World Food Programme (WFP) – Partnerships Assistant SC5 – Service Contract.

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The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) seeks individuals of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles

WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, color, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status, physical or mental disability.


The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetime. 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 WFP Regional Bureau for Eastern Africa (RBN) is based in Nairobi and provides strategic direction, technical guidance, resource mobilization and management support to WFP operations and activities in nine countries: Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda.


The Partnerships Unit in the Regional Bureau for Eastern Africa (RBN) is looking to engage a Partnerships Assistant specifically dedicated to supporting donor relations/partnership in the region; to strengthen the Unit’s ability to manage critical resource mobilization; to carry out resource analysis and resource management functions; and to provide related support to Country Offices (COs) and WFP Headquarters (HQ) in Rome.


Education: Bachelor’s degree in International Studies, Political Sciences or any other related field.

Working Experience: one to two years of progressively responsible work experience in the relative business stream, with experience in general administrative work.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written English. Intermediate knowledge of another UN language, Swahili, or other East African languages would be an advantage.


  • Has conducted negotiations for contributions and partnership agreements in line with internal established policies and procedures and external regulations
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective work relationships with different stakeholders.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the supervision of the Government Partnerships Officer, you will:

  1. Implement the work plan for an assigned area to enable WFP to identify, develop and strengthen quality partnerships in support of WFP strategic objectives.
  2. Proactively contribute to a partnerships portfolio, including partner profiling and outreach activities, with the aim to maximize resources and leverage policy and technical support for WFP’s work; Support partner visibility and ensure partner conditions are met.
  3. Use data and information to support senior management engagement with government donors and to scope new partners, guided by programmatic assessment and context-specific analysis with the aim to enhance the impact of WFP’s work and diversify the resource base.
  4. Solicit inputs, including operational updates, from COs and other RBN units to draft quality briefs and proactively highlight strategic issues to senior staff to inform best course of action and nurture partnership growth.
  5. Gather and present internal and external data/information, using key information systems (e.g. Salesforce, WINGS, WFPGo), to support WFP’s effective positioning with government donors.
  6. Contribute to partnerships strategies, including the development of Partnership Action Plans; Draw up quality partner proposals and reports by engaging with other WFP entities and external stakeholders.
  7. Support the regional innovation hub with data collection & analysis, knowledge management and sharing, program coordination, and periodic internal and donor reporting
  8. Other as required.


Type of Contract:

Service Contract (Open to Kenyan nationals)

Duty Station:

Nairobi Regional Bureau, Kenya

Contract Duration: 

12 Months



The deadline for receiving applications for this position is May 9, 2022

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

WFP embraces diversity and equal opportunity. We are committed to building a team that celebrates diversity and inclusivity in all ways. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications and merit

All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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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