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Private Partnerships Officer

Italy (Italy)

  • Organization: WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Italy (Italy)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
  • Closing Date: 2022-01-24

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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


Job Title: Private Partnerships Officer

Type of Contract: Consultant

Division: PPF - Private Partnerships and Fundraising (PPF) – Org Unit 50015246

Duty Station: Rome HQ

Duration: 11 months

Vacancy number: (149481)


Please note we are recruiting for a Partnerships Officer for an immediately available role but this recruitment will also be used to identify appropriate candidates for future upcoming related vacancies.




The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency working to create a world with Zero Hunger. WFP and its partners believe that no child should go to bed hungry and that individual and collective wellbeing can only be achieved if all children, women and men get the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, dignified lives. Each year, WFP works globally as an emergency responder, one that is often the first on the scene in the most difficult environments. WFP also works with partners to strengthen the resilience of communities most vulnerable to hunger and malnutrition through long-term development programmes aimed at boosting food security, local economies, education, employment and gender equality.  While hunger and malnutrition are the world’s largest solvable issues, the needs are still immense and growing 821 million people in the world suffer from chronic hunger. 

To contribute to a world with Zero Hunger, WFP is investing in and growing private sector fundraising and partnerships to reach more people. The Private Partnerships and Fundraising Division (PPF) is responsible for engaging the private sector (corporations, individuals, foundations) through high-impact partnerships in support of WFP's strategic priorities, and through individual giving to build and retain support from the general public worldwide. PPF strives to mobilize funding, technical assistance, innovative solutions and visibility and awareness to help WFP fulfil its mission and operations. PPF also provides guidance to WFP Regional Bureaux (RB), Country Offices (COs) and HQ Functional Units on partnership development, best practices, compliance and rules and regulations for engaging with the private sector. Joining PPF is an exciting opportunity for experienced professionals to co-develop and implement our new private partnerships and fundraising strategy.




PPF Division is looking for a motivated individual to support in the management of key partnerships and prospecting of new opportunities. The private sector is uniquely qualified to play a leadership role in ending hunger. Some of the largest and most respected brands in the world - such as Mastercard and Royal DSM - are helping achieve zero hunger by enabling WFP to strengthen operations, reach more people, fund lifesaving programs and build public support. They choose to partner with WFP because of WFP's reach, scale and track record to create innovative partnerships that leverage their unique strengths and create lasting impact.


The selected candidate will be joining PPF’s Rome-based Partnerships team, which is responsible for developing partnerships which leverage the expertise and skills of the private sector in order to support the achievement of SDG2. 





▪         Collaborate with different internal stakeholders to develop value propositions for prospecting and partnership development activities;

▪         Support the development of presentations and co-create partnerships concepts in coordination with WFP’s technical units and field operations for potential partners and submit grant applications;

▪         Manage the renewal and supervision of a portfolio of partnerships, soliciting contributions, providing on-going stewardship and assessing results in order to maximise resource raised for WFP;

▪         Proactively seek out growth in existing partnership portfolio by exploring opportunities to expand existing partnerships and leverage fundraising networks and existing relationships to identify new private sector prospects.

▪         Build and maintain positive relationships with private sector counterparts;

▪         Handle complex sales processes and help negotiate advantageous contributions;

▪         Drive the development of internal and external communications strategies to ensure optimal partnership visibility;

▪         Serve as focal point for technical units, regional bureaux and/or Global Offices and proactively support their effective and successful engagement with the private sector, including by identifying and engaging new private sector prospects;

▪         Liaise with in-house services to ensure proper fund management, grant registrations and fulfilment of contractual obligations and ensure timely and accurate reporting;

▪         Assist with contract preparation and tracking and accurate record keeping in salesforce;

▪         Support on special team projects and undertake additional responsibilities as needed.




Partnership Management:

           Partners in portfolio managed using best practice processes and stewardship to deliver greatest growth and opportunity realisation with clear decisions made on extension and renewal where relevant.

           Accurate and effective support given to the securing and onboarding of new prospects, ensuring best ROI and ways of working in the delivery of agreements.

           Clear and accurate records of partnership intelligence and insight are kept and are up to date on all relevant systems.

▪         Clear evidence of input in to support cross team and divisional initiatives, where required.

▪         Strong, collaborative internal and external relationships built

▪         Support the mapping of organizational needs and development of partnership value propositions (if required)

▪         Map opportunities with private sector actors in specific industries or geographies (if required)






▪              Advanced University degree in Business Administration, Marketing Communications, Management, International Development, or other relevant field - or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings.



▪              At least six years of progressive experience working in partnership development, project management, marketing and communications, sales or account management roles.

▪                Knowledge of international development a plus.

▪              Track record of securing significant new partnerships or renewing complex partnership and securing growth.



▪              Preference given to candidates with experience in measuring and evaluating the impact of technical partnerships.

▪              Proven ability to conceptualize, plan and manage a sales process.

▪              Detailed understanding of the private sector, Sustainability, CSR and corporate philanthropy, as well as the humanitarian and development sectors.




           Experience in service-oriented roles working with both internal and external   stakeholders to build relationships and deliver join workplans.


           Good attention to detail and strong communication skills

           Uses tact and courtesy to give and receive information with a variety of individuals 

           Ability to work to deadlines and follow clear instructions.

           Ability to think creatively and deliver on commitments.




▪              Excellent command of spoken and written English. 

▪              Intermediate knowledge of another official UN language would be a plus. 





Consultancy assignment renewable upon funding. WFP offers a competitive compensation package which will be determined by role’s responsibilities and deliverables (please note that as per UN WFP policy the offer is not assessed on personal qualifications and expectations). Visit the website for detailed information on working with WFP: - Click on: “Our work” and “Countries” to learn more about our operations.


Qualified 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.


We greatly appreciate your interest in WFP and joining our mission to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030   

Saving Lives, Changing Lives!


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