We are the largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide and the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate . Our mission is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes.
Every single day, we work worldwide to make sure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable can access the nutritious food they need.
In the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region, WFP’s work primarily involves technical assistance and capacity building for government counterparts including through South-South Cooperation, evidence generation for advocacy, and policy support to strengthen country-owned strategies and programmes to achieve zero hunger and malnutrition.
National social protection systems, including school feeding programmes, are a key entry point for WFP’s work, as reflected by the Regional Social Protection Strategy for LAC.
The pandemic of COVID-19 threatens to reverse social and economic gains made over the past decades and affect the health, food security and well-being of millions of vulnerable people in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Well-designed communication strategies are more than ever required to entice adherence to public health measures, improve the nutrition and food security impact of WFP interventions and that of its partners, and empowering agents of change along with the process.
Since 2018, WFP’s Regional Bureau for LAC has had dedicated work on Communication with Communities. Initially focused on nutrition and with a strong emphasis on social and behaviour change communication (SBCC), WFP in LAC has been broadening the scope and relevance of the work of communication to various programme areas beyond nutrition, in particular related to social protection, school feeding and CBT, and identified a wider catalogue of relevant approaches under Communication with Communities (including social and behaviour change communications, social marketing, risk communication, accountability and community engagement).
It has also increasingly recognized the potential of its use as part of technical assistance to national governments, in addition to humanitarian and emergency response.
Today, all Country Strategic Plans (CSP) in the region have at least one activity that involves some level of behavioural change or social mobilization.
New partnerships have been consolidated in this area, including with governments, and country offices have been able to mobilize resources for this type of activity, investing both in training their teams and in hiring dedicated staff.
The purpose of the consultancy is to strengthen WFP Country Office capacity to support governments in developing communication strategies, plans, tools and materials using the wider catalogue of approaches under Communication with Communities.
It will focus on promoting dynamic change that may increase the impact of existing interventions pertaining to various areas of work across sectors : social protection (including school feeding programmes), nutrition, resilience, climate change and emergency preparedness and response, while ensuring that gender and protection lenses are integrated throughout the cycle.
The consultant will work as part of the Regional Social Protection and Nutrition Team.
Main areas of responsibility for the consultant’s work will include the following :
1. Support countries in choosing most appropriate communication-related approaches, strategies and tools to achieve better programme impact and strengthen people-centered approaches, including but not limited to :
2. Support regional or country level capacity strengthening efforts
3. Contribute to the regional / global thinking around emerging fields of work.
4. Strengthen strategic partnerships with technical specialists in the field.
STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Advanced University Degree in Communications, Social Sciences, Anthropology, Nutrition, International Relations or related field, or University degree with additional years of experience.
Knowledge & Skills :
Fluency in Spanish and advanced knowledge of English required (Level C). Knowledge of French would be an advantage.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Position : Regional Communication with Communities / SBCC Consultant
Number of openings : 1
Unit : Programme
Based in : Panama City, Panama
Type of Contract : Consultancy
Duration : 11 months.
Only short-listed qualified candidates will receive an acknowledgement
HOW TO APPLY
To apply, please create a personal account and fill out the profile form with your personal information at http : / / www1.
wfp.org / careers / job-openings. If you are internal applicant, apply through your E-Recruitment profile.
In the application form, ensure filling the mandatory sections, attaching your CV, answering the pre-screening questions and agreeing on the legal statement before submitting your application.
Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis on account of potential and performance. All applicants will undergo a rigorous process which includes screening against job requirements, a technical test, and a panel interview.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
The deadline to apply for this position is May 16, 2021.
Qualified applicants, especially female applicants, are encouraged to apply
WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV / AIDS status.
No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.