Partnership Officer, Washington, United States

Organization: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Country: United States

City: Washington

Office: WFP Washington, United States

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: Partnership Officer

Type of Contract: Junior Consultant

Division: PA - Partnership and Advocacy Division, Washington

Duty Station (City, Country): Washington DC, U.S.A.

Duration: 6 months (with possibility of extension)


To assist with the development of new and existing partnership with USDA, promoting the work of WFP in school meals. Working on a daily basis on the interface between WFP and USDA the GPO will be responsible for ensuring clear understanding at both transactional and policy levels. The GPO will be responsible for ensuring effective, accurate and compliant stewardship of USDA awards throughout the entire award cycle, from negotiation, baselines to monitoring and reporting.


Within delegated authority, the Partnerships Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

Contribute to the management of the regional portfolios of the USDA McGovern-Dole and LRP partnership, solicit contributions, provide donor stewardship, and analyze results, in order to maximize resources raised. Additional responsibilities include liaising with WFP HQ, regional and country offices (RBs and Cos), in order to ensure that all requirements - programmatic, financial, and operational - are being fulfilled according to the donors‘ guidelines.

Provide support to technical units, RBs and/or COs as required, in order to assist them to effectively mobilize donor resources.

Participate and assist in negotiations for USDA McGovern-Dole and USDA LRP contributions and partnership agreements, in line with internal policies and external regulations, in order to reach advantageous outcomes, such as more flexibility and predictability.

Manage grants management entries (WINGS II) for any and all USDA-related contributions, maintain databases for internal tracking purposes, ensure timely delivery of food commodities, obtain reports on program progress, and address as well as mitigate with relevant parties potential issues that affect the successful implementation of programs.

Develop templates and guidance materials for USDA McGovern-Dole and USDA LRP proposal writing, as well as work in close coordination with HQ, RB, CO and short-term proposal writers to write, edit, and submit proposals for funding, at times serving as lead proposal writer. The Partnerships Officer will ensure quality control, serving as one of the final reviewers of each proposal prior to submission to the donor.

Liaise regularly with USDA to ensure flow of information on issues that relate to the WFP-USDA collaboration. Additionally, provide support on McGovern-Dole School Feeding program issues to various units in WFP - including, but not limited to: SBP, RMBX, FINC, OEV and counterparts in RBs.

Work with various units at HQ, RB, CO’s to analyze trends in school meal funding and education initiatives. Through mapping and coordination gain an understanding opportunity for corporate partnership and engagement on global education initiatives.

Collate and analyze data for the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on donors and programmes, to enable informed decision-making and action planning and new strategies by senior stakeholders.

Maintain effective relationships with representatives of USDA through appropriate channels, and coordinate donor meetings, attending where required.

Provide support to Senior Government Partnerships Officer as needed, which may include developing concept notes, analysis and event initiatives in order to maintain and increase funding, promote knowledge sharing and best practices to CO’s.

Perform other duties as required, including preparation of briefs, presentations, concept notes, and reports.


Has implemented the resource mobilisation work plan by delivering specific activities as defined

Has participated and assisted in negotiations for contributions and partnership agreements with USDA and Country Offices, in line with internal policies and external regulations

Has assisted in drafting resourcing analysis and collaborated with accurate and timely briefs as well as reporting to donors.

Assist in the quality and timely submission of McGovern Dole proposals through effective coordination with Country Offices, Regional Bureaus and HQ.

Handle additional tasks and ad hoc activities and missions that may arise.



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


Relevant experience in International Development or International Relations.

Knowledge and Skills:

Excellent computer skills including Word, PowerPoint/presentation and desktop publishing, Excel along with corporate WFP and USG systems and databases. Understanding of the UN system and WFP and familiarity with US Government Agencies and food aid and agricultural policies would be beneficial.

Languages: Fluency (level C) English. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second UN language is a plus.

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: 09 September 2021

Ref.: VA No. 147866

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.

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