Information Management & Communication Specialist

Master's Degree   Afghanistan, Kabul Full Time 1271
Date Posted:Jun 25, 2022
Closing Date:Jul 8, 2022
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Information Technology,Computer Science,Agriculture,Social Science ,Journalism
Salary Range:As per company salary scale
Years of Experience:5 - 7 Years
Contract Duration:3 month(s)
Possibility of Contract Extension: Yes
Contract Type:Service Contract
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:Dari,Pashto,English

About Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations:


Organizational Setting

FAO Afghanistan is investing, across all 34 provinces, in resilience reinforcing actions that focus on protecting agriculture livelihoods and local ecosystems, boosting local production of nutritious foods and cash-incomes, and safeguarding critical agriculture sectoral development gains achieved over the past couple of decades through revitalizing rural markets and economy. In 2022-2023, FAO will, under the life-saving assistance Outcome (1) of the UN Transitional Engagement Framework (TEF), focus on the following four priority actions: (i) Safeguarding Wheat Seed Security, (ii) Enhancing Local Production of Nutritious Food, (iii) Livestock Protection and Dairy Sector Support, and (iv) Restoring Irrigation Structures to Boost Cash Incomes. Additionally, FAO will contribute towards resilience building activities under Outcome 2 of the TEF. 

Job Summary:

The Food Security and Agriculture Cluster (FSAC) with the support of the IPC Technical Working Group (TWG) provides evidence-based support to the response strategy development, by estimating the caseload. The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) is used as one of the major tools to describe the key drivers of food insecurity, phase classification of different provinces according to the food security situation or status, number of food insecure people in need and provides key recommendations to address the food insecurity faced by vulnerable men, women and children. The IPC Acute Analyses are key inputs in the development of the Afghanistan Humanitarian Needs Overview and Humanitarian Response Plan figures on the number of people in need and overall targets.

The Information Management Officer (IMO) is one of the core Food Security Cluster (FSC) Coordination team members and plays a vital role in collecting, analyzing, and sharing information that is important for the cluster stakeholders to make informed, evidence based and strategic decisions on:

•   Food security needs and geographic areas of affected populations

•   Location and activity of Food Security actors

•   Key gaps in activity/program coverage and response overlaps

•   Existing capacity (human, material, financial) to be utilized in support of the identified response needs

•   Monitoring of the response against the HRP and other set indicators

Reporting Lines

The Information Management & Communication Specialist will work under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative and the direct supervision of the FSAC Coordinator. 

Technical Focus 

The incumbent will lead the information management and communication activities for the FSAC in Afghanistan. 

Duties & Responsibilities:

Tasks and responsibilities

•   Manage the FSAC Information Management (IM) Systems, provide recommendations and undertake relevant actions for its improvement/maintenance;

•   Establish and manage a GIS Unit capable of mapping FSAC data in connection with identified needs, presence of humanitarian operators, delivered aid, humanitarian gaps and other themes as required;

•   Identify the needs, design and implement a communication strategy for the FSAC;

•   In close liaison with cluster lead agencies, provide support to the improvement, maintenance and updating of the various databases concerning the food security sector (activities, contacts, funding);

•   Assess training and capacity-building needs relevant to IM, and recommend adequate actions; organize and/or conduct relevant training as appropriate;

•   Enhance the capacity of FSAC partners at the national and regional level regarding monitoring and reporting (data collection, mapping/ infographics, data compilation and organization);

•   Improve the IM products: 5Ws database, Partners Presence Map, Gap Analysis, Funding Analysis, Activity Analysis;

•   Train FSAC partners on assessment design to ensure data quality; ability to manage platforms and tools that support data collection (ReportHub); Create and maintain contact directories and mailing lists;

•   Maintain updated FSAC and the Humanitarian Response webpages with all relevant material;

•   Contribute to the development of HNO, HRP, SRP and contingency plans;

•   Contribute to the Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund (AHF) process;

•   Assist in organizing FSC Meetings and working groups (if applicable);

•   Liaise with OCHA and IM Focal Points in other clusters and attend IM Working Group meetings or other relevant WG meetings – share information as appropriate.

•   Liaise with other information/communication specialists and decision-makers to identify common grounds for collaboration and information interchange;

•   Review all FSAC reports and communication material to ensure relevance and correctness;

•   Prepare and supervise the production of periodical FSAC releases (newsletter, bulletins, and dashboard) as well as other visibility materials (press releases, brochures, presentation folders, banners, etc.);

•   Ensure that the FSAC-related information displayed websites is correct and up to date;

•   Provide information management support to regional FSAC focal points in field as required

•   Perform any other duties as required. 

Job Requirement:


Minimum Requirements

•   Advanced (Master’s) degree or University (Bachelor’s) degree one relevant subject (e.g. information science, computer science, GIS, agriculture, agriculture economics, food security, nutrition, social sciences, journalism or related fields) and, preferably, a training certificate in one or more of the other subjects;

•   For advanced degree at least five (5) years of professional experience in information and communication management;

•   For university degree at least seven (7) years of professional experience in information and communication management;

•   Working knowledge (level C) of English and the local languages (Pashto and/or Dari); 

•   National of Afghanistan. 


FAO Core Competencies

•   Results Focus

•   Teamwork

•   Communication

•   Building Effective Relationships

•   Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement


Technical/Functional Skills 

•   Very good skills in the use of GIS software; 

•   Prior experience working with an international organization (UN, international NGO) is a strong advantage; 

•   Excellent writing and communication skills in English; 

•   Very good skills in the use of office automation packages (MS Office or similar) including software for presentations and publications (PowerPoint, Publisher or similar); 

•   Good skills in database management and data analysis; 

•   Good interpersonal communication and coordination skills; 

•   Practical knowledge of the cluster approach would be an advantage.



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Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul
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