Consultant- Advocacy and Communication at WFP Lesotho


WFP Lesotho 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.ABOUT WFP

The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.  The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes.  Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Advanced degree in Communications, Social Marketing, Public Relations, Journalism, Social/human Sciences, Public Health, ro related field

Experience: At least 12 years of proffessional experience in public health/nutrition, community development, child development or food security, involving advocacy, communications and behaviour change interventions. Familiarity with global nutrition advocacy stakeholders and networks; Understanding of the natrional multi-sectoral nutrition landscape desirableORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT

Under the general guidance of the Food and Nutrition Coordinating Office, and in line with the National Strategic Development Plan II, National Food and Nutrition Policy (2016), including the Food and Nutrition Strategy (2019/23), Capacity Assessment Report and its recommendations; an Advocacy and Communication Strategy will support and promote cohesive and harmonized multi-sectoral actions in response to the prevailing food and nutrition problems.JOB PURPOSE

The Government of Lesotho is intensifying efforts towards improving implementation of policies and programmes on the ground and through the Food and Nutrition Coordination Office (FNCO), and with support from Renewed Efforts Against Child Hunger and undernutrition (REACH). A consultant is going to provide support in developing a National Advocacy and Communication Strategy.KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

The consultant will be expected to facilitate a government-led, multi-sectoral and    participatory process to:

  1. 1. Identify target audiences, and key influencers whose buy in is essential for the achievement of multi-sectoral nutrition advocacy objectives;
  • 2. Develop a multi-sectoral nutrition advocacy strategy, using evidence provided by  the National Food & Nutrition Policy, Draft National Food and Nutrition Strategy, Micronutrition  Strategy and other relevant evidence such as; the Cost of Hunger Strategic Review and Roadmap, Capacity Assessment Report, Multisectoral Nutrition Overview, etc.
  • 3. Lead the development of evidence based advocacy messages, tailored to each identified target groups and the expected outcomes, emphasising on links to nutrition-sensitive (agriculture, social protection, health etc.) sectors;
  • 4. Identify the best platforms and channels for conducting advocacy in relation to the functions of each priority audience e.g. pictures/video, telephone/SMS, pamphlets, face-to-face interactions, and field visits;


  • Already be a nationally recognised advocate for nutrition, with demonstrated competencies in creative approaches and innovative flair;
  • Willingness and ability to work in a team as well as independently;
  • Understanding of the national multi-sectoral nutrition landscape desirable;
  • Excellent English writing and presentational skills;


  • Extensive experience facilitating processes, willingness and ability to use participatory techniques;
  • Excellent networking, stakeholder dialogue and alliance-building skills;
  • Familiarity with the Scaling Up Nutrition movement and its role in supporting country scale-up of nutrition governance and interventions through multi-sectoral approaches;
  • Familiarity with global nutrition advocacy stakeholders and networks;


The consultant will work under the overall supervision of the Food and Nutrition Coordinating  Office (FNCO) Director, in consultation with the National REACH and the UN Network.  DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS

Deadline for submission is 20 October 2019. Only online submissions will be considered..

Female applicants 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.

Closing date: 18 October 2019

Only online applications will be considered.

Apply here!