Donor Relations and Partnerships Consultant
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Donor Relations and Partnerships Consultant
WFP Innovation Accelerator, INKA, Munich, Germany
The World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. We are currently seeking to fill an Innovation Accelerator Donor Relations and Partnerships Consultancy position in the INKA division, based in Munich, Germany.
Brief description of WFP Innovation Accelerator, INKA:
The World Food Programme (WFP) is the United Nations frontline agency fighting hunger. WFP reaches more than 100 million people every day - delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with smallholder farmers, communities, and governments to improve nutrition and build resilience.
The WFP Innovation Accelerator was named by Fast Company as one of 10 organizations worldwide among the Best Workplaces for Innovators 2020 as well as Innovation Team of the Year 2020 for its work in identifying, nurturing, and scaling disruptive start-ups and innovations to end global hunger. Based in Munich, Germany, the Innovation Accelerator provides WFP employees, entrepreneurs and start-ups with funding, hands-on support, and access to WFP’s global operations. Through the Innovation Accelerator, WFP is leveraging unprecedented advances in digital innovation - such as mobile technology, artificial intelligence, big data and blockchain - and new business models to transform the way it serves vulnerable communities across the world. In 2019 alone, Accelerator supported innovations that positively impacted the lives of 1.4 million people globally. Most recently, the Accelerator runs programmes for external partners such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and others.
In our accelerator programme for WFP, we are sourcing the best teams globally, run 1-week high-intensity “innovation bootcamp” trainings and support teams with up to $100K in equity-free funding, hands-on support by our team, and access to WFP's global operations in developing countries in our sprint programme. The most promising innovations are supported in scaling further.
- Title of Post: Donor Relations and Partnerships Consultant
- Unit: Innovation Accelerator, Innovation and Knowledge Management Division (INKA)
- Country: Germany
- Duty Station: Munich
- Initial contract duration: 5 months
Expected Start Date: 01.03.2021
Duties and responsibilities:
The Consultant, reporting to the Donor Relations and Partnerships Lead, is expected to:
1. Contribute to the overall development and management of a growing portfolio of government (and based on needs, private sector) partnerships:
- Prepare donor targeted communications including proposals, concept notes, presentations and reports to support resource mobilization efforts;
- Research and highlight fundraising opportunities for the Innovation Accelerator and Accelerator-supported innovation projects;
- Prepare for and support negotiations for contributions and partnership agreements, in line with internal policies and external regulations, to reach advantageous outcomes for WFP, such as more flexibility and predictability;
Represent WFP at meetings at appropriate levels in such a way that advances the partnerships strategy and objectives and builds support for Accelerator activities.
2. Act as an information and knowledge management focal point for partnerships and fundraising:
- Analyse data and propose well-researched ideas to the partnerships team for new strategies to maintain and increase funding from new and traditional donors;
- Prepare and coordinate accurate reporting to donors, partners, internal stakeholders and external audiences;
- Prepare accurate reporting on donors and resourcing status of activities, identifying trends and issues, and proposing solutions, to enable informed decision-making and action planning by senior stakeholders;
- Prepare input, talking points, briefings, PowerPoint presentations and reports for management, inter-agency opportunities and donor-related activities;
- Build and maintain effective relationships WFP partnerships colleagues at HQ, Regional Bureau, Liaison Offices and Country Office level and participate in relevant donor meetings;
Coordinate work with WFP Partnerships colleagues and other WFP units to ensure the flow of information to align messaging, activities and ensure donor visibility and that donor conditions are met.
3. Support other partnerships, communications and events needs as required:
- Liaise with the Innovation and Knowledge Management Division’s Communications Officer, and the Government and Private Sector Partnerships Divisions as required;
- Assist the Head of Innovation Accelerator, as well as Director of Innovation with other activities as required;
- Execute any other task required to support the activities of the Innovation Accelerator.
Required qualifications and experience:
The candidate must have a bachelor’s degree (master’s degree is desirable); a degree in business, communications or international development preferred.
At least 3 years of progressively responsible international experience in donor relations, fundraising, partnerships, communications, reporting and/or business-related positions. Experience in innovation and knowledge management is beneficial.
Required soft skills/WFP Competencies:
- Experience in donor relations and fundraising within a global organization required.
- Strong conceptual thinking to create relevant fundraising materials, for projects and activities with innovative elements.
- Ability to produce accurate, high-quality written materials, including graphically based PowerPoint presentations as well as text documents for diverse audiences.
- Ability to interact with external audiences with maturity and tact.
- Collaborative spirit able to liaise with a wide range of people at all levels and across different cultures and to act with credibility and diplomacy.
- Strong time management skills with an ability to plan ahead, anticipate requirements, problems and obstacles, and an ability to juggle competing priorities successfully, and to work to tight deadlines.
- Self-motivated and able to work with a high degree of autonomy.
- Fully committed and motivated to achieve the aims of the UN World Food Programme.
- Willing to work in and travel to different field locations and challenging operating environments as required.
- In addition to a high proficiency in written and spoken English, knowledge of a second UN language is a plus. Fluency in German is desirable.
Terms and Conditions:
WFP offers a competitive compensation package which will be determined by the contract type and selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.
Please visit the following website for detailed information on working with WFP: http://www.wfp.org
Click on: “Our work” and “Countries” to learn more about WFP’s operations.
VA Reference no: 133961
Closing Date: 4 February 2021
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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