Partnerships Associate

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Application deadline in 1 day: Wednesday 21 Apr 2021

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) seeks individuals of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance

Female applicants are especially encouraged to apply

Job Title

OPENING DATE****:

Partnerships Assistant

7th April 2021

TYPE OF CONTRAT:

GRADE:

Service Contract (SC)

Level 6 (L6)

UNIT/DIVISION:

DURATION:

Programme/Partnership and CAM

12 months (renewable depending on performance and budget)

Duty Station (City, Country):

Conakry, Republic of Guinea


ABOUT WFP

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.

ORGANISATIONAL CONTEXT: This post is based in the WFP Guinea Country Office (GNCO) and reports to the Partnerships Officer. Job holder primarily carry out day–to-day partnerships activities and research. He/She engages 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.

JOB PURPOSE:

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.

STANDARD MINIMUM ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS:

Education: 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.

Language: Fluency in French (both oral and written) is a must; knowledge of a second UN language, preferably English would be an asset.

Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive, within delegated authority):

  • Implement the work plan for an assigned area to enable WFP to identify, develop and strengthen quality partnerships in support of WFP strategic objectives. Lead Interim Country Strategic Plan (I-CSP) process and all activity linked with UN and work on the partnership with national government and other Donors.

  • 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.

  • 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.

DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE:

    1. Strong conceptual thinking to create relevant fundraising materials, for projects and activities with innovative elements
    2. Ability to produce high-quality written materials, including graphically based PowerPoint presentations as well as text documents for diverse audiences
    3. Ability to interact with leaders and external audiences with maturity and tact
    4. Collaborative spirit - able to liaise with a wide range of people at all levels and across different cultures and to act with credibility and diplomacy
    5. Strong time management skills with an ability to plan ahead, anticipate requirements, problems and obstacles, and an ability to juggle competing priorities successfully, and to work on tight deadlines
    6. Self-motivated and able to work with a high degree of autonomy
    7. Fully committed and motivated to achieve the aims of the UN World Food Programme
    8. Willing to work in and travel to different field locations and challenging operating environments

4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES

Purpose

  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.
  • Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).
  • Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.
  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.

People

  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.
  • Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.
  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.
  • Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.

Performance

  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.
  • Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.
  • Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.
  • Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.

Partnership

  • Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.
  • Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.
  • Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.
  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.

FUNCTIONAL CAPABILITIES

Capability Name

Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level

Relationship Management

Demonstrates ability to build and sustain effective collaborative relationships with appropriate stakeholders and contacts in area of expertise to raise the profile of WFP, build relationships and further organisational aims.

Communication Expertise

Collates accurate and timely information in required format (i.e. written or visual communications materials as well as verbally), to facilitate information flows and informed decision making on communications issues.

Information Analytics, Reporting and Management

Gathers and summarises information relevant to partners (trends, regulations, practices) to enable supervisor(s) to efficiently make informed decisions and enhance partner relationships. Captures important information, synthesises and facilitates internal reporting.

Sociopolitical Contextual Understanding

Shows awareness of the multilateral/interagency environment and the dynamics in which WFP operates which informs approach to daily tasks.

NGO, UN and Other Partner Collaboration

Actively promotes WFP’s partnering approach. Individually contributes to development and maintenance of partnerships with NGOs, UN agencies, governments and other partners. Is able to provide suggestions that help inform WFP’s evolving engagement with relevant partners. Provides and coordinates input to be shared with partners.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

This is a Service Contract (SC) position at Level-6. This position is for Guinean nationals only.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS

20th April 2021

Ibrahima DIOP

Representative & Country Director

WFP Guinea Country Office

Conakry, April 7, 2021

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