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National Communication & Knowledge Management Associate


About Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

The mandate of FAO

The mandate of FAO in Afghanistan is to support agricultural and environmental rehabilitation and assist the country to become a food secure and self-reliant nation in accordance with the principles of the National Development Framework of the Afghan Government.

the development agenda belongs to the people of Afghanistan
the private sector is the principal instrument of economic growth
decision making is participatory and community-based
investment in human capital is essential
donor-funded activities must sit within the sector framework
The objective of the Organization is to improve livelihoods for all sections of the rural community based upon economically viable activities – food production, off-farm employment and trade - social cohesion and sustainable use of natural resources.

FAO works with three counterpart ministries – the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, the Ministry of Energy and Water and the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development. The FAO Representation is based in Kabul with regional offices in Herat, Jalalabad, Kandahar, Mazar-i-Sharif and Faizabad and subregional offices in Bamyan, Farah, Ghazni and Kunduz.

Job Summary

Organization Settings:
FAO assistance in Afghanistan is centered on six priority areas of support agreed with the Government: Fostering agricultural productive capacity; Improved water resource and irrigation management; Formulation and implementation of effective agricultural policies; Improved natural resource management, through sustainable environmental management; Food and nutrition security and enhanced institutional capacities to address issues regarding food safety and quality; Capacity development for emergency management.

Reporting Lines / Supervision Received/Exercised:
The Communication & Knowledge Management Associate works under the overall guidance of the FAO Representative and the direct supervision of the Assistant FAOR (Programme) and technical guidance of the Media Relation Office at RAP (FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok), in close collaboration with the partnership and Resource Mobilization Officer and project management and administrative staff in FAO Afghanistan. The incumbent operates independently and takes decisions on work priorities. Supervision received is focused on the quality of work outputs. He/ she provides guidance and advice to other communication and knowledge management related support;

Working Relationship:
The Communication & Knowledge Management Associate works closely with the wide range of colleagues in the FAO Representation and with the client departments, offices and projects, ensuring the consistency and quality of communication support services provided by the FAO Representation;

VA NO. FAO/KBL/CO/SC/04-2018
Functional Title: National Communication & Knowledge Management Associate
Type of Contract: National Project Personnel / Service Contract (NPP/SC)
Grade / Level: SB-3
Number of Post (s) : 01 (One)
Gender / Sex: Male/Female
Duration : 06 Months
Extendable / Renewable: Extendable, Based on Satisfactory Performance & Budget Availability
Probationary Period: Initial 3 Months
Project / Programme / Unit: FAO – Representation / Country Office
Duty Station: Kabul - With Possible Domestic Field Missions within the Country
Sub – Station: Nil

Job Details

Date Posted: 12 Feb 2018 Reference: FAO/KBL/CO/SC/04-2018
Closing Date: 26 Feb 2018 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Communication Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: 1214 to 1915 USD
Contract Type: Service Contract Years of Experience: 7 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 0 Year(s) & 6 Month(s) Extension Possibility: Yes
Probation Period: 3 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

Key Functions/Results:
 Collect and collate information from all FAO projects and prepare updated inventory of achievements on a semi-annual basis ;
 Consult with the CTAs of various FAO projects at least once a month for updated information and guidance on items for wider communication;
 Work closely with the Information Division of the Ministry of Agriculture (MAIL), specifically for disseminating information and reports;
 Identify priority areas in communication in close coordination with Programme unit, for inclusion in the communication strategy plan and make sure these are regularly update and to reflect current FAO representation /country office as well as global priorities.
 Design a monitoring and evaluation plan for the strategy, including the development of indicators, baselines, and regular evaluations of progress made;
 In close cooperation with the Communication Specialist and Programme, maintain and regularly update the FAO - Afghanistan website and social media channels to increase engagement with the public, farmers, partners, donors and other key stakeholders;
 Maintain inventory of the FAO publications, bulletins, reports, etc. and provide users with information from them;
 Prepare synopsis of FAO publications, bulletins, reports, etc. for the use of mass media, including web-based media, as appropriate;
 Facilitate translation of FAO materials into both Dari and Pashto, specifically targeting mass media;
 Facilitate media interviews with FAO Representative and other FAO personnel under the authorization of the FAO representative/ country director;
 Respond to information requests from media with clearances of the FAO Representative/ Country Director;
 Assist FAO representative/ country director to coordinate media information on agricultural related events, situational analyses with line ministries, UNAMA and the UN Country Team;
 Assist FAO-R (Programme) Prepare and disseminate media statements on behalf of FAO upon the approval of FAO representative/ country director;
 Assist Communication Consultant and other concerned staff in preparation of brochures, videos and other promotional materials on results of FAO Programme and achievements, in close collaboration with the Partnership and Resource Mobilization officer;
 Assist the Assistant FAO-R (Programme) in preparation of the annual and other internal reports;
 Collecting information from field and generating case studies, lesson learn reports, facilitating the documentaries and experts for generating the best practices etc.
 Updating the project tools and database with the latest information and making it ready for internal and external circulation
 Represent the Organization at official meetings and events, identify strategic partnerships, advocates best practices and increased policy dialogue and develop and negotiate effective working relationships/ consensus and agreements with national stakeholders;
 Provide up to date information on the projects on FAO Afghanistan website;
 Document field activities through reports, photos and blogs;
 Performs other related duties/functions as assigned by the supervisor;

Travels to Provinces

Require Travels to Provinces


 University degree in Journalism, Communication, Media, Social Science, Public Relations, Business Administration, Agriculture or closely related field;

Work Experience:
 At least seven (07) years of relevant work experience in the field of communication, journalism, advocacy, social media, public information management, agriculture, or closely related disciplines with international NGOs, Government of Afghanistan, or UN Organization in a multi-cultural offices environment is required;
 Previous work experience with UN is an advantage;

Other Desirable Skills:
 Demonstrated knowledge of press and broadcast media, ability to change and evolve in response to clients’ needs, ability to communicate with people at difference levels, ability to assimilate a large amount of detailed information from TV, radio and print sources into readable summaries of main points and issues is essential;
 Strong interpersonal and communication, reporting and presentation skills, analysis and interpretation of data, ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity
 Understanding FAO’s mandate and its global context; planning, organizing, and delivering quality results;
 Communicating to build understanding & support; working together in teams and partnerships; engaging in continuous learning
 Good skills in computer applications and proficiency in the use of the Internet as a research tool are required;
 Good understanding and Familiarity with UN development/ humanitarian program and working methods, particularly with FAO policies, financial and budget, administration and programming procedures is an asset.

Language Skills:
 Excellent knowledge of English and local languages, both spoken and written skills.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul
AF AF 12


Bachelors Degree, Communication

Submission Guideline

Interested Afghan nationals should complete the FAO Personal History Form (PHF) and submit it along with their application letter and CV to the email address below, clearly mentioning the vacancy number and post title (National Communication & Knowledge Management Associate FAO/KBL/CO/SC/04-2018) in the subject line of the email, otherwise your email will not be considering for further process.

NOTE: Applicant who failed to attach the FAO Personal History Form (PHF) their Application will not be considered for further process.

The above required documents can also be submitted in writing (marked “Confidential” and clearly indicating on the sealed envelope the Vacancy Announcement number & position title) to: the Assistant FAO Representative (Administration), FAO Representation, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, Jamal Mina, Opposite Kabul University, Kabul, Afghanistan.

The FAO PH Form can be downloaded using the following internet link:

The last date for receiving applications is 26 February 2018. Please note that applications received after closing date will not be given consideration. Only short listed candidates whose applications respond to the above criteria will be contacted for test/interview.

 Only Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the interview/test.
 Application received after closing date will not be given consideration.
 Please make sure to sign the first page of your PHF while applying for the vacant post.
 Do not forget to write the post title and VA number on subject of your email.
 Regret letter will only be sent to interviewed candidates.

Qualified female candidates are highly encouraged to apply!

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