Grade Level: P-02/P-03
Department/Office: Operations Division
Duty Station: London, United Kingdom with possibility of travel
Type of contract: Fixed-Term (Locally recruited/1 year with possibility of extension)
Estimated Start Date: As soon as Possible
Closing Date for Application: 20 December 2019
The International Coffee Organization (ICO) is an intergovernmental body, set up in 1963 under the auspices of the United Nations, responsible for implementing the International Coffee Agreement (2007) to strengthen the global coffee sector and promote its sustainable development in economic, social and environmental terms.
The ICO provides a unique forum for the global coffee community, working actively with its Member governments, international organizations, the private sector and all other stakeholders to address the challenges and opportunities facing the global coffee community, including the development and implementation of strategies to enhance the livelihood and the capacity of local rural communities and smallholder farmers to benefit from coffee production.
The ICO Five-Year Action Plan 2017-2021 which identified as strategic goals: I. Delivering world-class data, analysis and information to the industry and policy-makers; II. Using the Organization’s convening power to provide a forum for dialogue between and within the public and private sectors; and III. Facilitating coffee sector development projects and promotion programmes through public-private partnerships.
ICO Member Governments represent 98% of the world’s coffee production and two-thirds of world consumption, providing a unique forum for the global coffee community.
The position is established within the framework of ICO’s Five-Year Action Plan, with a particular emphasis on communications activities and event management related to the Secretariat function of the ICO.
The Operation Division is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the ICO. It encompasses three main functions: a) statistics including data collection, management, analysis and reporting; b) economic research and analysis including the publishing of the ICO Coffee Development Report (CDR) and technical cooperation projects development, fund raising and monitoring; and c) Secretariat and Communication covering the relations with ICO member states, public and private coffee stakeholders, the organization of ICO annual conferences and meetings and the external communication to promote the ICO and its activities with members and stakeholders.
The position is located within the Operations Division and the incumbent is responsible to liaise with ICO Member country representatives and other stakeholders, to organize the annual sessions of the International Coffee Council (ICC) and related or ad-hoc meetings and to handle the Organization’s external and internal communications, except those under the direct responsibility of the office of the Executive Director.
The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Head of Operations to perform the following functions:
a) Developing and maintaining effective contacts with the media and organizing regular press briefing during ICO meetings and/or when required;
b) Drafting and distribution of press releases covering all ICO activities as required;
c) Managing, monitoring and development of ICO digital communications, including websites and social media platforms;
d) Content development and design of ICO communications materials, including the Annual Review;
e) Development of the concepts and realisation of promotional campaigns, including the annual International Coffee Day information campaign;
f) Providing the Permanent Secretariat function to ICO Committee/working groups as appropriate.
For both areas of work, performing other related responsibilities, as requested by the Executive Director or the Head of Operations, including replacing and/or backstopping for others within and outside the section as required.
Contacts with staff at all levels to exchange information and provide guidance, advice and briefing on the ICC Secretariat and communication activities; to enlist cooperation; and to facilitate mutual understanding.
Contacts with a broad range of officials from Member countries, partners and other stakeholders, including media, to provide information, respond to queries; as related to the organization of meetings, seminars and workshops; and maintain/encourage positive relationships; to negotiate with service providers and suppliers as related to meetings and communication activities.