Partnerships Officer, Fixed Term, NOA

at World Food Programme
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted May 29, 2022
Category NGO
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


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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.


This job is found in Addis Ababa Country Offices (COs), and report to a more head of the Partnerships unit.

Job holder primarily carry out day-to-day partnerships activities and research. They engage with internal stakeholders and a host of public, private sector and external entities. These can comprise governments, UN agencies, intergovernmental institutions and their member states, international financial institutions, individuals, corporations, foundations and NGOs.


Facilitate the work of senior staff 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 SDGs and Zero Hunger and emphasizing WFP’s contributions in this regard.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Implement the work plan for an assigned area to enable WFP to identify, develop and strengthen quality partnerships in support of WFP strategic objectives. Proactively contribute to a partnerships portfolio, including partner profiling and outreach activities, with the aim to maximize resources and leverage policy and technical support for WFP’s work; Support partner visibility and ensure partner conditions are met. Use data to present managers with well-researched ideas to expand support from existing partners and to scope new partners, guided by programmatic assessment and context- specific analysis with the aim to enhance the impact of WFP’s work and diversify the resource base. Solicit inputs, including operational updates, from other WFP entities to inform partner audiences on WFP’s programmatic offering; Draft quality briefs and proactively highlight strategic issues to senior staff to inform best course of action and nurture partnership growth. Gather and present internal and external data/information, using key information systems (e.g. Salesforce, WINGS, WFPGo), to support WFP’s effective positioning vis-à-vis national governments, regional and international institutions with the aim to influence the policy agenda. In the context of the UN system and multilateral fora, support the development of partnerships and joint events with member states, civil society and intergovernmental organizations to advocate for the SDGs and Zero Hunger on the global agenda and advance WFP priorities and objectives. Contribute to partnerships strategies, including the development of Partnership Action Plans; Draw up quality partner proposals and reports by engaging with other WFP entities and external stakeholders. Support senior managers in the preparation of strategic agreements, joint strategies and MOUs in order to promote the SDGs and Zero Hunger on the national, regional and global agenda and to reach advantageous outcomes for WFP. Contribute to preparedness actions, providing technical recommendations and guidance, and monitor defined risks. Other as required.


Has a basic understanding of government strategies. Has developed effective relationships with partners and explored new areas to scale- up existing activities and researched new opportunities. Has developed powerful narratives by using data analysis visualization to enable action-oriented discussions with partners. Has prepared briefs to raise resources for operations and collaborated for timely registration, maintenance and update of contributions and forecasts. Has provided advanced technical support and identified opportunities for service delivery excellence to strengthen partnerships. Has motivated team spirit and contributed to a gender-balanced, inclusive and sound working environment. Minimum one or more years of relevant professional work experience in partnership roles.


Education: Advanced University degree in Political Science, International Development, Development Economics, International Relations, Law, Marketing, Communications or other relevant fields, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.

Experience: Minimum 3 years of relevant work experience in multilateral partnership roles and managing multi-stakeholder, multi-sectoral and multi-year partnerships.

Has experience in Information management and communication.

Language: Fluency in the English language and the duty station’s language, if different.

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