Partnerships Officer SC8

  • Full Time
  • Lusaka

United Nations World Food Programme

Vacancy title:

Partnerships Officer SC8

[ Type: FULL TIME , Industry: Nonprofit, and NGO , Category: Management ]

Jobs at:

United Nations World Food Programme

Deadline of this Job:

Tuesday, March 05 2024

Duty Station:

Within Zambia , Lusaka, South – Central Africa


Job Purpose

To perform specialized partnership activities and contribute to the development of strategic partnerships both internal (functional units) and external (public and private sectors) to enhance WFP’s resource base that supports the CO’s effective and efficient programming.

Key Accountabilities (Not All-Inclusive)

  1. Coordinate and deliver specialized public and private partnership processes and activities, to support the timely preparation and execution of partnership initiatives.
  2. Liaise with the public and private partners and other key stakeholders, providing and facilitating a regular partner profiling to ensure the maintenance of an up-to-date partnership portfolio.
  3. Coordinate and make recommendations on potential partners, and in collaboration with programmes ensure development of proposals aimed at securing potential funding for various programmes.
  4. Monitor traditional and potential partners and collate relevant information with the aim of maximizing resources and leverage policy and technical support for WFP’s work and partner visibility.
  5. Develop and maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders, to keep abreast with relevant partnership information and enhance WFP’s effective positioning with the national government, regional and international institutions with the aim to influence the policy agenda.
  6. Collaborate with programmes and other enabling units to effectively implement the partnerships work plan to enable WFP to identify, develop, and strengthen quality partnerships in support of CO strategic objectives.
  7. Provide advice on partnerships guidelines, to ensure that core corporate procedures and policies are adhered to and ensure that relevant information is collected, and maintained in appropriate files and databases, for the availability of accurate records and easy access.
  8. Source partnership inputs, including operational updates, from other units to inform strategic public and private partners on WFP’s programmatic operations and contributions to the national development agenda and the SDGs.
  9. Contribute to the development of the partnership’s unit strategies, including the development and implementation of Action Plans and development of quality proposals and reports.
  10. Draft quality funding and programme proposals and proactively highlight strategic issues to the CO management and recommend best course of action and nurture partnership growth aimed at broadening the resource base.
  11. Utilize data to propose well-researched ideas aimed at facilitating the expansion of support from existing and potential public and private partners, guided by programmatic assessment and context specific analysis to enhance the impact of WFP’s work and diversify the resource base.
  12. Utilize the one UN common system and support the development of partnerships, strategic agreements, joint strategies, MOUs, and joint events with other Un agencies, civil society, and intergovernmental organizations to advocate for the SDGs and Zero Hunger on national and global agenda and advance WFP priorities and objectives.
  13. Perform other duties as required.

Standard Minimum Qualifications

Education: Advanced University degree in Political Science, International Development, Business Administration, 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.

Experience: Minimum of five (5) years of relevant professional work experience in a partnership role or related areas.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Depth knowledge and comprehensive understanding of grant management processes, IRM framework, WFP rules and regulations (including financial ones) and of IPSAS rules.
  • Authoritative knowledge and expertise, gained through specialized training and work experience, of grants management processes and procedures and WINGS GM Module.
  • Excellent leadership, planning and communication skills to ensure effective coordination with a wide range of staff members in matters related to grants management.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret financial data and monitor budgets.
  • Ability to carry out complex data analysis to identify process improvements.
  • Experience in supervising, supporting, and or training others, as well as coordinating resources and organizing own work.
  • Ability to assert opinions and persuade others by developing logical and well-reasoned arguments.

Language: Fluent in both written and spoken English language.

Desired Experiences For Entry Into The Role

  • 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.

Work Hours: 8

Experience in Months: 60

Level of Education: Associate Degree

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