Recrutement de 01 Senior Partnerships Officer - Head of External Relations

Localité : Soudan / Juba
Domaine : Communication
Niveau : Non precise
Entreprise recruteur : World Food Programme

Recrutement de 01 Senior Partnerships Officer - Head of External Relations
Niveau d'études: Non précisé
Expire le: 26-03-2023

World Food Programme
Khartoum, Sudan
Opportunités de carrière : Senior Partnerships Officer - Head of External Relations Unit P5 - Khartoum, Sudan (552046)

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, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status or disability.


Sunday, March 26, 2023


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. 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 operation of WFP in Sudan is one of the largest and most complex operations of the organization, served by around 1,400 staff and 17 field offices, in a context of continuous political uncertainties and a vast array of challenges. In 2022, WFP served a total of 9.3M beneficiaries including 2.9M IDPs, 5.4M residents, and 600,000 refugees through a variety of programmatic activities ranging from emergency assistance, nutrition, school meals, productive safety nets, post-harvest losses, and common services. In 2022, WFP mobilized USD 600M from around 20 donors and made headway with expanding its partnership basis with IFIs such as the World Bank and the AfDB.

This position is one of a Senior Partnerships Officer part of the Senior Management Team to report to and work closely with and under the direct supervision of the Country Director. The incumbent will lead and be the Head of the External Relations Unit composed of the Partnerships department, made of a mixed team of government and strategic partnerships officers, the CAM (Communication, Advocacy, and Marketing) department, and the OIM (Operational Information Management) department.


Serves as a broker and influencer to effectively position WFP with public, private, and external partners to attract policy support, resources, technical assistance, and innovative solutions to advance the work of WFP while supporting member states in the achievement of the SDGs and Zero Hunger and projecting WFP’s contributions in this regard. Provides a unique bridge between programme and partnership development. Leading the Partnerships, OIM, and Communications departments supports the ERU unit and Senior management in navigating complex engagements with a vast array of counterparts and adapts and leverages lessons learned in various contexts. Networking with all stakeholders elevates the work of the ERU at an improved strategic level. Reports to and work under the direct supervision of the Country Director.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

The World Food Programme (WFP) is looking for a Senior Partnerships Officer to head the External Relations Unit for WFP Sudan, leading and managing a dedicated team of Partnership Officers, Communications Officers and Operational Information and Performance Management Officers.
Under the direct supervision of the Country Director, the Senior Partnerships Officer is expected to:

Strategic Advice and Analysis

Provide high-quality advisory services to the Country Director and management team:

i. Lead the scoping and mapping of partnership opportunities based on a complex analysis of current political and social events, data and trends, market environments, ROI assessments, and due diligence.
ii. Oversee the development, planning, and implementation of innovative partnership strategies that align the interests of targeted partners with those of WFP and position WFP in key national and international fora, including the development of an influencing strategy for joint collaboration and financing of programs in sync with national, regional and WFP priorities.
iii. Build internal collaborative networks to define WFP’s value proposition in specific thematic areas and country/regional contexts; Create tailored content and language that speak to partner audiences and align with ongoing policy dialogue in national and global fora; Drive a coherent partner engagement across the organization.
iv. Advise functional units, RBs, and COs on partnership strategies (including Partnership Action Plans) and advise how to strengthen partnership/contribution management and partnership capabilities at various levels in the organisation.
v. Guide the team to proactively manage and expand a complex partnerships portfolio so as to maximise resources and leverage strategic policy and technical support for WFP’s work, in particular on the triple nexus and in L2/L3 emergencies.
vi. Contribute to preparedness actions, providing technical recommendations and guidance, and support risk management.
vii. Take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives in all areas of work, to ensure equal participation of women and men.

Stakeholder Engagement

i. Facilitate dialogue with partners, proactively highlight strategic opportunities and issues to senior management and advise on the best course of action; Define and disseminate best practices in partnership development and provide strategic advice to internal and external stakeholders in this regard.
ii. Lead the design and negotiation of large and/or complex partnership proposals, joint strategies, and/or MOUs in line with corporate norms, processes, and external regulations; Ensure quality control of report writing by engaging with relevant functional units, RBs, and COs.
iii. Conduct complex negotiations on strategic partnership agreements in line with WFP’s corporate norms, processes, and external regulations, in order to reach advantageous outcomes for WFP, such as more flexibility and predictability in funding WFP programmes.
iv. In the context of the UN system and multilateral fora, support the development of partnerships with the member states, civil society, and intergovernmental organizations to advocate for the SDGs and Zero Hunger on the global agenda, based on a solid understanding of member states’ dynamics and interests; Team up with UN agencies and other stakeholders on joint events (e.g. pledging conferences) that can advance WFP interests and objectives.

Brand Management and Positioning – Communications and Reporting

i. Work with relevant country offices and regional bureau units to articulate and clarify WFP’s contribution to the foundational issues driving hunger and malnutrition in Sudan.
ii. Support WFP’s effective positioning vis-à-vis national governments and international institutions, based on solid socio-political understanding, to influence the policy agenda in support of the SDGs, Zero Hunger, and WFP’s role therein.
iii. Support the management of WFP brand among key external stakeholders as a UN agency with a dual humanitarian and development mandate; Proactively position WFP’s strength to engage beyond emergency support to partnerships in medium to longer-term involvements in the areas of food security, nutrition, agriculture (food production), social protection and resilience as well as early warning systems.
iv. Oversee the development of communications strategies, and the design, implementation, and monitoring of the communications plan for Sudan; Ensure contact lists of journalists and media outlets are maintained, and a regular flow of news/information about WFP’s work is distributed to the media, and reputational risks are identified and managed.
v. Oversee the development of a range of donor-specific visibility content including, text, photos, videos, and audio for use across a range of integrated online platforms, in order to support global and country fund-raising activities, ensuring consistency with corporate messages.
vi. Oversee the design and delivery of internal communications plans so staff understands and engages with WFP’s strategy and how they contribute to meeting WFP’s mission.
vii. Oversee the use of the key information systems (e.g. Salesforce, WINGS, WFPGo) that facilitate sharing of quality partner intelligence (including forecasting) and assess results; Oversee timely and effective internal and external reporting, including the review and clearance of documents/products, including but not limited to the Annual Country Report, Executive Director Brief, Regional Director Brief, monthly donor reports, internal newsletters, etc.

Team Management

i. Lead and motivate a diverse team of Partnerships, Communications, and Reporting and IM Officers; Provide coaching, training, and guidance to ensure development and enable high performance; Develop work plans, set objectives, monitor performance, and ensure appropriate development to enable high performance.
ii. Ensure compliance, strengthen accountability, and provide training to WFP Sudan staff.
iii. Take responsibility for an equitable and inclusive workplace that incorporates all dimensions of the WFP diversity and inclusion framework.
iv. Perform other duties, as required



Advanced University degree in Political Science, International Development, Development Economics, International Relations, Law, Marketing, Communications, or other relevant fields, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.


At least 11 years of postgraduate progressively responsible professional experience, including specialized knowledge and experience required to design and drive strategic partnerships
Experience working in a humanitarian crisis context (preferably in Africa).
Solid experience in team management.

Knowledge & Skills:

Ability to translate understanding of programme principles into relevant, effective, and context specific approaches;
Ability to explain WFP projects and operations to counterparts and to communicate with Government and partners clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing;
Good understanding of project lifecycle, humanitarian principles and tools, programmes and transfer modalities;
General knowledge of UN system policies, rules, regulations and procedures;
Strong writing, analytical and research skills; good interpersonal skills, teamwork spirit and ability to work in multicultural settings; superior cognitive capacity.


Proficiency/level C of English and other UN language(s) is required, and Arabic is highly desirable.


i. Has contributed to a collaborative, strategic and innovative approach to attract and develop new and multi-stakeholder partnerships.
ii. Has a sound understanding of government strategies and priorities and respectively of corporate strategies and interests in a given (socio-) political context.
iii. Has evaluated expected ROI from new partnerships and created a network of relationships with multiple constituencies.
iv. Has facilitated innovative thinking to grow large partnerships and has significant experience in handling conflicts to ensure a strong relationship.
v. Has created external messaging to function, geography and thematic interests of stakeholders.
vi. Has at least eight years of experience in leading multi-cultural teams to develop and design solutions.
vii. Has demonstrated good leadership capacities to encourage team spirit and contributed to a gender-balanced, inclusive and sound working environment.


Mobility is and continues to be, a core contractual requirement in WFP. The selected candidate will be employed on a fixed term as well as a rotational contract with a probationary period of one year.

WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, travel, visa and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, a pension plan, and medical insurance. For more information, visit

The selected candidate will be required to relocate to Khartoum, Sudan to take up this assignment.


We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, and complete, and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, language skills, and UN Grade (if applicable).
Once your profile is complete, please apply, and submit your application.
Please make sure you upload your professional CV in the English language
Kindly note the only documents you will need to submit at this time are your CV and Cover Letter
Additional documents such as passport, recommendation letters, academic certificates, etc. may potentially be requested at a future time

WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.

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