Nutrition Communications Specialist

  • Contract
  • Italy

Organization: WFP - World Food Programme

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles


Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance




Job Title: Nutrition Communications Specialist


Type of Contract: International Consultant


Division: Nutrition: Nutrition Division


Duty Station (City, Country): HQ, Rome Italy


Duration:  6 months





The current prevalence of malnutrition in children is alarming. Over 50 million children suffer from acute malnutrition and over 150 million suffer from stunting. Maternal and child undernutrition is the underlying cause of approximately 45% of all mortality in children under 5. Not only does undernutrition levels remain stubbornly high, but numbers of overweight persons are growing exponentially, even in poor countries.



As the United Nations frontline agency in the fight against hunger and malnutrition, the World Food Programme (WFP) is adapting to meet the current and emerging global nutrition challenges. This includes enhancing organisational capacity to reach vulnerable populations affected by acute malnutrition, as well as expanding our portfolio to find lasting solutions for populations affected by poor diets and chronic malnutrition.



The Nutrition Division (NUT) in Rome is seeking an experienced strategic and digital communications professional to lead WFP’s internal and external communications efforts with the objective of positioning the organization as a trustworthy partner of choice to governments, donors, and beneficiaries.



The role serves the NUT Division as a whole and reports to the Nutrition Outreach and Advocacy Deputy Team Lead within the Office of the Director.






  • Develop a corporate nutrition internal and external communications strategy to maintain and enhance the visibility for and reputation of WFP in nutrition, support fundraising activities, and drive policy advocacy, ensuring alignment with WFP corporate strategy.
  • Develop key messages and sound bites that promulgate WFP’s corporate nutrition strategy and position the nutrition division as an influencer internally and externally.
  • Continuously scan the horizon for the most important communications opportunities and ensure effective interventions.
  • Ensure the provision of systematic strategic communications advice to leadership and substantive Heads of Teams to enable high-impact communications leadership and advise on policy and programmatic goals to make them effective and brand-aligned.
  • Increase understanding of nutrition and fast-evolving sector trends across the organization. Plan and deliver internal communications so employees understand and embrace nutrition objectives.
  • Ensure corporate communications produced by other functional areas are aligned with the nutrition corporate strategic direction.
  • Build capacity on high-level advocacy and communications, including by providing advice and support to HQ, RB and CO staff on nutrition communications, ensuring compliance with wider WFP and communications strategy and taking into account the specific context and audience.
  • Manage and coordinate the writing, development, design, production and dissemination of diverse communications products through a variety of media, including print, broadcast, online and social media that increase visibility of WFP’s nutrition field operations.
  • Work with the Media Team to ensure nutrition-related work is adequately represented in news/information about WFP’s work distributed to the media, and related reputational risks are identified and managed.
  • Work in close collaboration with counterparts in the Communication, Advocacy and Marketing (CAM) division, regional bureaus and country offices to align activities and ensure a coherent approach to communications within WFP.






  • The development of an operational communication strategy for nutrition.
  • Assure that nutrition is adequately reflected across WFP policy and communication products.
  • Assure that WFP nutrition globally speaks with one issue on key thematic issues.
  • A coherent set of messages and narratives for nutrition are produced.
  • Give visibility to WFP’s nutrition work locally, regionally and globally.







Advanced university degree in communications, international relations, public health, nutrition, or another relevant field.




  • At least five years of progressively responsible professional experience in communications, journalism, or other relevant field, with at least three years in a food/nutrition-related context and nutrition.
  • Has gained substantial experience in specialised communications practices and knowledge of the external context to which these apply.
  • Has effectively managed small teams of staff in the delivery of innovative communications projects.


Knowledge & Skills:


  • Proven ability to create and execute effective communication strategies.
  • Ability to produce high-quality communication materials.
  • Professional knowledge of nutrition.
  • Knowledge of WFP corporate and nutrition objectives and operations.
  • Ability to prioritise and manage workload independently.
  • Ability to build and manage collaborative relationships.
  • Proven proficiency in long-form content writing and short form social media.
  • Excellent written communication skills: writing, editing and proofreading.
  • Has motivated team spirit and contributed to a gender-balanced, inclusive, and sound working environment.




  • Excellent oral and writing skills in English (proficiency/level C). Proven ability to write highly concise documents in English.
  • An additional UN language is considered an asset: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or Portuguese.



Terms and Conditions


WFP offers a competitive compensation package which will be determined by the contract type and selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.


Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WFP. Click on: “Our work” and “Countries” to learn more about WFP’s operations.

Deadline for applications: 24 June 2022


Ref.: VA No. 166462



Qualified female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially 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.

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