Senior Resource Mobilization Advisor, Rome, Italy

Organization: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Country: Italy

City: Rome, Italy

Office: WFP Rome

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: Senior Resource Mobilization Advisor

Type of Contract: Regular Consultant

Division: PPR

Duty Station (City, Country): HQ Rome (or remotely)

Duration: 01/12/2020 - 31/03/2021

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 a Sr. Resource Mobilization Advisor Consultant position in our Public Partnership and Resourcing (PPR), based in Rome, HQ and/or remote based.


The Public Partnership and Resourcing (PPR) department leads and coordinates WFP’s corporate resource mobilization efforts with Public Donors at capital, regional and country office levels. Under the strategic and operational guidance of PPR Director and in coordination with the Thematic Focal Point and Food Systems Team, the consultant will conduct a strategic review and analysis of donor policies and priorities in the thematic area of food systems, including an overview of potential new resourcing opportunities and possible entry points for WFP’s ‚changing lives‘ programs. The analysis will also include a review of recent developments and impact of COVID 19 on ODA budgets and priorities.


Conduct a macro-analysis of global policies and resourcing trend in the thematic area of food systems with a focus on government donors and multi-donor funds, taking into account complementarities and inter-linkages among different sectors. The analysis will also take into account the top recipients of food and assistance from the identified donors, beyond WFP’s funding pipelines, in order to provide an overview of funding trends and identify new potential areas of collaboration for WFP.

Conduct an in-depth analysis of 10 government donors‘ political, budgetary and policy developments in food systems, including scoping of key partners in respective donor markets, operational and geographical priorities, key entry points for WFP, current level of engagement and potential capacity [including an analysis of donor narratives as well as Parliamentary reporting requirements].

Explore opportunities around funding availability supported by the selected 10 government donors, looking at challenges to access funding (such as perceptions on WFP’s role, consortium or reporting requirements, etc.) complementarities among different funding sources as well as assessing how WFP can support national governments in mobilizing resources building on its added value.

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Develop a stakeholder mapping for key partners in respective donor markets, including an analysis of key operational and thematic priorities and opportunities for each partner with a view to positioning, partnering and resourcing for WFP changing lives programs [including public donors ‚new‘ line ministries i.e. Agriculture, Finance, Education and Environment; bilateral development agencies and banks; research institutes and think tanks, key CSOs/NGOs].

Suggest targets, timeline, roles and responsibilities across the organization for engaging with the strategic stakeholders identified, looking at how to best build on ongoing collaboration and maximize impact of joint and coordinated outreach efforts for food systems.

Consult with Government Partnerships Officers at capital, regional and country level as well as other thematic and partnerships departments to assess how to best complement internal with external knowledge and mapping and look at complementarities among different funding sources, including host governments and international financial institutions and private sector.

Develop a standard template for thematic donor profiles, including comprehensive, strategic and synthetic donor intelligence that will inform WFP resource mobilization efforts for the ‚changing life‘ agenda. This should include guidance on how to access this information and look at linkages with existing products, including Partnership Action Plans, as well as including information on donors‘ priorities, challenges in accessing funding and/or extra-ordinary requirements for implementation.

Review, analyze and advise donor intelligence information available in Sales Force, WFP information data management system, as well as in other partnerships and thematic units, with a view to taking stock of donor intelligence already available in WFP and identifying key information requirements and gaps to be addressed more systematically in the future, building on the outcomes of this exercise.

Develop donor mappings for WFP 6 Regional Bureaus and identify donor priority countries where WFP could conduct country level donor mappings per theme, building on the Partnership Action Plans developed around new Country Strategic Plans for submission to the Executive Board.



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


At least 15 years of professional experience in humanitarian and development assistance with a focus on food systems and/or related fields; at least half of this experience should be working in an international context. Experience in engaging with public partnerships and/or resource mobilization is required.


Strong analytical and writing skills are essential, as are excellent planning, management and coordination skills. Proven ability to network and navigate within public/political contexts. Ability to work independently towards challenging targets and strict deadlines. Ability to work in a multi-cultural and dynamic environment.


Full Fluency (level C) in English language. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or WFP’s working language, Portuguese.

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 websites for detailed information on working with WFP. Click on: ‚Our work‘ and ‚Countries‘ to learn more about WFP’s operations.

Deadline for applications: 01 December 2020

Ref.: VA No. 130961

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.