Devex is looking for talented Partnerships Officers to join the World Food Programme (WFP)’s Future International Talent Pool (FIT Pool) at the P-4 level. You have the specialized knowledge and experience required to analyze and advise on complex partnerships activities. You will identify and pursue strategic opportunities with a host of public,private sector and external entities. These can include governments, UN agencies, intergovernmental institutions and their member states, international financial institutions, individuals, corporations, foundations and NGOs. While at HQ level Partnerships Officers are likely to focus on either public, private sector or external entities, those at RB and CO level may cover a whole range of such partnerships.
These jobs are found in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureaux (RB) and Country Offices (CO) and generally report to a more senior Partnerships Officer or a Director. At HQ level, the partnership work is led by the Partnerships & Advocacy Department (PA) which includes four Rome-based Divisions dedicated to government, private sector and external partnerships. In addition, partnership manages WFP Global Offices in UN hubs and selected donor capitals which are at the frontline of strategic partnership engagement.
WFP is an Agency of the United Nations and the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger globally.Every single 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. At WFP, we are driven and defined by our mission to fight world hunger, save lives, feed people’s dreams of a brighter future, reduce risk and help enable people, communities and countries meet their own food and nutrition needs. WFP goes anywhere it’s needed and does what it takes to get the job done.
More than 17,000 people are working in WFP world-wide reflecting the rich diversity of the world in which we work. The vital importance of our shared mission underpins a remarkably close community of purpose.
WFP offers life-changing job opportunities you are unlikely to find in other organizations. Working at WFP will give you the opportunity to work beyond your expectations, to be enriched by truly meaningful work and enhance your growth and professional expertise.
For additional information, visit: www.wfp.org
ABOUT THE FIT POOL
The Future International Talent Pool (FIT Pool) is an excellent opportunity for a professional international career within WFP. WFP is looking to build a pool of highly qualified and dynamic talents interested in
serving in any of the 80 countries where WFP operates. Qualifying for the Partnerships Officer FIT Pool gives you priority to be considered for vacant Fixed Term positions anywhere in the world and consequently to commence your global journey in the humanitarian world, often at the forefront of world affairs.(https://www.wfp.org/countries ).
For more information: http://www1.wfp.org/fit-pool
Serves as an enabler and influencer to effectively position WFP with public, private and external partners to attract policy support, resources, technical assistance and innovative solutions to advance the work of WFP,while supporting member states in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and Zero Hunger and projecting WFP’s contributions in this regard.
- Design and lead the implementation of a work plan for an assigned area that will enable WFP to identify, develop and strengthen quality partnerships in support of WFP’s strategic objectives.
- Drive the positioning with partners on WFP’s corporate value proposition in specific thematic areas and country/regional contexts, using tailored content and language that speaks to individual partner audiences and align with on-going policy dialogue in national and global fora; Manage internally to support coherent partner engagement across the organization.
- Guide functional units, RBs and COs on resourcing strategies; Extend support/guidance on contribution management, including quality proposal and report writing, by engaging with other WFPentities.
- Lead and motivate a team of Partnerships Officers, providing coaching, training and guidance to ensure appropriate development and enable high performance.
- Promote the use of key information systems amongst the team to facilitate sharing of quality donor intelligence, and assess results.
- Guide the team to proactively manage all aspects of a partnerships portfolio, including partner profiling,data/trends analysis and outreach plan, so as to maximize resources and leverage policy and technical support for WFP’s work, in particular on the triple nexus and in emergencies; Ensure partner visibility and that partner conditions are met.
- Support the design and negotiation of large/complex partnership proposals, joint strategies and/or agreements in line with corporate norms, processes and external regulations.
- Contribute to complex negotiations on strategic partnership agreements in line with WFP’s corporate norms, processes and external regulations, in order to reach advantageous outcomes for WFP, such as more flexibility and predictability in funding WFP programmes.
- Support corporate dialogue with partners, proactively highlight strategic opportunities and issues to senior management and present recommendations on best course of action to nurture trust and interest in the work of WFP.
- Enable partnership growth by identifying opportunities to expand existing partnerships and scoping new partners, guided by assessments, analysis and due diligence, and ensure follow-up; Define and disseminate best practices in partnership development and provide technical guidance to internal and external stakeholders in this regard.
- In countries, where WFP has a presence, support WFP’s effective positioning vis-à-vis national governments and international institutions, based on solid socio-political understanding, to influence the policy agenda in support of the SDGs, Zero Hunger and WFP’s role therein.
- In the context of the UN system and multilateral fora, develop partnerships with member states, civil society and intergovernmental organizations to advocate for the SDGs and Zero Hunger on the global agenda, based on a good understanding of member states’ dynamics and interests.
- Establish external networks and team up with representatives of other UN agencies/stakeholders on opportunities for joint events (e.g. pledging conferences) that can advance WFP interests and objectives.
- Coordinate inputs from other WFP entities that contribute to inter-governmental/inter-agency work to ensure that WFP positions are properly explained and taken into account in decision-making.
- Take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives in all areas of work, to ensure equal participation of women and men.
- Contribute to preparedness actions, providing technical recommendations and guidance, and support risk management.
- Other as required.
STANDARD MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
- You have an Advanced University degree in Political Science, International Development,Development Economics, International Relations, Law, Marketing, Communications or other relevant field, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.
- You have a minimum of eight (8) of relevant professional work experience advocacy, fundraising,marketing, strategy development and/or other partnership roles.
- You have a minimum of two (2) years of international working experience outside home country.
- You have a minimum of two (2) years experience in managing teams, motivated team spirit and contributed to a gender-balanced, inclusive and sound working environment.
- You have developed strategic relationships with partners and a solid experience in networking and expanding engagements across geographies and sectors.
- You are fluent (level C) in English language.
- You have an intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese,French, Russian, Spanish, and/or WFP’s working language of Portuguese.
- You are able and motivated to work in any of WFP’s Offices throughout the world, including hardship locations.
In addition, you have some of the below skills:
- A good understanding of government and corporate policies, strategies and priorities, public policy formulation and levels of influence.
- Experience evaluating the expected Return On Investment from new partnerships and created a network of relationships with multiple constituencies.
- Experience designing and managing fundraising strategies and other related resource mobilization processes, such as in the field of marketing, campaign management.
- You have drafted funding proposals, negotiated contract terms and provided advice to seniors on related engagements.
- Experience leading and promoting data-based decision making to enable internal stakeholders to make well informed decisions.
- Experience creating external messaging to function, geography and thematic interests of stakeholders.
- Experience contributing to innovation of systems and partner intelligence platforms, and utilized digital solutions to improve client services.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Building the pool is a comprehensive process and it will take approximately 8 months. The recruitment steps are an Online Test > Video Interview > Language Test > Panel Interview > Background Verification.
If you are looking for a career with WFP, it is important to understand that mobility is the essence of WFP and continues to be a core contractual requirement. The majority of positions within WFP are “rotational”,meaning that staff members are subject to regular mobility processes and depending on the classification of the assigned duty station, may transfer to any other location every 2 to 4 years.
If you are selected, you will be placed in the future International Talent Pool for a period up to 2 years. You may be contacted as needs arise for fixed-term international positions in any of the countries in which WFP operates, including hardship duty stations, which may be classified as “non-family”, for example Afghanistan, Nigeria, DRC, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. All Fixed Term positions are generally between two to four years duration and following this initial assignment you will be eligible to apply as an internal candidate to other assignments within WFP. However, once qualified for the Fit Pool, you will be expected to accept the first proposal.
You may learn more about the process and this initiative at: http://www1.wfp.org/fit-pool
WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including basic salary, post adjustment,dependency allowances, relocation entitlement, travel and shipment allowances, 30 working days’ annual leave, home leave/travel, education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance. For more information, visit https://icsc.un.org/
Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply
Deadline: March 15, 2020 11:59 PM (CET)
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