Partnerships Officer, Berlin, Germany

Organization: WFP - World Food Programme

Country: Germany

City: Berlin

Office: WFP Berlin, Germany

Closing date: Friday, 17 March 2023

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Thursday, March 16, 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 WFP’s Global Office in Berlin, Germany was established in 2004 to strengthen the partnerships with the government authorities and other stakeholders in Germany, Austria, and Liechtenstein, as well as for media and public relations in the German-speaking parts of Europe. Throughout the past years, Germany emerged to be WFP’s second largest bilateral government donor.


The Partnerships Officer will be the Special Assistant of the WFP Director of the Global Office Germany. In the role, the incumbent will be supporting the Director in the whole range of the portfolio of the office, including Government Partnerships and Communications.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Government Partnerships

Support the BER Director in maintaining strong relations and partnerships with WFP partners including German, Austrian, and Liechtenstein ministries, parliamentarians, think tanks, NGOs, UN partners, and other organizations of strategic importance to WFP.

Draft talking points, briefings, speeches, PowerPoint presentations, and outcome reports for the BER Director for internal and external meetings, conferences, and other high-level events.

Advise the BER director on agricultural policy in Germany, Austria, and Liechtenstein, narratives that connect WFP programmes in the Global South with domestic (agricultural) issues.

Accompany BER Director on duty travel when required and coordinate the organization of the BER Director’s missions with designated focal points in HQ, RBs, and COs.

Support the BER Director in meetings within and outside the organization, ensuring he has the necessary briefing material and talking points and take note for the record as required.

Represent WFP at meetings at appropriate levels, in such a way that advances the government partnerships strategy and objectives, and builds support for WFP activities.

Assist in the preparation of the mid-year and end-year Annual Performance Plan (APP) review as well as the APP planning for the following year.


Stay abreast of public policy trends and political developments in Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein connected to WFP operations; collate, analyze and provide reports on relevant issues from internal and external stakeholders in order to provide operational awareness and understanding of events that may be of importance to BER.

Conduct research, review and situational analysis of key documents, thematic areas and other topical issues relevant to BER and draft concept notes, papers, articles, background briefs where necessary.

Assist the BER Director in his external communications by assuring up-to-date background information is available, support content drafting for the BER Director’s social media channels, in close cooperation with the BER CAM team.

Management / Front Office

Work closely with staff from all BER units and ensure smooth internal communication.

Help to manage the BER Director’s time, travel, calendar and coordinate follow up actions as required.

Assist in organising meetings with government representatives and other relevant counterparts.

Support nurturing the relationship with different internal and external counterparts of BER on a regular basis with regards to follow up on issues, priorities and decisions relevant to BER management.

Perform any other duties not listed here as required.



A master’s degree in International Relations, Development Studies, Political Science, Social Studies, or a similar background and/or an undergraduate university degree with additional years (2 years) of related work experience and/or training/courses

Academic background in rural development, agricultural sciences, sustainability studies, or related areas is desirable.

Knowledge & Skills:

At least 3 years of postgraduate progressively responsible professional experience in partnerships and communication roles.

Experience in communications, advocacy, and/or marketing for international organizations or related.

Experience in government partnerships and good knowledge of the political environment including political decision-making processes in Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein.

Experience in using technology and digital tools such as Salesforce and SAP for data collection, analysis and shared data-based insights.

Demonstrated ability to effectively work in teams promoting an inclusive and collaborative work environment.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


Fluency in oral and written German is a must (mother tongue or CEFR level C2).

Excellent command of English and strong drafting skills are required.

Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or Portuguese (A WFP’s working language)


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 and shipment allowances, 30 days‘ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance. For more details, please visit

The selected candidate will be required to relocate to Berlin, Germany to take up this assignment.


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Once your profile is complete, please apply, and submit your application.

Please make sure you upload your professional CV in the English language

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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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