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Project Manager, Global Individual Fundraising


  • Organization: WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Rome
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
    • Grant writing
  • Closing Date: Closed

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: Project Manager, Global Individual Fundraising

Division: PPF - Private Partnerships and Fundraising Division

Duty Station: Rome HQ

Type of Contract: full-time regular Consultant

Duration: 11 months

Deadline for applications: 01.02.2023



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 assists 86.7 million people in 83 countries. Every day, some 5,600 WFP-chartered trucks are on the road, 92 planes are in the air and 20 ships are at sea. These numbers speak to WFP’s unparalleled reputation 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.

Starting in 2020, WFP has embarked upon a new partnership and engagement strategy, which will focus on cooperation with the business sector, foundations and individuals to drive progress towards zero hunger. WFP will concentrate its efforts over the next strategic period (2020-2025) around three key pillars:

•       Impact: partnerships that provide expertise and skills to support capacity strengthening for WFP and local governments.

•       Income: investing in and growing fundraising.

•       Innovation: identifying areas for innovation – particularly with businesses –uniquely able to drive change at scale.


The Project Manager is a critical role to support senior leadership in managing implementation of Individual Fundraising work streams, both within PPF and in coordination with other divisions and departments across WFP.

The Project Manager will report to the Global Head of Supporter Engagement and will provide the following capacity:

1.             Strategic advisory, incl. strategic planning and executive advisory

2.             Change Management incl. cross-functional projects and operational optimization

3.             Stakeholder management, incl. leadership team facilitation and wider communication



1.      Strategic advisory: Advisory, communication and data analysis capacity to support strategic direction and oversight of WFP’s Individual Fundraising programme, planning and engagement for PPF Director and for the Global Head of Supporter Engagement (GHSE):

•              Work with the GHSE and with IF leaders to communicate the success and impact of WFP’s Individual Fundraising programmes by collaborating across the division, working with heads of teams to identify the priority audiences, key information and messages and the most compelling and impactful way to communicate and provide synthesized counsel to the Director, PPF and other leaders in PPF.

•              Work with IF leaders on implementation of a strategic and integrated planning approach and cycle across IF teams.

•              Act as liaison – when relevant - between the IF team leaders and the Director’s Office and Special Assistants, with regular touchpoints to ensure fluid communication across teams.

•              Provide data analysis capacity to secure strategic insights from IFL Forum benchmarking on the fundraising sector trends and other sources to inform PPF leadership and influence decision-making and prioritization

•              Liaise with Head of Finance and their team to ensure GHSE and IF leaders have full visibility over current and historical financial data, incl. financial investments, teams’ budgets and financial reports.

•              Apply your experience to bring the full range of communications/narrative arcs, storytelling and data visualization to bear in delivering the above in support of engagements of PPF Director and GHSE.


2.      Change Management: Project management capacity on the implementation of change management projects for the Individual Fundraising teams as anticipated by the BYTE project, with PPF Director as project sponsor and a Change Leader as project leader:

•              Advise on and create collaborative working practices and processes with the Global Head of Supporter Engagement and Heads of IG, STM, BI Hub

•              Work closely with the appointed Change Leader to develop, communicate and implement strategic recommendations on change processes and ensure an efficient and inclusive transition of all work areas and teams.

•              Together with the Change Leader, propose and drive a division-wide implementation plan taking into account the BCG project outputs, as well as new recommendations, and in consultation with the above Heads

•              Counsel and support the IF leaders in building on the relationship already created through the various change processes initiated over 2021 and 2022.

•              It is anticipated that this change process will also highlight some key innovation opportunities for fundraising from individuals in WFP and the ToR may evolve to include implementation.


3.      Stakeholder Management: Stakeholder stewardship and project management capacity on other cross-divisional initiatives and wider communication in WFP as needed as well as selected projects between PPF and other stakeholders (e.g. GOs, Friends, CAM)


•              Advise on effective collaboration and joint working across IF teams and Global Offices, acting as GO ‘go to’ person for IF teams, working with Head of International Market Development to secure new market and channel opportunities with key GOs.

•              Advise and support IF teams in identifying the most effective and productive approaches for collaboration and joint-fundraising opportunities with Friends organizations (i.e. WFPUSA, JAWFP and WFP Italy), based on IF teams’ needs and priorities, and in consultation with IF leaders.

•              Work with the Head of International Fundraising Solutions to support the strategy and help drive implementation of new fundraising initiatives/channels to scale IF programmes and secure higher income from individuals.

•              Lead on coordination of an integrated marketing approach (IMM) with senior staff in CAM, PPF and Friends organizations, ensuring participation from all relevant teams and information and insight dissemination and support IF teams in managing in the best possible way the relationship with Friends organizations, based on their market specificities.

•              Project manage other key initiatives on behalf of the Director, PPF.






  • University degree in Business Management, International Management, or equivalent.

Work history

  • 4 years of progressive experience working in project management/strategy/ change management/ senior leadership support roles is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience of making recommendations or providing advice on division-wide projects or initiatives to advance a strategy
  • Experience of working in a UN agency and/or a management consultancy an advantage.
  • Superior project management experience
  • Knowledge of humanitarian/development sector and working with private sector-facing teams, experience working with external consulting companies an advantage


Knowledge & skills

  • Highly detail oriented
  • Flexible and collaborative with the ability to work in a multi-cultural international setting
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage and prioritize several project responsibilities simultaneously
  • Superior interpersonal and relationship management skills in a complex multi-national and multi-cultural environment
  • Critical and independent thinking with problem solving and multitasking skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with all levels of management and staff including in English including for diverse stakeholders at the most senior levels, for example, the Executive Board and the Leadership Group
  • Ability to work independently and function as part of a team, and across teams
  • Technically savvy with ability to work with multiple platforms including SharePoint, Advanced Excel, PowerPoint. etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment Strong time management. research & analytical skills Project management experience
  • Collaborative team player.




  • Excellent command of spoken and written English
  • Intermediate knowledge of another official UN language would be a plus (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish).



Terms and Conditions


Short-listed candidates can be subject to written assessment.

WFP offers a competitive compensation package which will be determined by role’s responsibilities and deliverables. This consultancy assignment is renewable upon funding.

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 is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all qualified candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the Organisation. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the selection & recruitment process, and for work-related needs upon joining the Programme.


WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status. WFP has zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, abuse of authority or discrimination. 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.


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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