UN World Food Programme Government Partnerships Officer - Jobs in South Sudan

UN World Food Programme Government Partnerships Officer - Jobs in South Sudan

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.

Organizational Context

Reporting to the Representative & Country Director within the South Sudan Country Office, the Government Partnerships Officer will have the unique opportunity to influence WFP's role in the country and to ensure that, by working with others, WFP delivers real results for the millions of people in the country who face food insecurity.

Job Purpose

To lead the development of new and strengthen existing strategic partnerships in order to advocate for the work of WFP, build strategic partnerships and mobilize resources to support WFP South Sudan to deliver its Interim Country Strategic Plan (2018-2020).

Provide strategic direction in influencing a complex network of internal and external stakeholders to optimize our engagement with donors, international financial institutions and the Government of South Sudan.

Strengthen, develop, and optimize both existing and new partnership opportunities, maximizing funding, advocate and influence.

Build strong business development systems in and across WFP South Sudan Country Office and Field Offices to map, identify and secure funding for programme priorities through strategic partnerships with the traditional and new donors, host governments, international financial institutions, and other donors/development partners.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership and support to deliver WFP South Sudan’s Interim Strategic Plan (ICSP) by creating conditions to realize the full potential of institutional partnerships, including:
  • Lead the development of the unit work plan and oversee its implementation, delivering on activities that identify, develop and maintain government partnerships and maximize funding.
  • Manage a portfolio of partnerships, soliciting contributions, providing donor stewardship, forecasting, negotiating changes and assessing results, to maximize resources raised.
  • Analyze data and propose well-researched ideas to senior management for new strategies to maintain and increase funding from new and traditional donors.
  • Coordinate and prepare accurate reporting on donors and resourcing status of programmes, identifying trends and issues, and proposing solutions, to enable informed decision-making and action planning by senior stakeholders.
  • Inform and influence new and potential donors on the strategy, design, relevance and impact of programmes relevant to the work of WFP and identify and attend key forums to action this.
  • Manage a complex partnership portfolio, soliciting contributions, providing donor stewardship, forecasting and seeking flexible funding arrangements with donors.
  • Monitor pipelines of existing and potential donors working closely with RBN and WFP HQ counterparts, keeping all internal stakeholders fully informed to aid advance planning and resource allocation.
  • Develop and present clear recommendations highlighting strategic fundraising opportunities to senior management to support WFP South Sudan’s ICSP.
  • Lead proposal development processes working closely with Technical Teams and Budget & Programmes Unit ensuring timely submission of fully compliant and quality proposals.
  • Lead negotiations for donor contributions and partnership agreements, in line with internal policies and external regulations, leading to advantageous outcomes for WFP, such as more income flexibility and predictability.
  • Facilitate the production of quality WFP reports on grant utilization for donors, ensuring the progress reported is based on solid evidence and speaks to donor requirements, priorities and preferences.
  • Support and guide technical units and area offices to effectively manage and mobilize donor resources according
    to agreed contractual terms and conditions.
  • Contribute to preparedness actions, providing technical guidance and recommendations whilst identifying, monitoring the managing the mitigation of risks.
  • Provide support and guidance to technical units in the development of quality and compliant donor proposals.
  • Provide guidance to field-based offices on how best to prepare for and support donor missions.
  • Familiarize and increase understanding of technical units and area teams about the standard operating procedures for the proposal development process and specific roles and responsibilities to develop a synergistic and collaborative working relationship.
  • Coordinate work with other peers to ensure the flow of information and other WFP units to align activities and ensure donor visibility and that donor conditions are met.
  • Coordinate and prepare accurate reporting on donors and resourcing status of programmes, identifying trends and issues, and proposing solutions, to enable informed decision-making and action planning by senior stakeholders.
  • Provide advice and briefs on resourcing issues to Country/Regional/Division Directors, participate in the Strategic Programme Review Process (s-PRP) and the Electronic Programme Review Process (e-PRP) and act as a resourcing focal point to ensure issues are addressed

    Functional Capabilities
  • Demonstrates ability to formulate and maintain strong relationships and develop networks with appropriate stakeholders.
  • Leads in implementing identified strategy to raise the profile of WFP, build relationships and further organizational aims.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrates ability to conceptualize impactful means for reporting outcomes of multilateral/interagency dialogues to facilitate decision-making.
  • Utilizes partnership information and analysis to form insights which support fact-based discussion for enhanced partner relationships, proactively identifying opportunities for improvement.
  • Maintains, manages and analyses information in appropriate WFP systems.
  • Demonstrates the ability to design and manage the full resource mobilization 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.

    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 additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.
  • Language: International Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language.
  • Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or WFP’s working language, Portuguese.
  • Experience: At least 5 years of progressive experience in managing a portfolio of partnerships, soliciting donor contributions, and maximizing resources.

    Terms and Conditions
  • Mobility is and continues to be a core contractual requirement in WFP.
  • These positions are rotational which means that the incumbent shall be subject to the regular reassignment process unless the position is reclassified as non-rotational.
  • Professional level positions are rotational on a period of 2 to 4 years, mobility is the essence of WFP.
  • WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance.
  • Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WFP. Click on: “Where we work” and “Our work” to learn more about WFP’s operations.

    How to Apply
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 24th June 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; UN World Food Programme Government Partnerships Officer - Jobs in South Sudan

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