Partnerships Consultant

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Job Title: Partnerships Consultant

Type of Contract: Regular Consultant

Division: TOK – Tokyo, Japan Global Office

Duty Station (City, Country): Tokyo, Japan

Duration: 11 months


Under the direct supervision of Government Partnerships Officer of WFP Japan Relations Office, the incumbent will operate in an assigned area and work independently, using technical knowledge and experience, to analyze data and identify solutions for partnerships activities. He/she will also support in WFP's effective positioning with public sector partners to attract policy support, resources, technical assistance, and innovative solutions to advance the work of WFP, while emphasizing WFP's contributions in the achievement of the SDGs and Zero Hunger.


  1. Implement of a workplan for an assigned area to enable WFP to identify, develop and strengthen quality partnerships in achieving WFP strategic objectives.
  2. In consultation with supervisors, engage with other functional units, RBs and COs on WFP's thematic, regional and country-specific offerings, developing content and language that speak to individual audiences and align with ongoing policy dialogue in national and global fora; support alignment of partner engagement across the organization.
  3. Proactively study, research and analyze a wide range of aspects of Japan partnerships portfolio, including partner profiling, policy and data/trends analysis, to maximize resources and leverage policy and technical support from Japan for WFP's operational needs; ensure partner visibility and that partner conditions are met.
  4. Foster partnership growth, by exploring opportunities to expand existing partnerships and scope of new partners, including relevant Ministries and agencies; present recommendations to TOK management and ensure follow-up.
  5. Participate in corporate dialogue with partners through preparation of quality briefing materials; proactively highlight strategic opportunities and issues to line managers and propose options to nurture trust and interest in the work of WFP.
  6. In the context of Japan-led policy and development fora such as TICAD VIII and related events, support WFP's effective engagement with the aim of strengthening partnerships with Japanese public entities, including the Government of Japan, civil society organizations and the Japanese private sector, and advance WFP's priorities and policies, based on a good understanding of Japan's partners' dynamics and interests.
  7. Support coordination of activities of WFP Parliamentary League of Japan to ensure political back-up on WFP operations; support TOK Director in engaging in political dialogues with parliamentarians and other policy influencers.
  8. Coordinate with other units in the office, key advocacy/visibility events, including WFP's high-level missions to Japan, public events, and career seminars in Japan.
  9. Work with functional units, Regional Bureaus (RBs) and Country Offices (COs) in developing Japan partnership strategies (including through the development of Partnership Action Plans); extend support to partnerships/contribution management, in line with corporate norms, processes and legal agreements, to ensure quality proposals and reports by engaging other WFP Offices and external stakeholders.
  10. Contribute to the preparation of partnership proposals, strategic agreements, joint strategies and/or Memorandum of Understanding, considering corporate norms, processes and external regulations; ensure quality through consultations with relevant functional units, RBs and COs.
  11. Gather and share Japan intelligence (including forecasting), using key information systems (e.g., WINGS, Salesforce, WFPGo), and assess results. Use socio-political insights to support WFP's effective positioning vis-a-vis the government as well as institutions with the aim to influence the policy agenda. Compile a brief or an update for TOK management as required/requested.
  12. Perform any other duty as required by the WFP Japan Relations Office.


  • Donor visibility and WFP profile increased in Japan.
  • WFP missions and the other key advocacy/visibility events assisted; lessons learnt documented, and reports developed.
  • Fund-raising and funds management of the TOK Government Team supported.
  • Donor intelligence shared with WFP colleagues; and quality briefs and reports timely prepared for high-level dialogues between Japan and WFP management.
  • New funding opportunities for WFP projects in partnerships with non-traditional partners are identified and accessed; and
  • The TOK Government Team and the other cross-team tasks supported as required.



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.


Six to eight years of professional experience in the areas of humanitarian assistance, official development assistance, fund- raising, advocacy, partnership-building or other related fields. Working experience in Japan public sector is an asset.

Knowledge and Skills:

Knowledge in humanitarian and development assistance, WFP operations, partnership strategy towards SDG, analytical skills, and com prehension of the Japan ODA policies and the political landscapes as an asset; good communication skills and information analysis and management skills are also required.


International Professional: Fluency (level C) in both English and Japanese language.

Terms and Conditions

WFP offers a competitive compensation package which will be determined by the contract type and selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.

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Deadline for applications: 12 July 2022

Ref.: VA No. 167443

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