Partnerships Officer (CST II)
Application deadline in 2 days: Sunday 5 Feb 2023 at 22:59 UTCOpen application form
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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.
WFP Syria engages local and international governmental partners. WFP relationships with partners is critical; it is essential that we partner together in mind, heart, and resources. We want deeper and better relationships for a bigger impact for those we serve.
The candidate will report to the Head of the Partnerships and Communications Unit and will work with the team to develop new and existing donor partnerships to advocate for the World Food Programme’s (WFP) work inside Syria. The job holder will work to ensure WFP’s work is represented across various forums by developing the right relationships and strategy with the view to mobilise resources for the operation. The job holder will work with liaison offices, Regional Bureau Cairo, and Headquarters a well as Country Office (CO) colleagues to help diversify funding streams WFP can access in support of the implementation of the Interim Country Strategic Plan (ICSP)t o contribute to the development of new and existing partnerships with government organisations in order to advocate the work of WFP, and raise and mobilise resources to support WFP programmes.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
1. Lead the implementation of a work plan for an assigned area to enable WFP to identify, develop and strengthen quality partnerships in support of WFP strategic objectives.
2. Engage with other functional units, RBs and COs on WFPs thematic, regional and country specific offerings, developing content and language that speak to individual audiences and align with ongoing policy dialogue in regional and global fora.
3. Proactively support a wide range of aspects of a partnerships portfolio, including partner profiling, data/trends analysis and outreach plan, to maximize resources and leverage policy and technical support for WFP’s work; Ensure partner visibility and that partner contractual conditions are met including reporting requirements.
4. Facilitate corporate dialogue with partners through preparation of quality briefing materials.
5. Proactively highlight strategic opportunities and issues to senior management and propose options for the best course of action to nurture trust and interest in the work of WFP; Support the preparation of joint events (e.g. UN pledging conferences, Brussels conferences, COP) that can advance WFP interests and objectives.
6. Gather and share partner intelligence (including forecasting) using key information systems (e.g. WINGS, salesforce, WFP Go) and assess results.
7. Support functional units, RBs and COs on partnership strategies (including the development of Partnership Action Plans); Extend support on partnership/contribution management, in line with corporate norms, processes and legal agreements, on quality proposal and report writing by engaging with other WFP entities and external stakeholders.
8. Oversee the preparation of partnership proposals, strategic agreements, joint strategies and/or MOUs, taking into account corporate norms, processes and external regulations: Ensure quality control of content by engaging with other WFP entities and external stakeholders.
9. Use socio-political insights to support WFP’s effective positioning vis-à-vis national governments, regional and international institutions with the aim to influence the policy agenda.
10. Solicit inputs from other WFP entities that contribute to inter-governmental/inter-agency dialogue.
11. Manage staff, providing coaching, training and guidance to ensure appropriate development and enable high performance.
12. Others, as required.
4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 Facilitates and contributes to open verbal or written communication with stakeholders as required (i.e. through preparation of targeted written or visual communications materials, presentations, and official documentation) to convey tailored messages. Engages in mutually informative discussion with partners and influencers. Information Analytics, Reporting & Management Gathers, analyses and reports information in a manner that draws out fact-based insights to inform approach to partner relationships and support substantive discussion with partners. Captures relevant information and progress, and ensures internal information sharing. Resource Mobilisation Demonstrates the ability to design and manage the full resource mobilisation lifecycle, including negotiating with partners and key stakeholders, providing resourcing advice and briefs to senior managers, leading medium/large teams and strategically allocating material and other appropriate resources. Business Process Support & Technical Guidance Provides technical support to other business areas, identifying procedural issues and solutions. Applies understanding to ensure system maintenance and to support the design and implementation of system changes, supporting users and ensuring relevant training and materials are provided as necessary.
DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE
- Has a good understanding of government and corporate strategies and priorities and gained experience in developing partnerships.
- Has gained significant experience in exploring new opportunities and providing inputs to design and develop solutions with prospective partners, including with the private sector.
- Has developed long-term partner relationships and expanded engagements across geographies and sector.
- Has designed and managed all resource mobilization processes and resource strategies, negotiated contract terms and provided resourcing advice to seniors.
- Previous experience and good knowledge of donors such as the United States or the Gulf Cooperation Council members would be an asset.
STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Education: Advanced university degree in Political Science, International Development, Development Economics, Marketing Communications or other relevant field, or First University degree with three years of related work experience and/or training/courses.
Experience: Minimum five or more years of relevant professional work experience in partnership roles.
Knowledge & Skills: Experience implementing resource mobilisation work plans; and excellent writing skills to ensure proposals and reports are delivered at a professional level. Fluency (Level C) in the English language.
Languages: Intermediate knowledge (Level B) of Arabic is an advantage.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
All applications should be received no later Sunday 5 February 2023 23:59 (GMT+2).
WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment
WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.