National Project Personnel -Communications Specialist (CS) 

Job Posting: 13/Oct/2021
Closure Date: 27/Oct/2021, 5:59:00 PM
Organizational Unit: FLGUY
Job Type: Non-staff opportunities
Type of Requisition: NPP (National Project Personnel)
Grade Level: N/A
Primary Location: Guyana
Duration: 12 months
Post Number: N/A

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  • 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 member nations and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply
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  • All selected candidates, therefore, will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
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  • The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization

Organizational Setting

The main aim of the country offices of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, that are headed by a FAO Representative, is to assist the Government to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner. In 2016 the Government of Guyana requested FAO to provide technical assistance to GCP/GUY/003/GRI-Mainstreaming Sustainable Land Development and Management in the Cooperative Republic of Guyana (SLDM) (4 years), focusing on land administration, governance of tenure and sustainable land management as a basis for resilient land use/agricultural systems. The CS will be supported by a team of FAO consultants and will work side-by-side with national staff to o implement and monitor activities and results, and enhance knowledge, skills and experience sharing

Reporting Lines

The Consultant will report to the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) the SLDM project and Dr. Gillian Smith, FAO Representative. He/she acts independently in routine matters. Supervision and guidance received supports the incumbent in his/her day-to-day work.

Technical Focus

FAO is recruiting a Communications Specialist (CS), who will be responsible for planning and facilitating education & outreach programmes of the project. This will include, preparing communication materials for various media using radio, television, social media, newspapers; for events (training, workshops and conferences), the public; for meetings and stakeholder consultations, and to increase the visibility of the project’s deliverables, including public awareness raising activities. He/she will ensure the timely and appropriate generation, dissemination and sharing of information to stakeholders on the project’s implementation ensuring effective stakeholders’ participation and support, and support planning of events. He/she will also manage media association activities and organize excursions to field demonstration projects, and other pertinent visits to project sites

Tasks and responsibilities

  • The CS is required to develop and implement a communications and visibility plan and strategy for the project
  • Disseminate information on land management and development to improve land uses, land planning and management practices by leaseholders.
  • Design and disseminate messages with information that will address legal questions and updates on area regularization and other issues affecting communities on public lands.
  • Create and share messages aimed at improving coordination and facilitation of land information to leaseholders.
  • Prepare and share messages on land tenure security on public lands for residents without land titles by addressing land questions and conflicts and communicating matters to the Commission for support in their resolution.
  • Design and disseminate messages that will increase knowledge of legal rights and tenure jurisdiction among other land agencies and the public.
  • Prepare and share information that will increase knowledge among land and natural resources agencies of GLSC Act1999, national land policy, and the operational procedures that reduce issues of conflicts and overlapping legislation.
  • Facilitate the creation and dissemination of messages aimed at reducing land use conflicts and disputes due to the increase of knowledge of agencies’ functions and mechanisms to resolve conflicts and disputes within state entities.
  • Establish indicators of achievement to monitor and disseminate information, prepare feedback, analysis, and evaluate progress, to assess and document impacts and effectiveness of implementation of activities and their dissemination for awareness of clients through the communication and visibility plan.
  • Prepare written records of activities and reports to track work activities of consultants, and to inform decision-making, and identify and address required follow up actions by GLSC and other stakeholders.
  • Support pre/ post evaluations of project activities, and prepare reports of assessments of training, workshops and conferences
  • Support the finalization of all reports with professional editing from the project (technical consultant reports, M&E reports, progress reports, etc.)
  • Support the preparation and identification of stories (success stories, project results and human-interest stories) for the media and for public dissemination
  • Maintain a log of work undertaken 
  • Undertake public reviews of the project’s activities and prepare feedback reports from the public
  • Develop and maintain a database and relationships with media
  • Draft and finalize project, annual reports, quarterly reports and budgets
  • Organize meetings and /or seminars for concerned stakeholders to present the project outputs
  • Provide clear, consistent and timely responses to media inquiries; issuance of statements and articles on the project when required
  • Support inscription for tagging all project communication and ensures visibility of all communication prepared and published by the Project with logo (s), project name and any of requirements in keeping with UNFAO and UN rules and regulations


Minimum Requirements

  • University degree in communications with a minimum of seven (7) years of relevant experience in communications for development with a reputable public or private institution/firm.
  • OR an Advanced university degree in Communications and five (5) years of relevant experience in communications for development, preparation and implementation of communication for development strategies, programmes and work plans.

· Working knowledge of English.

· Nationality of Guyana.

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Proven work experience in communication for development with examples of products prepared and implemented in programmes and projects
  • Proven work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is essential.
  • Relevant and proven experience in programme/project management.
  • Relevant and proven experience in using appropriate communication channels to raise awareness of various topical issues on land and related to public administration.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the purpose and functions of technical programmes, operational guidelines and programme/project management procedures, preferably those adopted by the United Nations or FAO would be considered an asset.
  • Proven experience in preparing press releases, conference reports and documents for events.
  • Proven experience in organizing public events to enhance outreach and community consultations/ workshops/ conferences
  • Proven experience in facilitating and conducting public information campaigns and events.
  • Proven experience in preparing information and banners on technical workshops, consultation fora and meetings and on the-job training.
  • Proven experience in the preparation of promotional and information materials such as posters, s leaflets, brochures, and newsletters among others.
  • Proven experience in Web site maintenance and management.
  • Proven experience in the preparation of display panels on strategic events in key locations to increase information dissemination and plaques for new infrastructure.
  • Proven experience in the preparation of audio-visual materials, learning kits, standard operating procedures, manuals and guidelines

Selection Criteria

  • Selection Criteria 1: Education\: Level completed, relevancy and quality.
  • Selection Criteria 2: Previous Work Experience\: Amount, location, relevancy and quality
  • Selection Criteria 3: Communication\: Written, oral and interpersonal.


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