/cb8081en.pdf; French: https://www.fao.org/3/AC339FR/ac339fr.pdf; Spanish: https://www.fao.org/3/ac339s/ac339s.pdf; Arabic: https://www.fao.org/3/ac339a/ac339a.pdf; Chinese: https://www.fao.org/3/ac339c/ac339c.pdf);
FAO terminology http://www.fao.org/faoterm;
FAO Names Of Countries https://www.fao.org/nocs/en;
Story guidelines http://intranet.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/occ/Quick_Guides/UPDATED-Digital-Storytelling-Guide-EN-FINAL.pdf;
Story template http://intranet.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/occ/Quick_Guides/FAO-Stories-Template-UPDATED.pdf;
UN map standards (available to staff);
FAO Brand and policy book (available to staff).
Further guidance regarding FAO communications, policies and procedures can be found through the FAO intranet, OCC section.


•    The incumbent should have a degree in journalism, communications, public relations or other relevant post-secondary qualification.
•    A minimum 5 years of experience in working with media in-country is required as is an established contact list of media either as a journalist or specialist in public relations.
•    An excellent command of English is required, as are proven writing and reporting skills, the ability to operate under pressure and good interpersonal skills.
•    National of Indonesia.

FAO Core Competencies

•    Results Focus
•    Teamwork
•    Communication
•    Building Effective Relationships
•    Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Considerable experience in general news field reporting, news gathering and/or writing for a major national or international news outlet will be a distinct advantage.
The position may well suit a retired or semi-retired individual who is well established within the media environment of the country.


  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing)
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help please contact: Careers@fao.org
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted
  • Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http://www.whed.net/
  • For additional employment opportunities visit the FAO employment website: http://www.fao.org/employment/home/en/
  •  Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

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


• To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skills
• Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile
• Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application
• Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications
• Incomplete applications will not be considered
• Personal information provided on your application may be shared within FAO and with other companies acting on FAO’s behalf to provide employment support services such as pre-screening of applications, assessment tests, background checks and other related services. You will be asked to provide your consent before submitting your application. You may withdraw consent at any time, by withdrawing your application, in such case FAO will no longer be able to consider your application
• Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered
• Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile
• We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.
If you need help, or have queries, please contact: Careers@fao.org


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