FAO searching for Communication for Rural Development Specialist

FAO searching for Communication for Rural Development Specialist

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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Partnerships Division (PSP) is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the identification, strengthening and stewardship of strategic partnerships with non-state actors, including parliamentarians, civil society, private sector, academia and research institutions, family farmers’ and indigenous peoples’ organizations, to facilitate delivery of FAO’s strategic objectives (SOs), and field programme by fostering dialogue, developing capacities, scaling up programmes and advocating for FAO’s corporate positions.

The Division works to ensure secure tenure right and promotes the Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems (CFS-RAI). It has the lead responsibility for the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGT), the FAO Policy on Indigenous People and the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact. Furthermore, the Division facilitates jointly with IFAD the secretariat of the UN Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF 2019-2028) contributing to the achievement of the SDGs. Within the framework of its organizational leadership in the field of family farming, the Division is responsible for promoting policy dialogue and to deliver support to member countries, producer organizations and field projects ensuring multi-stakeholder processes and engagements at global, regional and country level, leading the work of the Organization in the area of Communication for Development (ComDev).

PSP through its Communication for Development Team (ComDev) located in the Family Farming and Partnerships with Producers Organizations Unit (PSPF), assists member countries, FAO SOs, field programmes, decentralized offices and partners in the design and implementation of ComDev strategies and plans and the delivery of inclusive rural communication services for family farming and sustainable rural development. Priority is given to improving stakeholder engagement in FAO programme delivery, enhancing the capacity of rural institutions and family farming organizations, supporting evidence and policy dialogue and technical advice for inclusive rural communication services. Special support is also provided to the implementation of UNDFF’ Global Action, in particular of Outcome 4.4 Communication, ICT capacities/services improves and family farmer’s voices heard, and to FAO programme and producers’ organizations through participatory communication plans, regional and national ComDev initiatives and platforms, knowledge sharing, partnerships, and capacity development in ComDev for family farmers and their organizations.

Tasks and responsibilities

The general functions, tasks and responsibilities in the area of Communication for rural development will include but are not limited to the following elements:

  • Provide technical assistance for the design of ComDev strategies and components in FAO programmes and projects and support the implementation ensuring stakeholder engagement and improving FAO programme delivery according to the relevant FAO guidelines http://www.fao.org/3/a-i4222e.pdf.
  • Support FAO Strategic Programs, Regional Initiatives, CPFs, decentralized offices, family farmers and producer organizations and FAO partners in relation to ComDev plans and activities.
  • Support the UN Decade of Family Farming global action plan, with special attention to Outcome 4.4, Communication, ICT capacities/services improved and family farmer’s voices heard, and facilitate the implementation of participatory communication plans for the UNDFF.
  • Support regional ComDev initiative/platforms (ComDev Asia, Yenkasa Africa, Onda rural) and foster strategic partnerships and cooperation in this field.
  • Provide advice in the design, piloting and upscaling of inclusive rural communication services (RCS), involving the use of appropriate media and their adoption by family farmers, and promote policy dialogue.
  • Take care of the organization of trainings, e-learnings and the preparation and sharing of case studies, methodologies and tools to enhance ComDev capacities especially of FAO offices, rural institutions, farmer organizations, indigenous peoples and development practitioners. and
  • Perform other task as needed.


For more information on how to apply, go to: https://jobs.fao.org/careersection/fao_external/jobdetail.ftl?job=1901450&tz=GMT%2B02%3A00&tzname

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