Communication and advocacy are at the heart of FAO’s mission to help build consensus for a world without hunger. The effectiveness and credibility of the Organization as a policy-making forum and unique multilingual centre of excellence, knowledge and technical expertise depends to a considerable degree on its ability to communicate its work and develop strategic partnerships to harness efforts to eradicate hunger.
The Office for Communication, Partnerships and Advocacy (OCP) is intended to strengthen the corporate communication function, develop strategic partnerships to raise the profile of matters related to gender, the Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition and the Right to Food and to make sure that the Organization speaks with one voice.
OCP consists of three branches, reporting directly to the Head of Office. These are:
Communication Branch (OCPC)
OCPC is responsible for all the corporate communications activities of the Organization. It has the direct responsibility for the framing and dissemination of public information, interfacing with media, planning events and campaigns and assisting technical and other units with media related or communications issues. The Branch produces public information materials, including press releases, advocacy publications, audiovisual material as well as content for social media. It is responsible for the content on the corporate home pages in the Web as well as for internal communication.
OCPC comprises four groups dedicated respectively to media relations (OCPCM), outreach and advocacy (OCPCO), internet and internal communication (OCPCI) and publishing (OCPCP).
Partnerships and Advocacy Branch (OCPP)
Eradicating hunger is a challenge that FAO cannot - and should not - face alone. OCPP is responsible for developing and strengthening partnerships with all the different actors that will help to accomplish FAO’s mandate, including non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, academia and research and development institutes, the private sector, producers’ organizations and cooperatives, as well as for advocating for gender equity and empowerment issues, the Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition and the Right to Food.
Corporate Partnerships and UN Relations Branch (OCPN)
OCPN acts as Organizational focal point, at the policy level, for UN system matters. This includes fostering proactive FAO contributions to policy coherence and coordination across the UN system at the intergovernmental (UN General Assembly, ECOSOC, etc.) and inter-agency levels (CEB, HLCP, UNDG, etc.) on UN reform processes and other relevant issues, with a special focus on collaboration with the other Rome-based UN system organizations (including WFP and IFAD), and the UN Regional Economic Commissions, acting as a catalyst for FAO MDG-related activities and facilitating FAO’s participation in the post-2015 UN Development Agenda process.