Communication Assistant

Communication Assistant

Job Type : Non-staff opportunities

FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.

Qualified female applicants are encouraged to apply.

People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.



Organizational Setting:


FAO Partnership and Liaison Office in Azerbaijan implements “Increasing Youth Employment Project – AMAL (Phase I)” in close partnership with the Agency for Agro Credits and Development under the Ministry of Agriculture in the framework of FAO-Azerbaijan Partnership Programme. The project supports enhancement of self-employability and entrepreneurship opportunities of rural young women and men, including from vulnerable groups, through development of necessary skills, access to services and financing and mainstreaming green agriculture for Decent Rural Employment (DRE) in development strategies.


Reports to:


Melek Cakmak, Head of Office


Technical Focus:



Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative (FAOR) in Azerbaijan, the operational supervision of the Programme/Operations Officer, FAPP Manager, AMAL Communication Adviser and FEAZE Communication Specialist, the technical supervision of Land Tenure Officer/RI1 Delivery Manager, REU or their representative (for UTF/AZE/013/AZE) and Programme Officer (partnership) (for UTF/AZE/001/AZE), in close collaboration with the staff of the Office, technical experts and project personnel (national and international consultants) and in close collaboration with the project counterparts, especially the Agrarian Credits and Development Agency under the Ministry of Agriculture, and in accordance with prevailing FAO Corporate Communications policies and practices the Communication Assistant will be responsible for conducting the following activities for UTF/AZE/013/AZE Project and will assist the FAO Office in carrying out such activities for other FAO-Azerbaijan Partnership Programme Projects.


Tasks and responsibilities:


  • Prepare annual and quarterly work plans of PR activities for effective implementation of AMAL Communication Strategy and Marketing Plan;
  • Develop a factsheet in both English and Azerbaijani languages on the AMAL project’s achievements for printing and wide distribution across the country. The document needs to cover each AMAL output, be interesting and readable (not a formal report);
  • Develop and maintain a roster of influencers (public figures, bloggers in the field of food/agriculture, youth motivators etc.) and update contacts of key stakeholders;
  • Collect success stories from the project, along with compelling and engaging photographs  taken at the events and during project activities and convert results into communication materials and share with the Regional Office and HQ as relevant;
  • Conduct regular visits to project field sites, collect relevant information for visibility materials; document project related training events and activities;
  • Support the process of identifying and organizing events with the possible interest of the media to increase visibility around the project and its goals and achievements in the most effective manner.


General press and media activities


  • Prepare press releases and related informational materials about specific project activities and overall project goals and objectives; ensure their wide distribution;
  • Invite national and local media (TV, radio, webcasts) to project events; develop communication materials to be widely distributed to the media;
  • Take the initiative in organizing informative broadcasts raising the visibility of the project, its goals, objectives and related activities;
  • Place articles, interviews, snapshots and success stories in magazines which are distributed in all the regions of Azerbaijan;
  • Prepare information materials identify opportunities and action areas for the youth network;
  • Monitor local media uptake at an ongoing basis, including TV, radio and web; prepare a media coverage report on a monthly basis; Share with REU when relevant.


Graphic Design / Communication materials / Photo and Video materials


  • Prepare communication and other information materials to be distributed in print or electronic form;
  • Ensure FAO visibility and branding requirements are applied;
  • Oversee the production process of the project communication and publication products/items by closely liaising with service vendors (printing companies, production houses etc.) to ensure high quality of final products;
  • Put together a photo and video database containing the material gathered during project activities, as well as any related visibility materials;
  • Carry out any other activities relevant to this assignment.



Minimum Requirements:  

  • University/Bachelor degree in communications, social sciences or development studies with a focus on rural and community development;
  • A minimum of three years’ experience in public relations, with ability to demonstrate previously developed materials;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Azerbaijani
  • National of Azerbaijan or resident in the country with a regular work permit.

FAO Core Competencies:

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement


Technical/Functional Skills

  • Previous experience working in media, such as TV, radio, newspapers or social media;
  • Readiness to travel frequently within the country;
  • Possessing sound information technology skills (html) and social media skills (Facebook, Twitter etc.), in particular experience with PR related graphic programs and MS Office;
  • Experience working in the rural context is considered an asset;
  • Excellent photography skills.


• FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing).
• Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help, or have queries, please contact:
• Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.
• Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications.
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To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered.
Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile.
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