CST Government Partnerships Officer, P3 (8 months) Johannesburg, South Africa

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 end global hunger. 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.

In emergencies, WFP gets food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After an emergency, WFP uses food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives. Present in nearly 80 countries, the organization has the global footprint, deep field presence and local knowledge and relationships necessary to provide access to nutritious food and contribute to the lasting solutions, especially in many of the world’s most remote and fragile areas. We manage an operating budget of approximately $5.9 billion each year, distributing 12.6 billion rations to those most in need. We reach an average of 80 million people with food assistance in around 80 countries each year. The World Food Programme office in Johannesburg is a Regional Office coordinating and supporting the delivery of humanitarian assistance and providing technical support to 12 Southern Africa countries including, Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Republic of Congo, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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These jobs are found in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureaux (RB) and Country Offices (COs), and generally report to the Divisional/Regional/Country Director or a Senior Partnerships Officer.

Job holders operate across an assigned area and work independently, using technical knowledge and experience, to analyse data and identify solutions for partnerships activities. They typically support process improvements and partnership opportunities with a host of public, private sector and external entities. These can include governments, UN agencies, intergovernmental institutions and their member states, international financial institutions, individuals, corporations, foundations and NGOs. While at HQ level Partnerships Officers are likely to focus on either public, private sector or external entities, those at RB and CO level may cover a whole range of such partnerships


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)

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 WFP’s thematic, regional and country-specific offerings, developing content and language that speak to individual audiences and align with on-going policy dialogue in national and global fora; Support alignment of partner engagement across the organization.

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 conditions are met.

4. 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; Support the preparation of joint events (e.g. UN pledging conferences) that can advance WFP interests and objectives.

5. Gather and share partner intelligence (including forecasting), using key information systems (e.g. WINGS, Salesforce, WFPGo), and asses results.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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, RBs and COs.

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. In the context of the UN system and multilateral fora, support the development of partnerships with member states, civil society and intergovernmental organizations to advocate for the SDGs and Zero Hunger on the global agenda, and advance WFP priorities and policies, based on a good understanding of member states’ dynamics and interests.

11. Solicit inputs from other WFP entities that contribute to inter-governmental/inter-agency work to ensure that WFP positions are properly explained and taken into account in decision making.

12. Manage staff, providing coaching, training and guidance to ensure appropriate development and enable high performance.

13. Take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives in all areas of work to ensure equal participation of women and men.

14. Contribute to preparedness actions, providing technical recommendations and guidance; Monitor defined risks and make recommendations how to manage these effectively.

15. Other as required.


Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level New Partner Prospecting Applies awareness of socio-political context, country-specific focus areas and partner’s interest areas and activities to determine shared interest in working together. Engages with prospective partners to explore new opportunities. Understands and applies basic due diligence, legal and contracting processes in pursuit of new partners. Provides inputs into designing and developing solutions with prospective partners Partner Relationship Management and Strengthening Builds and nurtures trust and transparency with existing partners by proactively sharing programme risks and challenges with partners. Brokers between WFP units and partners to expand partner engagement across geographies, sectors or projects. Resource Mobilization Designs and manages all resource mobilization processes. Provides resourcing advice and briefs to senior managers, and strategically allocates material and other appropriate resources. Develops resource strategies for specific donors or Country Strategic Plans. Negotiates contract terms with partners and WFP stakeholders to create a win-win situation for both WFP and the partner. Analysing and Using Information/Data Leverages insights from multiple sources of data to identify trends, determine interrelationships among multiple issues and identify innovative solutions that impact partnerships. Leverages data-based narratives from across WFP engagements to add value to existing and new partnerships. Uses and promotes technology and digital tools to collect, collate, analyse and share data and data-based insights

Positioning WFP for Partnership

Applies understanding of partner’s focus areas to translate WFP activities into a Unique Value Proposition relevant to external stakeholders. Engages in mutually informative discussion with partners and influencers to identify areas that will position WFP. Supports creation of external communication and internal briefing materials based on understanding of partnering landscape.

Business Process Support and Technical Guidance Identifies opportunities for service delivery excellence to strengthen partnerships. Provides advanced technical support to other business areas. Troubleshoots complex system issues and contributes to the design and implementation of system changes. Provides input into training and support strategy for technical systems users. Demonstrates managerial skills in the delivery of support and guidance.


• Has a good understanding of government and corporate strategies and priorities and gained experience in developing multi-stakeholder partnerships.

• Has gained significance experience in exploring new opportunities and providing inputs to design and develop solutions with prospective partners.

• 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.

• Has used understanding of partner’s focus areas and knowledge of internal capabilities to create a Unique Value Proposition for the partners

• Has gained experience in using technology and digital tools for data collection, analysis and shared data-based insights to add value to all partnerships.

• Has provided input into training and support strategy for technical systems users and provided advanced technical support.

• Has experience in managing a team. • Has motivated team spirit and contributed to a gender-balanced, inclusive and sound working environment

• Minimum five or more years of relevant professional work experience in partnership role ↵



• 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.


• 5 or more years of relevant professional work experience in partnership role.


• Fluency (level C) in English language.

• Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or Portuguese (a WFP working language).


This Vacancy Announcement will close on Friday, 05 August 2022 at 11:59pm Johannesburg time .

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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