Background & Description

The position is located in Islamabad. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Pakistan focuses its efforts on poverty reduction, food security, sustainable livelihoods and rural development. FAO has partnered with the Government of Pakistan on research and development, training, extension services and strengthening of the staff capacity in planning and policy making. FAO has supported improvements in agricultural policy analysis, strengthened institutions. Enhanced integrated area development and expanded participation of marginalized and vulnerable communities in sustainable development.

Tasks and responsibilities


  • Develop/update and implement FAO Pakistan communications strategy in line with FAO global corporate communications strategy and supervise development and implementation of similar plans at FAO Project offices across Pakistan.
  • Introduce new and creative approaches to improve the internal and external communication at FAO Representation, Field Offices, and Projects; including improving communications between different sections/ departments and projects for synergizing objectives and goals; Lead the FAO-PAK communication team.
  • Ensure FAO Pakistan participation in FAO HQ and RAP communication initiatives with the objective of highlighting the work of FAO projects in Pakistan.
  • Ensure eligible staff meet their Senior Official Media Initiatives (SOMI) requirements through media coverage and submit report to FAO Asia Pacific Office.
  • Recommend and carry out communication campaigns to mark international days significant to the work of FAO in Pakistan such as the World Food Day and others, and contribute to UN joint communication products and general partners (including UNIC)
  • Draft and assist in the preparation of talking points and speeches for FAO Representative and Deputy FAO Representative in Pakistan including exclusive media engagements such as op-eds and TV, radio and newspaper interviews. Supervise and provide support to communication staff at FAO Pakistan project offices including arranging media coverage in national media on need basis. Explore the use of social media at country level within the policy of FAO.
  • Develop and distribute press releases, success stories, newsletters, brochures, documentaries, social media posts, publications and prominently engage in outreach and advocacy campaigns, including with local and international media.
  • Contribute to the development of communication products such as the publicity materials and products in close association with the multimedia artist/graphic designers and consultants (e.g. briefs, talking points, brochures, posters, power- point presentations etc), to enhance the quality and outreach of FAO programme visibility and messaging to a diverse range of stakeholders, including general public, government of Pakistan, media, FAO headquarter and Regional office;
  • Contribute to the development and regular updating of the FAO Pakistan web pages; including the generation of content and uploading a range of public domain publications (e.g. assessment reports, agriculture guidelines) and multimedia products reflecting FAO Programme activities, priorities and areas of expertise;
  • Perform other related duties, as assigned by the supervison
Requirements and Skills
  • Advanced university degree in Communication, Journalism or Media Studies
  • At least three years of progressively responsible work experience at the national /international levels in a related field.
  • Strong writing & communications skills.
  • A good knowledge of the English language and ability to work in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams is essential.
  • National of Pakistan
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About Organization

Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO's efforts – to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. 

Our three main goals are: the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition; the elimination of poverty and the driving forward of economic and social progress for all; and, the sustainable management and utilization of natural resources, including land, water, air, climate and genetic resources for the benefit of present and future generations.