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About United Nations 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. We are committed to promoting diversity and the principle of equal employment opportunity for all our employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of religion or belief, ethnic or social background, gender, gender identity and disability.


The World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.


The hunger crisis in Afghanistan is unfolding at a rapidly, with over half the country’s population of 40 million now facing acute food insecurity—the highest number the humanitarian community has ever seen in Afghanistan. Work opportunities are shrinking, with most households now reporting just one day of work per week. This comes on top of the worst drought in years, which is especially concerning for the 85 percent of the population who rely on agriculture for livelihoods.

Preventing and mitigating a drastic increase in hunger and malnutrition is the aim of WFP in Afghanistan which can only be achieved through the scaled up and sustained complementary food security and nutrition interventions, combined with a scale-up of resilience interventions to safeguard gains. WFP has embarked on a significant month on month scale-up of its crisis response and resilience programmes across the country, ensuring that the programme is delivered at the right scale and time, targeted to the right areas. WFP is also actively following up on evolving trends to pre-empt hotspots, while guaranteeing quality and maximum impact of the programme through the monitoring of these hotspots to be able to support continued donor advocacy.


Job Description:

Reporting directly to the Head of Protection and Accountability Unit, and working closely with Communications and Gender Teams, and key stakeholders within WFP, the Community Engagement Officer will deliver the following Accountabilities:


  • Engage with the diverse community supported by WFP to understand their information needs, preferences, capacity, and community information systems.
  • Work closely with stakeholders across WFP to document, develop, test and rollout key messages essential for community to receive. Messages will include (but not be limited to): what is WFP’s mandate, how do we determine vulnerability and who is most in need, how do we register households, what is their entitlement and for how long will they receive support, community and individual personal data privacy rights, how to provide feedback to WFP, and more.
  • Work closely with nutrition unit to develop, test and rollout Behavior Change Communication
  • Develop a methodology to easily update the key messages to ensure messages are regularly updated, timely, relevant and accurate.
  • Develop a Community Engagement/Communication Strategy that details roles, responsibilities, and measurable indicators to guide the WFP Afghanistan Country Office
  • Establish sustainable relationships between WFP and community preferred communication platforms (for instance, local radio, Organisations of disabled People, women’s CSOs) for delivery of messages
  • Participate in key interagency forums to ensure consistency and collaboration in communication across humanitarian sector, particularly in the AAP Working Group and its relevant project working groups.
  • Strengthen capacity of WFP and its partner staff on good practices in accessible community communications.

Job Requirements:

Education: Advanced University Degree in Communications, Journalism, Human Rights, Social Sciences, or related fields
Experience: 5 years or more of solid, responsible and relevant work experience in communications related fields
Knowledge and Skills: 


  • Flexibility to travel
  • Demonstrated experience in developing strategies and communications packages
  • Experience in communications in humanitarian settings
  • Strong community relationships building capacity
  • Experience in building communications capacity of multi-disciplinary stakeholders


Languages: Oral and written fluency in English. Fluency in Dari and/or Pashto.


Desired experiences for entry into the role:

  • Applied experience in developing and delivering complex information to communities.
  • Experience in working with different communication platforms for delivery of information (e.g., media, social media, community structures, etc.).
  • Experience in developing, or partnering with specialists, to develop accessible communication (e.g., information accessible to people with hearing or visual impairment, and people who are illiterate).
  • Capacity to build sustainability in WFP’s communication practice.


Submission Guideline:

This vacancy announcement is for Afghan nationals only and WFP encourages especially Afghan females and Afghans with disabilities to apply.

Please copy and paste the following link in the web browser in order to apply for this position: https://career5.successfactors.eu/sfcareer/jobreqcareer?jobId=159091&company=C0000168410P

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