External Partnerships Officer

  • World Food Programme (WFP)
  • Kenya
  • Jan 04, 2018 - Jan 12, 2018
Consultancy International Development

Job Description


  • Manage a portfolio of regional UN, multilateral bodies, NGO and other partners relationships; maintain effective relationships to keep them informed on important, strategic operational issues and represent WFP’s interests. Prepare and provide information for Regional Director engagement with member states, UN agencies, NGOs, host governments and other partners on the strategy, design, relevance and impact of programmes, to advocate for WFP’s work.
  • Work closely with the RBN Programme team and other colleagues, to provide adequate representation in key regional partnership fora - such as UNHCR-led regional refugee response planning, Ofice of the Cordination Humanitarian Affairs( OCHA) -led processes, Inter Agency Working Group ( IAWG), Regional Humanitarian Partnership team meetings and others – consulting with Country Offices as needed to ensure quality engagement. Support the Programme team with engagement in partnership issues and lessons around implementation, for instance with SCOPE.
  • Coordinate and provide internal briefing documents for the Regional Director on the occasion of High –level and other meetings.
  • Maintain a strong coordination relationship with UNHCR (and other UN agencies as relevant) at the regional level, in close collaboration with the RBN Programme team, in support of WFP’s refugee assistance objectives in the region.
  • Drive the roll-out of the WFP Integrated Roadmap in the region, providing guidance and advice to WFP Country Offices on the development of country strategic plans with regards to positioning and partnership issues. This may involve direct support to Country Offices as needed.
  • Advise Country Offices on effective partnerships with NGOs. In collaboration with programme colleagues guide and support with Country Offices on NGO related topics to advise corporate NGO guidance and tools. Maintain oversight and support on related aspects such as donor requirements on WFP’s work with NGOs and working towards consistent approaches across the region.
  • Liaise closely with the PGC division on partnership issues, and respond to requests for information and briefing.
  • In collaboration with Regional Bureau  Programme, further refine the NGO Partnership oversight checklist to mitigate risks and ensure effective, efficient partnerships at implementation level. Maintain oversight of Country Office Cooperating Partner processes from a partnership perspective to detect areas of improvement and support the Country Offices in addressing them, ensuring robust NGO partnership management.
  • Support the global ( International Federation of Redcross ) IFRC capacity strengthening initiative, with a specific role in supporting the Burundi Country Office with the pilot and documenting lessons learned, liaising with relevant Country Offices, HQ divisions, and IFRC / RC colleagues.
  • Implement relevant elements of the Partnership work plan for the region, to ensure timely and cost-effective delivery of results, in accordance with WFP and Corporate Partnership strategy (with travel to support Country Offices, as required).
  • Provide technical (partnerships) and quality control review of Standard Project Reviews (SPRs) from the region
  • Regional focal point for South-South Collaboration.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Education  :

  • Advanced university degree in Political Science, International Development, Development Economics, Journalism, International Relations, Communications or other relevant field, or First University degree with additional years of relevant work experience. 

Experience : 

  • At least six years of postgraduate progressively responsible professional experience in a relevant field of work, with a background in international humanitarian and development work; 
  • Proven experience in the development of effective partnership arrangements, preferably at the international level . 

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Ability to translate political positions and agreements into meaningful operational outcomes;
  • Sound theoretical understanding of international humanitarian and development concepts and principles with a broad knowledge of best practices, techniques and processes;
  • Understanding of political dynamics and foreign policy decision-making procedures;
  • Strong partnerships and communications skills;
  • Familiarity with UN policies, WFP operations and the East and Central Africa Region is desirable.