World Food Programme (WFP)

Partnerships Officer

World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Description

  WFP seeks candidates 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.


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.


The Government Partnerships Division’s Global Office Germany in Berlin supports organization-wide efforts to meet the resource needs at corporate and country levels through active engagement with the government and public sector institutions within its portfolio; enables accurate contribution forecasting and efficient contribution registration and develops and expands resource partnerships in this context in collaboration with other WFP stakeholders at all levels.

Reporting directly to the Head of the Berlin Government Partnerships Team or a more senior Government Partnerships Officer, the incumbent will be expected to operate with limited supervision and provide guidance to junior staff. He/she will be heavily involved in day-to-day activities and analytical work.


To contribute to the development of new and existing partnerships with German, Austrian and Liechtenstein government entities in order to advocate for the work of WFP and raise and mobilise resources to support WFP programmes.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  1. Maintain productive and close relationships with donor representatives of Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein through appropriate channels, and ensure that they are kept informed regarding issues of strategic or operational importance.
  2. Support the negotiations of multilateral and directed multilateral contributions from Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein, in line with WFP’s Rules and Regulations and WFP's operational priorities, in order to maximize resources and reach advantageous outcomes, such as increased funding but also more flexibility and predictability of resources.
  3. Review and amend project proposals in a timely and efficient manner, respecting donor conditions and the operational resourcing priorities.
  4. Proactively contribute to ideas and highlight Fundraising opportunities to senior managers for new strategies to maintain and increase funding from new and traditional donor sources.
  5. Collate and analyse data for the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on donors and programmes, to enable informed decision-making and action planning by senior stakeholders.
  6. Assist in organising bilateral WFP-donor meetings including the preparation of well-researched subject-related briefing material and talking points.
  7. Provide guidance to COs/RBs/HQ with regard to donors’ budgetary rules, donor preferences, and grant management aspects to ensure appropriate partnership Mapping, as well as proper contribution utilization according to donors’ earmarking and requirements.
  8. Liaise with technical units at HQ such as Legal and Finance for contractual issues, donor conditionalities, and requirements.
  9. Represent WFP at meetings at appropriate levels, in such a way that advances the government partnerships strategy and objectives and builds support for WFP activities.
  10. Assist in the timely and efficient management and programming of all funding (donor contributions and advances) in line with donor conditions and country priorities.
  11. Assume grant management tasks for Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein (donor forecasts, confirmed contributions) in the corporate systems in line with donor conditions and country priorities in a timely and efficient manner.
  12. Guide more junior staff, acting as a point of referral and supporting them with more complex analyses and queries.
  13. Other as required.


Education: Advanced University degree in Political Science, International Development, Development Economics, Social Sciences, Communications or other relevant field, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.

Experience and competencies: •    At least 3 years of postgraduate progressively responsible professional experience and a proven track record in Donor Relations and partnerships management.

•    Knowledge of WFP’s mandate and the political and donor environment in Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein required.

•    Field experience is considered an asset.

•    Well organized and detail-oriented with strong problem-solving skills.

•    Ability to handle a large volume of work and to meet strict deadlines.

•    Proficiency in SAP Grants Management as well as Salesforce required.

Language: Fluency in oral and written German and English is a must (mother tongue or CEFR level C2) and strong drafting skills are required.


• Has implemented the resource mobilisation work plan by delivering specific activities as defined • Has provided direction to one or more junior staff members within area of expertise • Has participated and assisted in negotiations for contributions and partnership agreements with donors and host governments, in line with internal policies and external regulations • Has assisted in drafting resourcing Analysis and collaborated with accurate and timely briefs as well as reporting to donors


This position is open to German nationals only.

You will be appointed on a National fixed-term (1 year renewable) contract. Remuneration is in line with the UN salary scale for National Officers (see: Medical insurance is provided to UN Staff and dependents (incl. spouse, child(ren). Your package includes attractive leave entitlements, including 30 annual leave days per year and Family Leave options.


Deadline for applications is Sunday, 20 June, 2021 (11.59 PM CET) Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status. 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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