Government Partnerships Officer NOC – WFP

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Job Description

OrganizationUnited Nations World Food Programme 
Job TitleBusiness Support Assistant SC6 (DAMAT Nurse) (138472)
Requisition ID138472 
Area of expertisePartnerships
Type of contractLong term opportunities
LocationSudan –  Khartoum 
Posted Date17/02/2021
Closing date02/03/2021

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.

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

These jobs are found in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureaux (RBs) and Country Offices (COs). Job holders in the field report to the Regional/Country Director or the designate, and in HQ report to the Team Leader or the designate. Job holders typically operate across an assigned area. They work independently, using technical knowledge and experience to analyse data, provide advice, and identify opportunities to increase fundraising and make process improvements.

JOB PURPOSE

To lead the development of new and existing partnerships with the government organisations in order to advocate the work of WFP, and raise and mobilise resources to support WFP programmes. 

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 partnership in support of WFP strategic objectives.

2. Engage with other functional units, Regional Bureaus and Country Offices on WFP’s thematic, regional and country- specific offerings, developing content and language that speak to individual audiences and align with ongoing 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. Support functional units, Regional Bureaus (RBs) and Country Offices (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 proposala and report writing by engaging with other WFP entities and external stakeholders.

6. Faciliate partnership growth by exploring opportunities to expand existing partnerships and scope of new partners, guided by assessments, analysis adn due diligence; Present recommendations to senior management and ensure follow-up.

7. 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.

8.Use socio-political insights to support WFP’s effective positioning vis a vis national goverments, regional and international institutions with aim to influence the policy agenda.

9. In the context of the UN systm and multilateral fora, support the development of partnerships with member states, civil society and intergovermental 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.

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

11. Manage staff, provide coaching, training and guidance to ensure appropriate development and enable high performance.

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

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

14. Act as Deputy of the Govement Liaison Unit in the absence of the Senior Goverment Liaison Officer.

15. Other as required.

4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES

Purpose

  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Utilizes understanding of WFP’s Strategic Objectives to communicate linkages to team objectives and work.
  •  Be a force for positive change: Proactively identifies and develops new methods or improvements for self and immediate team to address work challenges within own work area.
  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Identifies opportunities to further align individual contributions with WFP’s mission of making an impact on local communities.
  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Helps colleagues to see the link between their individual tasks and the contributions of their unit’s goals to the broader context of WFP’s mission.

People

  • Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Is able to identify, support and encourage focused on-the-job learning opportunities to address gaps between current skillsets and needed future skillsets for WFP.
  •  Create an inclusive culture: Recognizes the contributions of teammates, and encourages contributions from culturally different team mates to recognise the value of diversity above and beyond just including it in programming for beneficiaries.
  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Provides and solicits ongoing constructive feedback on strengths and development opportunities to help develop individual skills, whilst also helping others identify areas for improvement.
  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Sets clear targets for self and others to focus team efforts in ambiguous situations (e.g., unprecedented issues and/or scenarios).

Performance

  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Thinks beyond team’s conventional approaches to formulate creative methods for delivering food aid and assistance to beneficiaries.
  •  Focus on getting results: Maintains focus on achieving individual results in the face of obstacles such as volatile or fragile environments and/or organizational roadblocks.
  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Takes personal accountability for upholding and delivering upon team’s commitments and provides assurance to stakeholders.
  •  Be Decisive: Demonstrates ability to adjust to team’s plans and priorities to optimize outcomes in light of evolving directives, while also responding quickly in high-pressure environments, such as in emergency settings.

Partnership

  • Connect and share across WFP units: Demonstrates an understanding of when and how to tactfully engage other units in conversations on impact, timing, or planning.
  •  Build strong external partnerships: Networks regularly with key external partners using formal and informal opportunities to understand each partner’s unique value proposition, and to build and strengthen relationships.
  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Demonstrates ability to adapt engagement approach in the context of evolving partner circumstances and expectations.
  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Demonstrates ability to articulate to internal and external audiences the value that individual contributions and immediate teams bring to partnerships.

FUNCTIONAL CAPABILITIES

Capability NameDescription of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Relationship ManagementDemonstrates 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 organisational aims.
Communication ExpertiseFacilitates 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.
Information Analytics, Reporting & ManagementDemonstrates ability to conceptualise impactful means for reporting outcomes of multilateral/interagency dialogues to facilitate decision-making. Utilises 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.
Resource MobilisationDemonstrates the ability to design and manage the full resource mobilisation 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.
Business Process Support & Technical GuidanceProvides advanced technical support to other business areas. Troubleshoots complex system issues and contributes to the design and implementation of system changes. Provides input into the training and support strategy for technical systems users. Demonstrates managerial skills in leading medium/large teams in the delivery of support and technical guidance.

STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Advanced University degree in Political Science, International Development, Development Economics, Marketing Communications or other relevant field.
Language: Fluency (level C) in English and Arabic language.

DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE

• Has led the implementation of resource mobilisation work plans within area of expertise
• Has managed small teams of more junior staff with related areas of expertise
• Has conducted negotiations for contributions and partnership agreements in line with internal established policies and procedures and external regulations
• Has developed productive relationships with representatives of donors and host governments
• Has provided resourcing analysis and prepared accurate and timely briefs as well as reporting to donors.

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