Partnerships Officer P3 - Tokyo, Japan

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WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status or disability.

Are you a Partnership Officer interested in further developing your professional experience while contributing to ending global hunger? Are you passionate about helping those in need? Would you like to join a global organization investing in its people?

If so, an exciting & fulfilling career awaits you! Join our diverse and passionate team that works on varied and international projects directly contributing to saving & changing millions of lives around the globe.


Applications must be submitted by Sunday, November 06, 2022 (11:59 PM CET)


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), a highly prestigious, reputable & world’s largest humanitarian organization, operating in more than 120 countries and territories, bringing life-saving assistance in emergencies, building pathways to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change and supporting sustainable and resilient livelihoods for a world with zero hunger.

At WFP, people are at the heart of everything we do and the vision of the future WFP workforce is one of diverse, committed, skilled, and high performing teams, selected on merit, operating in a healthy and inclusive work environment, living WFP's values (Integrity, Collaboration, Commitment, Humanity, and Inclusion) and working with partners to save and change the lives of those WFP serves.

To learn more about WFP, visit our website: UN World Food Programme (WFP) and follow us on social media to keep up with our latest news: YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter.


  • WFP is a 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
  • WFP offers a highly inclusive, diverse, and multicultural working environment
  • WFP invests in the personal & professional development of its employees through a range of training, accreditation, coaching, mentorship, and other programs as well as through internal mobility opportunities
  • A career path in WFP provides an exciting opportunity to work across the various country, regional and global offices around the world, and with passionate colleagues who work tirelessly to ensure that effective humanitarian assistance reaches millions of people across the globe
  • We offer an attractive compensation package (please refer to the Terms and Conditions section)


The mission of the WFP Japan Relations Office is to raise awareness of WFP’s work amongst the public and partners in Japan – one of the top-ranking and consistent donor countries.

The Japan Relations Office acts as a partnership hub, fostering strategic partnerships with Japanese institutions, liaising with the Government as well as the private sector, including the Japan Association for the World Food Programme (JAWFP), a non-profit entity in support of WFP, and strengthening advocacy to key stakeholders to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 2 (zero hunger).

In WFP Japan Office, job holders report to the Office Director with functional supervision from the Director of Private Partnerships and Fundraising Division or the designate at Headquarters.

You are expected to work with high degree of independence to carry out your work plan using technical knowledge and experience to analyse data, prepare reports, provide advice and solutions to problems, and identify partnership opportunities. The role is carried out daily in both Japanese and English.

Purpose of the assignment

Drive WFP’s effective positioning 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)

You will:

  • Support the fundraising efforts of Japan Association for the World Food Programme (JAWFP) to improve their effectiveness and ensure their strategy aligns with WFP’s private sector fundraising strategy.
  • Pursue JAWFP’s individual giving activities by providing technical and strategic guidance in coordination with Headquarters (HQ); Expedite the transfer of individual fundraising learnings and knowledge from JAWFP to other WFP markets.
  • Provide normative guidance to JAWFP and other partners on due diligence process, all compliance issues (use of WFP marks, images, non-endorsement clause) and adherence to the private sector architecture in coordination with HQ.
  • Keep abreast of social, economic, and corporate social responsibility (CSR) trends affecting the corporate world in Japan, synthesize and interpret data to adapt plans and proposals accordingly.
  • Lead the implementation of a work plan for an assigned area by delivering activities that maintain and develop private sector partnerships to raise funds in support of WFP strategic objectives.
  • 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.
  • Facilitate corporate dialogue with partners through preparation of quality briefing materials; 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.
  • Gather and share partner intelligence (including forecasting), using key information systems (e.g. WINGS, Salesforce, and WFPGo), and assess results.
  • Support functional units, RBx 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.
  • Facilitate partnership growth, by exploring opportunities to expand existing partnerships and scope of new partners, guided by assessments, analysis and due diligence; Present recommendations to senior management and ensure follow-up.
  • Contribute to the preparation of partnership proposals, strategic agreements, joint strategies and/or MOU, taking into account corporate norms, processes and external regulations; Ensure quality control of content by engaging with relevant functional units, RBx and COs.
  • Manage staff, providing coaching, training and guidance to ensure appropriate development and enable high performance.
  • Take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives in all areas of work to ensure equal participation of women and men.
  • Contribute to preparedness actions, providing technical recommendations and guidance; Monitor defined risks and make recommendations how to manage these effectively.
  • Other as required.



You have:

  • 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.


You have:

  • Minimum five or more years of relevant professional work experience in partnership roles, mainly in the areas of private sector fundraising and partnerships.
  • In-depth knowledge of private sector fundraising market in Japan, gained through either direct work in the private sector or partnership management, preferably at international NGOs or UN agencies.


You have:

  • International Professional: Fluency (level C) in English and Japanese language.
  • Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or Portuguese (A WFP’s working language)


You have:

  • Gained significant private sector partner relationships and expanded engagements across geographies and sector.
  • designed and managed all resource mobilization processes and resource strategies, negotiated contract terms and provided resourcing advice to seniors.
  • Used understanding of partner’s focus areas and knowledge of internal capabilities to create a Unique Value Proposition for the partners
  • Gained experience in using technology and digital tools for data collection, analysis and shared data-based insights to add value to all partnerships.
  • Provided inputs into training and support strategy for technical systems users and provided advanced technical support.
  • Experience in managing a team.
  • Excellent understanding of global issues and an ability to translate an Organisation’s mission.
  • Work effectively in a multi-cultural environment and international organization
  • Ability to change and comfortable dealing with ambiguity, stress and competing demands with grace and humour.


These are the common standards of behaviour that guide HOW we work together to accomplish our mission.

Leads by Example with Integrity Drives Results and Delivers on Commitments Fosters Inclusive and Collaborative Teamwork Applies Strategic Thinking Builds and Maintains Sustainable Partnerships Lives the WFP values and shows humanity and integrity by role modelling care for others

Delivers on commitments and adapts readily to change

Is inclusive and collaborative, and contributes to a culture of learning and personal growth

Demonstrates commitment to gather perspectives, analyse options and risks, and propose new ways of doing things

Builds and nurtures external partnerships and collaborates with partners to deliver common objectives

Different expectations of behaviour are defined depending on your grade and role/responsibilities within WFP.


Mobility is and continues to be, a core contractual requirement in WFP. The selected candidate will be employed on a fixed term as well as a rotational contract with a probationary period of one year.

WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, travel, visa and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, a pension plan, and medical insurance. For more information, visit

The selected candidate will be required to relocate to Tokyo, Japan to take up this assignment


  • We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete, and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, language skills and UN Grade (if applicable).
  • Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application.
  • Please make sure you upload your professional CV in the English language
  • Kindly note the only documents you will need to submit at this time are your CV and Cover Letter
  • Additional documents such as passport, recommendation letters, academic certificates, etc. may potentially be requested at a future time
  • Please contact us at [email protected] in case you face any challenges with submitting your application
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be notified


All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

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