World Food Programme (WFP) – Partnerships Officer.

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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.

In emergencies, WFP gets food to where it’s needed, saving lives of victims of war, civil conflicts and natural disasters. After an emergency, WFP uses food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives. Present in 120+ countries, the organization has the global footprint, deep field presence and local knowledge and relationship 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. WFP’s greatest strength is its dedicated people working tirelessly around the world to reduce hunger, often under difficult conditions where security threats and risks to personal safety are considerable.

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 ten 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 Government Partnerships Officer (NOB) specifically dedicated to supporting donor relations/partnership in the region; to strengthen the Unit’s ability to manage critical resource mobilisation; to carry out resource analysis and resource management functions; and to provide related support to Country Offices (COs) and WFP Headquarters (HQ) in Rome.



Advanced University degree in International Studies, Political Sciences or other relevant fields, or First University degree with at least 2 years of related work experience and/or training/courses.

Working Experience:

Minimum 2-3 years of relevant professional work experience in the relative business stream, with experience in general administrative work.


Fluency in both oral and written English. Intermediate knowledge of other UN language would be an advantage.


What you will do:

  • Implement relevant parts of the RBN Partnerships Unit work plan by delivering activities that maintain and develop government partnerships in order to maximise resources raised for the region.
  • Contribute to the management of a portfolio of partnerships, soliciting contributions, providing donor stewardship, and analysing results, in order to maximise resources raised.
  • Provide support to technical units in HQ, RBN, and COs in order to assist them to effectively mobilise donor resources.
  • Prepare briefs on resourcing issues for the Regional Director, participate and provide advice in the Strategic Programme Review Process (s-PRP) and the Electronic Programme Review Process (e-PRP), and operate as a resourcing focal point in order to ensure that concerns are adequately considered.
  • Guide more junior staff including interns, acting as a point of referral and supporting them with more complex analysis and queries on relevant issues.
  • Participate and assist the RBN Head of Partnerships in negotiations for contributions and partnership agreements, in line with internal policies and external regulations, in order to reach advantageous outcomes, such as more flexibility and predictability.
  • 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 managers.
  • Proactively contribute to ideas and highlight fundraising opportunities to senior managers for new strategies to maintain and increase funding from new and traditional donors.
  • Lead in the drafting of funding proposals to government donors in close coordination with other RBN units and COs.
  • Prepare and provide regular information to educate new and potential donors on the strategy, design, relevance and impact of WFP programmes, and to advocate the work of WFP.
  • Represent WFP at international meetings and workshops at appropriate levels, in such a way  that advances the government partnerships strategy and objectives and builds support for WFP activities.
  • Prepare and provide inputs for briefing documents for senior level management meetings with donors.
  • Maintain effective relationships with representatives of government donors through appropriate channels, and coordinate donor meetings, attending where required.
  • Coordinate work with other government partnership officers to ensure the flow of information and other WFP units to align activities and ensure donor visibility and that donor conditions are met.
  • Lead in the preparation of internal resourcing activities and meetings in RBN, including those that involve RBN Budget & Programming and RBN Supply Chain.
  • Other tasks as required.


Type of Contract:

Fixed Term Contract

Duty Station:

Nairobi Regional Bureau, Kenya

Contract Duration: 

12 Months (Renewable)


July 11, 2022


This position is open to Kenyan Nationals and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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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